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Factory-Refurbished 8-Inch Nook HD Android Tablet now $70 on eBay

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Remember that 8” Nook HD refurb I got a couple of months ago? An eBay seller has a “limited quantity” of factory-refurbished units available at the amazing price of $70 each. (Just over 1,900 had been sold by the time I wrote this.) You can add a two-year SquareTrade warranty for another $17. (Update: The price went up to $80 after 2,000 units were sold. Still a great bargain, though.)

As I’ve written elsewhere, this is a great little Android tablet. Maybe not so much if you stick with the stock B&N operating system, which will give you Google Play but won’t let you install third-party or certain app store applications—but why would you do that when CyanogenMod is available? You can even watch Amazon Prime videos on it with a little bit of fiddling. (I tested this method and it works great!)

For $70, this is a great Android starter, color e-reader, or a get-for-the-kids-to-tear-up tablet. It has one of the best screens you’ll ever find on a tablet of that size, capable of watching video at 720P resolution. I watch Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD on it every week and it looks beautiful. The processor is a bit slower than the current generation, but I’ve never encountered anything it was too slow for. (Unlike my old ZeePad, which was powered by an asthmatic hamster.) The only real disappointment is the lack of a front facing Skype camera—but given that I hardly ever Skype with anyone anyway, it’s not a major loss for me.

If you have even the slightest interest in Android at all, don’t pass this one up. It’s light-years beyond all the other sub-$100 Android tabs on the market right now. Better hurry, though—it may sell out fast!

Refurbished Nook Simple Touch: $40 on eBay

If you’re looking for a good cheap e-reader, an eBay seller is running a $40 with free shipping special on refurbished Nook Simple Touch units. This is B&N’s 2011 model, a 6” 800×600 unlit Pearl e-ink reader that can do EPUB, including Barnes & Noble’s and Adobe Digital Editions’ DRM. It has 2 GB of onboard storage, plus an SD card slot for loading more media. If you’re invested in Barnes & Noble’s content ecosystem (for example, you have a lot of e-books from eReader/Fictionwise that got imported to B&N after it shut those stores down), or just want something cheap and e-ink to read the generic EPUBs you get from Baen, Project Gutenberg, or elsewhere, it might be a worthwhile investment. (See our review of the reader from 2011.)

It’s worth noting, of course, that the current new price for these e-readers is only $60 right now, down from its usual $80. So a $40 refurb might not be as good a deal as it appears.

As in past years, this selloff probably means B&N is getting ready to introduce some new e-reading hardware. You would think they’d see this as throwing good money after bad by now, but I suppose they keep hoping that this time they’ll get it right and knock Amazon off its perch. Who knows how much longer B&N e-books will be around? But at least this reader reads EPUB, the most commonly-used format outside of Amazon, so even if B&N goes under it will still have its uses.

Moofi offers several refurbished Android tablets at rock-bottom prices

Fullscreen capture 9152013 81842 AM.bmpWoot’s multi-day deals store, moofi, is offering several deals on open-box or refurbished Android tablets right now, ranging from the ultra-cheap to the potentially-interesting.

At the low end, we have the refurbished 7” or 8” Polaroid tablet, sporting Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, for $50 or $60 respectively plus $5 shipping. With an 800×480 capacitive touchscreen, a 1GHz Cortex processor, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal storage, and 32 GB SD card slot, a front-facing camera, and Wi-Fi (of course), the specs are basically identical to the $90 ZeePad I used to have; I expect Polaroid probably got them from the same Chinese OEM and rebadged them.

So don’t expect too much, performance-wise. This is basically an oversized smartphone without the phone. Still, that’s a great price for a “beater” tablet to give your kids, or a spare tablet to throw in your briefcase, backpack, or purse when you don’t want to risk losing or damaging your more expensive one.

The next step up is an open-box ProScan 7” for $59 + $5 shipping that is basically the same tablet, with just a little better specs. Same display, same RAM, same camera, et cetera, but with a 1.2 GHz Cortex processor and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, plus a case with built-in keyboard. Again, smells like a rebadged ZeePad to me. Not a great tablet, but better than none at all, great for clumsy kids, and a cheap way to learn Android if you’re interested. The bump over the Polaroid specs might be worth the extra $9.

And at the top of the bargain-bin pyramid is an open-box Dell Streak 7 tablet for $120 + $5 shipping. The display is also 800×480, but at least it’s Gorilla Glass. It’s got a Tegra 2 processor, which is basically a dual-core version of the Cortex CPU that the above two tablets have (and one step behind the Tegra 3 that last year’s Nexus 7 used), 16 GB of internal storage, front and rear cameras, and T-Mobile-only 3G/4G capability. And it runs Android 3.2 Honeycomb, the early tablet version of Android that barely lasted six months before Google hastily released 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to replace it. (Fortunately, it can be rooted to Jelly Bean with CyanogenMod.)

This one really isn’t as good of a deal from a tablet capacity standpoint. After all, I got my much-higher-resolution Nook HD for $90 from Woot, and it’ll probably show up that cheaply again somewhere else sooner or later. If you want an 800×400 tablet, save a few bucks and buy the Polaroid or ProScan, which come with a better version of Android to boot. The only reason you might want this one is if you’re on T-Mobile already and would like to have a cellular tablet, in which case it might be a bargain.

These deals just last five more days, or until they sell out, so if you want ‘em, go buy ‘em.

New Nexus 7 to be announced today, already for sale on Best Buy website

nexus7Here’s a price listing for you to watch over the next few days. Wal-Mart has the old Nexus 7 tablet on sale, refurbished, $150 for the 16-gig version. Why watch it? Because Google is highly expected to announce the new Nexus 7 today. In fact, Best Buy already has it up for pre-order at $229 for the 16-gig, $269 for the 32-gig version. If that happens, the old one might just get even cheaper.

The specs for the new one look pretty good. 1920×1200, which means it should do 1080p video. Android 4.3, so the newest of the new operating system. The price is tempting, too, especially since I have a Best Buy gift card loaded with a bunch of money sitting around from a failed TV purchase, and sadly I broke my Zeepad tablet yesterday.

It’s been a truism in my circle of on-line friends that if you’re going to buy an Android anything, there’s Google-branded products and then there’s everything else. The thinking goes that if you buy from Google, they have a strong incentive to keep you happy and continuing to use their online services, so they’ll make sure you get the latest updates as soon as they come out. You buy from someone else, what do they care about updates—they’ve already got your money.

I’m not sure that’s necessarily 100% true, but I’ll say this: you don’t have to worry about any company’s proprietary extensions or restrictions on the Android OS if you’re going Google. The slight premium in price over an Amazon- or B&N-branded tablet seems like a small price to pay for that.

Even the old refurbished Nexus 7 is by all accounts a decent tablet. It has a few minor design flaws, but would be heavenly fast compared to the snail-speed Zeepad. It will be interesting to see if the price drops any over the next few days.

Apple apparently opens refurbished outlet on eBay

ebay-logoIt’s not clear whether Apple is doing this or it’s just someone who’s cut a deal with them (both 9to5Mac and CNet asked Apple for clarification, but the company apparently hasn’t responded yet), but an eBay store entitled “refurbished outlet” has opened up, selling factory-refurbished Apple products at the same prices (including some 4th-gen iPod Touches at the bargain prices I noted a couple of weeks ago) and with the same one-year warranty as on the Apple Store. (It’s a buy-it-now only operation, so there’s no bidding.) As a side benefit, only a few states’ residents—California, Indiana, Nevada, New Jersey, and Texas, and Washington, D.C.—have to pay sales taxes on products purchased this way.

Needless to say, this presents some excellent opportunities to pick up some only-slightly-outdated Apple hardware just in time for Christmas. Apple’s refurbished products are a remarkably good deal in general (if you don’t mind being locked into Apple’s walled garden, anyway), the iOS devices are compatible with most major e-reading platforms thanks to the apps in Apple’s store, and the sales-tax savings make these even more tempting. And those 4th-gen Retina Display iPod Touches are some great little pocket-sized e-reading (and media-playing and Internetting in general) machines.

Refurbished 4th generation iPod Touch on bargain sale

If you’re looking for a handily pocketable e-reader and wouldn’t feel dirty giving money to Apple, CNet points out that Apple is running a pretty good deal on refurbished 4th-generation (the model from two years ago) iPod Touch units. The 8 GB version is available for $129 shipped (it costs $199 new), the 32 GB version is $179 ($229 new), and the 64 GB version is $229 (not available new).

While these aren’t the latest model, with the 16:9 screen, Lightning connector, and better rear-facing camera, they do have Retina-resolution screens, FaceTime cameras, and modern operating systems. I don’t mind saying, I find that 64 GB version strongly tempting—I lose more apps from my 1st-gen iPod Touch to lack of backward compatibility every time it crashes and I have to restore it. If you don’t mind the screen’s physical size being teeny tiny, the resolution of the text will compare quite favorably to e-ink. It’s a lot more easily pocketable than a Kindle, and add on a pay-as-you-go MiFi and you’re most of the way to an iPhone without the subscription fees.

Apple’s behavior might be more than a little reprehensible these days, and its user lock-in is annoying, but I can’t deny it makes some gorgeous hardware that’s very useful for e-reading. This one’s definitely going on my Christmas wish list…though I don’t expect them to last all the way through the holiday season.

Refurbished Kindles available cheap at Best Buy

If you’re currently in the market for a Kindle but happen to be on a strict budget at the same time, head on over to The Digital Reader immediately, where our friend Chris Meadows has a tip on budget-priced refurbished models currently being sold at select Best Buy locations in the United States.

Chris says he tracked down a Kindle Touch 3G (with Special Offers) at a Springfield, Mo. store for just $109.99. (It was marked down from $149.99.) He also found the $79.99 base-level Kindle (also with Special Offers) for only $55.99.

If you happen to know of specific Best Buy stores in your corner of the country that still have refurbished Kindles available for sale, please share the details in the comments!

4th-generation iPod Touch sees refurbishment discount

CNet has a piece about what a good deal the newly-discounted refurbished 4th-gen iPod Touches available at the Apple Store currently are: 8 gig discounted $30 to $169, 32 gig discounted $50 to $249, and 64-gig discounted $60 to $339. These are the models that have the double-resolution Retina Display, and would make great e-readers. If I didn’t have other demands on my money, I might very well scoop one of those up.

Another CNet writer has argued that Apple should ditch the iPod Touch, saying that as a brand name the iPod had basically died out. But the Touch really does fill its own techno-ecological niche—maybe not as flashy as the iPhone’s, but important nonetheless. It’s got almost all the benefits of an iPhone, without the contract payments. (And it does it so well that it has very few decent competitors in its field.) And with some new apps, it can even be used for WiFi phone calls.

For myself, I would love to have one of those 4th-generation Retina Display models—especially if it came with 64 gigs of storage. But I just can’t justify spending that much money—my tax return is already spoken for.

Still…rumors have been flying around that Apple might refresh the iPod Touch line this year (it skipped last year). If that happens, those refurbished 4th-gen devices will become even more affordable.

So, until then I’ll keep reading my 1st-gen Touch and dreaming of a new Retina Display.

B&N offers refurbished Nook Color + Simple Touch bundle for $149

Barnes & Noble is offering an amazing deal via eBay, that I would grab up in a heartbeat if I weren’t $80 overdrawn at the moment: a refurbished Nook Color (the first-generation tablet, not the Nook Tablet) for $129, plus a refurbished Nook Simple Touch for $20 more. It’s not clear how long this deal will last; they’ve already sold 4,000 of them. If you’re interested, you might want to jump in fast.

(Found via CNet.)

Kobo sells refurbished Kobo Wi Fi for $49

eBookNewser reports that Kobo is selling $49 refurbished units of its Kobo Wi Fi reader, the non-touch-capable e-ink reader that it sold before the Kobo Touch. That’s a savings of $40 over list price. The reader appears to come with Kobo’s one-year standard warranty.

I bought one of these readers when it was $60 at Borders’s going-out-of-business sale, and my Dad liked it so much he had me grab one for him, too and set it up for him (and now he uses it all the time). If you’re not interested in buying e-books from Amazon or Barnes & Noble (or if you have the wherewithal to strip the DRM from them after you do), this is a very nice price for a quite decent little e-ink reader.

Amazon slashes prices on refurbished Kindles; new model probably on the way

In the last few days, Amazon has quietly dropped the price of its refurbished Kindle 3 models. The wi-fi-only ad-free version now sells at $99.99, and the 3G ad-free version at $129.99. That’s a price drop of $30 and $50, respectively. The wi-fi ad-supported Kindle is still $114 new, which means that refurb is starting to look a lot more attractive.

In June of last year, Amazon dropped the price of its refurbished Kindle 2s, and the Kindle 3 came out two months later. The time is just about right for the next iteration of the Kindle to be seen sometime in October—a little later than last year, but still in plenty of time for the holiday season.

But for those people who would find a Kindle 3 to be “good enough”, this is a pretty good time to buy. That price puts the refurbished Kindle in direct competition with those lesser-known e-readers such as Kobo that have used their lower price as a competitive advantage. I expect Amazon is just about to gain a new foothold in a lot more budget-conscious households.

Woot offers $265 no-contract Galaxy Tab refurb

And speaking of tablet deals, Woot has a refurbished Samsung 7” Galaxy Tab Android tablet for $259.99 + $5 for shipping. Of course, you can buy the same tablet for $199.99 with a two-year contract from Sprint, but the refurb is entirely contract-free meaning you can stick with wi-fi or pay for 3G if you want. The Nook Color has been favorably compared to this tablet, albeit with considerably less processing horsepower; this is the chance to own a Tab with no strings for only $10 more than a new Nook Color costs.

Like many such deals, it only includes a 90-day warranty.

(Found via CNet.)