Apple’s venerabledominates the tablet scene. And while many buyers continue to zig toward an iPad, there are a few reasons why you might zag and choose an or Windows tablet instead. Perhaps you’re looking for an affordable tablet for your kid. If you use an Android phone, getting a tablet on the same platform makes a lot of sense. And don’t forget about Windows tablets, which are good fits for bridging the divide between work and home.
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Ready to stretch your tablet-buying dollar? Discounts are usually few and far between for Apple’s iPads, but you can save $60 at Amazon on the 10.9-inch iPad Air. The 10.2-inch iPad at $329 remains Apple’s most affordable tablet and is slightly more affordable at Amazon right now. Android tablets from Lenovo and Samsung are also on sale, along with Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablets. The price of the latest Surface Pro 8 dropped by more than $200 at Amazon this week.
Apple’s most affordable tablet, the 10.2-inch iPad, didn’t receive a design overhaul like its Mini cousin last fall, but it does serve up a faster processor, a better front-facing camera and a better display than the previous, eighth-gen iPad. The biggest addition, however, is the storage, which was doubled to 64GB on the base model and to 256GB on the step-up model. Other than that, the change you’ll most likely welcome in this age of FaceTime and Zoom calls is the front camera going from 1.2 megapixels to a wider-angle 12 megapixels. The iPad also added Center Stage to keep your mug in the frame during video calls. Amazon occasionally drops the price to $299 but it’s still the lowest-cost iPad at its $329 list price. Right now, you can get it for $320 from Amazon, a modest $9 in savings. Read our iPad 9th gen review.
Read our Apple iPad (2021) review.
Whether you view it as a fancier everyday iPad or a cheaper iPad Pro, the iPad Air is an excellent deal at its current $60 discount. It happens to be Scott Stein’s favorite iPad. Read our iPad Air review.
Samsung’s premium 11-inch tablet is currently discounted by $140 at Amazon. It can operate as a high-powered Android tablet or can act more like a PC in DeX mode — a boon for both getting work done and gaming. The discount applies only to the 128GB model in black, and the keyboard cover is sold separately.
Read our Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 review.
Lenovo’s premium Android tablet boasts an 11.5-inch OLED display. Its aluminum-alloy body packs in four JBL speakers optimized for Dolby Atmos sound. Inside, you get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G that’s made for enhanced gaming performance compared with the standard 730 chip. Like the Samsung tablet above, you’ll need to buy the keyboard separately for the Tab P11 Pro. It had been selling for closer to $500 but its price has dropped to a more reasonable $455.
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 $164 off at Amazon and runs on a 10th-gen Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. The 12.3-inch touchscreen has a crisp 2,736×1,824-pixel resolution. This discounted model does not include the clip-on keyboard.
Read our Microsoft Surface Pro 7 review.
Microsoft released the latest version of its flagship two-in-one tablet when it launched Windows 11 late last year. It boasts a larger, 13-inch display from the Surface Pro 7 and a slimmer pen while adding a pair of Thunderbolt 4 ports. Inside, this model features an 11th-gen Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. The list price for this model is $1,200, but the price has dropped by more than $200 on Amazon. Annoyingly, the clip-on keyboard costs extra, but the current discount can help cover the cost of the keyboard.
Read our Microsoft Surface Pro 8 review.
The Fire HD 8 Kids Edition is a child-friendly tablet with 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 a month and gives you access to a bunch of kid-friendly content. It’s not really suitable for remote learning, but it’s a much more affordable option than giving a young child a full-on iPad. The Fire HD 8 Kids Edition has a slightly smaller screen with a lower resolution and less memory than the Fire HD 10 Kids Edition but is otherwise very similar and costs much less.
At its discounted price, this budget Android tablet is a good pick as an affordable entertainment tablet for kids. It features a small (read: kid-friendly) 8.7-inch display with a 1,340×800-pixel resolution protected by a sturdy, metal (read: kid-resistant) enclosure. Note that the keyboard case is not included.