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It seems like everyone has a tablet nowadays. If you're looking to join the club at a price that won't deplete your bank account, you'll appreciate today's tablet roundup, which focuses on the market's best-selling devices, including the iPad, the Barnes & Noble NOOK, the Lenovo IdeaPad, and more. For more tablets and iPads, be sure to check out our exhaustive iPad and tablet deals page.
Is It Worth It?: The Editors' Choice Pandigital 9" 2GB AT&T Google Android Tablet may not be the most well known tablet out there, but for just $69.98 at Walmart, you can enjoy its features — like the Samsung ARM 11 processor, 480x800 color touchscreen LCD, 2GB internal memory, 802.11n wireless, Android OS 2.0 (Eclair), access to Barnes & Noble NOOK eBooks, and more — at a ridiculously affordable price.
Is It Worth It?: The Lenovo IdeaPad is becoming the go-to tablet for price-conscious consumers. Another Editors' Choice pick, Costco offers its members this tablet at the lowest price we've ever seen — just $149.99 (non-members pay a $7.50 surcharge). CNET says that it "packs more storage, more features, and offers a larger app store than any other tablet we've seen at this price." This 14.08-oz. tablet features a Texas Instruments OMAP 3622 1GHz processor, 7" 1024x600 touchscreen LCD, 512MB RAM, 16GB of storage, has 802.11n wireless and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR capabilities, a microSD card slot, and 3-megapixel rear-facing camera, 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera; it runs Google Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).
Is It Worth It?: It's no news that the iPad is still the 800-lb. gorilla of the tablet market. Want your own? Pick up the 1st-generation Apple iPad 64GB WiFi + 3G Tablet in Black for $234.99 via coupon code "CowBoom5", and become the owner of the least expensive 64GB 3G iPad we've ever seen. This Editors' Choice deal is on a first-generation iPad, equipped with a A4 1GHz processor and boasts up to 10 hours of battery life, and more. Note that no warranty information is provided for this used tablet, and that it may be missing accessories or have cosmetic blemishes.
Is It Worth It?: Want an iPad 2 instead? In Black or White? Grab your own refurbished Apple iPad 2 Tablet starting at just $319. This 0.3"-thick tablet weighs 1.3 lbs. and features the Apple A5 1GHz dual-core processor. And although they're previously owned, each carries a 1-year Apple warranty, the same as new units.
Is It Worth It?: Buying refurbished items can be a great way to save money; it's a lot like the certified pre-owned automobile market. Those cars run great! So there's no reason to hesitate on picking up this used Barnes & Noble NOOK Color eBook Reader for $94.99 via coupon code "CowBoom5". At its lowest price ever, it's clearly an Editors' Choice deal.
It has a 7" 1024x600 LED-backlit color touchscreen LCD display with extra-wide viewing angles for reading books, magazines, and newspapers in color. This Google Android-based eBook reader / tablet also offers 802.11n wireless (with free access in Barnes & Noble stores), 8GB internal memory, microSD card slot, eBook lending, MP3 audio and MP4 video playback, Pandora, and more. Like the used original iPad though, no warranty information is provided, and the device may have cosmetic blemishes and not include cables.