Black Friday Tablets
Find the best tablet computer for your lifestyle
Black Friday is quickly approaching and that is great news for anyone who is looking to pick up a tablet computer for a great price. The tablet PC market is growing by leaps and bounds and there is fierce competition among manufacturers to get their products into the hands of consumers this holiday season. What does this mean for consumers? It means there will certainly be some fantastic bargains on Black Friday.
Finding the Right Tablet
The Apple iPad is the undisputed king of the tablet market at the moment. Consumers love the iPad and everything it can do. Apple almost can't keep up with the demand. Don't expect Apple to slash prices on the iPad this holiday season, but some retailers may offer the iPad at a small discount. If you want to save a few dollars, consider buying the original iPad rather than the iPad 2 (if you can find one for sale). The first iPad has most of the same features and is still a very capable tablet computer.
After the iPad, the most popular tablets on the market all run the Android operating system created by Google. There are many different companies that manufacture Android tablets, with some of the most popular being the Samsung Galaxy tablet, the Motorola Xoom tablet and the Toshiba Thrive tablet. When looking for cheap Android tablets on Black Friday, be sure to take note of the version of Android that each tablet runs. Every version of Android is named after a sweet treat and the code names run in alphabetical order. Thus, an Android tablet running Honeycomb isn't as up-to-date as an Android tablet running Ice Cream Sandwich. You can find great deals on tablets that run an older version of Android, but you will have to sacrifice some of the features that are available on the newer ones.
Rounding out the tablet market are the BlackBerry PlayBook and the Amazon Kindle Fire. The BlackBerry tablet has been a disappointment on the market so far, but manufacturer RIM seems determined for the product to become a success and it has begun to slash prices on the PlayBook by a significant margin. The Kindle Fire is unique in that it is brand new on the scene and significantly cheaper than many other tablets on the market. Though the Kindle Fire doesn't have the processing power or dazzling screen that some other tablets boast, it is fully capable of surfing the Internet, playing movies and most other standard tablet functions.
In the case of the discontinued HP TouchPad, you may be able to get a fantastic deal if you make it to the retailer before they've sold off the last of their stock.
Shopping for Black Friday Tablet Deals
Tablets are a hot commodity in the world of consumer electronics at the moment and they will be coveted by many shoppers on Black Friday. Be sure to do your research ahead of time so that you ensure you get a tablet that will do everything you want it to for a price you are happy with.
Remember that tablet computers with touchscreen display can differ wildly in storage, function and portability, so be careful not to spring for the best or settle for the cheapest just because it's on sale. Look for tablets that don't typically go on sale, or those that have great reviews if you want to get the biggest bang for your buck. Check out the Black Friday ads as soon as you can, and make close comparisons while you have the time; once you're in the store, you'll have to act fast!
Big box stores will likely have the best deals -- and widest selection -- of tablet computers, as they are able to offer better prices. Check for coupons and read the fine print to make sure you follow all the steps to get the best listed price. When it comes to expensive computers and other electronics, it's best to stick to well-known, reputable retailers that offer decent warranties and return or exchange programs in case there's anything wrong with your tablet.