Tablet Monday: Get a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 for $126.99

That's half of what you'd have paid for this powerful, versatile Android 4.0 tablet just a year ago. Plus: "The Da Vinci Code" e-book is free!

Originally $249, the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is on sale for roughly half the price.
Originally $249, the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is on sale for roughly half the price. Best Buy

Lover of alliteration that I am, I generally try to wait till Tuesday to trot out the tablets. But today's deal couldn't wait.

For a limited time, and while supplies last, Best Buy has the refurbished Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 tablet for $126.99 shipped, plus sales tax where applicable. Barely a year ago, this same model sold new for $249, and still runs about $179 elsewhere.

Update: Drat! I knew this was too good to last: Looks like it's sold out already. But do check back throughout the day in case Best Buy releases more inventory. It's been known to happen!

This is a 7-inch slate running Android 4.0, and according to at least one source, an update to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) is already available.

Though physically similar to the original Kindle Fire (which currently sells for $159) and stocked with the same 8GB of storage, the Galaxy Tab 2 offers a good deal more bang for the buck.

Noteworthy specs include dual cameras, Bluetooth 3.0, a microSD slot for adding more storage (up to 32GB), and even a TV-remote option courtesy of an IR blaster and Peel's Smart Remote app.

Needless to say, you'll want to read CNET's full Galaxy Tab 2 review for more details, but the conclusion is this: "The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 offers an excellent value and a full Android 4.0 experience that no other tablet can currently match for the price." And that was when it sold for $249!

Because this is refurbished, you get only a 90-day warranty. But you also get a powerful, versatile tablet for an incredibly low price. Don't be surprised if it sells out before the morning's over.

Bonus deal: If you're among the 20 or so people who never read it, Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" is available in e-book form free of charge for Android, Kindle, Kobo, and Nook. It normally sells for as much as $9.99, and will again come March 24.

Bonus deal No. 2: Love "The Walking Dead"? Here's your chance to "enjoy" the zombie apocalypse for yourself. Today only, Gamefly has The Walking Dead (Win) for $9.99. It includes all five episodes of the game, and normally sells for $24.99. Check out GameSpot's 8.0 review of episode 1. To solve this gripping adventure, you'll have to use your braaaaaaiiinnnns.

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