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Best tablet deals for Amazon Prime Day 2022

Amazon Fire Hd 10 Productivity Vs Lenovo Chromebook Duet
Amazon Fire Hd 10 Productivity Vs Lenovo Chromebook Duet (Image credit: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central)

Finding a good price on a quality tablet can be tough these days, so we've compiled a roundup of the best Prime Day deals on tablets to help save you some money. Tablets are great devices for leisurely enjoying videos, games, or reading, but they can also double as portable productivity machines.

There are a number of great options in the "tablet" space, from Amazon's Fire tablets to Android tablet options from the likes of Samsung and Lenovo. We've also seen some fantastic deals on Apple iPads and yes, even Chromebook/Chrome OS tablets (they exist!). Don't forget that one of the top audiences for tablets are children, so we've included the best kids tablet deals too. Whichever top manufacturer you like, and whatever OS you prefer, chances are there will be a great deal on the perfect tablet for you during Prime Day 2021.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 Product

Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 | $61 off at Amazon

Take the best design elements of the Galaxy Tab S7 and put it in a 7-inch form factor and that's what you get the Galaxy Tab A7. The device comes in either 32GB or 64GB storage options, along with three colors to choose from. All of these models are on sale, saving you at least $41.

Best Amazon Tablet Deals

It should come as no surprise that some of the best Prime Day tablet deals are for Amazon's own first-party Fire tablets. Fire tablets are already an insane value and are arguably among the most popular tablets sold today (after Apple's iPads). Fire tablets run Fire OS, a forked version of Android that focuses heavily on Amazon products and services. Not only will you get a great portal to hands-free Alexa, Prime Video, Amazon Music Unlimited, and Audible, but you can play thousands of games and access many of the top Android apps like Facebook, Instagram, and Spotify. There's also the added benefit of being able to pair up your new Fire tablet with one of the other great Prime Day Amazon device deals.

While Fire tablets are also available in kid versions (see further below), the "regular" tablets come in 7-inch, 8-inch, and 10.1-inch versions, with the larger-sized models sporting HD resolution. Amazon also recently announced an updated version of its popular Fire HD 10 tablet called the Fire HD 10 (2021), which can also be bundled with a Bluetooth keyboard for productivity nerds. When paired with a wireless charging dock accessory in Show Mode, it makes an excellent alternative to a smart screen like an Echo Show or Google Nest Home device.

Best Apple iPad Deals

Apple's iPads are far and away the most popular and acclaimed tablets on the market today. The devices run a version of iOS called iPadOS that should be very familiar to iPhone and Mac users. iPads come in several different sizes and at several different price points for different kinds of consumers.

Whether you're an on-the-go professional who needs the advanced capabilities of the iPad Pro line, or you just want something compact that ties into all of your apps and Apple services like the iPad Mini, there is an iPad for you. Even the entry-level 10.2-inch iPad is a great value that can outperform just about any Android tablet around. All iPads also now support smart keyboards, Bluetooth keyboards, mouse and trackpad input, and a version of the Apple Pencil stylus.

Best Lenovo Tablet Deals

Lenovo may not be the first name you think of when considering a tablet, but these devices should be near the top of your list, especially if you want a well-made Android tablet. The Smart Tab line is affordable, and even offers versions that can connect to smart speaker docs and respond to hands-free Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant commands.

The other kind of tablet that Lenovo makes is a Chromebook, but because that runs a different operating system (Chrome OS, with Android app support), we've included it in a separate section below.

Best Samsung Tablet Deals

Samsung has earned a reputation for making amazing smartphones, but it's also known for making some of the best-performing and best-looking Android tablets. Like its smartphones, the company produces tablets in a wide range of sizes, styles, and price points. It even makes kid-specific tablets (covered in another section below)!

Best Kids Tablet Deals

If you're thinking about picking up a tablet for the kids this Prime Day, you're probably just thinking about an Amazon Fire Tablet Kids Edition, and that's great, but did you know that several other companies make quality kids tablets? Some devices from companies like Samsung run a version of Android, while others may run proprietary software. Regardless, all feature age-appropriate apps and content and are designed to appeal to young ones and take just about any abuse they can dish out.

Best Chromebook / Chrome OS Tablet Deals

You may have gotten to this point in the article and become very confused. While Chrome OS on a tablet form factor has not always been the best user experience, Google and manufacturers have been putting in a lot of work over the past few years to make it not only usable but enjoyable. We've listed a few of our favorite deals here, but if you want to see them all, check out the best Prime Day Chromebook deals for all the Chromebooks on sale on Prime Day!

The best Chromebooks on sale today are optimized to work with keyboard and stylus devices, and both are capable of running both Android and Linux apps. The Chromebook Duet even ships with a kickstand case and keyboard in the box, making it easy to fold up and take anywhere.

Which tablet should you buy?

There are so many great tablets available to choose from at different price points, in different sizes, and from different manufacturers. You can find great deals during Prime Day on iPads, Fire tablets, and Android tablets from manufacturers like Lenovo and Samsung. There are also deals to be had on Chrome OS tablets and convertible Chromebooks if you would rather go that route.

Typically when comparing phones, we recommend that you pick the best phone for the ecosystem you primarily use, but that rule of thumb doesn't necessarily apply here for tablets. Android users can feel secure in their Android identity if they buy an iPad, and iPhone users can get a lot of value and utility from a Chrome OS or Fire tablet.

My top Prime Day 2021 tablet deal recommendations per OS would be the iPad 10.2 for Apple, the new Fire HD 10 for Amazon, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab A7 for Android. If you're looking for a more premium experience, though, it's hard to beat those Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 and Acer Chromebook Spin 713 deals. They're hundreds of dollars off a device that'll last for years!

Prime Day 2021 Tablet deals I'm most excited about

Both the Lenovo Chromebook Duet and Flex 5 are on sale, but there's no denying how attractive a $310 price tag is for the Flex 5. It's a top-tier Chromebook experience and is cheaper than ever, making it a winning deal.

Fire Tablets are on firesale this year — something that's not super common — with some models being 50% off for Prime Day. Fire Tablets aren't the most amazing Android tablets on the market, but they work well and are affordable for most families. If you need a quality slate for checking Twitter or watching YouTube, these fit the bill perfectly.

What were the best Prime Day 2020 Tablet deals?

Prime Day 2020 was delayed a bit, but it still brought plenty of excellent offers once it arrived in October. Along with deals like $50 off the latest iPad mini and $100 off the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, Amazon offered exclusive discounts like $70 off its Fire HD 10 tablet and $40 off the Fire 7 Kids Edition.

Samsung's Galaxy Tab S7 got a massive $95 price cut during Prime Day 2020 as well, so perhaps we can expect it to dip even lower this time around.