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A truly thorough spring cleaning means getting rid of your ancient tech, including your old tablet that's just barely chugging along. To help you find a new favorite toy, we've rounded up five Editors' Choice tablet deals. Get the cheapest iPad Air we've seen since Black Friday, save $110 on a Kindle Fire HD, or replace your laptop with a Lenovo Miix 2 8 for just $200.
Is It Worth It?: You're the sort of person who wants the latest and greatest tech, but not at the highest price. Now you can score Apple's current-gen iPad Air in Space Grey or Silver for $440. That's tied as the lowest price we've seen for a new unit since Black Friday week 2013. The iPad Air's most recognizable feature is its incredibly small profile, weighing in at just one pound and measuring only 0.29" thick. That's not just a gimmick, according to Engadget: "Not every manufacturer can produce a thin and light device without also making it feel cheap or flimsy, but Apple nailed it. Factor in a sizable boost in performance and battery life, and the Air is even more compelling."
The iPad Air also features a 9.7" 2048x1536 Retina display, an Apple A7 64-bit processor, an M7 motion coprocessor, a FaceTime HD front camera, dual microphones, a 5-megapixel iSight rear camera, 802.11a/n wireless with MIMO, Bluetooth, and iOS 7.
If you're interested in a previous-gen iPad, you'll want to check out Best Buy's iPad sale. With models marked down by up to $105, it's the best sale we've ever seen on such a wide selection of iPads, yielding several all-time price lows. Better yet, each model ships for free.
Is It Worth It?: Sure, the Nexus 10 was never going to impress iPad die-hards, but Android has built an empire of people who don't want Apple devices. Considered on its own merits, the Nexus 10 still stands up as a fantastic tablet. At the time of its release, CNET proclaimed the Nexus 10 to be "potentially the best Android tablet," because "its screen is gorgeous ... and it is the most comfortable 10" tablet to hold in your hand."
The 1.3-lb. Nexus 10 features a 10" 2560x1600 touchscreen LCD, an ARM Cortex A15 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 32GB SSD, a 5-megapixel rear camera, a 1.9-megapixel front camera, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, and Android 4.2 OS (Jelly Bean).
Is It Worth It?: Media-savvy tablet buyers have been looking to the Kindle Fire series for a few years now. No other tablet line pairs so nicely with Amazon's Prime benefits, such as the Kindle Lending Library and Prime Instant Video. Get even more awesome TV and movie streaming with this store-only offer from RadioShack, which bundles the previous-gen Kindle Fire HD 8.9" tablet with six months of Netflix for just $160. That's a $110 savings on the tablet alone!
The Kindle Fire HD boasts a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8.9" 1920x1200 (1080p) IPS LCD, 16GB of internal storage, 802.11a/n wireless, Bluetooth, Dolby Digital Plus audio, and Fire OS 3.0 (Mojito).
Is It Worth It?: Should you be vacillating between a laptop and a Windows tablet, then look no further than Lenovo's Miix 2 8. At $200, this 0.8-lb. tablet is a lot easier to carry around and cheaper, too. (You'll save $89 if you buy this one.) "The Miix 2 8 makes a strong argument for buying a Windows 8 tablet instead of a cheap laptop," said PC Mag, though the reviewer noted that you may want to augment the SSD with a micro SD card if you're hoping for more than casual use.
This 0.8-lb. tablet features an Intel Atom Z3740 1.33GHz quad-core processor, an 8" 1280x800 multi-touch LCD, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, 2-cell battery, microSD card slot, and Windows 8.1 32-bit.
Is It Worth It?: Not loving the Miix 2 8? If you live near a Micro Center, you can pick up the Dell Venue 8 Pro, another excellent option amongst 8" Windows tablets at the $200 price point. "It's easy to say that the Venue 8 Pro offers decent value for the money," said Engadget. "You get a vibrant, 400-nit tablet display, long battery life, and a processor powerful enough to run lightweight desktop apps when you need them."
The Venue 8 Pro boasts an Intel Atom Z3740D 1.8GHz quad-core processor, an 8" 1280x800 IPS touchscreen LCD, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a 1.2-megapixel front camera, a 5-megapixel rear camera, dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth, and Windows 8.1 32-bit.