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To Fight the Winter Blues, Take These Tablets: 5 Android Tablet Deals

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The season of mistletoe and "ho, ho, ho" may be winding down, but holiday shopping, it seems, isn't ready to take a holiday just yet. Today, we've got bargains aplenty on Android tablets. Because there are so many hardware options available with Android, we've gathered some critical advice for several of the deals featured below. And at some of these prices, even an Apple lover may be convinced to give an inexpensive Android tablet a try.

  1. Creative ZiiO 7" 8GB Android Tablet
    Store: Creative Labs via Amazon
    Price: $129.99 with free shipping EXPIRED
    Lowest By: $67

    Is It Worth It?: Running Android 2.2, this tablet features a 7" color touchscreen, 8GB built-in memory, 802.11g wireless, Bluetooth, USB connectivity, HDMI output, and a microSD card slot. Consumers praise the convenience of the microSD card slot and the tablet's compatibility with many media files, but complain about its speed. Many apps, it seems, don't always work because of scant system resources or compatibility issues.

  2. Refurbished Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1" 32GB Android Tablet
    Store: TigerDirect
    Price: $479.99 $449.99 with free shipping
    Lowest By: $31

    Is It Worth It?: At $109 less than a new model, this Editors' Choice refurbished Samsung Galaxy 10.1" 32GB tablet is priced to sell. CNET editors rave, "As thin as the iPad 2 and even lighter, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the sexiest Honeycomb tablet we've seen." It operates solely on WiFi, runs Google Android 3.1 OS (Honeycomb), and boasts a 10.1" touchscreen LCD, 32GB of memory, a 3-megapixel back camera and a 2-megapixel front camera, dual speakers, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, and built-in GPS.

    Update: We listed this tablet earlier for $479.99 via eBay, but a reader found that it's now available direct from TigerDirect for $449.99 with free shipping. A 3-month Woot Wholesale warranty applies.

  3. Lenovo IdeaPad A1 7" 16GB Android Tablet
    Store: Lenovo
    Price: $199 via "USPA2M1227" with free shipping
    Lowest By: $154
    Expires: January 4

    Is It Worth It?: If you can settle for a little less capacity and sizzle than the Samsung Galaxy, Lenovo's IdeaPad A1 Google Android Tablet in Black will set you back just $199. CNET users love this tablet, giving it 4.5 out of 5 stars, adding that the 16GB of RAM easily expands to 32GB. Operating on Google Android 2.3, the IdeaPad features a Texas Instruments OMAP 3622 1GHz processor, a 7" widescreen touchscreen LCD, 512MB RAM, 16GB of storage, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, microSD card slot, and rear- and front-facing cameras.

  4. Kobo Vox 7" 8GB Android Tablet
    Store: Walmart
    Price: $169 with $2.97 s&h, or free Site-to-Store
    Lowest By: $8

    Is It Worth It?: You may know Kobo as the eBook seller and reader manufacturer, but the brand is moving into tablet territory just like Barnes & Noble and Amazon. Its first tablet is the Vox, and although reviews haven't been stellar (see: Engadget), the tablet's discounted price tag is lower than what we've seen for the Kindle Fire so far. It features a 7" touchscreen LCD, 8GB of internal storage, SD card slot (compatible with up to 32GB cards), 802.11n wireless, Google Android 2.3 OS, and more.

  5. Pandigital Novel 7" 1GB Android Tablet
    Store: P.C. Richard & Son
    Price: $79.99 with free shipping
    Lowest by: $5

    Is It Worth It?: If you absolutely refuse to spend more than $100 on a tablet, P.C. Richard & Son offers the Pandigital Novel 7" 1GB Tablet, operating Android 2.0 (Eclair), for cheap. As the name "Novel" suggests, this device serves well as a souped-up eBook reader, given its 7" size and no-frills package. Features include a 600x800 touchscreen LCD, 1GB internal memory, WiFi, USB, and SDHC/MMC+ card slot.

Not finding the Android tablet of your dreams? Keep an eye on our tablet deal page, or set up an email alert for a specific model or general category.

Front page photo credit: Phandroid


Lou Carlozo is dealnews' Green Dad columnist. He was most recently the managing editor of WalletPop.com, and before that a veteran columnist at the Chicago Tribune. Follow him on Twitter — @LouCarlozo63. You can also sign up for an email alert for all dealnews features.
Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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12 comments
snoonw
who cares about the fixes amazon is working on. It appears that its being ported to the delicious Ice cream sandwich. Its almost ported but some features r not fully working I give it another 2-3 weeks for a usable beta
dealnews-Lindsay
Thanks, it looks like Lenovo added more stock since yesterday. 
kurtjski
Well, the Lenovo is still on sale for $199 at their website using your link and the same coupon code.
dealnews-Lindsay
Thanks kindly! We updated the original deal and our roundup. 
kurtjski
Just thought you would like to know that TigerDirect has the Galaxy for $449.99 with free shipping on their regular website.
kurtjski
Just thought you might want to know that TigerDirect has the Samsung on their regular website for $449.99 with free shipping: http://www.tigerdirect.com/...o=1159420&CatId=6957
MWFplus3
Must say that I'm glad I passed on the Kindle Fire for now; I'll wait 'til the bugs are worked out then have another look
dealnews-Lindsay
With these roundups, we're not trying to say that these are the best Android tablets, just that these are the best Android DEALS that are currently available. Hopefully we'll find a deal on the Thrive sometime soon!
dealnews-Lindsay
Hi John, we listed the Xoom as a deal a few days ago at $340, then expired it when it jumped up to $380. We didn't include it here because of the $40 increase. It's obviously much lower than the Galaxy as you pointed out, but $380 is pretty high for a refurb Xoom, according to our archives.
snoonw
Dont forget to check craiglist i have seen tons of brand new kindle fires some as low as 130
johnwgaray
The 10" Motorola Xoom refurbished was available the other day for $340 from Newegg, about $140 less than the Galaxy.  It's available now at newegg for $379, $100 less than the Galaxy.  While I think the Galaxy is a better tablet, $100 is a $100 and we are looking for deals...
MWFplus3
What, no Thrive? It's the only one with full USB, full HDMI, and a full-size SD slot.
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