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Best cheap tablet deals for April 2021

Do you use a tablet while working from home or studying? Tablets are also powerful entertainment devices for reading, or streaming music or video. Smartphones get most of the news coverage, but tablet users demonstrate year after year that they stick with their mobile workhorses. The iPad lineup, the class-leading example, is as good as ever and relatively affordable for Apple products. If iPad OS isn’t your thing, however, you have several alternatives to choose from. Samsung continues to refine the Galaxy Tab line. Amazon’s high-value Fire tablets are a solid choice for tablet buyers, especially Prime members, and avid e-book readers. We’ve got all those and more in this list of tablet deals.

No matter which type of tablet you prefer — or if you don’t have a favorite yet and need some help making that decision — we’re here to lend a hand. We’ve rounded up the best tablet deals and best refurbished tablet deals available online right now. You can also read our quick and handy buying guide below to find the perfect device for your needs and budget. Tablet prices change often, so check back regularly.

Today’s best tablet deals

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Apple iPad Air (Wi-Fi, 64GB, Latest Model)

$559 $599
The new iPad Air is the iPad to buy, with all the power and good looks of its more powerful cousins, but without the high price tag. It's even cheaper thanks to this discount from Amazon.
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Certified Refurbished Fire HD 8 Tablet 32GB - with Show Mode Charging Dock

$120 $140
Save 50% off new list prices when you buy an Amazon Certified Refurbished Fire HD 8 tablet with a show mode charging dock that changes the tablet to an Alexa smart display. This is a smart buy.
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Apple iPad Pro (11-Inch, Wi-Fi, 256GB) - Latest Model

$800 $899
With blazing performance, a gorgeous display, and a superb camera module, the 2020 11-inch iPad Pro is all the tablet you'll ever need. Pair it with a Smart Keyboard and you've got a compact laptop.
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Microsoft Surface Go (Intel Pentium Gold, 8GB RAM, 128GB)

$510 $549
Microsoft Surface Go convertible tablet and notebook with 10-inch display, Intel Pentium Gold PU, 8GB Ram, and 128GB storage.
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Samsung Galaxy Tab A 8-inch 32GB (2019)

$119 $149
Samsung's Galaxy Tab A with 32GB storage and an 8-inch display gives you up to 13 hours per charge. This is the 2019 model and still an awesome buy if you need a good tablet on the cheap.
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 (11-Inch) + with S Pen - 128 GB - Wi-Fi

$150 $650
Samsung's Galaxy Tab family leads the Android tablet market, and the new Tab S7 line even gives the venerable iPad a serious run for its money -- especially at this price.
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ (12.4-Inch) + with S Pen - 128GB - Wi-Fi

$350 $850
With PC performance and tablet portability in one, the Galaxy Tab S7+ is a great tool for on-the-go productivity. Make use of the included S Pen or pair it with a keyboard for added functionality.
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Google Pixel Slate 12.3-Inch 2 in 1 Tablet Intel Core m3, 8GB RAM, 64GB

$700 $799
With the Pixel Slate, Google attempts to unite the mobile and desktop worlds in a new way. Get 2-in-1 functionality along with savings when you order from Amazon.
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 (11-Inch) + with S Pen - 512 GB - Wi-Fi

$330 $830
Need more storage than most Android tablets can provide? This high-end Galaxy Tab S7 comes loaded with a whopping 512GB of internal storage, along with a handy S Pen stylus.
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Gateway 8” Tablet

$65 $90
This Gateway tablet is programmed with the user-friendly Android 10 OS and offers better performance with its QuadCore processor. The camera only has 5MP, but that's acceptable at this price.
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite with S Pen - 128GB

$275 $430
Stay productive wherever you are with the Galaxy Tab S6 Lite. It comes with a solid processor for smooth performance, along with an S Pen and keyboard compatibility for further functionality.
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ (12.4-Inch) + with S Pen - 256GB - Wi-Fi

$430 $930
The Galaxy Tab S7 is our favorite Android tablet in Samsung's stable, and with 256GB of storage, this one can serve as a handy 2-in-1 laptop with a keyboard case (sold separately).
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Certified Refurbished Fire HD 8 Tablet with Show Mode Charging Dock

$90 $110
This bundle includes a Fire HD 8 tablet with a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, and Dolby Audio, along with a Show Mode Charging Dock for your HD tab.
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Samsung Galaxy Tab S7+ (12.4-Inch) + with S Pen - 512 GB - Wi-Fi

$530 $1,030
With specs (and storage) like this, the Galaxy Tab S7+ is a serious tablet for mobile tech enthusiasts who don't want to shell out for an iPad Pro.

Apple iPad

“iPad” has become almost a generic term for “tablet,” a testament to the massive enduring popularity of these Apple devices. That’s no surprise, given that Apple is the company that pretty much put tablets on the map when it rolled out its first iPad almost a decade ago (2020 will mark the 10th anniversary of the original model). Part of this popularity is also due to their value: With the exception of the iPad Pro, iPads are not as pricey as things like iPhones and MacBooks when compared to the competition.

The standard iPad (now in its seventh generation) is remarkably affordable and remains our most recommended tablet for most people. However, don’t overlook the excellent new iPad Air, which gives the more expensive iPad Pro a serious run for its money, as well as the iPad Mini, which is a tremendous super-portable tablet if you don’t mind sacrificing screen real estate.

The iPad Pro, of course, is the most high-end model in Apple’s tablet stable. It’s expensive, but there’s no denying that it’s Apple’s best tablet, so you’ll have to decide for yourself if the extra juice is worth the squeeze. Be sure to read through our iPad buying guide for a more in-depth breakdown of what models are available to you before combing through the above tablet deals.

Samsung Galaxy Tab

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There are several Android tablet brands on the market today, but as with Android smartphones, Samsung is the biggest name on the playing field. Its Galaxy Tab devices represent the best Android tablets that money can buy in 2019, and like the iPad line, these devices cover a wide range of price points and features.

The Galaxy Tab S-series bears a similar moniker to the Galaxy S phones and occupies much the same space in Samsung’s product line as the company’s flagship tablets. The current-gen Galaxy Tab S6 is great, but it’s also the most expensive Tab model (typically priced somewhere in-between the iPad Pro and iPad Air). Nonetheless, if you’re looking for an Android tablet to pair with a keyboard, the Tab S6 is perfect.

If you’re looking for a more value-priced option, though, then the Galaxy Tab S5e is a great alternative and another one of our favorites. Samsung makes some even cheaper ones as well, such as the Galaxy Tab A — but if you’re looking for a genuinely budget-minded tablet, then you might want to consider opting for one of Amazon’s Fire devices instead.

Amazon Fire

Amazon’s Fire tablets (formerly part of the Kindle line, although they no longer bear that moniker) have come a long way in recent years. We weren’t die-hard fans of them originally, but for the price, they are are hard to beat today. That’s especially true for Prime members who want to take advantage of everything that their Prime subscription offers, such as Prime Video, Prime Music, Audible audiobooks, free e-books and magazines, and the myriad of other stuff Amazon gives its premium customers.

And of course, since they’re tablets, the Fire devices also put a myriad of apps, games, and other software at your fingertips. Did we mention they’re cheap? The seven-inch Fire 7 starts at just $50, the eight-inch Fire HD 8 (with high-definition display) at $90, and the new Fire HD 10 at $190 — and no, those aren’t just sale prices. Even if the currently available tablet deals don’t feature any discounts on Fire devices at the moment, these are still great buys at their regular prices, but be sure to check back often as Amazon marks these down from time to time. We’ll be updating these deals regularly.

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