Don't Buy an iPad for a College Kid. Get an Editors' Choice Tablet for Yourself!


We all know how much tablets can do, though if you're thinking back-to-school shopping, we don't recommend a tablet as a primary computer for college-bound students. That said, these five Editors' Choice tablets make for great for on-the-go media consumption: The Galaxy Tab is back for under $200, and the 32GB Google Nexus 7 model will set you back a mere $170. Even if you've got just $100 to spend, a refurb 16GB Amazon Kindle Fire HD is within reach.

  1. Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8GB 7" Android Tablet bundled with a $10 Google Play Credit and a Hulu Plus 3-Month Membership
    Store: newegg
    Price: $190 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $19

    Is It Worth It?: Samsung makes so many products under the Galaxy banner that it's hard to keep track of them all. But you'll want to check out what CNET hails as "one of the best small tablets on the market" for its "light, comfortable design, myriad useful features, and bright colorful screen." As such, the Tab features a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 7" 1024x600 touchscreen LCD, 8GB internal memory, 802.11n wireless, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, 3-megapixel rear camera, microSD card slot, Bluetooth, and Google Android 4.1 OS (Jelly Bean).

    Note that to view the price, you'll have to scan the QR code, or enter a mobile number or email address.

  2. ASUS Google Nexus 7 16GB 7" Android Tablet
    Store: Staples
    Price: $149.90 at checkout via coupon code "20098" with free shipping
    Lowest By: $49

    Is It Worth It?: The "Nexus 7 is the cheapest way to experience the best that the Android OS has to offer," and we couldn't agree with CNET more, especially on the price-front, as this model is within a buck of its lowest price ever! The Nexus 7 is 12-oz. tablet features a 7" 1280x800 touchscreen display, NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB memory, 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, and Android 4.2 OS (Jelly Bean).

    Update: The 16GB model has sold out online, although the same deal is available in-store via this printable coupon.

    Looking to take a step up in the Nexus 7 world? The ASUS Google Nexus 7 32GB 7" Android Tablet sells for $199 before the above coupon, $169 after. A low by $30, this deal ties with our mention from a week ago as the lowest total price we've seen.

  3. HTC Jetstream 32GB 4G LTE 10.1" No-Contract Android Tablet for AT&T
    Store: Groupon
    Price: $249.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $40
    Expires: July 20

    Is It Worth It?: You're doubling up on savings here, as this 32GB model is $40 cheaper than the 16GB Jetstream! Praised for its "good build quality and thoughtful design," this 1.6-lb. GSM tablet features a 10.1" 1280x768 multi-touch LCD, Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 1.5GHz dual core processor, 1GB RAM, microSD card slot (32GB card pre-installed), 4G LTE capability via AT&T, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 3.0, Android 3.1 OS (Honeycomb), and more.

  4. Refurbished Amazon Kindle Fire HD 16GB 7" WiFi Android Tablet
    Store: DiscountSource Liquidation via eBay
    Price: $99.99 with free shipping EXPIRED
    Lowest By: $100

    Is It Worth It?: For $100 less than what Amazon charges for a new unit, this model still boasts "outstanding entertainment value that prizes simplicity over techno-wizardry." This 13.9-oz. tablet runs a modified version of Google's Android OS and features a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 7" 1280x800 multi-touch IPS LCD, 16GB internal storage, 802.11n wireless, front-facing HD camera, and more. Note that no AC adapter is included, and there is no warranty information provided.

  5. Acer Iconia W3-810 32GB 8.1" Tablet
    Store: Office Depot
    Price: $299.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $50
    Expires: July 20

    Is It Worth It?: While noting that this tablet can be a bit buggy, CNET says that this "smaller 8" Windows 8 tablet is a form worth exploring." This 1.2-lb. tablet features an Intel Atom Z2760 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 8.1" touchscreen LCD, 2GB RAM, 32GB SSD, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, microSD card slot, 2-megapixel front-facing and rear-facing cameras, media card reader, 2-cell battery, and Windows 8 32-bit.

    Looking for a larger hard drive? The Acer Iconia W3-810 64GB 8.1" Tablet is available for $349.99 with free shipping, a low by $50.

DealNews Contributing Writer

Lou Carlozo is a DealNews contributing writer. He covers personal finance for Reuters Wealth. Prior to that he was the Managing Editor of, and a veteran columnist at the Chicago Tribune.
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Lindsay Sakraida (DealNews)
@taneres Bummer! We updated the entry to reflect that, and included a printable coupon that lets you get the same price in-store.
The 16gb Nexus 7 at Stables shows up at $179.90 and in stores only.