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You thought it would be cute to let Ms. Fluffykins play games on your iPad, but now your tablet has been commandeered by your cat. If getting your tablet back means an arm full of scratches, why not check out these five Editors' Choice tablet deals instead? Whatever your reason for picking up another tablet, you can score the cheapest Lenovo Yoga 8 32GB tablet we've seen, save $49 on a refurbished Kindle Fire HD, or get a Microsoft Surface Pro for $599.
Is It Worth It?: The Yoga 8 is a perfect choice for users looking for a compact touchscreen experience. The Yoga 8 is a better choice than its larger sibling, the Yoga 10, according to PCMag. "Both use the same design, same display resolution, and same processor ... but the [Yoga 8's] display is sharper and its design is even more comfortable in the smaller form factor." Coupon code "USPYT861116" drops it to $199, shaving off $100 and making this the cheapest Yoga 8 32GB tablet we've seen.
Features include a built-in kickstand, an MTK MT8125 1.2GHz quad-core processor, a 8" 1280x800 IPS touchscreen LCD, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of flash storage, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, rear and front-facing cameras, and Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean).
Is It Worth It?: If your old tablet can't keep up with your media consumption, step up to this refurbished Kindle Fire HD. A full $49 under the price of new unit, $90 is the best price we've seen for this Kindle Fire model. Prime members will get the best experience from this tablet, having access to Prime Instant Video and the Kindle Lending Library.
The Kindle Fire HD also features a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, a 7" 1280x800 IPS LCD, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, 802.11a/n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, Dolby Digital Plus audio, and Fire OS 3.0 (Mojito). No warranty information is included.
Is It Worth It?: Whether it's your cat, your kids, or your parents, if someone's spending all day on your tablet, your best bet is to buy them their own. At $55, this entry-level 7" Android tablet by iRulu is an awesomely cheap option for someone who just, say, wants to smack fishies all day.
It sports a 7" 800x480 touchscreen LCD, an Allwinner A13 1.2GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of flash storage, microSD, USB, 802.11g wireless, front-facing and rear cameras, and Android 4.0 OS (Ice Cream Sandwich).
Is It Worth It?: Should you be looking to replace your laptop rather than another tablet, Microsoft Store still offers the Surface Pro at the rock-bottom price of $599. Weighing in at 1.5 lbs., the Surface Pro is more ultrabook than tablet, boasting an Intel Core i5-3317U 1.7GHz dual-core processor, a 10.6" 1920x1080 (1080p) multi-touch LCD, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, front-facing and rear 720p HD cameras, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, and Windows 8 Pro.
Is It Worth It?: Although it's not as satisfying a laptop replacement as aforementioned Surface Pro, the Surface RT offers a number of Microsoft's best features in a significantly cheaper package. While noting the Surface RT's limitations as a purely media-driven tablet, Engadget called it "an impeccably engineered tablet upon which you can do some serious work, a device that doesn't look, feel or act like a toy." Tied as the lowest price we've ever seen at $300, the Surface RT features an NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30 1.4GHz quad-core processor, a 10.6" 1366x768 multitouch LCD, 2GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, and front-facing and rear 720p cameras.