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Tablet Tuesday: A refurbished Google Nexus 7 (32GB) for $129.99

That's the lowest price to date on Google's popular tablet, but it does involve a pretty hefty rebate.

The Google Nexus 7: Beloved by Android fans.
The Google Nexus 7: Beloved by Android fans. TigerDirect

Among Android purists, the Google Nexus is widely regarded as the top tablet. I don't necessarily agree with that assessment, but I do know a good deal on one when I see it.

For a limited time, and while supplies last, TigerDirect has the refurbished Google Nexus 7 (32GB) for $129.99, plus around $4 for shipping. That's after applying coupon code QIS89281 at checkout and redeeming a $70 mail-in rebate (which comes in the form of a prepaid debit card).

Update: Perhaps unsurprisingly, this is already sold out. It's worth checking again later, though, as TigerDirect might make more inventory available. In the meantime, the Nook HD (see below) is still a smokin' deal at $149.

Before you vent your spleen on the subject of rebates, allow me to suggest a more hassle-free alternative: the Barnes & Noble Nook HD, which, as I bonus-dealed about yesterday, is on sale this week for $149. More on that in a bit.

CNET called the Nexus 7 "the best small tablet," though that was in reference to the HSPA+ version; this one is Wi-Fi-only. Its spotlight features include an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor, 32GB of storage, Bluetooth, GPS, and Android 4.1 (upgradeable to 4.2).

And, boy, do users love this thing. It averages a 4.6-star rating (out of 5) from TigerDirect customers and 4.2 stars from the Amazon crowd (whose numbers exceed 500).

That said, the Nexus 7 lacks one of Android's best features -- a microSD expansion slot -- and doesn't have a particularly high-resolution screen. Granted, 1,280x800 is more than sufficient in a 7-inch tablet, but the aforementioned Nook HD offers 1,440x900. And it has a microSD slot. (It also has Bluetooth, even though Barnes & Noble's specs don't mention it.)

My main complaint with the Nook: its proprietary sync/charge connector. Bad Barnes & Noble. Bad!

Anyway, if you don't mind waiting on a rebate (and don't mind a 90-day refurb warranty), this is your chance to score a killer deal on one of the most popular Android tablets to date. But I'd say for a mere $20 more, the Nook HD definitely merits consideration. Your thoughts?

Bonus deal: Game time! If you are indeed cool with rebates, Newegg has Mass Effect 3 (PC) for $10, shipped, with a $10 mail-in rebate (PDF) bringing your final cost to $0. The action-RPG game earned a 9.0 rating from GameSpot and made a lot of best-of-2012 lists.

Bonus deal No. 2: Need a sweet gift for Mom? For a limited time, All4Cellular has the Aliph Jawbone Jambox portable Bluetooth speaker for $89.95 shipped when you apply coupon code MOM10 at checkout. Note that although it's new, it comes in white-box packaging. (Perfect opportunity to get out the crayons and decorate it just for Mom!) List price: $179.99.

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