To be clear, this deal involves the 2012 edition of the Nexus 7, not the 2013 edition. The biggest differences between the two years' models is the lack of a rear-facing camera on the 2012 version and the display. The 2013 version added the rear-facing camera. The 2013 version also features an HD display and upgrades the processor to a Tegra 4.
In addition, this is a refurbished device. That doesn't necessarily mean that the device will be covered with nicks and scratches, though. It also doesn't mean that it won't. Sometimes, however, refurbished means the customer had buyer's remorse and returned it without really using it. Refurbished items generally include all the accessories, too.
The $90 rebate is really two of them, a $30 rebate and a $60 rebate. The $30 rebate expires tomorrow, Oct. 19. The $60 rebate does not expire until Oct. 31.
The $60 rebate is more complex to activate. It is again using TigerDirect's relationship with the Total Defense Premium Internet Security System - TD12-2014, which we have seen on rebates for a large number of items. To leverage the rebate, an end user must do the following:
Install Total Defense Premium
Activate the software
Included in activation will be a requirement for the user to enter a credit card number, which won't be charged, but ...
The first 12 months included with purchase. Your credit card will be automatically charged $79.99 annually for the life of the subscription to allow for continuous protection. However, an end user can cancel their subscription at any time.
In the case of both rebates, the rebate may be paid in the form of a prepaid credit card. That has become a very popular way of paying rebates, but is somewhat annoying.
Specs on the 2012 Nexus 7 are as follows:
A 7" multi-touch 1280x800 backlit IPS display on a Corning glass screen, 1.2GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, 802.11n wifi + bluetooth, GPS, camera, and more. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS will come installed on the device, but it is upgradeable to Android 4.3, which will occur via an OTA upgrade.