With no good Black Friday iPad deals, it’s time to turn to the Android side
The Black Friday iPad deals are never any good, but in 2021 they’ve somehow failed to clear that laughably low bar, and we’ve still been surprised by just how poor the Apple-tablet discounts are this year.
Seriously – we’re talking just $50 / £50 off super-power iPad Pros, and sometimes no discounts at all on entry-level or Mini tablets – and this outlook very likely won’t change for the Cyber Monday iPad deals. If you were wanting to buy a new iPad in the Black Friday sales, it might seem like you’re plum out of luck.
(Not in the US or UK? Scroll down for deals in your region).
It’s not all bad news though, not as long as you’re willing to try new things (and aren’t committed to the Apple ecosystem already). That’s because there are a few worthy tablet Black Friday deals on Android slates that make them much, much more tempting than an iPad.
Sure, sure, sure: if you were waiting for an iPad deal, you might be already shaking your head at the idea of buying an Android tablet instead. But you shouldn’t, as Apple’s once-great lead in the market segment isn’t as big as it once was, and with the superior discounts, the following Android slates are better value-for-money now. And there are still plenty of ways to share work progress between iOS devices and Android tablets using the Google Suite and other apps on both platforms.
Today’s best Android tablet Black Friday deals: US
Today’s best Android tablet Black Friday deals: UK
Which Android tablet is best for you?
Samsung, Amazon and Lenovo are the three biggest players in the Android tablet space, according to Statista, so you can’t go wrong with one of their slates.
If you want a low-cost entertainment slate, the Amazon Fire devices will be fine for you – they’re tied to Amazon’s software ecosystem but this means they’re designed for Prime Video, Prime Music, Kindle and other similar services, though Spotify, Netflix and loads of games work too.
Lenovo devices can be good iPad rivals for work or play, but the deals listed above are for its lower-cost devices – these might be good for work but again they’re mostly useful for entertainment and on-the-go social media.
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S models are powerful rivals to the iPad Air and Pro lines, with fast internals, good-looking screens and styli included (so you don’t have to buy them separately like an Apple Pencil). They also tend to be more affordable than their Apple equivalents.
More Android tablet deals
No matter where you live, you’ll find all the lowest prices for certain Android tablets from around the web right here, with offers available in your region.
More Black Friday deals in the US
- Amazon: 50% off TVs, apparel, Instant Pot, and more
- Walmart: Black Friday deals on toys, Apple devices, vacuums, and TVs
- AirPods Pro: down to $169 at Amazon
- Adidas: 50% off sportswear and shoes at Amazon
- Best Buy: up to 50% off Keurig coffee makers, 4K TVs, laptops, and more
- Cheap TVs: smart TVs from $99.99 at Amazon
- Christmas: lights, trees, and ornaments from $6.99 at Amazon
- Clothing: up to 50% off coats, running shoes, and watches at Amazon
- Costco: up to $900 furniture, laptops, TVs, and jewelry
- Dell: up to $700 off the XPS 13, Inspiron, and Alienware
- DIY: 40% off power tools, leaf blowers, and more at Walmart
- DreamCloud: $200 off luxury mattresses + $399 free gifts
- Gifts under $30: books, toys, and cheap gift ideas at Amazon
- Home Depot: up to 40% off tools, grills, appliances, and Christmas decor
- HP: laptops starting from $199.99
- Hulu: get one year of Hulu for just $0.99 a month
- Instant Pot: from $84 at Amazon
- Keurig: up to 30% off Keurig coffee makers at Amazon
- Laptops: cheap laptop deals from $149 at Walmart
- Lowe’s: 50% off tools, appliances, and holiday decor
- Nectar Sleep: $499 off our top mattress + $399 in free gifts
- Nike: up to 40% off running shoes, hoodies, sweatpants, and more
- Nintendo Switch: latest stock updates on consoles and games
- Nordstrom: up to 40% off North Face, Adidas, UGG, Nike, and more
- Oculus Quest 2: get a $50 gift card at Amazon
- Saatva: save $250 on luxury mattresses – TechRadar exclusive
- Samsung: up to $3,500 off 4K and 8K QLED TV, Galaxy S21
- Shark vacuum: up to 40% off Shark vacs at Amazon
- Target: massive deals on TVs, toys, Dyson, Keurig, and more
- Toys: discounts on LEGO, hoverboards and Barbie at Walmart
- TVs: 4K smart TVs under $500 at Best Buy
- Wayfair: 80% off rugs, couches, Christmas decor and more
- XPS 13 laptop: on sale for $649.99 at Dell (was $949)
- Verizon: BOGO iPhones, free Google Pixel 6, huge trade-in savings
- VPN: use the code TECH15 to get PureVPN for only $1.13 per month
More Black Friday deals in the UK
- Amazon: 63% off Fire TV Stick and Echo Dot bundles
- Adidas: up to 50% off trainers and sportswear at Amazon
- Alcohol: beer, wine and spirits from £4.49 at Amazon
- AllSaints: 30% off leather jackets and all fashion
- Asos: up to 80% off all clothing and accessories
- Argos: 20% off Lego, Paw Patrol, Peppa Pig and more toys
- AO: up to 33% off large appliances from Samsung, LG, Beko and more
- Boots: 50% off fragrances, beauty, makeup and gift sets
- Christmas decorations: from £8.99 at Amazon
- Currys: lowest price ever on the Fitbit Sense – just £189
- Debenhams: 60% off fashion and homewares
- Dell: up to 50% off Inspiron, XPS and Alienware laptops
- Ebuyer: up to 42% off computing components from Intel, Asus and more
- EE: free Xbox Series S with select phone contracts starting from £29
- Emma Sleep: 50% off mattresses – this is the biggest-ever sale
- Go Outdoors: 50% off clothing, camping gear and footwear
- JD Sports: half-price trainers from Nike, Adidas and Puma
- John Lewis: get 20% off Lego, Dyson and Le Creuset
- Le Creuset: check out the exclusive Harry Potter Signature collection
- Lego: up to 40% off Marvel, Disney, Star Wars, Harry Potter and more sets at Amazon
- Lovehoney: 60% off sex toys + an extra 10% off lingerie
- Nectar: get 45% off any mattress and up to 30% off bedding
- Nespresso: up to 60% off Nespresso coffee machines at Amazon
- Nike: trainers, T-shirts, tracksuits and hoodies discounted by up to 40%
- Ninja: save £70 on Ninja food processors and air fryers
- Nintendo Switch: console + Mario Kart 8 and Switch Online for £259
- Oculus Quest 2: £50 voucher when you buy the Oculus Quest 2 at Amazon
- Samsung: up to £500 off TVs, fridge freezers and more
- Shark vacuums: up to £200 off Shark cordless vacs at Amazon
- Sky: save over £500 on the iPhone 13 and Samsung Galaxy S21
- Smart lighting: smart light bulbs from £6.99 at Amazon
- Smyths Toys: save up to 50% on Lego, Nerf, Barbie and more
- TVs: budget 4K smart TVs with an extra 10% off at Argos
- Velvetiser: save £20 on the Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser at Currys
- Very: up to £200 off Apple, Samsung, Nintendo Switch and more
- Wayfair: save on furniture, rugs, desks and lighting
- Whisky Exchange: up to £30 off Wild Turkey, Glenfiddich and Chivas