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.
Creative ZiiO 7" 8GB Android Tablet
Store: Creative Labs via Amazon
$129.99 with free shippingEXPIRED
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.
Refurbished Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1" 32GB Android Tablet
$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.
Lenovo IdeaPad A1 7" 16GB Android Tablet
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.
Kobo Vox 7" 8GB Android Tablet
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.
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.
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