This year pretty much everyone has a tablet out, and the market is reaching the saturation point. The competition to get your money is very fierce this year, and the deals show it. Examples of this are shown by the deals we are seeing on Apple iPads. They are notorious for not offering serious discounts on their products. They consider themselves a premium product, and thus do not offer coupons or the like on their devices. Last year stores got around this by offering in-store gift cards for you to spend at a later date. While this wasn’t a direct discount on iPads, it basically achieved the same goal. This year is a bit different. While are seeing some stores offering in-store gift cards, others are just flat-out dropping the price. With that in mind, we have combed through the Black Friday ads, and pulled out 10 deals we feel are worthy of our top 10 lists. We rated them as “good”, “better”, and “best.”
Here are our four top Black Friday Deals we ranked as “good” based on price comparison and bonuses.
GOOD BLACK FRIDAY DEAL #1: HP Stream 7″ HD Tablet w/ Intel Inside, 32GB RAM
Price: Office Depot is offering this for $80 (was $100)
This tablet is new this year, and is one of the few that are under $80. It runs full Windows 8.1, has a 7” screen, and is supported by a snappy quad core CPU, 32GB of internal storage. It also comes with a 1yr subscription office 356 ($70 value), and 1TB of cloud storage for a year. If you use a lot of Microsoft products, this gives you a whole lot of “bang for your buck”, and that is why it made the list.
GOOD BLACK FRIDAY DEAL #2 : Dell Venue 7 3000 7″ 16GB Intel Atom Processor 2GB RAM Android 4.4 OS Tablet
Price: Dell is offering this for $99.99 (was $149.99)
This highly rated Dell tablet comes in at the $100 mark. It runs Android 4.4 (Kit Kat), has a 7” screen. It is supported by an Intel Atom CPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a Micro-SD Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, supporting up to 64GB). While 16GB of internal storage seems low, the removable storage (SD card reader) somewhat makes up for it. The SD card is a bit slower to access than native storage, but it allows a lot more flexibility that other higher priced tablets don’t offer (we’re looking at you iPads). For $100, this is a solid value.
GOOD BLACK FRIDAY DEAL #3: Fire HD 6 8GB Tablet + $20.00 Coupon on Your Next Purchase
Price: Meijer is offering this for $80 (was $99)
At 6” this is the smallest tablet on the list (which is smaller than some phones!). It has a HD screen that is supported by a quad core CPU and 8GB of internal storage. To make up for the low internal storage, Amazon is throwing in free unlimited cloud storage for any content that you get from Amazon (music, books, movies, etc.). While this set up isn’t as flexible as the Dell 7 Venue’s SD storage, you should be able to get by. To sweeten the deal a bit, Meijer is also tossing in Meijer $20 gift card. That makes this a $120 value for $80!
GOOD BLACK FRIDAY DEAL #4: Microsoft Surface 2, 32 GB
Price: Best Buy is offering this for $299.99 (was $449.99)
This is the best price we have seen for this tablet. Specs wise it’s a 10.6” HD screen, powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 4 CPU, 2GB RAM, and 32GB internal storage, and a Micro SD slot to expand storage up to 64GB. You can also buy a cover that doubles as a keyboard to make this into a low cost (but limited) laptop. Overall this is a great tablet, and the only reason it didn’t make the better or best section of this list is due to running Windows RT. Windows RT has had limited support from app developers, and doesn’t run all Windows based programs, so it’s not as powerful as full Windows 8.1. At the price of $299.99 this is still a good value.
Here are our four top Black Friday Deals we ranked as “better” based on price comparison and bonuses.
Better Black Friday Deal #1: $75 off all iPad Mini 3 (16GB/64GB/128GB)
Price: Walmart is offering this deal for $199
Normally we don’t suggest you get the iPad Mini 3 at all. The only difference between iPad Mini 3, and the iPad Mini 2 is the finger print reader. They both come with a 7.9” retina screen, Apples A7 CPU, 16GB of internal storage, and 5GB of iCloud storage. While it is neat, we don’t feel this option is worth the extra $100 you will pay over the iPad Mini 2. With that said, Best Buy is knocking $75 off the cost of the Mini 3, which makes it only $25 more expensive than the Mini 2. At this price point we feel that the finger print reader is worth the extra $25. It is also a straight discount, which we feel is superior to the in-store gift card route.
Better Black Friday Deal #2: Apple iPad Mini 16GB w/ Wi-Fi + $30 Walmart Gift Card
Price: Walmart is offering this deal for $199
This deal is for the first generation of the iPad Mini line, but it’s still a really good value. Apple has this priced at $249, so at $199.99 it’s right at 20% savings. If you are a fan of Apple’s ecosystem, and you want a low cost tablet, this is the best deal you are going to find. It has a 7.9” screen supported by Apple’s A5 CPU, 16GB of internal storage, with 5GB of iCloud storage. Walmart is also throwing in a $30 Walmart gift card (you can use this to buy a iTunes gift card!), which brings this to a total value of $279 for $199.99. The only reason this didn’t make the “best” list is that the screen is the non-retina and the internals are showing their age. If you upgrade to iOS 8 you might see some performance issues. Still for $199.99, this is a solid value.
Better Black Friday Deal #3: Samsung Galaxy Tab S 16 GB 10.5″ Display Amoled Tablet
Price: Sears is offering this for $399.99
The Galaxy Tab S is one of Samsung’s most powerful tablets. It runs Android 4.4 (KitKat), supported by a 10.5” Amoled screen, Samsung’s 8 core Exynos CPU, 16GB of internal storage, MicroSD slot that supports up to 128GB of additional storage. The two biggest pros of this tablet are the incredible screen, and the SD slot that can expand your storage a whooping 128GB. So with a discounted price of 20%, $24 in shop your way rewards AND free shipping from Sears, this is a solid deal. We think the best part of this deal is that it’s available right now, so no need to wait until Black Friday!
Better Black Friday Deal #4: Apple iPad Air 16GB (White)
Price: hhgregg is offering this for $299.99 (was $499.99)
This is Apple’s last generation iPad. It’s a 9.7” retina screen supported by apples A7 CPU, 16GB of internal storage, with 5GB of iCloud storage. If you are looking for a deal on a full size iPad, this is the one to get. It’s only one generation old, and if you don’t want to mess with a in-store gift card, then this is a solid deal. It’s currently selling on Apple Store for $399, so this is a solid 25% off. It would have made the “best” list” but the Air 2 has the finger print reader, and all the internals have been upgraded. Plus there are two excellent deals coming up next on this list!
Here are our two top Black Friday Deals we ranked as “best” based on price comparison and bonuses.
BEST BLACK FRIDAY DEAL #1: Apple iPad Air 2 16GB + $140 Target Gift Card
Price: Target is offering this for $499.99 (was $499.99)
This is Apple’s latest flagship tablet. It’s a 9.7” retina screen, supported by Apple’s A8x CPU, 16GB of internal storage, 5GB iCloud storage, and a fingerprint reader. If you go through all the specs, compared to the iPad Air, almost all the interal components have been upgraded. For the extra $100 over the Air, we feel it’s worth the upgrade. However, that isn’t where the value of this deal is. The real value is in the massive $140 Target gift card you get. If you shop Target, this is an incredible value on Apple’s latest offering. With a total value of $640, and a buy price of $500 it’s not hard to see why this is one of our “best” tablet deals.
BEST BLACK FRIDAY DEAL #2: $100 off all Apple iPad Air 2 Tablets
Price: Best Buy is offering $100 off
Just like the Target deal, this deal is on Apple’s flagship iPad. It’s a 9.7” retina screen, supported by Apple’s A8x CPU, 16GB/64GB/128GB of internal storage, 5GB iCloud storage, and a fingerprint reader. There are a couple of reasons why we put this deal on the “best” list. First, it’s not a in-store gift card deal, so if you wanted a flat out discount on a top of the line iPad, this is the best deal you will find. Second, they are offering the $100 discount on the 16GB, 64GB and the 128GB version of the Air 2. Other stores are just discounting or offering an in-store credit card on the base model, and not the others. So a solid $100 discount, combined with choice on what iPad Air 2 is right for you, makes this one of the best tablet deals of the season.
**Please note that this year it was tough to pick out a top 10 list for tablets. We just had to narrow it down and many were left off the list. We encourage you to go through the Black Friday ads, or use our Black Friday deal finder to explore all the tablet deals. If you find one you think should have been on the list, but didn’t make it, let all our readers know by putting it in the comments section below!
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