The line between laptop and tablet is getting blurrier and blurrier, and 2021 is the year that’s blurred the line the most. See below for amazing deals on the best and newest tablets.
Apple iPad Mini
Apple updated the iPad Mini in spring 2020 after almost four years of all but ignoring its existence. The long wait paid off, however, with Apple delivering a 7.9-inch tablet that not only tops our ratings of sub-8-inch tablets but also does so with a huge amount of daylight between it and its nearest-scoring competitors. If there’s one area where the iPad Mini falls short-and that’s a big if-it’s that you’ll have to buy adapters to connect common peripherals like SD cards (for loading digital photos) or a big-screen TV via HDMI. Our testers also note that unlike with certain Android tablets, there’s no way to have multiple accounts on a single iPad Mini (or any iPad, for that matter). That could be annoying if you intend to share the tablet with a spouse or child, for example. At the time of publishing the iPad Mini was on sale for 4% off at Amazon for $385.
Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1
The Samsung Galaxy Tablet is your secret weapon for getting more done. The power of a PC with the mobility of a tablet. For those who prefer to use Android OS, this 10.1-inch full HD display tablet also earned a recommended rating from our testers, who found a lot to like in the 2020 refresh. For one thing, they noted the long battery life (nearly 14 hours). While the display isn’t quite as sharp as that on the iPad Mini, lacking contrast and the vibrant colors found on other displays, the Tab A still performs like a high-end tablet without the high-end price. Feel the action come to life all around you with immersive Dolby Atmos surround sound. Browse, shop or binge-watch for hours with a long-lasting battery—plus, make room for all of your favorites with expandable storage. Currently, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 is on sale at Best Buy for $30 off the 32GB models and an amazing $80 off the 64GB & $128GB versions. Walmart has them on sale for $208.23 while Amazon currently has them on sale for $188.88 at the time of publishing.
Apple iPad Air
Apple recently resurrected the name “iPad Air” for this 10.5-inch tablet that sits just below the 2020 iPad Pro in terms of features and performance. As with the Pro, our testers had very little to complain about when it comes to the Air. It’s fast and light, and it has a display that’s sharp and accurately reproduces color. So what makes the Air an Air instead of a Pro? For starters, it’s ever so slightly smaller than the 11-inch Pro, but when you’re immersed in apps like Netflix and Safari, you’ll barely notice the difference. And while the Air has two built-in speakers to the Pro’s four, you’re almost certainly better off using a decent pair of headphones regardless of your model choice. And finally, the Air’s display runs at a slower refresh rate than the Pro’s, which means certain animations (particularly scrolling text) may appear to be smoother on the Pro. HHGregg currently has the iPad Air on sale for $584.95. Amazon has the 32GB model on sale for 10% off for only $540 at the time of publishing.
Apple refreshed its base iPad just one year after releasing the sixth-generation model. What’s different? You get more screen-10.2 inches vs. 9.7 on the 2018 iPad. The new model also supports Apple’s Smart Keyboard cover, a physical keyboard that magnetically clips onto the tablet. Unlike a Bluetooth keyboard, this one doesn’t require charging or pairing, which comes in handy when you frequently use your iPad for emailing and word-processing tasks. Currently, the iPad is on sale at Amazon for an incredible 21% off for $299. The 256GB configuration has also been discounted in all color variants at Amazon for $679, which is $70 off its usual price of $749 at the time of publishing.
Microsoft Surface Pro 7
The Microsoft Surface Pro 7 is ultra-light & versatile. At your desk, on the couch, or in the yard, you can get more done with Surface Pro 7, featuring a laptop-class Intel Core processor, all-day battery, and HD cameras. Get creative on the vibrant PixelSense touchscreen with Surface Pen. Adjust the Kickstand and add a Type Cover. And, run your favorite apps and games with laptop power — all at a standout value. At the time of publishing you can save up to $459.99 at Microsoft on the 12.3″ Surface Pro 7 & Pro Type Cover Bundles. The Microsoft Surface Duo is on sale for $400 as well.