Tablets can be productivity boosters, time-wasters, or both. You can put one in your bag, take notes, review documents, binge on the latest Netflix show, play some games, etc. Black Friday sales are usually a good time to pick up a new gadget at discount prices, and we’ve scoured Amazon in the US and Germany to bring you some of the best deals.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ is the most powerful Android tablet on this list — it’s not quite as stellar as the Ultra, but with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and a 12.4-inch 120Hz AMOLED display, it can handle just about anything you throw at it. This screen supports Samsung’s S Pens; In fact, one comes bundled with the baseboard.
This is great for sketching ideas and taking notes and can be enhanced with a Note View Cover. The cover is transparent and has a paper-like texture, so the tablet looks more like a notepad. This protects the screen from scratches too, of course, and has a place to hide the stylus. You can also take notes with the Galaxy Tab S8+ Tablet Keyboard Cover.
A cheaper option is the Galaxy Tab S8. It’s just as powerful (same chipset), but it switches to an 11-inch (120Hz) LCD. We’ve linked to the 128GB model below, but you might want to buy the 256GB model, which is just $30 more (or no microSD slot). There is an S Pen included, unfortunately the caps above do not fit this model.
The Galaxy Tab S7 FE is larger than the vanilla S8 – it has a 12.4-inch screen, but it’s a 60Hz LCD. This processor in particular uses the Snapdragon 778G chipset, so it’s in a lower performance class than the S8 models, but serves as a middle ground (in terms of price and performance) for the A-series lineups.
The Tab S7 FE also comes with an S Pen, and you can pick up a protective book cover. This is not designed for painting, however, it is only for protection.
The FE is much cheaper than the S8 slabs, but if it’s still too high, the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is even cheaper. Despite the model number, it’s actually a new model from 2022. It’s less powerful (Snapdragon 720G), but has a good quality 10.4-inch screen (with S Pen) and stereo speakers by AKG.
Here is the cheapest option – Galaxy Tab A8 10.5. This is from 2021, and although the Unisoc Tiger T618 chipset is slower than the 720G, the 10.2-inch screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels and quad speakers still make this a powerful Netflix machine.
Now, if you’re looking for low pricing, the Amazon Fire 7 is down to $40. It’s not powerful, the 7-inch HD display isn’t anything special, but the 10-hour battery life is great. And did we mention it’s $40? Well, $55 / €55 if you don’t want ads on the lock screen.
You’ll probably want the Fire 7 Kids’ version, however, because it comes with a thick, padded case to survive a toddler’s hand. Even if the little one manages to smash the tablet, it’s still $55, so not a huge loss. Even better, this version is ad-free.
For content consumption and light gaming by older kids (and adults, too), the Fire HD 8 tablet offers a better quality screen and faster chipset. Note that this is the 2022 version with six 2.0 GHz CPU cores (up from four). Also, there is a Plus version that bumps the RAM from 2GB to 3GB and it costs $10 more. This broadcast doesn’t matter much, but games will definitely feel the difference. Note that these panels display ads on their lock screens unless you pay an additional $15 / €15.
Fire HD 10 costs a little extra; However, the 10.1-inch screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels is worth it not only for the size, but for the increase in sharpness as well. You also get two more CPU cores and 3GB of RAM as standard. There’s also a Plus model (with 4GB), though it’s $30 more, and it’s not quite as brainless an upgrade as the HD 8 Plus.
Amazon also offers a Fire HD 10 productivity bundle — for $145 (basically twice the price), you can get a Bluetooth keyboard that includes a free year of a Microsoft 365 Personal subscription that you can use on up to 5 devices (usually this would cost you $70). . Note that this is set as an auto-renewing subscription, so you have to cancel it if you don’t want to use it after the original year.
This was the Android side of things; Now let’s move on to Windows. Microsoft Surface Pro 8 is a 13-inch premium tablet with an Intel Core i7 11th gen processor (i7-1185G7) equipped with 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. This also supports stylus and keyboard (sold separately). Also, since this is Windows 11, you can also run Android apps on it.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ is an update from last year (the original Series 7 from 2019). It’s a 12.3-inch screen with an Intel Core i5 11th gen processor (i5-1135G7), 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. This comes with a black Type Cover.
If you have some software that doesn’t have a good enough Android version and don’t want to spend the Surface Pro money, the Surface Go 2 is a cheap Windows 10 tablet (it can be upgraded to 11 for free). This 10.5-inch screen isn’t powerful with a Pentium Gold 4425Y, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of eMMC storage, but it’s cheap.
There is the latest Surface Go 3, which uses the 10th generation processor (up from 8), Pentium Gold 6500Y. This is much faster in some benchmarks (for double the performance); Still, at $400, it’s dangerously close to the real laptop class. It’s not a laptop, though; It is a small and portable tablet that has its advantages. However, if it was between Go 2 and Go 3, we might opt for the older model (saving $150 makes the time faster).