But why wait two more weeks and risk getting stuck in the traditional shopping season stampede? There’s nothing elegant about that and, worst of all, you may end up both hurt and broke. Not to mention most key Black Friday players don’t really offer once-in-a-lifetime kind of savings on gadgets people actually crave for.
Meanwhile, Woot has kicked a truly unique promotion into gear earlier today, though chances are it’ll last but a few hours. Technically, the special offer should be valid by midnight, so 19 more hours or so, but I wouldn’t count on that.
Why? Because you’d be fools to turn your backs on the chance of scoring one of those sizzling hot Asus and Google co-branded Nexus 7 tablets for $130. That’s right, 130 lousy bucks buys you yesteryear’s 7-inch Android bestseller and today’s second or third best compact slate.
The only catch, other than the 7-inchers on sale being a part of the first generation of Nexus 7s, not the 2013 line, is Woot sells the gizmos in factory reconditioned state, so technically they aren’t brand new. But they’re just as good, trust me, and come with 90 day Asus-fulfiled warranties in case, God forbid, you don’t get a mint-condition, fully functional N7.
The cherry on top is both the 16 and 32 GB variants take part in the promo, with the former costing $129.99 and the latter 20 bucks extra. Actually, scratch that, the real cherry on top is, starting roughly 24 hours ago, 2012 Nexus 7 models have started getting Android 4.4 KitKat updates, so by the time the tabs ordered via Woot will reach their destinations, chances are they’ll be all smooth and chocolaty.
Mind you, this may very well be one of the last chances to jump on the 2012 Nexus 7 bandwagon, as Google Play no longer sells them (and is unlikely to reboot shipping anytime soon), whereas most third-party retailers are clearing remaining stock as we speak.
And no, there’s no one else that can compete with Woot’s pricing. Amazon, for instance, has the 16 GB slate at $170 and the 32 GB model going for $180. Then there’s even thriftier Best Buy, charging $150 for a 16 GB refurbished version, so 20 bucks north of this little retailer that we’re boasting about.
Oh, yeah, and as for specs and features, if Android 4.4 is not enough to get you hooked, there’s also a quad-core 1.2 GHz Tegra 3 CPU humming beneath the hood, 1 GB RAM, massive 4,325 mAh battery and 1.2 MP front-facing camera. The 7-inch display is no longer the cream of the crop, but it’s decent enough with 1,280 x 800 pixels resolution, and in the connectivity department you get everything from Wi-Fi to Bluetooth 3.0 to NFC. Bottom line, there’s plenty in there to make this deal a steal. Who’s with me?