More tablet gift options: Best tablets for 2022
Yes, Apple just debuted a new 10th-gen iPad for 2022, and it's bigger and somewhat "better" than this older model. But even on sale this season, that model starts at $400. Instead, this perfectly capable 2021 model can be found for under $300 (and sometimes as low as $270). At that price, you're still getting a great Swiss army knife of a gadget: Use it for watching Netflix, playing games, browsing the web or -- with its fancy Center Stage camera -- Zoom calls with the family that will automatically keep you in the frame. Add a keyboard, and it's a decent laptop replacement. Invest in an Apple Pencil, and it's a makeshift artist's canvas. While the rest of the updated 2022 iPad line includes confusing feature overlaps, this entry-level model remains the best bang for your buck, and a great upgrade option for anyone with a tablet from 2018 or earlier.