The best iPad and tablet Black Friday deals so far in the early 2021 sales
Tablets such as the iPad fit the gap between smartphone and laptop. They’re a popular choice for those who don’t feel the need to splash their cash on the latest tech upgrades, and they’ve become increasingly powerful in recent years. Black Friday offers hefty discounts across hundreds of devices, so it’s an excellent time to shop.
However, different tablets have markedly different capabilities and price points. So which one should you buy? Start by reading our guide to the best tablets, which will tell you everything you need to know about devices from Apple, Android, Microsoft and more.
Then, set a reminder to check back here for the best Black Friday deals as they come in. If you have your eye on a new iPad or Samsung Galaxy tablet, it will pay to browse early – in recent years, retailers such as Amazon have begun offering discounts days (or even weeks) in advance of Black Friday itself on November 26. We’ll keep this article updated with all the best iPad and tablet deals as they launch.
The best early iPad and tablet deals for Black Friday 2021
Amazon is currently offering a £50 discount on the iPad Air, which came top in the Telegraph’s guide to the best tablets for its beautifully crisp screen, quality finish and user-friendly operating system. It’s more lightweight than the original iPad and Pro, yet super fast, and has an exceptional camera.
This Samsung Galaxy Tab is great for streaming video and gaming on the go, as it has a 13 hour battery life and a vivid, cinematic 12.4″ display. And the best part? It’s £70 off in Amazon’s early Black Friday sale.
This bargain HUAWEI tablet still packs a punch when it comes to performance, with 32 GB storage, HUAWEI’s own operating system (based on Android 10) and 9 hours of battery life. The best part? It’s currently under £100 in Curry’s early Black Friday sale.
For some, this will be a hardy and parental-locked device to leave in the hands of young ones. For others, it might be a tablet with a super-fast processor, ideal for editing videos or perfecting creative projects. Storage capacity is key if you take a lot of photos or videos, while weight is important if you’re going to be spending long periods reading or watching.
If you anticipate writing or emailing regularly with it, it’s worth paying a little extra for a two-in-one tablet; most come with a detachable keyboard and stand, which makes extended use a bit more comfortable.
Of course, many tablets are chiefly used for YouTube and Netflix binges. If this sounds like you, you’ll want to look for a tablet that supports your favourite apps and boasts a high-definition (HD) picture quality. Lenovo Tabs and Apple iPads are crowd favourites on this score.
How do I choose the right operating system?
The four most trusted names in the world of tablets are Apple, Android, Windows and Amazon.
As the creator of the iPad, Apple has long been considered the class leader but the company’s best models are especially expensive. iOS is a pleasure to use, however, and linking your tablet to your iPhone (if you have one) will no doubt prove useful.
Android is next, with its easy access to a wide range of apps and Google features. Android tablets are generally less expensive than Windows tablets and iPads, but some users feel Android apps aren’t as well developed as those for the iPad.
Amazon’s FireOS is very similar to Android and many of the same apps are available on both. Because Amazon sells some Fire tablets with built-in advertising to price them lower, they are often the cheapest tablets available for the quality.
Last but not least, we have Windows. Most Windows tablets are two-in-ones which run on a tablet-friendly version of Windows 10. Some of the apps available on these tablets are also exclusive to Windows and their complimentary clip-on keyboards regularly win consumers over.