These are not your average Editor's Choice iPad and tablet deals. No, they're an assortment of high-end and refurbished units from brands you've come to know in the everyday electronics market. As such, we think you'll find just the right tablet to suit your every need: from the workhouse PlayBook bundle, to the cheapest 64GB iPad with Retina Display we've ever seen, to a student-only Kindle Fire HD sale, and more.
ASUS Google Nexus 7 16GB 7" Android Tablet
Price: $129.99 via $20 mail-in rebate with free shipping
Lowest By: $40
Expires: August 16
Is It Worth It?: With the release of the next generation Nexus 7, we're seeing great deals on this first-generation tablet. And despite its being a last year's model, this Nexus 7 still boasts an "excellent design [and] useful software features" that make it "the cheapest way to experience the best that the Android OS has to offer."
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).
Refurbished Sony Xperia Tablet S 16GB 9.4" Android Tablet
Price: $225 with free shipping
Lowest By: $30
Is It Worth It?: The Sony Xperia Tablet S distinguishes itself as a tablet for media consumption with its speakers, expandable storage, and xLOUD technology. However, its screen resolution leaves something to be desired. Still, purchasing this refurb at its lowest price ever is a sound investment.
This 1.3-lb. tablet features a Tegra quad-core processor, 9.4" 1280x800 IPS LCD, IR blaster allowing the tablet to be used as a remote, 802.11n wireless, 1-megapixel front-facing camera, 8-megapixel rear camera, Bluetooth 3.0, SD card slot, and Android 4.0 OS (Ice Cream Sandwich). A 90-day warranty applies, although it's unclear who supports it.
Apple iPad with Retina Display 64GB WiFi Tablet
Price: $599.99 in-store
Lowest By: $84
Is It Worth It?: Say hello to the least expensive Apple iPad 4 WiFi 64GB tablet we've ever seen! Coming in at $100 less than what the Apple Store charges, this generation of the iPad weighs just 1.4 lbs and features a 10" Retina display powered by an A6 processor with quad-core graphics.
Other features include a 5-megapixel iSight camera with 1080p video recording, 1.2-megapixel HD FaceTime camera, voice dictation, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, Lightning connector, up to 10 hours of battery life, and iOS 6.
Refurbished BlackBerry PlayBook 7" 16GB WiFi Tablet bundled with a Charging Pod and Rapid Wall Charger
Price: $90.96 via coupon code "TAB30" with $2 s&h
Lowest By: At least $9
Is It Worth It?: While the BlackBerry PlayBook isn't a main contender in the tablet world, this bundle is nothing to scoff at as it features both an additional charging pod and wall charger for under $100.
This 24-oz. tablet features a 1GHz dual-core processor, 7" 1024x600 touchscreen LCD, 16GB of internal memory, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, 3-megapixel front-facing camera, 5-megapixel rear camera, micro USB, HDMI, and BlackBerry Tablet OS. A 90-day All4Cellular warranty applies.
Kindle Fire HD 16GB 8.9" WiFi Android Tablet with Special Offers
Price: $199 via coupon code "FIREHD89" with free shipping
Lowest By: At least $29
Expires: September 2
Is It Worth It?: Listen up, students! Now you can own the latest 16GB Kindle Fire HD (with Special Offers) for under $200. On an even tighter student budget? Well, so long as you have an active Prime account, you could be the proud owner of the smaller Kindle Fire HD 16GB 7" WiFi Android Tablet with Special Offers for $149 via coupon code "FIREHDST" or a Kindle Fire 8GB 7" WiFi Android Tablet with Special Offers for $129 via coupon code "FIREDEAL".