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The 7 best tablet deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

by Doug Drinkwater

November 27 2013

Forget Thanksgiving, it’s almost Black Friday deal time and that means reasonable tablets at seriously affordable prices. TabTimes looks at the best tablet deals on offer.

Amazon Kindle Fire HD selling for under $100

Amazon may have prettier and more powerful tablets on offer now that it has released the 7-inch and 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX tablets but don’t rule out the Kindle Fire HD, which – though at the low-end of the range – also underwent an overhaul in September.

Now with a slightly tweaked design and running Kindle Fire 3.0, the tablet also promises a 10-inch 1280 x 800 resolution display, 16GB of memory and a 1.2GHz processor, which is certainly not bad for a budget Android slate.

And luckily, the tablet is going very cheap in the name of Black Friday. Best Buy plans to sell the 16GB Wi-Fi model for $99 (buyers will need to enter ‘KINDLEDEAL’ at the checkout). Staples apparently intends to go as low as $79.99 for the older Kindle Fire tablet.

iPad 4 gets steep discount at Staples

Forget the iPad Air for just a second; the fourth-generation iPad – a capable tablet in its own right – is going to be discount by up to $150 on Black Friday at Staples.

That means that the 16GB Wi-Fi model (with Retina Display no less) starts at an attractive $349.

HP’s new low-end Android tablet is going ridiculously cheap

HP is increasingly betting on Android these days as it looks to lessen its dependence on Windows 8 but, even that considered, few foresaw the company making a sub $100 tablet anytime soon.

Yes, the company has bridged the low-end with the well-regarded Slate 7 tablets, but the firm is reportedly planning to sell an $89 tablet via Walmart on Black Friday.

Little is known about this tablet at this stage, bar the fact that it has a 7-inch display and Intel’s lower end “Medfield” system-on-chip. Nonetheless, there’s little to lose at just $89.

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Great deal: 32GB Surface RT with Keyboard Cover for $180

It’s been well-documented how Microsoft has struggled for Surface tablet sales to date, and that’s especially the case with the Surface RT.

The Windows RT powered machine might get some love over the holiday season though because it’s being sold very cheaply in numerous retail chains.

There’s numerous good deals going; Fry’s Electronics is selling the 32GB model with a keyboard cover for just $229 -- $20 less than similar offers from TigerDirect, Staples and Walmart – while Best Buy is selling the standalone tablet for $199. Both discounts are great considering the specs and the inclusion of  Microsoft Office Home and Student (RT version).

But arguably the best deal can be found at MicroCenter stores. The small retail outlet intends to sell the Surface RT – with a Touch Cover – for just $179.

Nook HD 8GB for just $80

Barnes & Noble isn’t in a good place right now, what with its struggling finances and a lack of a buyer for the Nook division.

As a result, you’ll be able to pick up a seriously cheap Nook tablet this Black Friday. Target’s sales are kicking off at 8:00 p.m. EST on Thursday and they include an 8GB Nook HD tablet for only $79. That's a bargain considering the decent 1440 x 900 resolution display and dual-core 1.3GHz TI OMAP 4470 processor.

Pack the Nexus 7 with great content

It may not be the best deal on offer here but Google is nonetheless teasing a pretty attractive discount of the Nexus 7 on Black Friday.

The search giant will give Nexus 7 buyers in the U.S. and Canada a $25 Google Play gift card for  use on apps, movies, TV shows, music, books and magazines. The offer also involves free shipping of the Android tablet, which usually starts from $229.

Update: If that deal doesn't take your fancy, you should instead head to Staples, where prices are starting at $179 for the 16GB Nexus 7.

Dell Venue 8 Pro is a bargain at this price

Dell only launched the highly-rated Venue 8 Pro in September, and even then the tablet was tempting at just $299.

Fortunately, that purchasing decision has been made a little easier by Costco which has cut the 8-inch Windows 8 tablet to just $229.99 plus sales tax.

That’s a good deal for a tablet which has an 8-inch 1280 x 800 resolution display, Windows 8.1, 32GB of expandable storage as well as Microsoft Office Home & Student 2013.

(Note: This deal was also available at Amazon, but the ecommerce giant quickly ran out of tablets. You'll need to hurry if you want this model!)

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Doug Drinkwater is the International Editor of TabTimes and is based in London, England.
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