Weekend Jolt: $199 iPad mini, $80 Nexus 7, More


We've got a showdown of the small tablets in this weekend's Jolt. In this corner: the iPad mini, providing the advantages of an iPad with minor sacrifices in performance. And in this corner: the Nexus 7, offering great performance at the fraction of a cost of an iPad. These deals, and more are in today's list of five Editors' Choice deals that we found overnight and early this morning.

  1. Top Apple Deal
    iPad miniApple iPad mini 16GB WiFi Tablet
    Store: Walmart
    Price: $199 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $43

    Is It Worth It?: Yes, there are now two new generations of iPad minis. But we've outlined that the iPad mini 3 is probably not worth it; and for the price difference, the original iPad mini is still a great buy.

    Available in White and Space Grey, this iPad is tied in price with our August mention as the lowest we've ever seen for any Apple iPad mini 16GB, including refurbs. This 0.7-lb. tablet features an A5 1GHz dual-core processor, 7.9" 1024x768 LED-backlit touchscreen LCD, 16GB internal storage, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, 5-megapixel iSight rear-facing Camera, 1.2-megapixel FaceTime front-facing camera, gyro, accelerometer, up to 10 hours of battery life, and iOS 6 and iCloud.

  2. Best Laptop Deal
    Samsung ChromebookHP Samsung Exynos 5 1.7GHz 4G LTE 11.6" Chromebook for Verizon
    Store: BestBuy
    Price: $49 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $226
    Expires: Today

    Is It Worth It?: If you want more of a conventional computing experience and have low performance demands, this Chromebook deal is near unbeatable. Available in Piano White, it's tied with our mention from three weeks ago as the best price we've seen for any new Chromebook. It features a Samsung Exynos 5250 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 11.6" 1366x768 LCD, 2GB RAM, 16GB flash storage, 802.11a/n wireless, webcam, 3-cell battery, and Google's cloud-based Chrome OS.

  3. Best Shoe Deal
    TevaTeva Men's Pinner 2 Fashion Sneakers
    Store: Amazon
    Price: $27 with free shipping via Prime
    Lowest By: $25

    Is It Worth It?: Hey, you don't have to sit at your computer all day long! At this price, snatch up these sneakers in Black to beat up during the foul weather of fall. Non-Prime-members can spend $35 to qualify for free shipping; otherwise, it adds $5.48. They're available in sizes from 7 to 13.

  4. Best Accessory Deal
    KeyboardCM Storm QuickFire XT Blue Cherry MX Mechanical Keyboard
    Store: Newegg
    Price: $49.99 with free shipping via mail-in rebate EXPIRED
    Lowest By: $30
    Expires: November 10

    Is It Worth It?: Don't crush your fingers on a miniature laptop keyboard. Grab this mechanical one, specially formatted for gaming. A $30 mail-in rebate cuts the price to $49.99. With free shipping, that's the lowest total price we could find by $30. This full-size keyboard features Cherry MX blue switches, N-key rollover, and six extra key caps.

  5. Best Android Deal
    Nexus 7ASUS Google Nexus 7 16GB 7" Android Tablet
    Store: Expansys
    Price: $79.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $59

    Is It Worth It?: Engadget called the Nexus 7 "a home run" and "the best budget 7-inch tablet" available. And now it's even more budget friendly, at $15 under our mention of a refurb from a week ago and the lowest total price we've seen for a refurb.

    This 12-oz. tablet features a 7" 1280x800 touchscreen display, NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB memory, 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, and Android 4.1 OS (Jelly Bean). A 90-day warranty applies, although it's unclear who supports it.

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Greg the Gruesome
It's bad enough that the DealNews deal for that HP Chromebook doesn't include a mention of the required two-year contract in its "headline" price. The listing here makes no mention of it at all! ಠ_ಠ

Also, it would be nice to know if the Nexus 7 here is a first-generation model or a second-generation one.
To clarify, Walmart's ad for a $199 Ipad Mini is out of stock.
Probably a shock to no one, but this deal is already "Out of Stock".

3:49 EST Nov. 8