It’s now officially spring — that wonderful time of the year that leaves you feeling guilty for not going outside. Why not take a small, portable computing device with you? A selection of modestly discounted Android, iOS and Windows 8 slabs await your frugal whims after the break. Abhor reading LCDs in the great outdoors? No worries, we tossed in a more traditional e-reader for good measure.
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Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch
Regular Price: $230
Engadget Score: 85
Buy: Best Buy
When the Kindle Fire HDX landed last fall, it hit with a handful of new features, strong hardware upgrades and, unfortunately, a $20 price hike over the previous model. If you waited, your patience paid off: Best Buy is currently knocking $30 off the total, making up for the increased MSRP and then some. The 7-inch Fire has actually flirted with this price a few times this year, but if you’re money’s burning a hole in your pocket, it’s flaunting its steepest discount right now
Acer Iconia W4
Regular Price: $300
Itching for a mobile device, but can’t bear to be away from the Windows desktop? Take a look at the Acer Iconia W4: a full Windows 8.1 tablet that’s small enough to fit in your jacket pocket. It might not have as many apps as Android or iOS slates, but for $50 off, it’s hard to go wrong.
Nook HD 7-inch tablet
Regular Price: $129
Engadget Global Score: 79
The Nook HD may be getting a little long in the tooth, but at almost half off of its original ($199) purchase price, it’s a steal. It has a strong display, a good suite of reading apps and, thanks to an update last summer, access to Google Play. Don’t need a color screen? Well, maybe you should check out the…
Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight
Regular Price: $119
Engadget Global Score: 90
There may be a new Nook color on the way, but the GlowLight might be the last of Barnes Noble’s e-paper line. Even so, it’s a solid reading device with a strong backlight and gleefully hackable software. Curious to see how it stacks up against Amazon’s glowing gear? You can see the full lineup for yourself right here.
iPad mini with Retina display
Regular Price: $400
Engadget Score: 92
Buy: Best Buy
If you’re still having trouble picking between the iPad mini with Retina display and the iPad Air, maybe this will sway you: Our price drop tool found a $30 price drop on the former. Not only is it a solid deal, but it’s also one of the lowest prices the device has seen since it launched last year. Check out the full run down — including specs, price history and device comparison — in our product database.