iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2021)
Looking for a great deal on an iPad or a tablet from one of Apple's rivals? Our experts track what tablets are on offer in the sales to keep you up to date on the best iPad and tablet deals.
We check out sale prices on mid-range models, as well as high-end, big-screen tablets that can replace a 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 ones. Here we list the best tablet deals and highlight the best sales.
We also run through some top tips on how to find the latest deals on iPads, Android tablets and Microsoft Surface tablets.
We like: Responsive touchscreen
We don’t like: No headphone jack
This is the 2021 version of the iPad Pro and it has a 12.9-inch screen – the biggest screen you can get. It's powered by a mighty M1 processor and there’s 8GB of Ram backing it up. The model we tested has 128GB of storage, but you can buy versions with 256GB, 512GB, 1TB or 2TB at higher prices.
We like: Slick and swift operation
We don’t like: More reflections than we’d like on the screen
This eight-inch iPad from Apple was released in 2021. It's a powerful machine that can handle demanding graphics and apps. The version we tested has 64GB of storage. That’s a reasonable amount of space, but with no micro-SD slot to increase the memory, you need to be sure it will be enough before you buy. There is a 256GB version, too.
We like: Good operating system, crisp display
We don’t like: Sound lacks finesse
This Samsung tablet is a challenger to the iPad Pro and it's much cheaper. The operating system is smooth and the tablet can be unlocked via facial recognition. It doesn't have a headphone jack but you can connect with Bluetooth or buy a 3.5mm adapter to connect to the USB C charging port.
We like: Good speakers
We don’t like: Accessories are expensive
This 10-inch tablet isn't very heavy for this size of screen and it's easy to use. It works best with a keyboard attached but you'll have to buy this separately.
We like: Sharp screen
We don’t like: Pricey accessories
This Microsoft tablet is incredibly easy to use. It's quite large, with a 12.3-inch screen, but that screen size means it works as a laptop if you add a keyboard. We found the speakers were excellent and deliver clear speech – perfect for watching TV.
We like: Robust build
We don't like: Falls over easily
A large tablet with a 10.1-inch screen, 64GB of storage, and features a unique design with a chunky handle, a kickstand and a wall-mounting option. At 541g, it’s no lightweight, but you do at least get impressively robust build quality – this tablet feels like it’s built to last.
We've picked out a selection of current good offers on decent tablets, but if these aren't quite right for you, don't worry as there will be ample other opportunities to find a great tablet 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 website. Knowing the full true price will make it easier to see if you're really getting a good discount on another site.
When shopping around for deals and looking at sale prices, be mindful that there are multiple generations of iPads on sale at the same time. Make sure you know which you're buying; our guide on 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, there is a section on its official site for 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.
This is the place to find the true RRP of the model and specification you’re after, and you might even find a 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 might only be on one or two of these at any time.
Amazon Fires are hardly expensive to start with and deals on these tablets also come along fairly regularly. You will often find the best prices on , 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 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.
Before you buy a new tablet, bear in mind that not all manufacturers are equal when it comes to security updates. We've found some only support their tablets for two to three years. .