Even though Black Friday is still a week away, retailers are starting to roll out deals, perhaps none better than the 16GB iPads spotted at select TJ Maxx stores across the nation this week. The discount retailer is offering Apple’s tablet for $400, a full $100 off the retail price.
While the deal has been spotted in only a handful of locations, TJ Maxx stores across the nation may be holding out for a big Black Friday sale.
Not to be outdone, Radio Shack and Best Buy plan to offer a $50 instant discount on the Samsung Galaxy Tab through Verizon and Sprint, which just launched last week at $400 with a two-year agreement, $600 without.
Stay tuned next week as the bargain hunters at TabletPCReview track down and report on the best Black Friday deals coming to a store or website near you. In the meantime, check out the TechnologyGuide Holiday Buyer’s Guide for shopping advice on the hottest items this holiday season.
So what else happened this week?
- Android looks to be on the upswing in the tablet market as it is predicted to claim 15.2% of the market in 2011, and 28.4% in 2015, MediaBuyerPlanner reports in citing research from IMS. The driving force? The Samsung Galaxy Tab, of course. In addition, 7.8% of tablets are predicted to be running on something other than iOS, Android or Windows by next year (webOS and BlackBerry Tablet OS perhaps?).
Analysts estimate Android only had 2.3% of the market in Q3, 2010.
- With all the talk centered on Android, what about Google Chrome OS? Google CEO Eric Schmidt recently clarified that Chrome OS is “designed around something with a keyboard,” in comments made at the Web 2.0 summit. He added that Android is targeted towards devices with touchscreens, In addition, Schmidt claims Chrome will soon ship on Intel and ARM-powered netbooks in the coming months and could make its way to tablets because Chrome is open source.
- TabletPCReview’s sister site, SearchHealthIT, sat down with the director of Microsoft’s Natural User Interactions team, Dr. Kristin Tolle, to discuss how tablets are “smartphones on steriods” for healthcare professionals.
- With the holiday season in mind, Amazon announced that Kindle eBooks can now be sent out to anyone regardless of access to a Kindle device. Mere email access is enough to partake in the transaction of receiving eBooks, which can then be read on Kindle apps for the iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, Mac, PC, BlackBerry and Android devices. The U.S. Kindle Store currently has over 725,000 books in its US library.
- ViewSonic is looking to jumpstart its tablet sales with a special offer that grants cash back for consumers who trade in laptops for a ViewPad 7 or ViewPad 10 tablet. Those purchasing the ViewPad 7 can claim £100 ($160), while those in the market for a ViewPad 10 can score £125 ($200).
- Details remain fuzzy, but word has it that the Linux-based Asus Eee Tablet is still set to drop in the near future despite missing its previous September release date. Reports indicate that consumers will most likely be able to find the 8-inch note-taking eReader in Q1 of 2011 following CES.
- A 3G Windows 7 tablet from Onkyo is set to drop in the near future. The tablet, which is restricted to a Japan-only release, will sport an 11.6-inch display, 1366 x 768 resolution, Atom N450 processor, 1GB storage with 32GB expandable with SSD and 0.3Mpix Web Camera.