Apple's venerable iPad dominates 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 Android tablet 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.
Here are the top tablet deals from Amazon, Best Buy, Target and Walmart.
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, however, remains Apple's most affordable tablet. Android tablets from Lenovo and Samsung are also on sale, along with Microsoft's Surface Pro tablets.
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. Read our iPad 9th gen review.
Read our Apple iPad (2021) review.$329 at Amazon
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.
Read our Apple iPad Air 2020 review.$539 at Amazon
Samsung's premium 11-inch tablet is currently discounted by $200 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.$500 at Amazon
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 $449.$449 at Walmart
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 $153 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 2,736x1,824-pixel resolution. This discounted model does not include the clip-on keyboard.
Read our Microsoft Surface Pro 7 review.$746 at Amazon
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 $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.$999 at Amazon
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 1,340x800-pixel resolution protected by a sturdy, metal (read: kid-resistant) enclosure. Note that the keyboard case is not included.