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Best Black Friday Tablet Ads: Store Credits For the (Apple and Android) Win

Gift cards and credits are going to be your best bet when it comes to scoring top-shelf Apple and Android slates in 2015.

Update: Black Friday deals have started to leak!

Click here to see our roundup of the best Black Friday tablet deals we've seen so far, or read on for more info about what's still to come.

Whether you're shopping for iPad, Android, Windows, or Fire, your Black Friday tablet prospects are off to a promising start in 2015. We've had a chance to examine even more leaked ads since our first roundup, and some of our top picks have changed. Read on to see which Black Friday tablet ads made the cut.

The Best Black Friday Tablet Ads

  • New! Apple iPad Mini 2 16GB Tablet for $199 at Walmart
    A perfect bullseye for our Apple price predictions, this mini just got a lot more affordable. Better yet, you don't have to wait until Black Friday to get this deal. Walmart is in the midst of its "Black Friday starts early" campaign, so you can actually buy it at this price right now!

  • Apple iPad Air 2 16GB Tablet with a $150 Target Gift Card for $499 at Target
    Although $499 is list price for the 16GB iPad Air 2, this hefty gift card drops the net price down to $349. That's tied with the lowest price we've ever seen for this iPad, and that was just once over the summer. If you don't want to pay so much up front however, you can plan on heading over to eBay, which currently has the second-best ad for the iPad Air 2, offering it for $360.

  • Apple iPad mini 4 16GB Tablet with a $125 Meijer Custom Coupon for $399 at Meijer
    Assuming you live close enough to a Meijer location to take advantage of this $125 store credit, this ad effectively reduces the cost of the 16GB iPad mini 4 to just $274. That's a whopping $76 below the best price we've seen and $26 below even our rosiest prediction. If you don't live near a Meijer, this $299 Staples ad is your next best hope.

  • Amazon Fire 8GB 7" Tablet for $35 at Best Buy
    Normally it's Androids that are shattering our tablet predictions. We expected Fire tablets to start at $45 this Black Friday, and then only for older models. In fact, this current-gen 7" Fire tab is poised to become the cheapest Amazon tablet we've ever seen, beating out even used and refurb units from previous generations!

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 32GB 9.7" Android Tablet with $20 in Member Points for $400 at Sears
    This ad is hardly groundbreaking at first glance, as we've seen the Galaxy Tab S2 at the $400 price point three times before. However, the $20 credit for Sears Shop Your Way Rewards members sets this deal apart, edging out similar offers from Best Buy and Staples.

  • Microsoft Surface 3 64GB 10.8" Windows Tablet for $400 at Best Buy
    Deals have been scarce for this recently released Windows slate (it debuted in May of this year), so we didn't even feel safe making a prediction for it. However, this Best Buy ad is $100 off and tied with the best price we've ever seen, so it scores an easy nod from us.

  • Amazon Fire Kids Edition 8GB 7" Tablet with a $20 Meijer Custom Coupon for $85 at Meijer
    If you're shopping for a tech-minded little one this Black Friday, you'll want to keep an eye on this offer. Even without the bundled $20 Meijer credit, this deal is all set to become the cheapest new Amazon kids' tablet we've ever seen by $34.

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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.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Unless marked as a "Sponsored Deal," the opinions expressed here are those of the author and have not been reviewed or endorsed by the companies mentioned. 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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