Finding the right tablet for your needs can be an annoying and expensive form of trial-and-error. Since most folks can't afford to just keep buying tablets until they find the perfect fit, we're breaking down the weeks' best tablet deals to help you make the right choice on the first try. Get an all-time-low price on the iPad 2, save $40 on a Nexus 7, or score a 2nd-gen Kindle Fire for just $79.
Apple iPad 2 16GB WiFi Tablet
Price: $299 with free shipping
Lowest By: $72
Is It Worth It?: With rumors circulating that the iPad 2 will be the next legacy iPad to get the axe, it's no wonder that Walmart is offering this tablet in Black for the all-time-low price of $299. An Editors' Choice pick and $72 price low, this previous-generation tablet may not boast a Retina display, but it still packs a punch with its A5 dual-core chip.
The iPad 2 features an Apple A5 1GHz dual-core processor, a 9.7" 1024x768 touchscreen LCD, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, front and back cameras, 720p video capture, accelerometer, and up to 10 hours of battery life.
Refurbished ASUS Google Nexus 7 32GB 7" Android Tablet
Price: $99.99 via $50 mail-in rebate with free shipping
Lowest By: $40
Expires: February 28
Is It Worth It?: You might balk at purchasing a 1st-generation Nexus 7 when its successor has been so well received, but this refurb offers excellent value at a ridiculously low price point. "Budget tablets typically make the biggest sacrifices on the display front," Engadget noted. "Not so with the Nexus 7 ... Text is rendered very well and 720p videos look great." You can score this Editors' Choice tablet for $100 via the mail-in rebate above.
The Nexus 7 sports a 7" 1280x800 IPS multitouch LCD, a Tegra 3 T30L 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of internal memory, Bluetooth 3.0, a 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, 802.11n wireless, and Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). A 90-day warranty is provided, but it's unclear who backs it.
Lenovo Yoga 8 32GB 8" Android Tablet
Price: $199 via coupon code "USPYT848212" with free shipping
Lowest By: $100
Expires: February 20
Is It Worth It?: If a full-size iPad 2 is too big for your purposes and the Nexus 7 is too small, the Lenovo Yoga 8 is the mid-size tablet you've been craving. Better yet, the Yoga 8 outperforms its larger counterpart, 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." Get this tablet for $199 via coupon code "USPYT848212", which is a $100 savings and tied as the best price we've seen.
The Yoga 8 features a built-in kickstand, an MTK MT8125 1.2GHz quad-core processor, an 8" 1280x800 IPS touchscreen LCD, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of flash storage, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, rear and front cameras, and Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean).
Dell Venue 8 Pro 8" 32GB Windows 8.1 Tablet
Store: Micro Center
Price: $199.99 with in-store pickup
Lowest By: $50
Is It Worth It?: Another excellent option amongst 8" tablets at the $200 price point, the Dell Venue 8 Pro is a great choice for Windows fans. The Dell Venue 8 Pro "is rather similar to what you would expect with any traditional Windows computer," according to SlashGear. "All the Windows goodies can be expected and those living in the Windows world will likely be right at home with the setup." Pick up this Editors' Choice tablet and you'll save $50.
The Venue 8 Pro boasts an Intel Atom Z3740D 1.8GHz quad-core processor, an 8" 1280x800 IPS touchscreen LCD, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a 1.2-megapixel front camera, a 5-megapixel rear camera, dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth, and Windows 8.1 32-bit.
Refurbished Amazon Kindle Fire 7" 8GB WiFi Android Tablet
Price: $79 with free shipping
Lowest By: $6
Is It Worth It?: If all you want is a great media device, look no further than this factory-refurbished Kindle Fire. At $79, this 2nd-gen Kindle Fire is the cheapest refurb we've seen and a clear Editors' Choice pick. This tablet supports Kindle- and Prime-exclusive media features like X-Ray for movies, TV, and books, the Prime Lending Library and Prime Instant Video, and Kindle FreeTime for kids.
The 2nd-generation Kindle Fire runs a heavily-modified version of Android's Ice Cream Sandwich OS and sports a 7" 1024x600 IPS display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal storage. A 1-year Amazon warranty applies.