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Upon comparison of 7" tablets on the market today, there's no clear winner. There will always be Kindle fans and iPad fans, but what about those tablets in between? Well, to keep the tablet competition alive, we found deals on a 3rd-generation Apple iPad, the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, the Sony Tablet P, the Google Nexus 7, and more!
Is It Worth It?: The iPad is the 800-lb. gorilla of the tablet market, and though we usually suggest buying from a reseller, the Apple Store is offering some excellent deals on factory-refurbished, 3rd-generation "new" iPad models: each is $70 to $100 off and carries 1-year Apple warranty, just like new units do. Best bets include the refurbished Apple iPad 16GB WiFi iPad in Black for $379 on the low end and the refurbished Apple iPad 64GB WiFi + 4G for AT&T or Verizon in Black or White for $679 on the high end.
Is It Worth It?: According to TechSpot, the 1.5-lb. Asus Eee Pad Transformer offers "strong performance, excellent battery life, intuitive software, and excellent aesthetics." This Editors' Choice 10.1" tablet not only packs 16GB of storage, a NVIDIA Tegra 2 250 1GHz dual-core processor, but it's currently at the lowest total price we've ever seen for a new unit. Other features include a 10.1" 1280x800 IPS multi-touch LED-backlit LCD, 1GB RAM, 5-megapixel back-facing camera, 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 802.11n wireless, SD card slot, GPS, built-in gyroscope, Google Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), and more.
Is It Worth It?: Engadget calls the Google Nexus 7 "the best $200 tablet you can buy." True to form, Walmart is offering 16GB Nexus 7 for $199, $14 less than we could find elsewhere and $50 under our mention from a month ago (which also included a case). This 12-oz. tablet features a 7" 1280x800 touchscreen display, scratch-resistant Corning glass, Tegra 3 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB memory, Bluetooth, GPS, front-facing camera, 802.11n wireless, Google Android 4.1 OS (Jelly Bean), and more.
Is It Worth It?: Of the Sony Tablet P 5.5" 4GB WiFi 4G Android Tablet for AT&T, CNET says the "screens look great" and it finds the clamshell design "very convenient." This 5.5" tablet is just $179.99 and comes bundled with either a leather or casual case for stylish protection. It features an NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz dual-core processor, 5.5" 1024x480 LED-backlit dual-touchscreen LCD, 1GB RAM, 4GB internal flash storage, 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, 4G connectivity (an AT&T data plan is required), Android 3.2 OS (Honeycomb), and more.
Is It Worth It?: While this tablet certainly won't score better reviews than any of its brethren in this roundup, you won't find an Android tablet with Ice Cream Sandwich for less anywhere else. It's packing a scant 4GB, but includes a microSD card slot with support for up to 32GB. Additionally, it features a 7" touchscreen LCD, 1GHz processor, 512MB RAM, mini HDMI port, and 802.11n wireless.