It was a tough year for any one tablet to truly stand out in the competition. Check out the best releases.
Up to $100 off Sony Xperia Z2 tablets at Sony Store
Best Buy offers the Apple iPad Air 64GB WiFi + 4G Tablet for AT&T in Space Gray, model no. MF009LL/A,
or Silver/White, model no. MF012LL/A, for $499.99 with free shipping. That's $199 under our June mention and the best price we've seen. (Not only is this a current price low by $105, but it's also $39 under what Apple charges for a refurb.) This 1-lb. tablet is 0.29" thick and features a 9.7" 2048x1536 Retina display, Apple A7 64-bit processor, M7 motion coprocessor FaceTime HD front-side camera, dual microphones, 5-megapixel iSight camera, 802.11n wireless with MIMO, Lightning connector, 10-hour battery life, and iOS 7.
Delivery is not guaranteed in time for Christmas, although orders placed with standard shipping today, December 16, are estimated to arrive by December 23.
Adorama offers the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 16GB 10.1" Android Tablet in Black, model no. SM-T520NZKAXAR, for $319.99. Redeem this $40 mail-in rebate to cut it to $279.99. With free shipping, that's tied with our Black Friday mention as the lowest total price we've seen. (It's also a current low by $49.) It features an Exynos 5 8-core processor (consisting of one 1.9GHz quad-core processor and one 1.3GHz quad-core processor), 10.1" 2560x1600 touchscreen LCD, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, 802.11n wireless, 8-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front camera, microSD card slot, Bluetooth 4.0, and Android 4.4 OS (KitKat). Deal ends December 21.
Orders placed by December 17 at 8 pm ET are guaranteed to arrive by Christmas.
Newegg via eBay offers the Acer DA220HQL 21.5" 8GB Touchscreen LCD Monitor / Android Tablet, model no. UM.WD0AA.A01, for $179.99 with free shipping. That's tied with our mention from a month ago and the lowest total price we've seen. (It's also a current low by $62.) When plugged into a PC, it acts as a touchscreen monitor and when unplugged, it doubles as a 21.5" Android tablet. It includes a wireless mouse and keyboard and features a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1920x1080 (1080p) touchscreen LCD, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, two USB ports, micro HDMI, and Android 4.0 OS (Ice Cream Sandwich). Deal ends January 5 at 11 am ET.
Note: It's not guaranteed for delivery by Christmas.
Campus111 via eBay offers the iRulu eXpro X1 7" 8GB Android Tablet in nine colors for $44.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $9. Features include an Allwinner A23 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 7" 1021x600 LCD, 8GB storage, 0.3-megapixel front camera, 2-megapixel rear camera, WiFi, and Android 4.2 OS (Jelly Bean).
iRulu offers its iRulu eXpro X1s 10.1" 8GB WiFi Android Tablet in White or Black for $109.99. Coupon code "CHRISTMAS" drops it to $87.99. With free shipping, that's $5 under last month's mention and lowest total price we've seen. (It's also a current low by $4.) Features include an MTK 8127 1.3GHz quad-core processor, 10.1" touchscreen, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, 802.11n wireless, front- and rear-facing cameras, Bluetooth 3.0, USB, HDMI, and Android 4.4.2 OS (Kit Kat). Deal ends December 26.
A close price: Campus111 via eBay offers it for $88.99 with free shipping.
Note: This item is not guaranteed for delivery by Christmas.
As one of its daily deals, A4C offers the refurbished 4th-generation Apple iPad with Retina Display 32GB WiFi Tablet in
Black, model no. MD511LL/A, or White, model no. MD514LL/A, for $299.95 with free shipping. That's tied with our mention of a refurb from five days ago and the second-best price we've ever seen for this model. (We saw a new unit for $2 less in September. It's also $73 under the best price we could find for a refurb today.)
A 90-day A4C warranty applies.
At its retail locations, Target offers the Apple iPad Air 2 16GB WiFi Tablet in Space Grey (pictured), Silver, or Gold for $499. Use this Cartwheel coupon to cut it to $424.15. (You can't redeem this coupon online; the links are just for reference.) That's the lowest price we could find by $25, although we saw a shipped unit for $24 less on Cyber Monday. (Most retailers 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.
Update: Even better, MicroCenter offers it for $399.99 with pickup.
$50 off pre-owned Apple iPad 3 32GB WiFi tablet at CowBoom
$60 off pre-owned LG G Pad 10.1" 16GB Android tablet in black at CowBoom