Being the diplomats we are, we try to stay out of debates between Apple enthusiasts and Android lovers. But here's something y'all can agree on: Our roundup of iPad and tablet deals runs the gamut of cost-savvy options. We've got the best price ever on a 16GB Lenovo IdeaTab, as well as that workhorse of tablets, the iPad, available in several different versions from Walmart.
Lenovo IdeaTab A2107 7" 16GB Android Tablet
Price: $109 via coupon code "USPA0761829" with free shipping
Lowest By: $120
Expires: September 6
Is It Worth It?: So let's get this straight: a Lenovo IdeaPad at $120 off, thanks to the coupon code? This is not your old tablet malfunctioning, though it is an Editors' Choice, and the lowest total price we've seen for any Lenovo IdeaTab 16GB tablet. While this model only sports a dual-core 1GHz processor and 1024x600 screen, it features the standard 512MB RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, microSD card slot, and Google Android 4.0 OS (Ice Cream Sandwich).
Refurbished Double Power 10.1" 8GB WiFi Android Tablet
Price: $83.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $66
Expires: September 5
Is It Worth It?: If you think a tablet from Groupon only displays daily deals for Peruvian cuisine, guess again. This Editors' Choice offers up the lowest total price we've seen for any 10" 8GB tablet running Android 4.0. Reliable reviews on this off brand are very hard to come by, but hey: The price is certainly right. It features a 10.1" 1024x600 touchscreen LCD, 1.6GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor, 1GB RAM, microUSB, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, microSD card slot (support for up to 32GB), HDMI, and Android 4.0 OS (Ice Cream Sandwich). A 90-day Double Power warranty applies, a plus anytime you're buying refurbished electronics.
VitalASC Star 4GB 9" Android Tablet
Price: $89.98 with $5 s&h
Lowest By: $24
Is It Worth It?: As with the Groupon deal above, you won't find any product reviews outside those by consumers, but at this price point, it's a tough bargain to beat. Features include a Cortex A8 1.2GHz processor, 9" 800x480 touchscreen, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal memory, 1.3-megapixel camera, 802.11n wireless, USB, SD card slot, and Google Android 4.1 OS (Jelly Bean).
Samsung Galaxy Note 16GB 10.1" WiFi Android Tablet
Price: $399 via coupon code "EMCXLXR24" with free shipping
Lowest By: $21
Expires: September 11
Is It Worth It?: It's not shocking to find this deal on the Samsung Galaxy Note tablet (for newegg newsletter subscribers only) since the manufacturer just announced a new model for 2014. However, the original is still a highly-rated tablet, prompting CNET to declare it "the best Samsung tablet yet." We suspect this may change after reviews are in for the newer version, but either way, this deal offers up a respected device for an all-time low price, since the latest Note tablet will certainly be far more expensive. It features an ARM Cortex A9 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 10.1" 1280x800 touchscreen display, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, microSD card slot, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, 1.9-megapixel front camera, 720p video capture, Bluetooth 4.0, and Android 4.0 OS (Ice Cream Sandwich).
Apple iPad with Retina Display 16GB WiFi Tablet
Price: $449 with in-store pickup
Lowest By: $44
Is It Worth It?: What can we say about the ubiquitous Apple iPad that hasn't been said before? As CNET proclaimed, "With a host of improvements — faster graphics, 4G wireless options, a better camera, and a gorgeous high-res screen — the latest iPad cements its position at the head of the tablet pack." Keep in mind, however, that Apple might update the lead iPad model next week. It features a 9.7" 2048x1536 Retina display, A6X dual-core processor with quad-core graphics, 5-megapixel iSight camera with 1080p video recording, 1.2-megapixel HD FaceTime camera, voice dictation, Bluetooth 4.0, and iOS 6.
Also of note, Walmart has the Apple iPad 2 16GB WiFi Tablet for $349. As with the above deal, Site-to-Store pickup dodges a $4.97 shipping charge. Available in Black or White, it's a price low by $54.