In recent years, tablets have evolved from seemingly redundant oversized smartphones into essential devices that do a little of everything—e-book reader, streaming video player, laptop replacement, gaming system and more. This is a great time of year to buy a new tablet; the best Black Friday deals traditionally include great prices on tablets. In fact, Black Friday may well be the single best time of year to buy a tablet. Tip: Bookmark this page for easy access to the latest discounts, because we are updating this story with the best new laptop deals daily.
If you’re in the market for an iPad, don’t expect Apple to offer much in the way of discounts. But thankfully retailers will step in with their own sales, so iPads will be available for cheap—just not from Apple directly. All the major retailers are offering their own deals on tablets, both iPads and Android, between now and Black Friday. Several stores—notably Walmart and Best Buy—are offering price guarantees on select products to reduce the risk of making a major purchase too early, so if the price does drop between now and Black Friday, you can be refunded the difference.
To help you wade through all the tablet sales taking place right now and separate the great deals from the merely okay ones, we’ve rounded up the best Black Friday tablet deals here. Note, they can be a bit of a moving target, with offers expiring or selling out and being replaced with others rapidly.
Best Black Friday Tablet Deals: Apple iPads