If you are a deal hunter and looking for a post-holiday tablet offering, check out the $99 Galaxy Tab from Verizon or the $299 HTC EVO View from Amazon. Plenty of new tablets came out right before the holidays, and those devices are still for sale at premium prices. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, many next generation tablets debuted, but they aren't for sale just yet. Now is a good time to grab some bargains before those new devices come out.
The Galaxy Tab from Samsung is by now a bit old. It debuted in late 2010, so that is one reason the price is so low. Samsung has already decided the Galaxy Tab will not be getting the Android 4.0 update because of its limited memory, so it would be running Android 2.2 unless you opt for installing a custom ROM. The only other catch is the $99 price tag is a subsidized one, so to get it you have to buy a two year contract and data plan from Verizon. You get 3G service and constant connectivity, but for some, that extra contract is a deal-breaker.
Enter the $299 HTC EVO View, a seven-inch tablet available from Amazon that runs on Wi-Fi, but includes a 3G radio if you do opt to purchase a data plan. It runs on CDMA networks, so if you want to get a 3G connection, you'd go with Sprint or Verizon. It runs the Android 3.0 system, but HTC has not said if the EVO View will get the Android 4.0 update. They may still opt to do it, but they haven't said either way yet. It comes with front and rear-facing cameras, 32 gigabytes of internal storage, 1024 x 600p resolution, above-average battery life and even a stylus to write on the screen with (not included).
Galaxy Tab has the Android 2.2 as mentioned above, but also comes with a seven-inch screen, the same resolution as the EVO View, cameras on front and back and two gigabytes of internal storage. There is a microSD card slot, however, something the View lacks. That lets you expand the Galaxy Tab storage up to 32 gigabytes with the SD card. Tell us in the comments if you're bargain hunting for tablets.