As a savvy consumer, you know that a lot of "early adopters" pay top dollar just to be beta testers for the big companies. The week's best tablet deals are full of previously-loved iPads, offering great value on models where you'll know what you're getting. Get a refurbished iPad 2 for $290, a used iPad (3rd Gen) for $250, or an open box iPad Mini for $229.
Refurbished Apple iPad 2 64GB Wi-Fi Tablet with iPad Smart Cover
Price: $289.99 with free shipping by UPS Ground
Lowest By: $14
Expires: April 23
Is It Worth It?: This iPad offers a whopping 64GB of storage, which usually sends prices skyrocketing. Vendor MegaMacs gives this refurbishment their highest Grade A, meaning it will have only minor exterior scratches and dents at most.
The iPad 2 is 0.3"-in. thick and weighs 1.3 lbs. It features an Apple A5 1GHz dual-core processor, 9.7" 1024x768 LCD touchscreen display, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, accelerometer, compass, and up to 10 hours of battery life.
Used 3rd-Generation Apple iPad 16GB WiFi Tablet
Price: $249.99 with free shipping with coupon code "10625172"
Lowest By: $15
Expires: April 24
Is It Worth It?: This Editors' Choice deal is the lowest price we've seen on this model, which came out just in 2012. At the time, the reviewer at All Things Digital praised its display as "the most spectacular display I have ever seen in a mobile device."
This 1.4-lb. tablet features a 9.7" 2048x1536 LED-backlit Retina display, A5x dual-core processor with quad-core graphics, 5-megapixel iSight camera with 1080p video recording, front-facing FaceTime camera, voice dictation, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, up to 10 hours of battery life, and iOS 5.
Open Box Apple iPad mini 16GB WiFi
Store/Vendor: Bluetek via eBay
Price: $229 with free shipping
Lowest By: $19
Is It Worth It?: Looking for something even more portable, and willing to take a risk? This deal knocks $19 off the price off the last deal we saw for a new model, making it a clear Editors' Choice. The "open box" condition could simply mean that it was a display model.
This 0.3"-thick tablet weighs 0.7 lbs. and features an Apple A5 1GHz dual-core processor, 7.9" 1024x768 touchscreen LCD, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, FaceTime, accelerometer, compass, up to 10 hours of battery life, and iOS 7.
Horn for iPhone or iPad
Store/Vendor: iTunes App Store
Lowest By: $7
Is It Worth It?: Now that you've got your iPad, you'll need to fill it! This Editors' Choice deal is the first time we've seen this action adventure game for free. IGN described Horn as "gorgeous" and "the mobile game that hardcore gamers have been waiting for," so you know you don't want to miss this opportunity.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8" 16GB
Price: $249 with free shipping with coupon code "EMCPFWB92"
Lowest By: $2
Expires: April 24
Is It Worth It?: Not an Apple fan? This Editors' Choice deal on one of Samsung's flagship Android tablets is the lowest price we've seen for a new tablet, and a current price low of $31.
It features an Exynos 1.6GHz quad-core CPU, 8" 1280x800 touchscreen display, 2GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD slot, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, and Android 4.1 OS (Jelly Bean).