Although I recently purchased a Nexus 7 for personal use, I’m always on the lookout for good deals on technology products. So, while today’s deal is odd in that it is actually not quite confirmed (although I wouldn’t call it just a rumor either), I like both the price and product enough that I think it is worth taking a look at.
According to an anonymous tipster who provided Engadget with information and an image, Best Buy will soon be offering a Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Student Edition package for $250.
The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 usually costs $250 alone, and comes with a 7-inch 1024 x 600 display, 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and dual cameras. It also includes plenty of connectivity options, including WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, a microSD slot, and IR blaster for remote use.
In the package deal, you get two extras for what the tablet usually costs by itself: The custom keyboard dock from Samsung, as well as a USB host peripheral connector. Together, those accessories could run you an extra $100 at retail price, and aren’t much less even if you buy from Amazon.
This deal actually caught my attention unexpectedly while I was shopping for a Nexus 7 Bluetooth keyboard dock. Oddly enough, I will be using both a new iPad (iPad 3) and Android tablet the following school year, and was planning to get a keyboard dock, nice case, and USB adapter for my Nexus 7 to make it more functional for actual work. Now that I’ve seen this deal, I’m less inclined to spend an extra $50 on the Logitech Android keyboard I was looking at, in addition to the $40 I had budgeted for a case and adapter. Thanks to sales tax on the Nexus, that setup would run me about $300, even with the 8GB version of the tablet.
I’ve been going back and forth about whether or not to keep this Nexus 7, but this sale may have made up my mind for me. The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 seems close enough to the Nexus 7, and the deal includes exactly what I need. Of course, I’ll have to deal with TouchWiz on the Tab, but if the package does indeed go on sale August 19, I think I will be hard pressed not to return the Nexus for the Galaxy Tab package.[Engadget]