HP sparked a huge amount of interest in the HP TouchPad tablet when the company marked down the price to $99 this weekend to liquidate all remaining inventory. Some folks who wouldn’t have looked twice at the tablet for $399 or more are rushing to buy it at the new low price, many with hopes of installing Google Android, Ubuntu Linux, or other operating systems.
But the TouchPad is sold out nearly everywhere. You can either keep pulling your hair out trying to get your hands on one, or you could settle for a another tablet which is already selling at a low price. Here’s a roundup of some Android tablets you can buy for less than $200.
Some lack the HP TouchPad’s capacitive touchscreen, instead using resistive touch technology. Some have low resolution displays, most have less storage space than the TouchPad, and almost all of them have slower processors. But you can use them to surf the web, check email, watch videos, or run thousands of apps. And you can buy any of these tablets today.
- $120 – Pandigital Novel 7″ color Android eReader w/2GB storage, 600 x 800px display – KMart
- $148 – Coby Kyros MID7024 7″ Android 2.2 tablet w/4GB RAM, 800 x 480px display – B&H
- $150 – Arnova 8 tablet w/8″ 800 x 600 pixel display, Android 2.1, 4GB storage – J&R
- $160 – Arnova 10 tablet w/10″ 1024 x 600 pixel display, Android 2.1, 4GB storage – B&H
- $160 – Velocity Micro T301 7″ Android 2.2 tablet w/800 x 600px capacitive display, 2GB storage – Amazon
- $164 – NextBook Next5 7″ Android 2.1 tablet w/800 x 480 display, 2GB storage, stylus – Ritz Camera
- $175 – NextBook Next6 7″ Android 2.1 tablet w/800 x 480px capacitive display, 4GB storage – Ritz Camera
- $180 – Refurbished Barnes & Noble NOOK Color w/7″ 1024 x 600 pixel capacitive display – B&N
- $200 – Archos 70 7″ Android tablet w/Android 2.2, 800 x 480px capacitive display, 8GB storage – J&R
- $200 – ViewSonic ViewBook 730 7″ Android 2.2 tablet w/800 x 480 pixel display, 8GB storage – Amazon
Unless otherwise stated, I believe most of these tablets have resistive touchscreen displays. It’s also worth noting that you may need to root the Pandigital Novel or Barnes & Noble NOOK Color in order to get the most use out of those devices.
You can find other bargains on mobile gadgets and accessories in our daily deals section.