The hot ticket item this holiday season is most certainly the tablet PC, but with so many options available in an oversaturated market, it's often hard to decide which one to get. Processor speed, storage space, display size, and even color options are all important ingredients in the perfect tablet for you, but when you get right down to it, price can make or break your final decision.
Luckily, we've rounded up some of the best deals out there right now for tablet PCs. These include current pre-holiday specials and those heading into the Black Friday sales event at the end of the month.
Best Deals Under $500
Best Buy: Samsung Galaxy Tab S for $399.99 (Black Friday)
Target: iPad Air 2 16GB with $140 gift card for $499 (Black Friday)
Walmart: iPad Air 16GB with $100 gift card for $397 (Black Friday)
Best Buy: Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 4G LTE edition for $239.99 with contract (Current)
Best Deals Under $200
Kmart: Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 with $20 gift card for $149.99 (Black Friday)
Amazon: Kindle Fire HDX 7 for $179.99 (Current)
Best Buy: Galaxy Tab Pro for $199.99 (Black Friday)
Walmart: iPad Mini 16GB for $199 (Black Friday)
Amazon: Nexus 7 16GB for $179.99 (Current)
Target: iPad Mini 2 16GB with $100 gift card for $299 (Black Friday)
Best Deals Under $100
Kmart: Amazon Fire HD 6 with $10 gift card for $79.99 (Black Friday)
Best Buy: Asus MeMo Pad 7 bundle with case and 8GB MicroSD card for $99.99 (Black Friday)
Walmart: RCA 7" Android Tablet for $29.99 (Black Friday)
Walmart: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 for $99 (Black Friday)
Be sure to check out full details on each retailer's ad page for more information on each device. The big ones this year are Best Buy, Walmart, Target, and Amazon, but Kmart has some surprisingly good deals, too.
It's important to realize the distinct differences in models and features to determine which tablet you're looking for. For example, you may find the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 tablet for $130 at Kmart's Black Friday sale versus what looks like the same tablet at Best Buy for $240, but the difference is in the edition. Best Buy's is more expensive because it's the cellular edition that allows cell service, but also requires a contact with a cell carrier. The same holds true for storage size, screen size, and other tiny variables that make price shopping some devices like comparing apples to oranges.