It was a tough year for any one tablet to truly stand out in the competition. Check out the best releases.
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.
As one of its daily deals, A4C offers the refurbished 4th-generation Apple iPad with Retina Display 16GB WiFi Tablet in White, model no. MD513LL/A, or Black, model no. MD510LL/A, for $254.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find for a refurb by $30, although we saw a refurb for $5 less two weeks ago. (It's also $116 below the best price we could find for a new one.) Deal ends today.
A 90-day A4C warranty applies.
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.
$50 off Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4" & 10.5" tablets at Best Buy
Free $30 gift card w/ Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1" 16GB Android tablet at GameStop
Microsoft Store offers the 0.84-lb. ASUS VivoTab Note 8 64GB 8" Windows 8 Tablet, model no. M80T, with preinstalled Microsoft Office 2013 Home and Student, for $249 with free shipping. That's $41 below our June mention and the lowest total price we could find now by $61. It features an Intel Atom Z3740 1.86GHz quad-core processor, 8" 1280x800 multitouch LED-backlit IPS LCD, 2GB RAM, 64GB internal memory, 1.26-megapixel front camera, 5-megapixel rear camera, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4, microSD card slot, Wacom stylus, and Windows 8.1.
Order by December 19 at 1 pm ET to get guaranteed Christmas delivery.
Microsoft Store offers qualifying students and faculty with valid .edu email addresses the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 12" 64GB Windows Tablet bundled with a $100 Microsoft Promo Code and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Tablet Sleeve in five colors for $719.10 with free shipping. (Select your school from the list and click the Surface 3 on the next page to see this offer.) Assuming you'll use the credit, that's $30 below our August mention of the tablet alone and the lowest total price we could find by $180 for the tablet alone today. It features an Intel Haswell Core i3-4020Y 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 12" 2160x1440 multi-touch LCD, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal flash storage, 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, 5-megapixel front- and rear-facing 1080p HD cameras, microSD card slot, USB 3.0 (full size), and Windows 8.1 Pro. A Surface Pen is also included.