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Looking for a great deal on an iPad or a tablet from one of Apple's rivals? Our experts track what's 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 models. 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 didn’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.
The Galaxy Tab S7+ is the brands top-tier tablet from last year. It has a huge 12.4-inch screen, which makes it larger than some laptops and Samsung includes its S-Pen stylus with the tablet as standard (Apple charges extra for its own Pencil stylus).
It has a claimed internal storage capacity of 128GB and there's a microSD card slot for expanding that if you need to. You should bear in mind there’s no headphone jack on this tablet, so if you have wired headphones you will need to buy a USB-C to headphone adaptor.
We like: Very fast, brilliant speakers
We didn't like: Costly keyboard accessory
A rival for Apple's iPad Pro range, the Tab S7 is a high-end tablet with a big screen – great if you're after a device that can replace your laptop. Bear in mind, however, that you will need to buy the keyboard separately, which will increase the total cost by a fair bit. At the time of writing, the keyboard had a sale price of £189 in most UK retailers. On the plus side, the S-Pen stylus does come as standard.
We like: Compact 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.
We like: Runs fast, crisp and precise display
We didn’t like: Sound lacks finesse
This Samsung tablet is a great alternative to the iPad Pro and is much cheaper. The operating system is smooth and it can be unlocked via facial recognition. It doesn't have a headphone jack but you can connect with a Bluetooth adaptor.
We like: Touchscreen is fast and easy to use
We didn’t like: Poor camera quality
One of the cheapest Samsung tablets we've reviewed, this Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is great if you're shopping on a budget. Although it can take some time to start up, the operating system and touchscreen run smoothly, making this tablet easy to use.
We like: Great screen, good speakers
We didn’t like: Large, pricey accessories
This Microsoft tablet is incredibly easy to use and, with that 12.3-inch screen, it's actually quite large. If you add a keyboard, it works as a laptop. We found the speakers were excellent and deliver clear speech – perfect for watching TV.
The 8GB Ram, bigger-storage 256GB version of the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 is currently available for £879 at . It was £719 at , but the website says it's temporarily out of stock. We'll keep an eye on it and will let you know when it's on sale again.
This Chromebook has a detachable keyboard, meaning it functions as both a tablet and a laptop. It's powered by 4GB of Ram (a decent amount if you plan on multi-tasking) and has a 10.1-inch display. There are two cameras: a 2Mp lens for selfies and video calls, plus an 8Mp rear camera.
One of the newest Lenovo tablets available, this Tab 13 model is particularly good for watching videos due to its large screen and exceptional running speed. The display is clear, vibrant and works well, even in bright light conditions.
Much like the Lenovo Tab 13 model, the Tab 11 is best suited for watching videos, due to its crisp display and bright colours. It features plenty of in-built storage which can be supplemented further with a micro-SD card. The battery is also very powerful, with a running time of nearly 14 hours.
These cheap and mainly cheerful tablets run a cut-down version of Android. If you don't want to splash out a lot of cash on a tablet, then one of these will probably suffice.
Amazon recently launched a higher-spec HD 10 model, so it's now taking the tablet market pretty seriously. It also means you're likely to see price drops on the older models.
This is Amazon’s 2021 version of its 10-inch low-cost tablet. The updated tablet is thinner, lighter and now has 50% more Ram than the previous model. It's also still available in a wide variety of colours, including pink and green.
The screen is full HD and its powered by an Octa-core processor, which should help it multitask without slowing down.
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 yourself 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 own website. Knowing the full true price will make it easier to see if you're really getting a good discount on another site.
When you're 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 generation 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 their 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 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, but deals on these tablets 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 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.
Before you buy a new tablet, bear in mind that not all manufacturers are equal when it comes to security updates. We've found out that some manufacturers only support their tablets for two to three years. .