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Best tablet deals December 2021: The biggest discounts on Apple, Samsung and Microsoft devices

Big screen or small, iOS, Windows or Android, you don’t want to miss these offers

Alistair Charlton
Friday 03 December 2021 10:51
<p>If you’re not already in Apple’s ecosystem, it’s worth considering an iPad rival</p>

If you’re not already in Apple’s ecosystem, it’s worth considering an iPad rival

For years now, tech firms like Apple, Microsoft and Samsung have told us that the future of computing is tablets instead of laptops.

These companies produce tablets with a broad range of screen sizes, features and prices. Some can be bought with detachable keyboards, others have convenient kickstands, and many work with digital styluses, for unleashing your inner artist.

Tablets are often lighter, thinner and generally more portable and convenient than a laptop, with a broader price range and smartphone-based operating systems to make them easy for anyone to use.

When thinking of tablet computers, it’s easy to jump straight into the Apple Store and pick up an iPad. And while, yes, the iPad range is larger than ever, with prices stretching from just £479 for the iPad mini (Apple.com), all the way up to £2,149 for a fully-loaded 12.9in iPad pro (Apple.com), there are plenty of alternatives out there too.

Companies like Lenovo, Samsung and Microsoft all offer a range of tablets to choose from. If you don’t own any Apple devices, and aren’t in the company’s ecosystem, then looking at an alternative manufacturer can be a great idea – and potentially save you some money, too.

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The best tablet deals for December 2021 in the UK are:

  • Samsung Galaxy tab A7: Was £219, now £209.79, Amazon.co.uk
  • Samsung Galaxy tab S7: Was £719, now £691.32, Amazon.co.uk
  • Apple iPad pro 12.9in, 128GB, 5th gen: Was £999, now £949, Amazon.co.uk
  • Microsoft surface pro 7: Was £1,169, now £919, Amazon.co.uk
  • Pebble Gear Disney Mickey and friends kids tablet: Was £99.99, now £79.99, Amazon.co.uk

Samsung Galaxy tab A7: Was £219, now £209.79, Amazon.co.uk

The more affordable version of the S7 below, the Galaxy tab A7 is a superb tablet with decent performance and excellent build quality. You don’t get the luscious OLED screen, the stylus and the laptop-grade functionality of the top-of-the-range device, but for everyday use around the house, the A7 excels. The already cheap tablet is now even cheaper.

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Samsung Galaxy tab S7: £719, now £691.32, Amazon.co.uk

You can save almost £30 on this 11in display which packs a 4G connection so you can pop in a SIM card and connect to the internet wherever you are. There’s also 128GB of storage, and with Samsung DeX on board you can turn the tablet into a fully-fledged computer by connecting it to a compatible display, keyboard and mouse.

Read the full Samsung Galaxy tab S7 plus review

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Apple iPad pro 12.9in, 128GB, 5th gen: Was £999, now £949, Amazon.co.uk

There’s £50 to be saved on the iPad pro 12.9in from 2021. This top-of-the-range tablet has a powerful M1 processor and a massive 128GB of storage hidden inside its thin aluminium body. Around the back you’ll find a dual-lens camera system with a lidar sensor for improved augmented reality games and experiences.

Battery life is a claimed 10 hours and this model of iPad is compatible with the Apple Pencil stylus (£99, Johnlewis.com) and keyboard folio case (was £349, now £164.50, Johnlewis.com), turning it into a true laptop rival.

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Microsoft surface pro 7 12.3in: Was £1,169, now £919, Amazon.co.uk

Switching gears and heading into the Windows ecosystem, we have the surface pro 7 by Microsoft. This tablet has a large 12.3in display, is powered by a computer-grade Intel i5 processor and runs Windows 10 home.

A clever kickstand on the back flicks out to hold the surface at various angles when you want to work or watch a video, and the tablet can be upgraded to Windows 11 for free when the new operating system arrives later in 2021. Unlike many tablets, the Microsoft surface pro 7 has a range of ports for easily connecting USB-A and USB-C devices.

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Pebble Gear Disney Mickey and friends kids tablet: Was £99.99, now £79.99, Amazon.co.uk

The folks at Pear Gear teamed up with Disney to create an entry-point tablet for young kids. And the Pebble Gear, is the result. “The 7in screen is encased in a light-blue bumper cover. It’s not quite as comprehensive as the Amazon versions of bumper covers, but it is more lightweight for it. We found as it’s a paired back model that is really easy to set up,” our reviewer said in our round-up of the best kids tablets.

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For the latest discounts on tablets and other tech offers, try the links below:

Looking for more on the best tablets you can buy today? Read our guide to the best tablets you can buy in 2021

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