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.
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.
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.
Best Buy will have the 64GB model on sale for $399, and the 128GB for $499. Deep discount available at Microsoft Store.