5 Editors' Choice Tablets: Cheapest 64GB iPad 4, $129 7" Kindle Fire, more


These are not your average Editor's Choice iPad and tablet deals. No, they're an assortment of high-end and refurbished units from brands you've come to know in the everyday electronics market. As such, we think you'll find just the right tablet to suit your every need: from the workhouse PlayBook bundle, to the cheapest 64GB iPad with Retina Display we've ever seen, to a student-only Kindle Fire HD sale, and more.

  1. Google Nexus 7ASUS Google Nexus 7 16GB 7" Android Tablet
    Store: newegg
    Price: $129.99 via $20 mail-in rebate with free shipping
    Lowest By: $40
    Expires: August 16

    Is It Worth It?: With the release of the next generation Nexus 7, we're seeing great deals on this first-generation tablet. And despite its being a last year's model, this Nexus 7 still boasts an "excellent design [and] useful software features" that make it "the cheapest way to experience the best that the Android OS has to offer."

    This 12-oz. tablet features a 7" 1280x800 touchscreen display, NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB memory, 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, and Android 4.1 OS (Jelly Bean).

  2. Sony Xperia tabletRefurbished Sony Xperia Tablet S 16GB 9.4" Android Tablet
    Store: Expansys
    Price: $225 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $30

    Is It Worth It?: The Sony Xperia Tablet S distinguishes itself as a tablet for media consumption with its speakers, expandable storage, and xLOUD technology. However, its screen resolution leaves something to be desired. Still, purchasing this refurb at its lowest price ever is a sound investment.

    This 1.3-lb. tablet features a Tegra quad-core processor, 9.4" 1280x800 IPS LCD, IR blaster allowing the tablet to be used as a remote, 802.11n wireless, 1-megapixel front-facing camera, 8-megapixel rear camera, Bluetooth 3.0, SD card slot, and Android 4.0 OS (Ice Cream Sandwich). A 90-day warranty applies, although it's unclear who supports it.

  3. Apple iPadApple iPad with Retina Display 64GB WiFi Tablet
    Store: MicroCenter
    Price: $599.99 in-store
    Lowest By: $84

    Is It Worth It?: Say hello to the least expensive Apple iPad 4 WiFi 64GB tablet we've ever seen! Coming in at $100 less than what the Apple Store charges, this generation of the iPad weighs just 1.4 lbs and features a 10" Retina display powered by an A6 processor with quad-core graphics.

    Other features include a 5-megapixel iSight camera with 1080p video recording, 1.2-megapixel HD FaceTime camera, voice dictation, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, Lightning connector, up to 10 hours of battery life, and iOS 6.

  4. BlackBerry PlayBook tabletRefurbished BlackBerry PlayBook 7" 16GB WiFi Tablet bundled with a Charging Pod and Rapid Wall Charger
    Store: All4Cellular
    Price: $90.96 via coupon code "TAB30" with $2 s&h
    Lowest By: At least $9

    Is It Worth It?: While the BlackBerry PlayBook isn't a main contender in the tablet world, this bundle is nothing to scoff at as it features both an additional charging pod and wall charger for under $100.

    This 24-oz. tablet features a 1GHz dual-core processor, 7" 1024x600 touchscreen LCD, 16GB of internal memory, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, 3-megapixel front-facing camera, 5-megapixel rear camera, micro USB, HDMI, and BlackBerry Tablet OS. A 90-day All4Cellular warranty applies.

  5. Kindle FireKindle Fire HD 16GB 8.9" WiFi Android Tablet with Special Offers
    Store: Amazon
    Price: $199 via coupon code "FIREHD89" with free shipping
    Lowest By: At least $29
    Expires: September 2

    Is It Worth It?: Listen up, students! Now you can own the latest 16GB Kindle Fire HD (with Special Offers) for under $200. On an even tighter student budget? Well, so long as you have an active Prime account, you could be the proud owner of the smaller Kindle Fire HD 16GB 7" WiFi Android Tablet with Special Offers for $149 via coupon code "FIREHDST" or a Kindle Fire 8GB 7" WiFi Android Tablet with Special Offers for $129 via coupon code "FIREDEAL".

DealNews Contributing Writer

Joshua Nichol-Caddy has written for DealNews since 2011, applying his interest in and knowledge of bargain hunting to pen an assortment of weekly roundups, including the Best Travel Deals of the Week.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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Emily Dovi (DealNews)
@daisy47, the Kindle Fire offers are only for students; you'll need an Amazon student subscription for the codes to work.
when i try out the deal for the Kindle -your amazon promo code at checkout doesn't work- comes up theres a problem with the code. Could it have expired!