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12 July 2021

Best tablet and iPad deals for 2021

The best discounts on tablets and Apple iPads, as found by our computing experts. Discover where you can save up to £150 off popular tablets.
Michael Passingham
best tablet and iPad deals

Whether you're set on an iPad or hunting for a great tablet from one of Apple's rivals, our experts have scrutinised what's on offer to bring you the best deals we've found this month. 

We've identified deals on mid-range models that should hit the mark for most people and high-end big-screen tablets to replace your laptop.

Like all tech products, tablets are constantly being updated and refreshed with new versions. That means there are plenty of deals to be found on last-generation models, as well as the occasional discount on the very latest tablets. We'll update this page monthly with the best deals, as found by our computing experts. 

We also run through some top tips on how to find the latest deals yourself on iPads, Android tablets and Microsoft Surface tablets.

Spotted what you think is a great deal on a new tablet? Check our full tablet reviews to compare and make sure the tablet itself is as good as the discount. 

The best tablet and iPad deals in July 2021

Here are the top deals we've found as of 1st July.

1.  Apple iPad Mini (2019) £349 

iPad Mini 2019
  • Prices drop further on the iPad Mini
  • This is the latest-generation (4th) of the iPad Mini
  • A compact portable tablet 

We like: Fast, Great software

We didn’t like: Expensive, Only supports older Apple pencil

This tablet has a 7.9-inch screen and an Apple A12 processor and the cheapest version comes with 64GB of storage. Think carefully whether this is enough for you as it can’t be upgraded later.

The silver version of the iPad Mini 64GB model can currently be had for £349 at Currys, matching the cheapest price we seen it at yet and around £50 cheaper than the typical price

Read the full iPad Mini 2019 review to see how it fared in our tests.

(A 2020 Which? investigation into Currys PC World suggests the firm has an issue with how it handles complaints about faulty products. So do consider this before making a purchase.)

2. iPad Pro 11-inch (2020), now £664

iPad Pro 11-inch (2020)
  • Over £200 off the standard price of £869
  • A high-end tablet that could replace your laptop if bought with a keyboard
  • Stylus and keyboard cost extra

We like: Fast, Lovely design

We didn’t like: No headphone jack, expensive

The iPad Pro is Apple’s top-end tablet range powered by the Apple A12z processor and paired with 6GB of Ram.

There have been further price drops on the 11-inch 256GB version this month and it is currently available for just £664 at Currys.

Read our full iPad Pro 11 review to see how it did in our tests.

3. Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e, now £319

Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e
  • £60 off original price
  • Facial recognition camera and a fingerprint scanner
  • 64GB of built-in storage

We like: Compact and portable design, Long battery life

We didn’t like: No headphone jack

This Android tablet has a facial recognition camera and a fingerprint scanner so you can easily unlock your tablet and authorise payments without having to type in a Pin or password. 

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e is currently available for a discounted price. The black version can be had for £319, a £60 saving on its normal price, and you can find it at Currys, Amazon and John Lewis.

Read our full Galaxy Tab S5e review to see how it did in our tests.

4. Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 8-inch (2019) - £99

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8
  • £40 off the standard price
  • 8-inch screen
  • 32GB storage

We like: Compact size

We didn’t like: Not the fastest 

This 8-inch tablet from Samsung’s low-cost Tab A series runs on the Android operating system so should be immediately familiar to anybody who owns an Android phone.

The standard price for this tablet is £139, but at the moment Amazon is selling it for just £99. 

Read our full review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 to see if it’s suitable for your needs.

How to find a good deal on a tablet

We've picked out a selection of good offers on decent tablets, but if these aren't quite right for you there are ample opportunities to find yourself a great tablet deal.

Finding an iPad deal

Apple’s own website provides you with a good baseline of how much an iPad costs, because Apple never discounts new models on its own website. Knowing the full, true value makes it easier to work out how good discounts on other sites really are.

When you're shopping around for deals, be mindful of the fact that there are multiple generations of iPads on sale at the same time, so make sure you know which generation you're buying; our guide on which iPad to buy shows you which models are the latest generation. 

There’s nothing wrong with buying an older-generation iPad (in fact, it’s  a great way to save money), but just make sure you’re comparing like-for-like products instead of a newer, more expensive model with an older, cheaper version.

Another way to keep costs down is to consider a refurbished iPad. While Apple's website never has deals on new tablets, it has a section for refurbished iPads that come with a one-year warranty. What’s available varies day-by-day, but you should be able to save at least 20% on a refurbished model over a new one. 

If you’re a student, you may also qualify for Apple’s student discount programme, which will net you discounts on iPads, among other products. 

See all our reviews of Apple iPads.

Finding a Microsoft Surface tablet deal

It’s sensible to start your search for a Surface tablet on the Microsoft Store website

Not only is this the place to find the true RRP of the model and specification you’re after, but you might even find a handy discount while you’re there. It might be a simple discount on a specification, or it could be a discounted or free accessory when you buy a full-price tablet.

If you don’t find a discount on the Microsoft website, it’s highly likely you’ll find one from a different retailer. Make sure you check all the specifications and colour options, as discounts may only be on one or two of these at any time. 

See all our reviews of Microsoft Surface tablets.

Finding an Amazon Fire tablet deal

Amazon Fires are hardly expensive to start with, but deals on these tablets come along fairly regularly. Amazon.co.uk itself often has the best prices, but you can sometimes find decent discounts from the likes of Currys and Argos. 

If there's nothing available on the day you search, you probably won't have to wait for long for a discount to materialise, so if you don’t need to buy right now it could pay to wait until a deal comes up.

See all our reviews of Amazon Fire tablets.