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UPDATE: Best Black Friday Tablet Ads: These Deals Surpass All Expectations

The Kindle HD and Surface RT will see astoundingly low prices, while iPads will get some hefty free gift cards to sweeten the deal.
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With Black Friday only a week away, we've had plenty of time to review the leaked Black Friday deals from many, many retailers. And it's now clear that this is going to be a great year to pick up a previous-generation Kindle Fire HD or iPad. Still there are also deals to be had on Windows tablets and tablets for kids. Read on to see our latest roundup of the best tablet ads so far, but be sure to bookmark this page and sign up for an email alert to be kept up to date on the best Black Friday tablet deals.

Black Friday iPad Deals

  • Apple iPad Air 16GB WiFi Tablet with $100 Target Gift Card for $479 at Target
    We expected the iPad Air's price to drop by 12% during this holiday season. But if you count the $100 gift card, then Target's Black Friday price is 24% off Apple's list price. Considering that the best price we've seen for this model is $449, this promotion a fantastic deal on the current-gen iPad.

  • Apple iPad mini 16GB WiFi Tablet with a $100 Walmart Gift Card for $299 at Walmart
    While $299 is list price for this first-generation iPad mini, the hefty $100 Walmart gift card makes this promo exceptional. The lowest price we've previously seen for this tablet is $249, so if you factor in the gift card, this deal offers the best value we've ever seen on the iDevice. Even better? This is one of Walmart's guaranteed doorbusters; customers who arrive between 6 pm and 7 pm on Thanksgiving will secure this price, even if local inventory runs out.

  • Apple iPad 2 16GB WiFi Tablet for $299.99 at Best Buy
    Though it's perhaps not as exciting as the offers above, this Black Friday iPad 2 doorbuster is a solid deal that doesn't require a gift card to be a price-low. In fact, it's the second best price we've ever seen for a new iPad 2, and at least $80 below the lowest current price elsewhere. (For what it's worth, we saw this model for $20 less in March, but that deal sold out in a mere two hours.)

Black Friday Android Tablet Deals

  • NEW: Kindle Fire HDX 7" 16GB Tablet with $25 Staples Gift Card for $229 at Staples
    Assuming you'll use the gift card, this offer for the current-generation Kindle HDX 7" 16GB tablet is an excellent buy. (Amazon briefly offered it for $195 earlier this month, but we've seen no other discounts on this tablet.) Not interested in a Staples gift card? Get a $25 Visa gift card instead when you buy the 7" HDX from Office Depot for just a buck more.

  • NEW: RCA 7" 8GB Android Tablet for $49 at Walmart
    If you're on the hunt for a budget tablet during Black Friday, you can't do much better than this RCA 7" 8GB tablet for $49. Not only is that $20 under what Walmart usually charges, but it's the cheapest new 8GB Android tablet we've seen.

  • NEW: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1" 16GB Tablet with $20 Toys "R" Us Gift Card for $299.99 at Toys "R" Us
    Although you can pick up the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1" tablet on Black Friday for $300 from a ton of stores like OfficeMax, Sears, Best Buy, and GameStop, only Toys "R" Us will include a $20 gift card with your purchase. Assuming you'll use the gift card, Toys "R" Us will have the best price we've ever seen for this tablet new, by at least $25. (It also beats the best current price for this model by $49.)

  • Kindle Fire HD 8.9" Tablet with $50 off Coupon for $189 at Meijer
    Shoppers who live near a Meijer retail store should rejoice at their good fortune: this Kindle Fire HD offer blows the $180 Kindle Fire HD 8.9" Tablet and $20 Toys "R" Us gift card out of the water. For just under $190, you get the previous-generation Kindle Fire HD 8.9" tablet and a coupon for $50 off your next Meijer purchase between December 1 and December 24. (If you can't get to a Meijer, no worries; Toys "R" Us deal is still very good.) Assuming you'll use the $50 coupon, this Black Friday price is $40 under our August mention of a refurb, making it the lowest price we've ever seen for this tablet. (Amazon currently charges $229.)

  • Kindle Fire HD 7" 16GB Tablet for $99.99 at Best Buy
    2013 is shaping up to be a great year to buy a previous-generation Kindle Fire HD. Best Buy's doorbuster price for the 7" tablet is especially tempting because it's a sale on the 16GB model, not the 8GB. At $100, it's tied as the best price we've ever seen for this tablet in either capacity; our previous mention at this price point was for a 16GB refurb. (A new 16GB model currently goes for $169 on Amazon.)

Black Friday Microsoft Tablet Deals

  • Microsoft Surface 10.6" 32GB Windows RT Tablet for $199.99 at Best Buy
    We predicted that Microsoft tablets would see the biggest discounts this season, but even our crystal ball didn't show the Surface RT tablet's price dropping this low. Best Buy's $200 Black Friday price point shatters our predicted price of $314, and it's only a buck over the lowest price we've ever seen for a refurbished unit.

  • Toshiba Encore 8" 32GB Windows 8.1 Tablet for $299.99 at Staples
    If you're looking for a Windows tablet with a veritable cornucopia of bells and whistles, the Toshiba Encore WT8-A32 is a great choice: it sports an Atom Z3740 quad-core processor and 32GB of storage. Better yet, Staples will knock it down to $300 on Black Friday, beating Amazon's current price by $30.

Black Friday Kids' Tablets

  • NEW: Supersonic Munchkinz Kids' 7" 4GB Android Tablet for $74.99 at Overstock
    With front and rear cameras, WiFi access, and a slew of educational games, the Supersonic kids' tablet sports a lot of the same features pricier children's tablets do. If the Nabi 2 is out of your price range, then this budget Android tablet is a great second choice at $75, which beats the current price low by $15.

  • Nabi 2 Kids' 7" 8GB Android Tablet for $99 at Walmart
    This kid-friendly tablet is more than a year old at this point, so we can't attest to its "coolness." However, we can say this: Walmart will be offering it for the lowest price we've seen by $30.

With so many stores bundling in gift cards with big price lows on tablets, Black Friday is going to be a tablet-buyer's dream come true. Still, we'll be updating this page as we find even better Black Friday tablet ads, so check back often. Also, be sure to check out our Black Friday deals page for all the latest news, ads, and predictions.


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Marcy pens consumer news stories of all sorts, in addition to adding pithy prose to many of the roundups you see every day. Her work for DealNews has appeared on sites like Lifehacker, the Huffington Post, and MSN Money. She is by far the most metal member of the DealNews staff, and you can see why by following her on Twitter @ThatBonebright.
Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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5 comments
dealnews-Lindsay
@MacsAre1My deepest sympathies :/ Did they not mention that on the card they gave you?
MacsAre1
Arrived at Wal-Mart at 6PM yesterday, got a card for the iPad Mini. Went online to get it this morning and it didn't take my code. Apparently you had to pay for it in the store before 2AM this morning! :-(
dealnews-Lindsay
@kasykd It's extremely likely that you'll get the gift card after purchase, so it's not something you could use to discount the current price of the iPad. So this is mostly an awesome deal if you will absolutely use the Target gift card.
MWFplus3
Waiting patiently for a good deal on the Sony Xperia Z SGP311U1/B.
kasykd
Just double checking the qualifier at the target iPad air regarding the GC. What does this mean: Terms and conditions apply to gift cards.? Could they exclude it's use on your current purchase?
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