Tablets make great holiday gifts, and if you're in the market for one (or several), you'll find a number of Black Friday deals. Some of the most popular brands and models, and those that do well in our Ratings, are being pushed by multiple retailers. And the best Black Friday deals on tablets will save you around $50 to $70.
Apple iPads. You can get an iPad Mini 2 (that's the older, less-expensive version without fingerprint recognition; it did quite well in our Ratings) with 16GB of storage for $200 at Walmart. That's a savings of $60. Staples is offering the newer iPad Mini 4 for $300, $80 less than what Apple lists it for.
If you want the larger iPad Air 2, both Walmart's and Best Buy's Black Friday ads list it for $400, also $80 less than Apple.
Target shoppers who buy iPads will have receive gift cards worth between $80 and $150, depending on the model you buy.
Samsung Galaxy tablets. Best Buy has a variety of Galaxy Tabs on sale for Black Friday. You'll save between $50 and $70, depending on the model you choose. The least expensive is the budget-oriented Galaxy Tab 3 Lite, an 8GB model for $80. (The same model is on sale for the same price at Staples.) Also on sale are the Galaxy Tab 4, which did better than the 3 Lite in our Ratings, for $120; the Galaxy Tab A 9.7-inch for $230 (that's $70 less than the regular price); and the smaller version of the Tab A for $180. All of these prices represent solid savings.
Microsoft Surface 3. Although it's not the latest in the line of Microsoft tablets, the Surface 3 did well in our Ratings. And Best Buy's giving you $100 off the regular price of this 64GB, 10.8-inch device, selling it for $400 in its Black Friday sales.
Amazon Fire tablets. Even without Black Friday, Amazon has the best deal on its new 7-inch Fire tablets. If you pick up a $250 six-pack (yes, you need a big family to make that worthwhile), you'll get one of the $50 devices free. But you might also want to keep an eye on Amazon's rolling deals throughout the weekend, when individual models could go as low as $35. The Amazon Fire Kids Edition, which is the same tablet with a two-year warranty, a year's subscription to speical kids' content, and a protective case, is already on sale for $85 (down $15 from $100). You'll also find that deal at Best Buy.
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