Have you heard the rumors that Apple and Samsung are developing 12" tablets? While bigger is sometimes better, for the moment we're sticking with these iPad and tablet deals that are the perfect size for average, adult-sized hands and budgets. We've got the NOOK HD+ for $179, a slew of refurb iPad minis starting at $279, and the best price we've ever seen on any 7" 16GB Samsung Galaxy Tab.
Barnes & Noble NOOK 9" 32GB HD+ WiFi Tablet
Price: $179 with free shipping
Lowest By: $32
Is It Worth It?: Having received the "Google treatment," the NOOK HD+ remains a "quality entry point into the world of tablets," despite its lack of cameras. And available from both Walmart and Barnes & Noble for $179 (or $179.95 from BlueProton via Amazon and $179.99 via Best Buy), this "low-price" model doesn't skimp on features: the 9" 1920x1280 display is powered by a 1.5GHz processor with 32GB internal memory, and it boasts WiFi, a microSD card slot, and MP3 audio and MP4 video playback.
Refurbished Apple iPad mini 16GB WiFi
Store: Apple Store
Price: $279 with free shipping
Lowest By: $110
Is It Worth It?: In advance of the Apple announcement on October 22, the Apple Store is cutting up to $110 off its line of refurbished iPad minis. Prices start at $279 for the pictured Apple iPad mini 16GB WiFi. You can also get your hands on other variations of the factory-refurb 7.9" tablets including the Apple iPad mini 16GB WiFi + 4G for AT&T for $389, and more. Note that each of these factory-refurbished iPad minis carries a 1-year Apple warranty.
This 0.3"-thick tablet weighs 0.7 lbs. and features an Apple A5 1GHz dual-core processor, 7.9" 1024x768 LED-backlit touchscreen LCD, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, accelerometer, compass, up to 10 hours of battery life, and iOS 6.
Refurbished Apple iPad with Retina Display 16GB WiFi + 4G for AT&T in Black or White
Store: Apple Store
Price: $529 with free shipping
Lowest By: $100
Is It Worth It?: Much like its discounts on the iPad mini, you can score a refurbished 4th generation iPad for about $100 less than a new one. Choose from the factory-refurbished Apple iPad with Retina Display 16GB WiFi + 4G for AT&T in Black (pictured) or White for $529, or go big with a refurbished Apple iPad with Retina Display 64GB WiFi + 4G for Verizon also available in Black or White, and embrace the lowest total prices we've ever seen on this generation of iPads. Looking for a 32GB setup of more options from AT&T or Verizon? Check out all of these refurbished Apple iPad deals. Note that each of these factory-refurbished iPads with Retina display carries a 1-year Apple warranty.
This tablet is 9.4mm thick, weighs 1.4 lbs., and features a 9.7" 2048x1536 Retina display, A6x dual-core processor with quad-core graphics, 5-megapixel iSight camera with 1080p video recording, front FaceTime camera, voice dictation, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, up to 10 hours of battery life, and iOS 6.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 16GB 7" Android Tablet
Price: $49.95 with free shipping
Lowest By: $125
Is It Worth It?: While this Editors' Choice non-Apple tablet deal does require you to input your ZIP code to determine eligibility for a 2-year Sprint contract, this offer does yield the very best price we've ever seen for any 16GB 7" Samsung Galaxy Tab; even when you factor in the minimum 2-year $5-per-month data plan, this deal is still a price low by $125. The 7" tablet is powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core processor and 1.5GB RAM, and boasts 16GB internal memory, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera and 3-megapixel rear camera, plus WiFi, a microSD card slot, Bluetooth capabilities, and access to Sprint's 4G LTE network. It runs on Google Android 4.2 OS (Jelly Bean).
Enter your ZIP code and scroll down to select a data plan; on the next page you'll see the Galaxy Tab as the first listed device option.
Used Apple iPad 2 64GB 3G + WiFi for Verizon
Store: Other World Computing
Price: $355 with free shipping
Lowest By: $374
Is It Worth It?: Coming in at 49% off its original MSRP of $729, this OWC-restored iPad 2 is a mere $355. What's more, its guts are nearly identical to that of the iPad mini; you could spend $549 on the aforementioned refurbished Apple iPad mini 64GB WiFi + 4G for AT&T from Apple, or you could opt for this older-in-the-iPad-line model, and save yourself another $174. This 0.3"-thick tablet features an Apple A5 1GHz dual-core processor, 9.7" 1024x768 LCD touchscreen display, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, accelerometer, up to 10 hours of battery life, and more.