Best tablet deals: Save on Fire tablets, 11-inch iPad Pro and more


This story is part of 2021 Holiday Gift Guide, our list of ideas, by theme, by recipient and by price, to help you discover the ideal gift.

Apple’s venerable iPad dominates the tablet scene. And while many buyers continue to head to an iPad, there are several reasons you could zap around and pick an Android or Windows tablet instead. You may be looking for an affordable tablet to wrap and put under the tree this year for your child. If you are using an Android phone, it makes a lot of sense to have a tablet on the same platform. And don’t forget Windows tablets, which are great for bridging the work-home gap.

Here are the best tablet deals this holiday season from Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart.

The best tablet deals right now

Ready to stretch your tablet buying dollar? You can currently find a number of discounted Amazon Fire tablets on Amazon. Discounts are scarce for Apple iPads, but Android tablets from Lenovo and Samsung are on sale, as well as Surface Pro tablets from Microsoft.

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Normally at $ 90, Amazon’s Fire HD 8 currently sells for just $ 55 on Amazon. It doesn’t quite match the lowest price we saw when it was halfway down for Black Friday, but it’s still a good price. The 8-inch tablet was updated in 2020 with a faster processor, USB-C charging, better Wi-Fi performance, 2GB of RAM (down from 1.5GB), and a 16GB boost. to 32 GB of storage in the base model. Its HD display is sharper than the entry-level Fire 7, but it’s still not as crisp as iPad screens. The HD 8 Plus adds wireless charging and slightly better performance, thanks to 3 GB of RAM.

Read our Amazon Fire HD 8 (2020) review.

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The Fire HD 8 Plus adds wireless charging and more RAM (3GB instead of 2GB), with performance improving over the standard Fire HD 8. It should charge just fine on most wireless chargers and currently costs $ 45.

Read our Amazon Fire HD 8 Plus review.

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Amazon’s Fire HD 10 is the biggest and most powerful tablet the company offers, and it just got better recently. Revision 2021 launched in April with more RAM, a 10% brighter display, and a slightly updated design. Like his predecessor of 2019, the new HD 10 starts at $ 150 but currently sells for $ 100.

The Fire HD 10 comes with Prime Subscriber Perks, making it easy for members to stream and download movies, TV shows, and games. The Fire tablets don’t use a pure version of Android: instead, they use Amazon’s Android-based Fire operating system, pulling apps from the Amazon App Store. You can still get apps from Google Play, although you’ll have to install the store yourself, which means gaming enthusiasts have access to all of their favorite mobile games for a great tablet gaming experience.

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The Fire HD Kids Edition is a kid-friendly version of the Fire HD 8 tablet that adds a padded case, parental controls, a two-year warranty, and a one-year subscription to Kids Plus (formerly known as FreeTime Unlimited) – which normally costs $ 3 per month and gives you access to a bunch of kid-friendly content. It’s not really suited for distance learning, but it’s a much more affordable option than giving a young child a full iPad, especially at its current discounted price.

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Samsung’s premium 11-inch tablet is currently slashed by $ 151 on Amazon. It can work as a high powered Android tablet or can act more like a PC in DeX mode – a godsend for work and play. Discount applies to 128GB model in black only, and keyboard cover sold separately.

Read our Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 review.

Lenovo

Lenovo’s premium Android tablet features an 11.5-inch OLED display. Its aluminum alloy housing features four JBL speakers optimized for Dolby Atmos sound. Inside, you get a Qualcomm SnapDragon 730G designed for enhanced gaming performance over the standard 730 chip. Like the Samsung tablet above, you’ll need to purchase the keyboard separately for the Tab P11 Pro.

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At its low price, this budget Android tablet is a good choice as an affordable entertainment tablet for kids. It has a small 8.7-inch display (read: kid-friendly) with a resolution of 1340 x 800 pixels protected by a sturdy metal casing (read: kid-resistant). Note that the keyboard case is not included.

Microsoft

It’s a generation behind the Surface Pro 8 that arrived alongside Windows 11 last month, but the Surface Pro 7 remains a stellar two-in-one tablet. This Surface Pro 7 model is $ 199 on Amazon and runs on a 10th gen Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. The 12.3-inch touchscreen has a crisp 2,736x resolution. 1,824 pixels. This discounted model does not include the clip-on keyboard.

Read our Microsoft Surface Pro 7 review.

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The latest 11-inch iPad Pro features Apple’s M1 chip and comes with storage capacities ranging from 128GB to 2TB. The base 128GB model costs $ 799 and is currently $ 50 on Amazon. Read our review of the iPad Pro 2021.

Expired offers that we plan to return

We’ll be keeping an eye out for Amazon’s $ 50 discount on the iPad Air as well as its $ 100 discount on Microsoft’s latest Surface Pro tablet.

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Apple’s 10.9-inch iPad Air with 64GB of storage can often be found for $ 50 off on Amazon. Discount is not offered at this time but may return soon.

Read our iPad Air review.

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Microsoft released the latest version of its flagship two-in-one tablet when Windows 11 launched last month. It has a 13-inch larger Surface Pro 7 display and slimmer stylus while adding a pair of Thunderbolt 4 ports. Inside, this model features an 11th-gen Core i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD. Unfortunately, the clip-on keyboard costs more. The $ 100 discount we saw last month is gone, but could return in time for Christmas.

Read our Microsoft Surface Pro 8 review.


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