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The Apple iPad is clearly one of the all-time top tablets, but it's also regrettably a budget buster for many. But there are a lot of tablet options out there, and if you're looking for a handy device for your casual surfing or writing needs, it may be prudent to seek out a cheaper option. Today's roundup has your back, with good deals from Amazon, Archos, and Coby. And what the hey, if you want to shoot the moon on a refurbished iPad 2, we've got a deal on that too.
Is It Worth It?: eXpansys is selling the Coby Kyros 7" Widescreen 4GB Android Internet Tablet for a penny less than a C-note: $99.99 with free shipping. That's tied with last week's mention and the lowest total price we could find by $17. CNET writes that this Android device is available "at an attractive price," although it has reservations about its performance. Features include a 7" 800x480 widescreen resistive touchscreen LCD, 802.11g wireless, 4GB flash memory, microSD card slot, miniHDMI output, USB connectivity, Android 2.3, and more.
Is It Worth It?: According to theandroidsoul, the "Arnova 9 G2 looks good if you're looking for a cheap and cheerful tablet." Cheap indeed, as you can get it for $229.99 with free shipping — the lowest total price we could find by $19. This 1.4-lb tablet features a 1024x768 capacitive touch-screen LCD display, ARM Cortex 9 1GHz processor, 4GB built-in memory, microSDHC card slot, 802.11g wireless, 1080p camera, Android 2.3 OS (Gingerbread), USB connectivity, and more.
Is It Worth It?: As one of the most popular consumer products of all time, the iPad 2 needs no introduction. Now that the iPad 3 is out, there are all kinds of opportunities to save on what remains a top-notch tablet. The Apple Store is offering the factory-refurbished Apple iPad 2 16GB WiFi Tablet in Black for $349, which is $50 less than what Apple charges for a new iPad 2. The 0.3"-thick tablet weighs 1.3 lbs. and features an Apple A5 1GHz dual-core processor, 9.7" 1024x768 LCD touchscreen display, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, accelerometer, compass, up to 10 hours of battery life, and more. A 1-year Apple warranty applies. If you're keen on more storage or 3G connectivity, there are several additional refurbished iPad 2s on sale right now as well.
Is It Worth It?: Engadget deemed the 1.1-lb. Huawei IDEOS S7 Slim 8GB 7" Android Tablet "satisfyingly thin and light," and at eXpansys you can get it for for just $149.99 with free shipping — a full $70 less than the lowest total price we could find for a similar Huawei S7 tablet elsewhere, tying our mention from last week. Features include a 7" 800x480 touchscreen LCD, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 2.1, microSD card slot, webcam, microphone, microUSB connectivity, Google Android 2.2 (Froyo), and more.
Is It Worth It?: Although completely different, the Kindle Fire has proven to be a great challenger to the iPad thrown in that it's simply so cheap. And if you don't mind a factory-refurbished device, you can save even more. The Kindle Fire runs a heavily-modified version of Google's Android OS and sports a dual-core processor, 7" 1024x600 IPS display, and 8GB internal storage. Amazon offers a 1-year limited warranty.
Update: Today only, Amazon has slashed the price to $139, which is the best deal we've ever seen for a Kindle Fire.
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