If you’re in the market for a new Android tablet right now, there’s a good chance that either the Nexus 9 or SHIELD Tablet is the front runner in the race for your dollars. While the N9 is a decent tablet (depending on who you ask, anyway), it’s hard for any tablet to best NVIDIA’s first large-screen offering – in this writer’s humble opinion, it is the best Android tablet money can buy right now.
And if your money is the one buying it, you’ll be happy to know that, should you choose to get it from Amazon, you’ll get a $30 Amazon gift card alongside your purchase. That’s the best deal we’ve seen on a SHIELD Tablet since Black Friday. It’s also worth noting that you can still get Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One, and Portal in addition to the $30 card if you opt for the 32GB model (which I highly recommend). Since we likely won’t see a SHIELD Tablet refresh till much later this year, this is definitely still the Android slate to pick up.
It’s hard to say how long this deal will last, so straddling the fence for too long isn’t something I’d recommend.
Update 1: 2015/02/18 8:55am PST
More retailers and additional details
Looks like it isn’t just Amazon getting in on the discount action, as a whole slew of others are also participating:
- Best Buy
- Fry’s (32GB, 4G+LTE version only)
- Micro Center
- Tiger Direct ($30 mail-in rebate in lieu of a gift card)
Additionally, SHIELD Tablet covers are only $10 and SHIELD Controller is only $30. Now you know exactly what to spend that $30 bonus on, eh?