Buyers Guide to Black Friday Tablets

Over the past couple of years the tablet has become the hottest mobile accessory. Because of that, the Black Friday tablet sale has become one of the hottest Black Friday draws. If you’re anything like us, you’ll want to know which tablets will be the best deal, where to get them, and whether or not you’ll need to leave your couch to do it.  We’ve got you covered.

As far as a doorcrasher deal on a tablet goes, look directly to Walmart. In 2012, one of Walmart’s big three Black Friday deals was an Apple iPad 2, guaranteed in-stock in-store from 10 pm to 11 pm on Thursday night. It stands to reason that with last year’s release of the iPad 3rd and 4th generations as well as the iPad mini, Walmart will repeat this doorcrasher deal.

If you aren’t able to cash in on Walmart’s doorcrasher deal on iPads – or you’re holding out for the rumored new 5th generation iPad, we can tell you where you’re probably not going to be shopping on Black Friday: that would be right at the Apple Store or Apple’s website. While the oft-repeated tidbit that Apple’s Black Friday sales aren’t available online is actually untrue, there are simply better iPad deals to be had elsewhere. The Apple Store itself will likely offer between $40 and $60 off, depending on the model, but you’re almost certain to get a better discount at MacMall or Mac of all Trades.

In the Black Friday tablet sale, one of the iPad’s main competitors is the Google Nexus line of tablets. There are currently two versions of the android-based Nexus available, the Nexus 7 with Asus and the Nexus 10 with Samsung. The difference between the two is right in the name: the Nexus 7 is a 7-inch tablet, and the Nexus 10 is 10-inch. Since 2012 saw the release of both the first-gen Nexus 7 and the first-gen Nexus 10, both models are ripe for discounts this Black Friday. The second-gen Nexus 7, released in July 2013, may also be available at a good price, though your more substantial discount will come with the older model.

black friday tabletThe Nexus tablets are available at Walmart, though you’ll want to compare prices with Amazon. They’re generally priced $100 lower than comparable iPads, but keep in mind that reviews often state that the Nexus photo quality is lower. If instagram is a major part of your life, you’ll probably want to stick with the iPad.

The third prong in the three-way race for the top of the tablet game is the Samsung Galaxy Tab line. The Galaxy Tab, also android-based, differentiates itself from the iPad and Nexus by offering phone capability. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is widely considered to be the best of what Samsung currently has on offer, which is good news for you as Black Friday approaches. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is actually the second-most recent generation, which means it’s already $70 cheaper than the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, without even factoring in the Black Friday tablet sale. The 2 10.1 will definitely be on discount at Best Buy and Amazon. It just comes down to who offers the better price.

Whichever tablet direction you decide to go on, keep in mind that you’d better do it early. Unfortunately for you, that may mean cutting into your post-Thanksgiving relaxation time to go to stores the night before Black Friday. The best sales are sure to be doorcrasher deals and quantities are certain to be low while demand will be exceedingly high. No matter what tablet you choose or which store you decide to visit, we wish you all the luck in the world.