Get a refurbished Samsung Galaxy Tab 3G for $260

The Tab is a terrific Android-powered tablet, better than the iPad in many ways (except battery life). Here's your chance to get one without a 3G contract!

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Here's your chance to get a 3G-capable Android tablet without a contract--for less than the price of the Wi-Fi-only model.
Here's your chance to get a 3G-capable Android tablet without a contract--for less than the price of the Wi-Fi-only model. Samsung

This is an update of a deal from earlier this month.

Sure, the $249 Barnes & Noble Nook Color can double as a poor-man's tablet, but for just $10 more, you can get the real deal.

Today only, and while supplies last, Woot has the refurbished Samsung Galaxy Tab 3G 7-inch Android tablet for $259.99, plus $5 for shipping. That's around $30 less than just a few weeks ago.

Although you can buy the Tab for $199.99 straight from Sprint, that requires a two-year contract and YAMB (Yet Another Monthly Bill). This one comes sans contract; you can pay for Sprint 3G if you want it or stick with Wi-Fi if you don't.

For those unfamiliar with it, the Galaxy Tab is a 7-inch tablet powered by Android 2.2. Here's CNET's review of the 3G version; here's my review of the Wi-Fi model.

Allow me to recap the latter. The Tab is one of my favorite tablets ever. I especially love the size, which is just right for reading news, e-books, and the like. My iPad seems extra heavy and unwieldy in comparison.

The only thing I don't like is its battery life: the Tab can barely go two days without needing to be recharged--even if I don't touch it. In fact, my disappointment over this led me to write this post: Android battery life: Terrible, or just plain bad?

Of course, as long as you stick close to an AC outlet, I'm guessing you'll dig the Tab as much as I do. And at $259.99, it's a mighty hard deal to pass up. The unit comes with a 90-day Woot warranty.

Bonus deal: I'm a big fan of SugarSync, a Dropbox-like online storage service. It's great not only for syncing your important files to other PCs and devices, but also for making automated backups of your most critical data. Here's how to get a free 5GB SugarSync account. Trust me, you won't be disappointed.