Black Friday is finally upon us, serving up a bevvy of excellent discounts and deals across the market’s best and brightest tablets and iPads.
If you’ve yet to take ownership of a tablet, they can fit into your digital life in a myriad of ways; serving as a great portable multimedia machine, as a toy and tool for entertaining and educating your kids, as a laptop replacement for more portable productivity and even as a means of creating digital artwork on-the-go.
Tablet pricing can vary pretty wildly, influenced by fundamental factors like display size and resolution, as well as performance, features and software support.
Apple iPads – which popularised the product category when they entered onto the scene back in 2010 – offer some of the most advanced functionality, however, Microsoft’s Surface line gives you a full Windows computing experience, Samsung Galaxy Tab range probably features some of the best examples of Android slates you’ll currently find and there are few affordable offerings we’d recommend more than Amazon’s Fire tablet range.
Best tablet deals in the UK
2. Apple iPad Air (2020, 256GB, cellular)
Now: £799 (£60 off)
A great discount on the latest iPad Air with cellular connectivity. Given the rarity of great iPad discounts, there’s no guarantee this deal will be around beyond Black Friday weekend. Discount varies by colour, so double check before purchase.
3. Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ (128GB)
Now: £679 (£120 off)
This excellent deal saves you 15% on the usual asking price of the Galaxy Tab S7+, Samsung’s latest flagship tablet. Similar discounts can be found on the 256GB model, both at Currys and Amazon.
4. Microsoft Surface Pro 7 (i5, 8GB, 256GB)
Now: £899 (£270 off)
This mid-tier Surface Pro 7 has been heavily discounted now its successor has arrived. Get £270 off a black i5 model, with 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD from the Microsoft Store, although doubling the RAM on the Platinum variant has a £280 saving.
5. Microsoft Surface Go 2 (Pentium Gold 4425Y, 8GB, 128GB)
Now: £339 (£190 off)
The Surface Go 3 might have launched back in mid-2020, but it remains a great little device. This model pairs the Intel Pentium Gold 4425Y processor with 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. However, the Microsoft Store matches it on price and offers a £90 saving on the cheapest Core M3 configuration
6. Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 (128GB, cellular)
Now: £619 (£100 off)
This 4G LTE 11in Tab S7 is an absolute powerhouse, despite being on the lower rung of Samsung’s 2020 Tab S ladder. Best of all, it’s available with a tidy discount right now.
7. Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus (64GB, no ads)
Now: £149.99 (£70 off)
The Fire HD 10 Plus is only a few months old, but Amazon already has a great deal on its most expensive tablet. This 2021 model with 64GB is now available with a 32% discount. It comes with ads on the lock screen, although the model without these is currently out of stock.
10. Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 (2020, 32GB, 4G LTE)
Now: £205 (£64 off)
Samsung’s smart 10.4in 2020 slate – the Tab A7 – features a super sturdy but lightweight 7mm thick metal body, quad Dolby Atmos-certified speakers and a nice discount in this latest Amazon deal on the 4G model. However, you’ll have to wait until after Black Friday for it to arrive.
Best tablet deals in the US
1. Apple iPad Pro 11in (2021, 128GB)
Now: $999 ($100 off)
This is a great deal on Apple’s latest 11in premium slate. A saving of $100 on the usual asking price brings this 11in Wi-Fi only model with 128GB of storage under $1,000.
2. Microsoft Surface Pro 7 (i5, 8GB, 256GB)
From: Best Buy
Now: $799.99 ($400 off)
There’s an excellent Surface Pro 7 deal here if you’re based in the US. Best Buy is selling the device for under $800, saving you $400 on the usual asking price. Similar savings can be found on other configurations, but you’ll need to buy the Type Cover separately.
3. Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ (128GB)
From: Amazon US
Now: $629 ($220.99 off)
The silver model of Samsung’s 128GB flagship tablet is now available with a significant discount on Amazon. There are also reductions on the other colourways and the 256GB SKU, however, the discounts there aren’t quite as significant.
4. Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 FE (256GB)
Now: $529.99 ($150 off)
Samsung’s latest Galaxy Tab S7 FE, with 256GB storage and an included S Pen stylus, can currently be snapped up with a 22% discount right now in this solid Amazon deal. You can also save $100 on the 64GB model.
6. Amazon Fire HD 10 (64GB, no ads)
From: Amazon US
Now: $129.99 ($60 off)
This excellent Black Friday deal shaves 36% off the usual asking price of the 64GB ad-free model of Amazon’s Fire HD 10 tablet. It’s a great device for entertainment, although you can also bundle it with Microsoft 365 Personal and a keyboard ($124.98 off) for more of a productivity focus.
7. Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8.0 (64GB)
From: Amazon US
Now: $159 ($40.99 off)
Samsung’s solid 8in Galaxy Tab A from 2020 delivers a reliable tablet experience and in this deal, packs in double the storage, at 64GB. The white version is available on Amazon with over $40 off right now, but you’ll pay slightly more for the black model.
What tablet deals are available?
You occasionally see the odd bit of money off an iPad, so look at retailers like Currys and Argos in the UK or brands like Best Buy, if you’re Stateside, as Apple itself doesn’t often discount its iPads. There are always iPads on its Refurbished Store all year round though. Official resellers, like KRCS can sometimes offer more competitive prices too.
Android tablets are far more likely to be sold at more competitive prices, given their generally lower RRPs in the first place – though even high-ticket Samsung tablets can also get a good price cut – so keep your eyes peeled to this page.
There are, of course, 2-in-1 tablets that run on more robust hardware and software, such as Microsoft’s Surface line, which runs Windows. Though slightly pricey, we have an entire article dedicated to Microsoft Surface deals, which goes through the newest models, accessories, usual prices, and, of course, where to find the best deals – including how to spot deals on refurbished devices and find student discounts.
Amazon’s Fire tablets all have low prices to begin with and are criminally low when they go on sale, which is surprisingly frequently. They tend to drop from ‘affordable’ to ‘essential’, with offers across the range.
If you find that you’re missing out on Amazon’s Lightning deals, which run for just a few hours and offer limited stock, we’d recommend signing up for Amazon’s 30-day free trial of Prime, which will get you access to deals 30 minutes before everyone else. Plus, you’ll get free next-day delivery with the Prime trial, as well as access to Prime Instant Video and more.
Sign up for Prime now to take advantage.
See our guide on the best Amazon tablet, which includes comparisons, reviews and buying advice. Tech Advisor also has a range of articles on tablets, tablet cases, and related gadgets and accessories which should also help you decide.
Tablet deals for students
Another great resource to help you snag UK deals is Tech Advisor’s Student Beans page. The Tech and Mobile section can help you save up to 25% on big brands such as Apple (10% off for students), Asus, HP, Lenovo, Logitech and many more. See all tech student deals here.
Here are a few of the best places to check for UK tablet bargains:
In the US, check out the following: