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Whether you opt for Apple or Android this holiday, you'll want to make sure you're not overpaying for the perfect tablet. These tablet deals include the least expensive 7" IdeaPad ever, third generation iPads with WiFi and 4G capabilities priced $70 to $100 off, and the latest WiFi-enabled iPads starting at $460.
Is It Worth It?: With this Editors' Choice deal, you're getting "a classic Android tablet at an attractive price" of $129, which is tied with the lowest total price we've seen for 7" IdeaPad with Android 4.0. This 14-oz. tablet features a Texas Instruments OMAP 3622 1GHz processor, 7" 1024x600 touchscreen LCD, 512MB RAM, 16GB of storage, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, a microSD card slot, 3-megapixel rear-facing camera, 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera, 1-cell battery, and Google Android 4.0 (Ice Cream sandwich).
Update: The coupon for the white model has since expired, but the "TABLETDEAL" code will cut it to $149 as well, which is still the second lowest price we've seen for a 7" IdeaPad with Android 4.0.
Is It Worth It?: Looking for a $199 tablet? Then look no further than this Editors' Choice deal on the BlackBerry Playbook. It's currently $11 under our October mention and the lowest total price we've seen. CNET praises this 14.4-oz. tablet as "a fast, powerful 7-inch tablet with HDMI output, advanced multitasking and security, and a browser that integrates Adobe Flash 10.2 for a desktop-style Web experience."
This 0.4"-thick tablet features a 1GHz dual-core processor, 7" 1024x600 touchscreen LCD, 64GB of internal memory, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, 3-megapixel 1080p front-facing camera, 5-megapixel 1080p rear camera, support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1, BlackBerry Tablet OS, GPS, accelerometer, gyroscope, digital compass, and micro USB and HDMI ports.
Is It Worth It?: This is the Editors' Choice gift idea that gives back, as you get a $30 Walmart eGift Card with your NOOK purchase. CNET loves the NOOK eReader calling it "a major advancement over its predecessor" with "some real advantages over the 2010 Kindle." It features a 6" 800x600 touchscreen greyscale E-Ink display, on-screen keyboard, 802.11n wireless (with free access at AT&T hotspots or in Barnes & Noble stores), 2GB internal memory, microSD card slot, eBook library viewing, NOOK Friends social networking, up to two months of reading time on a single charge, and more. More than 2 million books, magazines, and newspapers are available on the NOOK, without any ads.
Is It Worth It?: CNET hails the Asus Transformer Prime as "the best full-featured Android tablet yet." Know the full power of its NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.3GHz quad-core processor with this Editors' Choice deal on the pre-owned tablet. At $209.99, it's $50 under our July mention and the best price we've ever seen for this tablet. Features include a 10.1" LED backlit 1280x800 touchscreen LCD, 1GB RAM, 32GB internal flash storage, 1.2-megapixel front camera and 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with flash, Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR, 802.11n wireless, and more.
Of note, an Android operating system is included; however, the version isn't specified. No warranty information is provided. Also, this used item may have cosmetic imperfections, scratches and/or blemishes, and may be missing accessories.
Is It Worth It?: The three latest generation (4th generation) WiFi iPads available are for in-store pickup only, and come in either White or Black. Each comes with the latest dual-core Apple A6X custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip with quad-core graphics, and a screen resolution of 2048x1536 on a 9.7" screen. We're a fan of the Apple iPad with Retina Display 16GB WiFi in White (pictured) for $459.99. Apple's latest iPad is also available in 32GB ($559.99) and 64GB flavors ($659.99). As for CNET take on the latest iPad: "[It] adds several tweaks and improvements to secure its position at the top of the tablet heap. It's better all around, but third-gen owners need not apply."
Speaking of 3rd generation iPads, Apple is discounting refurbished 3rd-generation iPads $70 to $100 with free shipping. These iPads include a 1-year Apple warranty and the bargains begin with a refurbished Apple iPad 16GB WiFi + 4G for AT&T or Verizon in Black or White for $509 and go all out with the Apple iPad 64GB WiFi + 4G for AT&T or Verizon in Black or White for $679. Check out all the 3rd generation refurbished iPads at the Apple Store by selecting "iPad - 3rd generation" in the left sidebar under "Refurbished iPad."