Looking for the best Christmas gift idea? The truth is it’s always a smart/safe idea to get someone a tablet. Phones are great, but buying someone a new phone is kind of a tricky move since they probably already own a smartphone and might not want to switch over (unless they’ve expressly asked for one).
Tablets, on the other hand are always useful, and with Christmas and Hannukah right around the corner there are plenty of great deals and sales on the best handhelds around. Those deals get even better if you sign up for Amazon Prime (which is still free if you sign up for a 30-day trial period).
Check out the best of what Samsung, Apple, and Microsoft have to offer in our gift guide for the top tablets around:
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (8-Inch)
Price: $399.99 | $349.99 (with Amazon Prime)
Description: In our professional opinion, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (8-inch) isn’t just the best tablet you can get someone, it’s the best gift you could get someone. Period.
The Tab S2 has a gorgeous screen, fantastic battery life, plus plenty of features and applications for whatever you need. Also, note the price–nearly $100 cheaper than a comparable iPad Mini.
- Screen Size 8 inches
- Screen Resolution 2048 x 1536
- Max Screen Resolution 2048 x 1536 pixels
- Processor 1.9 GHz 8032
- RAM 3 GB DDR3
- 32 GB Flash Memory
- Wireless Type Bluetooth
- Average Battery Life (in hours) 7.75 hours
Apple iPad Mini 4
Price: $499.00 | $489.00 (with Amazon Prime)
Description: If you’re getting someone an iPad, the iPad Mini 4 is probably going to be your best bet. It’s gotten great reviews, plus the small size of the tablet means that it’s portable as all hell.
Just do yourself a favor and skip the 16 GB version, pony up for at least 32 GB of memory
- 7.9″ Retina Display, 2048 x 1536 Resolution
- Apple iOS 9, Dual-Core A8 Chip with Quad-Core Graphics
- 8 MP iSight Camera, 1080p HD Video Recording
- 64GB Capacity, Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n/ac) + MIMO + Bluetooth 4.2
- Up to 10 Hours of Battery Life, 0.65 lbs
Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 (9.7-Inch)
Price: $499.00 | $399.00 (with Amazon Prime)
Description: If your giftee is looking for a slightly larger tablet than something that’s 8-inches, look no further than the 9.7-inch Galaxy Tab S2.
- Android 5.0 (Lollipop) OS, 9.7″ 2048×1536 (QXGA) Super AMOLED
- Quad 1.9GHz + Quad 1.3GHz, Octacore application processor
- 32 GB Flash Memory, 3 GB RAM Memory
- 0.85 pounds
Samung Galaxy View
Price: $599.99 | $499.99 (with Amazon Prime)
Description: The Samsung Galaxy View is one of the more unique gifts that you could get someone. Essentially the Galaxy View is a portable HD TV that allows you bring your movies and shows wherever the hell you want, giving you all the content you need for that commute, long plane trip, or quick bathroom pit stop.
- Instant access to movies and TV with touchscreen grid menu
- Ideal for streaming movies, gaming, and browsing
- Integrated handle for easy portability
- Extra-large, Full HD display for vivid detail
- Expand storage up to 128GB with a microSD card (sold separately)
- Up to 8 hours of battery life per charge
Microsoft Surface 3 Tablet
Price: $599.00 | $588.00 (with Amazon Prime)
Description: Microsoft has been making steady improvements on their already incredibly successful Surface line, and the newest Surface 3 is really blowing a lot of people away. If you’re looking for a tablet that can double as a computer, the Surface 3 is a solid choice. Be sure to check out other gifts for boyfriends.
- Windows 10, 10.8-Inch Display
- Intel Atom Z8700 2.4 GHz Processor
- 128 GB Flash Storage, 4 GB RAM
- 1.37 pounds