Not quite smartphone, not quite laptop – yes, it’s the humble tablet. Globally popularised by the iPad in 2010, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a household without one or two knocking about. But tablets can be expensive, even though their capabilities rarely match those of a fully-fledged Mac or PC.
Some are cheaper though, and tablets are an ideal media consumption device, especially on-the-go.
The good news is there are often cheap tablet deals about and retailers can give big discounts to big brands; from Apple to Google, Acer to Huawei. If it runs iOS or Android (as most do), you've got thousands of awesome apps at your disposal.
It's important to make sure the tablet you're buying isn't a dud - while you're safe with just about any recent iPad, not all Android tablets are created equal. Check out our rankings of the best tablets and best cheap tablets for inspiration and some detailed buying advice, so that you know what to look for.
Best tablet deals right now
Apple 12.9in iPad Pro (WiFi, 256GB, 4th-Gen)
From: Currys PC World
Now: £990.20 (£78.80 off)
What tablet deals are available?
You occasionally see the odd bit of money off an iPad, so look at retailers like Currys PC World and Argos for those, as Apple itself doesn’t often discount its iPads. There are always iPads on its Refurbished Store all year round though. Official resellers like KRCS can sometimes offer more competitive prices too.
Android tablets are far more likely to be sold at more competitive prices, given their generally lower RRPs in the first place - though even high-ticket Samsung and Google tablets can also get a good price cut – so keep your eyes peeled on this page.
There are, of course, 2-in-1 tablet computer hybrids, such as the Microsoft Surface Pro and the Surface Go, which run Windows. Though slightly pricey, we have an entire article dedicated to Microsoft Surface deals, which goes through the new models, accessories, usual prices, and, of course, where to find the best deals – including how to spot deals on refurbished devices and student discounts.
Amazon's Fire tablets all have low prices to start with and are criminally low when they go on sale - which is surprisingly frequently. They tend to drop from 'affordable' to 'essential' with offers across the Fire tablet range.
If you find that you’re missing out on Amazon’s Lightning deals, which run for just a few hours and offer limited stock, we'd recommend signing up for Amazon's 30-day free trial of Prime, which will get you access to deals 30 minutes before everyone else. Plus, you'll get free next-day delivery with the Prime trial, as well as access to Prime Instant Video and more.
Sign up for Prime now to take advantage.
See our guide on the best Amazon tablet, which includes comparisons, reviews and buying advice. Tech Advisor also has a range of articles on tablets, tablet cases and related gadgets and accessories which should also help you decide.
Tablet deals for students
Another great resource to help you snag deals is Tech Advisor's Student Beans page. The Tech and Mobile section can help you save up to 25% on big brands such as Apple (10% off for students), Asus, HP, Lenovo, Logitech and many more. See all tech student deals here.
Here are a few of the best places to check for tablet bargains:
Best Tablet Deals
1. Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 (128GB, cellular)
Now: £637 (£82 off)
The 4G LTE 11in Tab S7 is still an absolute powerhouse, despite being on the lower rung of Samsung's 2020 Tab S ladder. Best of all, it's available with a decent £82 discount, courtesy of Amazon.
2. Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (64GB, cellular)
Now: £349 (£50 off)
The capable Galaxy Tab S6 Lite boasts a 10.4in display, AKG-tuned audio, S Pen support and right now, you can nab the 4G model for the retail price of the WiFi-only SKU, on Amazon.
3. Apple 12.9in iPad Pro (WiFi, 256GB, 4th-Gen)
From: Currys PC World
Now: £990.20 (£78.80 off)
Get nearly £80 off the iPad Pro 12.9, which released in 2020. Here you're getting the 256GB model, which means it's pricier than the 128GB model, but extra storage means you're less likely to find you've run out of space in future. See our full review.
4. Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 (128GB, cellular)
Now: £629 (£60 off)
Shave £60 off the 4G LTE version of Samsung's best and brightest tablet of 2019 - the Galaxy Tab S6 - thanks to this Amazon offer.
5. Apple iPad Pro 11in (2020, 128GB, WiFi)
Now: £737.97 (£31.03 off)
Pick up the 11in iPad Pro (2020 model) with over £30 off on Amazon, though Currys is also price-matching, if you'd rather purchase from there.
6. Samsung Galaxy Tab S5e (64GB)
Now: £319 (£121 off)
Samsung's well-rounded Galaxy Tab S5e enjoys a price reduction of over £120 on Amazon, right now.
7. Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1in (2019, 32GB, WiFi)
Now: £190 (£9 off)
The affordable answer to Samsung's own Tab S line, this 10.1in Galaxy Tab A from 2019 sports up to 13 hours of video playback, a dedicated Kids mode and still stands as one of the better budget iPad alternatives out there. Read our full Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 (2019) review for more information.
8. Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8in (2019, 32GB, WiFi)
Now: £119.99 (£19.01 off)
If you're after an iPad Mini alternative, Samsung's 8in Galaxy Tab A makes for a good fit. At 8mm thick and just 345 grams, this lightweight slate is great for carrying around in a bag and for use on-the-go. Pair that with a fresh Amazon discount and it's a solid buy for the price.
9. Huawei MediaPad M5 Lite 10 (4GB RAM, 64GB)
Now: £199.99 (£70 off)
Huawei's MediaPad M5 Lite 10 sports a Kirin 659 octa-core processor, a 10in WUXGA IPS display, EMUI 8.0 OS atop an Android operating system and, thanks to Very, a smart £70 discount.
10. Huawei MediaPad T5 10.1in (3GB RAM, 32GB)
Now: £139 (£30.99 off)
Huawei's family-friendly T5 tablet boasts a large Full HD display, stereo speakers and content control settings so kids can play games and watch cartoons safely.