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.
B&H Photo Video offers the Kensington KeyFolio Pro Plus with Keyboard for iPad Air bundled with one year of Google Drive 65GB storage for $29.95 with free shipping. That's $37 under the lowest total price we could find for the folio alone. It features a backlit keyboard, magnetic clasp, and Bluetooth.
Need it by Christmas? Choose UPS 2-day Air shipping for $16.98 and order by December 22 at 4 pm ET for guaranteed delivery.
As one of its daily deals, A4C offers the refurbished 3rd-generation Apple iPad 16GB WiFi Tablet in
Black, model no. MC705B/A, or White, model no. MD328LL/A, for $204.95 with free shipping. That's tied with last week's mention and $65 under the lowest total price we could find. This 1.4-lb. tablet features a 9.7" 2048x1536 LED-backlit Retina display, A5x dual-core processor with quad-core graphics, 5-megapixel iSight camera with 1080p video recording, front-facing FaceTime camera, voice dictation, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, up to 10 hours of battery life, and iOS 5. Deal ends today.
A 90-day A4C warranty is provided.
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 tied with our mention from earlier this month as the lowest total price we've seen for a new unit. (It's a current low by $129; it's even cheaper than most refurbs.) 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).
As one of its daily deals, REI Outlet offers the Sea to Summit Waterproof iPad Case in four colors for $19.73 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $11. It purports to be waterproof in 3-foot of water for 30 minutes. Deal ends today.
$60 off pre-owned Apple iPad 3 9.7" 16GB WiFi tablet w/ retina display at CowBoom
$60 off pre-owned Apple iPad Air 9.7" 16GB WiFi tablet in silver at CowBoom
$40 off pre-owned Apple iPad mini 7.9" 16GB WiFi tablet at CowBoom
$120 off Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1" 16GB Android tablet at Adorama
$40 off Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 7" 8GB Android tablet at BuyDig