For a Black Friday tablet deal, skip the Amazon Fire and go for this Samsung Tab A8 instead

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There are great Black Friday deals on tablets, but not all tablets are created equal. While Amazon has tempting offers on its Fire tablets, I'd strongly recommend buying a Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 instead, and now is a great time to find Samsung's bargain tablet on sale. The 32GB Galaxy Tab A8 has a low price of $149.on Amazon, and the 128GB Galaxy Tab A8 is an all-time low at $199.99

Amazon Fire tablets look great on paper, but they are heavily locked into Amazon's software and services. In fact, even though they run Android, you won't have access to the full Google Play store. There are tons of apps available on Amazon's App Market, but it can't come close to what you'll find if you get a Google-approved tablet like the Galaxy Tab A8. 

It helps that Samsung makes great tablets, with solid build and excellent displays. They aren't quite as powerful as an iPad, but you won't find an iPad this cheap. You don't even need to spring for extra storage, since the Galaxy Tab A8 has a microSD card, so you can buy extra memory later if you need it. 

Black Friday bargain tablet deal – Samsung Galaxy Tab A8

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 (2022): $229.99149.99 on Amazon

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 (2022): was $229.99 now 149.99 on Amazon
Samsung's Galaxy Tab A8 can be found on Amazon's US site for $80 the 32GB model, and even larger discounts if you want more storage. You can get a separate microSD card, and you'll love filling it with videos to watch on the Tab A8's great display. 

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 (2022): £219£169 on Amazon

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 (2022): was £219 now £169 on Amazon
The 2022 edition of Samsung's Galaxy Tab A8 can be had right now with £50 off both the WiFi-only and 4G LTE cellular model. Highlights include a sleek, slim design, quad speakers and a 7,040wH battery.

Samsung Pro Endurance microSD card (64GB): $14.99now $8.99

Samsung Pro Endurance microSD card (64GB): was $14.99 now $8.99
Instead of buying more storage for your bargain tablet, you can just get a microSD card and use the expandable memory slot. Cards come cheap, especially on this Black Friday memory sale, which drops this 64GB Samsung Pro Endurance card below $10. You can find these cards up to 256GB if you need. 

If you’re not sold on an Android tablet, then Amazon is cutting the price of its iPads as well. 

Check out some of the deals below, or go over to our roundup of the best Black Friday iPad deals – you're sure to find an iPad deal that catches your eye (though I’d say check out the iPad Air)  – good hunting. 

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More of today's Black Friday tablet deals

Apple iPad 10.2 2021 (64GB): $329$229 at Amazon

Apple iPad 10.2 2021 (64GB): was $329 now $229 at Amazon
If you're looking for a cheap iPad ahead of Black Friday, Amazon has the 10.2-inch iPad on sale for a record-low price of $229. While it's not the speediest tablet in the range, a decent screen, quality design, and relatively speedy chip make this the iPad that suits most people's needs the best. For streaming, shopping, and doing a few light work tasks, it's a great choice, especially with today's $100 discount.

Apple iPad Air 2022 (64GB): $599.99 $499.99 at Amazon

Apple iPad Air 2022 (64GB): was $599.99 now $499.99 at Amazon
If you're looking for a powerful iPad in today's early Black Friday Apple deals, Amazon has the latest iPad Air on sale for a record-low price of $499.99. The iPad Air 5 packs a 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display, Apple's powerful M1 chip, which delivers laptop-like speed and performance and provides an all-day battery life. Note, to get your full savings you'll need to tick the box on the product page that says "apply coupon".

Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2022): $1,799$1,699 at Amazon

Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2022): was $1,799 now $1,699 at Amazon
The latest 1TB iPad Pro 12.9-inch is expensive but worth it, especially at a discount price. In our iPad Pro 12.9-inch review, we found the current model doesn't offer a huge upgrade but it does add more power to an already powerful tablet. Still, as a portable device for creatives, it's unbeatable right now thanks to the gorgeous screen, speedy M2 chip, and a vast range of apps. 

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Philip Berne
US Mobiles Editor

Phil Berne is a preeminent voice in consumer electronics reviews, starting more than 20 years ago at Phil has written for Engadget, The Verge, PC Mag, Digital Trends, Slashgear, TechRadar, AndroidCentral, and was Editor-in-Chief of the sadly-defunct infoSync. Phil holds an entirely useful M.A. in Cultural Theory from Carnegie Mellon University. He sang in numerous college a cappella groups.

Phil did a stint at Samsung Mobile, leading reviews for the PR team and writing crisis communications until he left in 2017. He worked at an Apple Store near Boston, MA, at the height of iPod popularity. Phil is certified in Google AI Essentials. He has a High School English teaching license (and years of teaching experience) and is a Red Cross certified Lifeguard. His passion is the democratizing power of mobile technology. Before AI came along he was totally sure the next big thing would be something we wear on our faces.