It was a tough year for any one tablet to truly stand out in the competition. Check out the best releases.
$100 off Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1" 16GB Android tablet at Best Buy
$50 off Asus Transformer Pad 10.1" 16GB Android tablet w/ keyboard dock at Best Buy
Best Buy offers the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4" 16GB Android Tablet in Black, model no. SM-T320NZKAXAR, for $199.99 with free shipping. That's $100 off list, $50 under our mention from last week, and the lowest total price we've seen for a new unit. It features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 8.4" 1600x2560 touchscreen display, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, microSD card slot, 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, 2-megapixel front camera, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, USB, and Android 4.4 OS (Kit Kat).
$30 off pre-owned Samsung ATIV Smart PC 500T ATT 11.6" 64GB Windows 8 tablet at CowBoom
$50 off pre-owned LG G Pad 10.1" 16GB Android tablet at CowBoom
$40 off pre-owned Apple iPad Air 32GB WiFi tablet at CowBoom
$40 off pre-owned Microsoft Surface RT 10.6" 64GB Windows tablet at CowBoom
For in-store pickup only, Fry's offers the Apple iPad Air 2 16GB WiFi Tablet in Silver, model no. MGLW2LL/A, Gold, model no. MH0W2LL/A, or Space Gray, model no. MGL12LL/A, for $399. That's $61 under last month's mention and the best outright price we've seen. (It's also a current price low for any color by $67, although most merchants charge $499 or more.) This 1-lb. tablet is 0.24" thick and features a 9.7" 2048x1536 Retina display, Apple A8X 64-bit processor, M8 motion coprocessor, 8-megapixel iSight camera, 802.11ac wireless with MIMO, Bluetooth 4.0, fingerprint identity sensor, Lightning connector, up to a 10-hour battery life, and iOS 8.
Of note, starting at 6 pm local time on Thursday, Target will offer it for $499, bundled with a $140 Target gift card.
Value Buy Battery via eBay offers this Rotating Smart Cover for iPad mini in Blue for $5.75 with free shipping. That's tied with our mention from last week and the lowest total price we could find by $6. It includes a stylus, screen protector, and microfiber cloth.
The case is also available for iPads 2/3/4, iPad Air, or iPad mini Retina for $6.95 with free shipping.
Chubbiestech via eBay offers the refurbished Apple iPad 2 16GB WiFi + 3G Tablet for AT&T in Black, model no. MC957LL/A, for $199.94 with free shipping. That's $24 under our August mention of an open-box unit and the best deal we've seen. (It's also $60 under the best price we could find for a refurb elsewhere.)
Note: The product may have light scruffs or scratches on the body but will have a scratch-free screen. A 30-day Chubbiestech warranty applies.