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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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.