Way, way back in November of 2011, I wrote a post about the Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi tablet selling for $349.99.
Here's proof of how quickly -- and dramatically -- prices can drop: today only, and while supplies last, Daily Steals has the refurbished 32GB Motorola Xoom Wi-Fi + 3G 10.1-inch Android tablet for $199.99, plus $5 for shipping. (And lest we forget, this sucker was $800 when it debuted in February 2011.)
The Xoom may be a dinosaur by tablet standards, but it's loaded with desirable features. It comes with a dual-core processor, 32GB of storage, two cameras (one 5-megapixel, one 2-megapixel, both with LED flashes), HDMI out, GPS, a microSD slot, and so on.
It's also one of the very few non-iPad tablets to offer 3G connectivity. Here it's courtesy of Verizon, but the good news is you don't have to sign a contract or even sign up for service at all; it's completely optional.
The Xoom ships with Android 3.0, but from what I can tell, Motorola started pushing out Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) a couple months ago.
Bottom line: If you're in the market for a 10-inch tablet, this offers a lot of bang for the buck. I've seen a few other models dip below $200, but none with 3G, and none with ICS.
Bonus deal: Looking for a dirt-cheap NAS solution? J&R has the Pogoplug Classic for $19.99, with free shipping if you've signed up for the company's free loyalty program. That's the lowest price I've seen on this terrific gizmo, which lets you connect up to four USB drives to your network and access and share their data online.
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