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If the news of Barnes & Noble discounting the 9" NOOK as a "Mother's Day promotion" doesn't get you excited for a new tablet, then perhaps this full roundup of cheap tablets will. All of today's Windows 8 and Android tablets are Editors' Choice deals; prices start at just $70.
Is It Worth It?: Not only is the 7" 8GB HD WiFi NOOK (pictured) priced $90 off at $149, but its larger siblings — the 9" 16GB NOOK ($179) and 9" 32GB NOOK ($209) — are also at all-time low prices. The aforementioned 7" slate features a 1440x900 HD display, while the 9" models feature a 1920x1280 (1080p) HD+ display. The battery life of all NOOK models supports about 10 hours of reading and up to nine hours of video to boot.
Rather a refurb unit? The refurbished Barnes & Noble NOOK 7" 8GB Android Tablet is $67.49 via coupon code "EMCXRXL52" with free shipping from newegg. That's $13 under our mention from last week and the lowest total price we've seen for this model, and it's also an Editors' Choice.
Is It Worth It?: If you're in the market for a Kindle Fire HD, head to your local OfficeMax and pick up this model for the lowest price around (though we saw it for $19 less in March, since expired.) This 13.9-oz. tablet runs a modified version of Google's Android OS and features a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 7" 1280x800 multitouch IPS display, 16GB internal storage, 802.11n wireless, front-facing HD camera, and more.
While the "Amazon Kindle Fire HD is the Kindle Fire as it should have been," said current-gen is still a fully-functional slate. It runs a heavily-modified version of Google's Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS and sports a OMAP4430 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 7" 1024x600 multi-touch IPS LCD, 8GB internal memory, WiFi, has up to nine hours of battery life. The latest Kindle Fire 7" 8GB Android Tablet can be yours for $138.99 with free shipping (a low by $35).
Is It Worth It?: This 1.3-lb. tablet "is the best full-featured Android tablet yet," says CNET. It's also presently $9 cheaper than it was in December and is now the best price we've ever seen for a used unit. It features an NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 10.1" LED backlit 1280x800 touchscreen LCD, 1GB RAM, 32GB internal flash storage, 1.2-megapixel front camera and 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with flash, Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR, 802.11n wireless, and more. Of note, an Android operating system is included; however, the version isn't specified. No warranty information is provided. Also, this used item may have cosmetic imperfections, scratches and/or blemishes, and may be missing accessories.
Is It Worth It?: The Lenovo IdeaPad A1 is a classic Android tablet at an attractive price" despite what some might consider its "subpar screen." Other features of this 14.1-oz tablet include Texas Instruments OMAP 3622 1GHz processor, 7" 1024x600 touchscreen LCD, 512MB RAM, 16GB of storage, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 2.1, 1-cell battery, USB, and Google Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).
Is It Worth It?: This 10.1" tablet is great for its all-day battery life," though power users may be wary of the Intel Atom Z2760 1.5GHz dual-core processor. Other features include 2GB RAM, 32GB SSD, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, microSD card slot, 2-megapixel front-facing camera and 8-megapixel rear-facing cameras, media card reader, 2-cell battery, and Windows 8 32-bit.
Front page photo credit: Geek.com