There was a time when most of the big name tablets, even the 7in ones, were priced similarly to the iPad. Check out this guide from July 2011, including the 16GB Wi-Fi only HTC Flyer at £479.99. Sweet Moses, what were you thinking, HTC?
However, Bob Dylan has written a song about tablets called "The times they are a-changin’", essentially detailing how you can now grab various slates – some old, some new – for less than £200. That’s more like it, man.
Needless to say, the prices are up and down and all over the shop, but here – for our money – are some of the best tablet deals kicking around at the time of writing.
As always, if I’ve forgotten anything, or made some ghastly mistake, hit us up with a tirade in the comments.
Asus Nexus 7
If you grab your Asus Nexus 7 directly from the Google Play Store, you can bag £15 of Google Play credit, and a handful of other free content – including Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
On the poop side, the Asus Nexus 7 has no rear camera (there’s a 1.2MP front-facing shooter), however, as a Nexus device, it’s guaranteed to be top of the upgrade list when Key Lime Pie (Android 4.2/5.0) drops.
Oh, and don’t forget the nippy quad-core Tegra 3 processor.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is, of course, just one of 673 different Galaxy Tab models. Samsung is a firm believer that one size does not fit all. Fair enough.
Pluses for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 include front and rear cameras (3MP for the latter), and while the 8GB model is generally more expensive than the Asus Nexus 7 equivalent, it does boast a microSD slot.
Samsung is running a Back to College promotion at the moment, allowing you to claim £30 cashback. The timescales are pretty strict, so make sure you peruse the fine print.
You can currently grab the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 for £189.97 (free delivery) from Ebuyer.
Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition
This chap is ideal if you fancy something with a larger display. The Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition weighs in at 8.2in. Oh, and it has a 5MP rear snapper. Not too shabby.
Carphone Warehouse is punting the Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition for an incredibly reasonable £149, however the deal ends today – so get in quick!
The geekier chaps among you should be aware that the Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition has a locked bootloader. Also, it’s currently rocking Honeycomb (Android 3.1), however an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) is scheduled for this very quarter. Huzzah!
It’s incredible to think that the BlackBerry PlayBook launched at the same price as the iPad 2. RIM, RIM, RIM, RIM, RIM. What are we gonna do with you?
While the BlackBerry PlayBook has largely been forgotten, RIM recently announced that the tablet has received 15,000 new apps this year alone. And of course, a new model is expected later this year, which might give the old chap a shot in the arm. Of sorts.