Thanksgiving is upon us, and there is a lot to be thankful for, such as the upcoming Black Friday specials! We have seen a lot of cool tablets launch this year, and as usual, everyone is going to want to get their hands on it for Christmas. That said, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the perfect time to purchase these gadgets! You are looking at deals up to sixty, maybe even eighty percent off. What better a time to purchase electronics? With all of that said, here is our top 10 tablets that you should be looking out for this Black Friday and Cyber Monday!
1. Google Nexus 9
While the Nexus 10 was a phenomenal tablet, the Nexus 9 is Google’s best yet. The Nexus 9 is manufactured by HTC, but do not let that stop you from buying it. Coming in at 8.9-inches, you get a stunning visual display, with the resolution set at 2048 x 1536. Now, this does have a 4:3 aspect ratio over the 16:9 in most Android tablets. The only big difference this really provides is more screen real estate, and who can argue with that? With a pixel density of 281ppi, you get a stunning show with this performer. Also, keep in mind that it does play 16:9 video via letterboxing.
And do not worry, what is packed in the inside is just as good as the outside. Powering this little guy is a dual-core 2.3GHz Nvidia Tegra K1, which is a 64 bit processor. To compliment that, you get a whopping 2GB of RAM and a massive 6,700 mAh battery. This guy is a powerhouse, no doubt about it, and it will run just about anything you throw at it, whether it be video, games or movies.
If you are looking to get a deal on the Nexus 9, it may be a bit difficult since everyone is trying to get to them all at once. However, you will be able to find a few deals around the Internet, specifically on Amazon and maybe even Slick Deals come Cyber Monday.
2. LG G Tab 7.0
Yes, LG has their very own tablet, and their line up is actually a fairly new addition, probably to better compete with Samsung. Either way, the LG G Tab 7.0 is a tablet you will want to check out. The G Pad obviously comes with the 7-inch display, and has a resolution of 1200 x 800, which is not the best, but really you will only notice it for a few days before getting used to it. In fact, I would say it really is only a difference when watching Netflix or something. Either way, it is a beautiful screen, and is not other 7-inch tablets where the display is extremely blurry. You will be able to get some quality entertainment out of this no problem.
Under the hood, you get a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, coming in at 1.2GHz. To compliment the processing package, you have an Adreno 305 GPU and 1GB of RAM. It is a fairly common package among budget-tablets, but I would not hesitate, it still runs apps and video like nobody’s business. You will not be disappointed in this little guy. In fact, I would not be afraid to use it to do a presentation in front of board. Sure, it could be faster, but things are still pretty slick with this little performer–I just would not attempt to play any of the high-end games with it.
If you are looking for the G Tab 7.0 this Black Friday, you will be able to find a steal on it from AT&T. If you are not an online shopper, any local electronics stores will have great deals on this guy.
3. LG G Pad 8.3
Looking for something a bit more than a budget tablet? Well, the LG G Pad 8.3 is the way to go then! When it comes to the display, the G Pad 8.3 is flawless. Coming in at 1920 x 1200 resolution, you get an 8.3-inch display with a pixel density of 273ppi. It is an IPS LCD display, so color reproduction and sharpness are way above standard quality. When you throw on a movie or a video, you will notice just how flawless this display is. Games look just as good. Also, when it comes to reading the news or your favorite blog–like The Droid Guy–you will notice just how sharp the text is, thanks to the pixel density!
Under the hood, we have a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, clocking in at a whopping 1.7GHz. To compliment it, we have a Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM. In terms of tablets, this processing package is one of the best–it is not too much, nor is it too little power. As usual, anything you throw at it this guy will be able to handle. After all, it is not likely that the average user will take up the entire 2GB of RAM. Either way, the G Pad 8.3 runs flawlessly, movies and video have little to no lag, and games play great too (this does depend on your Internet connection as well)!
If you are interested in this performer, you can get it from Amazon at a pretty good deal right now, and the price is only destined to go down as we get closer to Black Friday, and especially Cyber Monday.
4. Google Nexus 7 (2013)
With the Google Nexus 7, you obviously get a 7-inch display, and it has a 1920 x 1200 resolution. It is a Full HD 1080p display, and has a pixel density of 323ppi. It is a flawless entertainment package. If you are upgrading from an old tablet, any video or movie you throw on the Nexus 7 will look beautiful. In addition, text looks sharp and easy to read, so browsing your favorite online newspapers or blogs will be a breeze. Also, it does sport the IPS LCD display, so color reproduction is not much of a problem in this device.
Under the hood is where all the magic happens, though. In it, we have a Snapdragon S4 Pro, clocking in at 1.5GHz. With it, you get an Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM. That said, it plays games, movies, and video flawlessly. While this is perhaps not the best processing package, media consumption is still just great on this device. You will not be disappointed.
So, where can you pick up the Google Nexus 7 this Black Friday? Amazon is obviously your number one spot for a deal on this beast, but I would also keep an eye on DealNews or Woot for those spur of the moment flash sales. You could probably find it at a few local retailers, too, as they are trying to get rid of their stock in favor of the Nexus 9.
5. Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
Compared to a lot of Android tablet, the Kindle Fire may not be a favorite, but it is certainly a good tablet for media consumption. The Kindle Fire HDX actually has one of my favorite displays for media consumption. You get the 8.9-inch display with a resolution set at a whopping 2560 x 1600 pixels. In terms of pixel density, you are looking at 339ppi. Honestly, if you are looking at a device solely for media consumption, this is it. It plays movies and video beautifully, and the 8.9-inch display is the perfect size. It is the IPS LCD display, so color reproduction is a breeze. The only disappointment is the lack of an AMOLED display, as I really enjoy the deep and vibrant colors, when it comes to media consumption. A minor complaint, but it is still a great device for media.
Under the hood you get a quad core Snapdragon 800, clocked in at 2.2GHz. You get the Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM to go with it. It is one hell of a processing package. It runs anything you throw at it like a breeze. My only complaint is the lack of a Google Play Store, as you have the Amazon UI. If it had the Play Store, this device would be nearly perfect, as it would have a lot more variety than it does.
If you want to pick up this bad boy, you can do so straight from Amazon. Around the holidays, Amazon tends to put all of their stuff up for sale, so expect some really awesome sticker price slashes this Black Friday on the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9!
6. Dell Venue 7
The Dell Venue 7 arrived in October of 2013, and is a budget performer. It is not much of a power house, however, it will get you through your everyday tasks. For a display, it’s obviously a 7-incher, and has a resolution of 1280 x 800. You get a pixel density of 216ppi with this little performer. Obviously you are not going to get any super high definition quality out of this little guy, but the Venue 7 certainly works for someone who is not looking for a whole lot. Maybe someone who just got rid of their laptop and is looking for something so that he can occasionally look at Facebook or the news once in a while.
As for the processing package, you get a dual core 1.6GHz Intel processor, and 2GB of RAM. Again, it is not the best package here, but it is certainly something that will be able to handle the everyday tasks, such as Facebook, your favorite blogs, and the occasional video. It is not to die over, but if you are on a tight budget, the Dell Venue 7 is the perfect fit.
If you are looking to pick up this little performer cheap, Amazon has a decent price on the little guy right now, and come Black Friday, it is certain to get an even better discount.
7. iPad Mini 2
Obviously, the iPad Mini is not an Android tablet, however, it is a great media consumption device. In fact, it is probably one of the best media consumption devices next to the Kindle Fire. It has the 7.9-inch display, with a resolution of 2048 x 1536. It also has a pixel density of 326ppi. When it comes to watching movies or video, things just overall look fantastic. If you are a big movie buff, and like watching on a smaller screen, the Kindle Fire or the iPad Mini is easily the way to go. Things just look great on these devices.
As for the processing package, you get Apple’s A7 processor with the 64-bit architecture. As usual for Apple, this is a very smooth processing package. You will find absolutely no lag on this device, even scrolling through a gallery of photos is smooth as can be. Usually there is a bit of a stutter in most devices, but the iPad Mini just scrolls through things like a breeze.
If you are looking to get your hands on this beast, you can grab it on Amazon, and if you wait until Cyber Monday, the iPad Mini 2 will be even cheaper. It is honestly a fantastic device.
8. Google Nexus 10
The Google Nexus 10 is a bit of an older device, but it is still a high performer. Coming in at a whopping 10.1-inches, you get a resolution of 2560 x 1600 and a pixel density of 299ppi. With it, you get Gorilla Glass 2 for maximum shatter resistance. The overall quality of the display was great. Movies look great, video looks great, and games look phenomenal. Text is sharp, making for easy reading. The only downside is the lack of an AMOLED display on this guy for the deep and vibrant color reproduction.
Under the hood, we have a dual-core 1.7GHz Cortex A15 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a Mali-T604 GPU. Overall, it is a great processing package, and it is not going to disappoint you whatsoever. It runs just about anything you throw at it, though you can find some lag during scrolling or in playing higher-end games. Overall, the Nexus 10 is not a bad performer at all.
If you want to pick this beast up, it is available on Amazon, and will most likely get a price slash this coming Black Friday or Cyber Monday. I would also keep a keen eye on some of the flash sale websites like Woot or Slick Deals.
9. Sony Xperia Tablet Z
This beast is a bit more on the expensive side, so I would not be expecting a huge deal off of this one. However, it is still a great tablet, and one of the lesser known ones, too. And that is because you usually do not see a whole lot of Sony tablets or smartphones selling directly from carriers in the United States.
Either way, it has a 10.1-inch display, with a resolution of 1200 x 1920. It has a pixel density of 224ppi. Certainly not the best, but movies, video, and general media consumption look great on this guy. I found color reproduction to be fantastic. As for a processing package, you get the quad core Snapdragon APQ8064, clocked in at 1.5GHz. With it, you get 2GB of RAM and a Adreno 320 GPU. Things run fantastic on this tablet. It is an overall great experience, but the display could be a lot better.
If you are interested in the Xperia Tablet Z, you can pick it up from Amazon this Black Friday for a great deal. Although, I would hold off until Cyber Monday, or at least keep a close eye on it during that week, as prices tend to fluctuate in terms of the sale price.
10. A quick word on the Microsoft Surface 2
Again, this is yet another non-Android tablet, however, if you are looking for what is essentially an extremely portable PC, it is probably something worth looking into. This is more on the expensive side of things, but with a 10.6-inch display, with a resolution of 1920 by 1080 and a pixel density of 208ppi, you are going to get a decent media experience. However, the processing side of things is a bit more interesting.
Not into Android games? Well, this beast can play a lot of PC games with no issue. It has a quad core 1.7GHz Cortex A15 processor, a GeForce GPU, and 2GB of RAM. In terms of RAM, I think you can add more via a USB stick. Either way, if you are more of a PC gamer or like to keep movies on your tablet, the Surface 2 is probably the way to go.
You can pick this guy up on Amazon, and of course, it will be on sale this Black Friday and Cyber Monday, just like everything else, at a decent discount.
And that concludes our Top Ten Tablet list for this Black Friday. Stay tuned with The Droid Guy, and we will have a Top 10 Budget Smartphone list for you to look out for this Black Friday! There is bound to be some great deals in that one!