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On-the-Go Computing: 5 Tablet Deals for Every User

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By Martin Schneider, dealnews contributor

The tablet is arguably the most popular device of the 2010s. Amazon has its Kindle line; Apple owns its iPad. Barnes & Noble even got on board with the NOOK, and there are a plethora of Android tablets to boot. If you don't already own a tablet, today's roundup of iPad, tablet, and eBook reader deals can put you right into the game.

  1. Refurbished HP TouchPad 10" 32GB WiFi WebOS Tablet
    Vendor: PC Connection Express
    Price: $209 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $22

    Is It Worth It?: Make your entry into the tablet world with this 1.6-lb. HP TouchPad 10" 32GB WiFi Tablet for just $209. While this model was discontinued last year due to failing sales, it quickly became a hot commodity when the price drastically reduced — making it the first truly inexpensive tablet from a major manufacturer. And it still retains tremendous appeal, as TouchPad deals often quickly sell out. It features a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 9.7" touchscreen, 1.3-megapixel camera, and runs HP webOS 3.0. A 90-day warranty applies, but it's not clear who backs it.

  2. Used Apple iPad 32GB WiFi + 3G Tablet
    Vendor: CowBoom
    Price: $219.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $144

    Is It Worth It?: While its planned obsolesces has made a lot of folks trade up their original iPads for the iPad 2 and the new iPad, the original iPad's technology isn't very old. CowBoom offers the used, 1st-generation Apple iPad 32GB WiFi + 3G Tablet for $219.99, which earns an Editors' Choice designation as the lowest total price we've ever seen for any 32GB 3G-equipped iPad. Like the above HP TouchPad, it weighs 1.6 lbs., but runs off an Apple A4 1GHz processor and has up to 9 hours of battery life. No warranty information is provided.

  3. Refurbished Apple iPad 2s
    Vendor: The Apple Store
    Price: From $399 with free shipping

    Is It Worth It?: Earning an Editors' Choice stamp of approval, the Apple Store is offering a slew of discounts on various refurbished units of the iPad 2, its category-defining tablet. The factory-refurbished Apple iPad 2 64GB WiFi in Black or White (pictured), for example, is available for $499 (formerly $549); this 0.3"-thick tablet weighs 1.3 lbs. has up to 10 hours of battery life and comes with a 1-year Apple warranty.

    You can also pick up a refurb Apple iPad 2 32GB WiFi + 3G in Black or White for AT&T or Verizon for $529 (was $579) or go all out with a new-to-you refurb Apple iPad 2 64GB WiFi + 3G in Black for AT&T or Verizon for $629. Looking for more iPad deals?

  4. B&N NOOK Color eBook Reader bundled with a $40 Target Gift Card
    Vendor: Target
    Price: $169 with $4.98 s&h
    Lowest By: $16
    Expires: May 12

    Is It Worth It?: Barnes & Noble's eBook entry is the underrated NOOK, which CNET calls "a good choice that's priced right." Pick up a Barnes & Noble NOOK Color eBook Reader bundled with a $40 Target Gift Card for $169. Assuming you use the gift card on another product, this Editors' Choice deal is $40 under our February mention, which included a $25 gift card, and the lowest total price we've seen for the NOOK Color. This Google Android-based eBook reader/tablet also offers 802.11n wireless (with free access in Barnes & Noble stores), 8GB internal memory, and more.

  5. Amazon Kindle Touch 6" eBook Reader bundled with a $20 Target Gift Card
    Vendor: Target
    Price: $99 in-store only 

    Lowest By: $20
    Expires: May 12

    Is It Worth It?: Not interested in the iPad or NOOK? Then Amazon's Kindle might suit your tablet needs. Pick up the Amazon Kindle Touch 6" eBook Reader bundled with a $20 Target Gift Card for $99. (To see it, turn to page 3 of the weekly ad.) This Editors' Choice tablet features X-Ray, which downloads Wikipedia information along with your books. It also has room for up to 3,000 books on its 4GB internal memory (3GB available for user content), a 6" e-Ink display, 802.11n wireless, and more.

    If you want more than WiFi on your tablet, head to Target and pick up the AT&T-powered Amazon Kindle Touch 3G 6" eBook Reader also bundled with a $40 Target Gift Card for $149, a low by $30.


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DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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wesdonnabrown
I have the HP Touchpad (32 GB bought for $150) and just put CM9 on it (Android Ice Cream Sandwich). It is AMAZING! I can still boot in WebOS as well so I have the best of both. All without the Apple ecosystem, which can be maddening at times.
briansolomon
I bought one of the cowboom iPads. Been happy with it. The way I look at it- yes, it's a few years old and it won't be supported by the latest iOS soon, but apps will still run on it and it's a lot more useful than a brand new kindle fire at $200. It's perfect for couch surfing and the occasional trip and I don't feel like I got ripped off at $729 buying a new one to do the same things.