Another Samsung tablet suitable for casual use is the Galaxy Tab A. It's a bit slimmer and sleeker than the Galaxy Tab 4 (previous slide), and it features a 4:3 aspect ratio screen, like the Apple iPads, making it a better choice if you plan on using it to read a lot.
Apple iPads don't come cheap, so Black Friday deals are a great way to save on one. The iPad Air 2 -- not to be confused with the gigantic (and expensive) iPad Pro -- will be on sale at a few locations.
Over at Best Buy, the 16GB and 64GB models are knocked down $100, which are usually priced $487 and $587, respectively, while the 128GB, typically found for $687, is reduced by $125.
At Sam's Club you'll save $150 on the 64GB or 128GB models.
The Apple iPad Mini 4 was released earlier this year, but that doesn't mean the iPad Mini 2 isn't still worth a consideration. The 7.9-inch tablet still rocks a super-sharp screen and can be upgraded to Apple's latest operating system, iOS 9.
You can also find a deal on the latest iPad Mini. It's thinner, lighter and faster than ever.
Staples is offering the iPad Mini 4 at $299 for the 16GB version.
If you want a tablet to replace your laptop, look no further than the Microsoft Surface. Though it's an older model, this Surface 3 will satisfy students and writer-types alike. Just know, the magnetic keyboard is sold sperately.
Want more? Take a look at the rest of the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales on CNET.
And if you're shopping ahead for the upcoming holidays, check out our top tablets for gifting.