July 22, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
In the market for a new Android tablet? There are plenty in stores sitting on the shelves, waiting for a decent person to bring them to a good home.
You can actually save $100 on a new tablet if you head to your local Staples. A special in-store coupon will take $100 off the purchase price for any tablet other than the HP Touchpad, Amazon Kindle, and Barnes & Noble Nook. The coupon is valid until July 30, 2011, so it might be a good idea to print it and visit Staples to see if there are any decent Android tablets on hand.
The coupon can be printed here and has some legalese exclusions that you should read over, including the statement that models vary by store. You may discover that the tablet you had your eye on is not available at a particular location. Should that happen, here’s a quick rundown of the Android tablets that Staples offers.
Samsung Galaxy Tab
The slimmest tab around and the first slated to have some major UI changes made to Android Honeycomb. A tablet version of TouchWiz will arrive in a future update, it is very light and excellent for reading, and the screen looks great. One potential problem is that it has only one port and dodgy connectivity to desktops. [read review]
The original Honeycomb tablet. It’s a little heavier than most, but gets updates in a timely manner and can do what the others do just as well. If you want something more stylish than a Transformer but has more ports than the GTab 10.1, this might be right for you.
ASUS Eee Pad Transformer
The most adaptive. The Transformer has been incredibly popular because of its outstanding price ($399) and its ability to convert into a mini-laptop thanks to a special keyboard dock (sold separately). This will probably appeal to most Android tablet enthusiasts.
The most affordable. It’s only $399, so people who want the cheapest option available – but only if the Transformer isn’t an option – should grab this. The hardware didn’t impress me when I previously saw, but it’s a solid package, has a large 10.1-inch screen, and will be a great value with the discount.
The most connected. The Thrive has ports for USB and HDMI, plenty of sensors for accurate motion and gaming, a solid grip, and great battery life. The device is a little bulky but still feels hollow, and has persistent blinking lights that are annoying. The Toshiba Thrive has customizable backs with a good grip, so grab this if you want to switch things up and don’t mind the big size.
via Reddit Thanks, Stacey!