Tablet deals: $60 for a 9" Android tablet, save $114 on Kindle Fire HD
Tablets are a hot product right now, as traditional personal computer sales slow. Dealnews.com has a new roundup of tablet deals below.
Once you get a tablet, you'll wonder how ever you lived without one. It's like a smartphone, but no one ever interrupts you by calling! If you're looking for a first tablet (or trying to replace an old one), you'll definitely want to check out our roundup of the week's best tablet deals. Score a 9" Android tablet for just $60, save $114 on a refurbished Kindle Fire HD, or get an iPad Air for at $45 off.
Archos Arnova 90 G3 4GB 9" Android Tablet
Price: $59.99 via coupon code "59ARCHOSG3" with free shipping
Lowest By: $16
Is It Worth It?: If you're looking for good-sized, entry-level Android tablet, you can't do better than the Archos Arnova 90 G3 right now. This Editors' Choice tablet drops to just $60 after coupon code "59ARCHOSG3"; we rarely see 9" tablets fall this low! While noting that this budget tablet has no access to the Google Play store, PC Advisor thought the microSD slot added some media appeal: "Plugging in a flash drive, we were able to watch movies with no trouble at all. This is a welcome addition if you don't want to fill up the tiny 4GB internal storage with large video files."
This 17-oz. tablet features a 9" 800x480 capacitive touchscreen LCD, an ARM Cortex A9 1GHz processor, 4GB of built-in memory, 802.11n wireless, a front-facing camera, and Android 4.1 OS (Jelly Bean).
Pioneer R1 8GB 7" Android Tablet
Price: $69.99 with free shipping
Lowest By: $30
Is It Worth It?: Craving a smaller tablet with more built-in storage and access to Google Play? For just $10 more than the tablet above, you can grab the Pioneer R1. A $30 savings at $70, this budget-friendly Android comes in four fun colors.
Features include a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, a 7" 1024x600 touchscreen LCD, 8GB of internal memory, a webcam, a microSD card slot, 802.11n wireless, and Android 4.2 OS (Jelly Bean).
Refurbished Kindle Fire HD 32GB 8.9" WiFi Tablet
Price: $179.99 with $5 s&h
Lowest By: $114
Expires: March 17
Is It Worth It?: If you're an Amazon Prime member who's looking to make the most of his soon-to-be pricier membership, then you need a Kindle Fire. This refurbished Kindle Fire HD from Woot is still one of the best 9" tablet deals around at $180. That's an Editors' Choice-worthy $114 below the price of a new one! Unique to the Kindle Fire experience are features like Whispersync, X-Ray for books and movies, and FreeTime for kids, as well as Prime-only things like Prime Instant Video and the Kindle Lending Library.
The Kindle Fire HD also sports a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8.9" 1920x1200 (1080p) IPS LCD, 32GB of internal storage, a front-facing camera, 802.11a/n wireless, Bluetooth, and Fire OS 3.0 (Mojito). A 1-year Amazon warranty applies.
Lenovo Yoga 10 32GB 10.1" Android Tablet
Price: $319 via coupon code "USPYT819313" with free shipping
Lowest By: $80
Expires: March 31
Is It Worth It?: Longevity is king with the Yoga 10, a big tablet with a comparatively impressive battery life — it can purportedly go as long as 18 hours before needing a recharge. Plus, CNET says it's "remarkably comfortable to hold," though the reviewer was less than impressed with the lower-resolution screen. Use coupon code "USPYT819313" to drop the Yoga 10 to $319, an all-time price low for this 32GB model.
The Yoga 10 features an integrated kickstand, an MTK MT8125 1.2GHz quad-core processor, a 10.1" 1280x800 IPS LCD, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of flash storage, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, a 5MP rear camera, a 1.6MP front camera, a microSD card slot, a 3-cell battery, and Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean).
Is It Worth It?: If the tablets above aren't quite cutting-edge enough for you, then step up to the iPad Air. Weighing in at just one pound and measuring only 0.29" thin, Apple's current-gen iPad is considered by many to be the best tablet on the market right now. Calling the iPad Air's hardware "close to perfect," The Verge's reviewer said "the iPad Air represents a nearly ideal manifestation of what a large tablet can and should be." Right now you can score this tablet for just $450, a price low by $45.
The iPad Air boasts a 9.7" 2048x1536 Retina display, an Apple A7 64-bit processor, an M7 motion coprocessor, a FaceTime HD front camera, dual microphones, a 5-megapixel iSight rear camera, 802.11a/n wireless with MIMO, Bluetooth, and iOS 7.
Best Buy's also got you covered if you're looking for a previous-gen iPad: the merhcant's knocked up to $80 off a selection of iPad models. While we saw savings of up to $105 on a larger selection of iPads last week, you'll still find significant savings in this sale. Plus, each model ships for free.
Marcy Bonebright is a features writer for Dealnews.com, where this article first appeared.