Starting Wednesday, daily deals site Groupon Goods is selling two heavily-discounted tablets running on the Android operating system, including the Skytex Primer Pocket and the Skypad Alpha Tablet. The Primer Pocket is selling for $65, a 50 percent reduction from its $129 value. The Alpha Tablet is selling for $129, a 35 percent discount from its $199 retail price.
The deal closes at midnight Oct. 22.
The Skytex Primer Pocket features a 4.3-inch multi-touch LCD display for watching movies, playing games and keeping up with social network updates via built-in Wi-Fi. The media player runs on Android 2.2, which comes with dedicated shortcuts from the home screen, support for Microsoft Exchange calendars, and the ability to be wiped remotely. The device unfortunately does not support Android 2.2's portable Wi-Fi hotspot feature.
The Skypad Alpha comes with many more features over the Primer Pocket, including built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.0 technology, a media player, a game center, document editor, a Web browser compatible with Adobe Flash, and a VoIP phone. The tablet's 7-inch LCD display is a touchscreen, but the tab also comes with a stand, stylus, cleaning cloth, earbuds, and USB cables and adapters. Skypad Alpha comes with Android 2.3, which includes improvements to keyboard and text editing, power management, and application control. The tablet houses 4 GB of internal storage, but supports micro SD Cards that can lift the storage ceiling up to 32 GB. The device can last up to six hours on a single charge.
The Groupon is available in the U.S. and Canada, and expires Nov. 22.
On Sept. 28, Groupon launched two new platforms, including a new loyalty program called Groupon Rewards, and Groupon Goods, a new way to buy hot products cheaply.
Goods will never be a laundry list of products, said a Groupon spokeswoman. These are products we've hand-curated, not just whatever happens to be on sale this week, but products that we think might be interesting for consumers to buy.
Groupon, based in Chicago, filed its IPO on June 2, but has been losing momentum since then. In fact, daily deals rival LivingSocial grew five times faster than Groupon in September, despite being half the size. Groupon and LivingSocial combined make up 76 percent of the entire daily deals industry.
Groupon has more than 7,000 employees offering more than 1,000 daily deals to 83 million subscribers across 43 countries. The company still aims to raise $1 billion before it goes public to achieve a $20 billion valuation.