Tablets can be productivity boosters, time wasters, or both. You can slip one in your bag, take notes, review documents, binge the latest Netflix show, play some games, etc. Black Friday sales are usually a good time to pick a new gadget at discount prices, and we’ve scoured Amazon in the US and Germany to bring you some of the best offers.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8+ is the most powerful Android tablet on this list – it’s not quite as premium as the Ultra, but with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and a 12.4” 120Hz AMOLED display, it can handle anything you throw at it. That display supports Samsung’s S Pens; in fact, one comes bundled with the slate.
That’s great for sketching out ideas and taking notes and can be made better with the Note View Cover. The flap is transparent and has a paper-like texture, so the tablet feels even more like a notepad. This protects the screen from scratches too, of course, and has a place to stash 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 switches over to an 11” LCD (120Hz). We’ve linked the 128GB model below, but you may want to go for the 256GB one, which is just $30 more (or not, there is a microSD slot). There is an included S Pen stylus, unfortunately, the covers above do not fit this model.
The Galaxy Tab S7 FE is larger than the vanilla S8 – it has a 12.4” display, but it is a 60Hz LCD. This one in particular uses the Snapdragon 778G chipset, so it’s in a lower performance class than the S8 models, but it serves as a middle ground (in terms of price and performance) to the A-series slates.
The Tab S7 FE also comes with an S Pen included, and you can pick up a protective Book Cover. This one isn’t designed for drawing, however, it’s just for protection.
The FE is a good deal cheaper than the S8 slates, but if that’s still too high, the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite is cheaper still. Despite the model number, this is actually a new model from 2022. It’s less powerful (Snapdragon 720G), but it has a good quality 10.4” display (S Pen included) and stereo speakers by AKG.
Here’s the cheapest option – the Galaxy Tab A8 10.5. This is from 2021, and while its Unisoc Tiger T618 chipset is slower than the 720G, the 10.2” 1,920 x 1,200px display and quad speakers still make this a solid Netflix machine.
Now, if you are looking for bottom-of-the-barrel pricing, the Amazon Fire 7 is down to $40. It’s not powerful, the 7” HD display is nothing special, but the 10-hour battery life is nice. And did we mention that it…