If you like having a bigger screen than your phone but don’t want to be taking a laptop with you everywhere you go, a tablet is an excellent alternative. Even better, there are some really powerful tablets now that’ll let you do work as well as entertain yourself with shows, movies and games.
Of course, they can be pretty expensive, especially if you’re going for something a little bit more high-end that can give you more versatility. That’s why we’ve done our best to find some of the finest tablet deals out there from various brands.
The iPad from Apple often dominates the competition in the tablet market, and that means a lot of folks will be on the lookout for an iPad deal. That said, there are reasons you might choose an Android tablet or a Windows tablet.
Whether you’re all in on Apple gear or you want a tablet that offers a similar experience to your non-Apple phone, we’ve found some tablet deals that’ll help you get your hands on one of these nifty devices for less.
We keep track of tablet deals all year round and gather them up below, so you can always find the best prices available — keep checking back for updates.
Best tablet deals
At its discounted price, this relatively budget Android tablet is a good pick as an affordable entertainment tablet for kids. It features a small (kid-friendly) 8.7-inch display, with a 1,340×800-pixel resolution, protected by a sturdy, metal (kid-resistant) enclosure. Note that the keyboard case isn’t included and to get such a steep discount, you need to go with the T-Mobile version.
The Tab S6 Lite is a great mid-range tablet that has a little bit more power under the hood. It also runs a 2000×1200 resolution screen that’s 10.4 inches. There’s also a similar 64GB of storage similar to other budget-friendly Samsung tablets, but you can expand it if you want to. Best Buy is also offering a deal where you get a 1-month subscription to Xbox Game Pass, as well as three months of YouTube Premium if you’re a new subscriber.
The entry-level 10.2-inch iPad from 2021 should be your starting point for tablet shopping. This model lacks USB-C and still has the old-school home button, but it’s compatible with the Apple Pencil stylus (sold separately). The baseline iPad remains a great option for kids, families and anyone else who wants a best-in-class touchscreen and Apple’s full App Store and services support. Read our 9th-gen iPad review.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S9 FE is part of the latest lineup of Galaxy tablets, and while it’s not as powerful as the Ultra or the Plus, it is a lot cheaper. It’s 10.9 inches and runs a 2304 x 1440, and has a powerful Exynos 1380 processor that’s going to handle most stuff you throw at it. While the discount isn’t as large as others, the deal from Best Buy includes one month of Xbox Game Pass, three months of Youtube Premium for new subscribers, and a couple of other goodies.
You can save $40 on Apple’s latest iPad Air at Amazon right now. It costs $599 from the Apple Store and features Apple’s M1 chip, found in the company’s iPad Pros, along with 5G and a wider-angle, front-facing camera with the Center Stage autofocusing video feature. CNET’s iPad expert Scott Stein still recommends the less expensive 10.2-inch iPad for most people but sees this iPad Air as a solid step up. Read our iPad Air 2022 review.
The Surface Pro 8 was supplanted by the Surface Pro 9 at the top of Microsoft’s tablet lineup last fall, but the new model offers only a modest upgrade — newer Intel CPUs, a slightly faster type of RAM, 5G support and some new color options. When you can find a Surface Pro 8 at a sizable discount, it makes a compelling cost-saving alternative to the Surface Pro 9. This Surface Pro 8 features a high-resolution 13-inch display powered by an 11th-gen Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. And this model includes the snap-on keyboard cover with your purchase. It’s a hefty $650 off at Target.
Read our Microsoft Surface Pro 8 review.
More tablet deals
The discounts below are less compelling than the ones above but remain on this list so we can highlight when the sale prices dip periodically.
The Surface Pro 9 offers a modern 12th-gen Core i7 CPU, an ample 16GB of RAM and a relatively roomy 256GB SSD. The 13-inch display offers a crisp 2,880×1,920-pixel resolution. One last note: You’ll need to purchase the requisite keyboard cover separately unless you have one from an older Surface Pro 8 or Pro X — those are compatible with the new Surface Pro 9. Just note that not all colors have the same discount.
Read our Microsoft Surface Pro 9 review.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE is a midlevel Android tablet that occupies the space between a basic iPad and an iPad Pro. The baseline Galaxy Tab S7 FE (short for Fan Edition) with 64GB of storage is discounted by $31 right now at Amazon. The tablet features a roomy 12.4-inch display and includes Samsung’s S Pen stylus for drawing and jotting down notes.