The best tablet deals on Amazon Prime Day 2021 include $80 off the newest iPad Air

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Amazon Prime Day 2021 is here, and that means there are plenty of deals to be had on tech devices – especially tablets. This year’s annual shopping holiday ends on June 22 and includes many tech deals in addition to discounts on kitchen, home, beauty, and other products.

Right now, Amazon’s Fire HD 10 tablet is 34% off for Prime Day starting at $95 for the 32GB model and $135 for the 64GB version. Apple’s iPad Air is discounted by $80, bringing the price down to $520. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S7 is down to $595, a discount of 28% for Prime Day. You can still buy the 8th-generation iPad for $30 off on Amazon, though it is currently listed as out of stock.

Regardless of whether you’re eyeballing a tablet in the budget or premium price range, Amazon Prime Day is a great time to pick up a new device and save some money. But remember that you must have an Amazon Prime Day membership to access exclusive Prime Day deals.

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Best Apple iPad deals for Prime Day 2021

Apple’s iPads are best-suited for Apple users that are either seeking a device that can serve as an extension of their iPhone or for serious productivity. The 10.2-inch iPad is the most affordable option and is the best choice for general usage.

But those who are willing to pay more for a brighter, sharper screen and better performance will be happy with the iPad Air. And finally, the new M1-powered iPad Pros are the right choice for those who need a tablet for processing heavy workloads, such as multimedia editors.

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The best Prime Day Amazon Fire tablet deals available now

Amazon has several different Fire tablets to choose from, many of which are ideal for children. If you’re already set on purchasing an Amazon Fire tablet, size and budget are the other major factors you’ll want to consider.

The Fire 7 only costs $50 and is Amazon’s most compact tablet, for example, but it barely has any storage and isn’t very powerful. The Fire 10 HD is a better choice for those who want a general purpose tablet that’s still affordable, while the Kids line of those same tablets comes with protective covers to keep the tablet safe from drops and scratches.

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Samsung tablet deals on Amazon Prime Day 2021

When shopping for a Samsung tablet, you’ll want to decide whether you want a tablet for productivity, entertainment, or portability, and how much you’re willing to spend.

The Galaxy Tab S7 is our favorite high-end Android tablet, thanks to its gorgeous screen, premium design, and included S Pen, which is great for those who love to use their tablet for taking notes or drawing. But for those who want to spend less, there’s also the Galaxy Tab A7, which lacks 5G and the S Pen but still has a large 10.4-inch screen.

Galaxy Tab S7 (11-inch, 512GB) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)

How to shop for a tablet

Like any tech product, choosing the right tablet comes down to what you intend to use it for. The operating system will be your biggest concern. If you want a tablet that’s more like an extension of your smartphone, consider an iPad or Android tablet. Amazon’s Fire tablets are ideal for those seeking a cheap secondary screen for watching movies and TV shows.

You’ll also want to consider aspects like size, storage capacity, and processing power. If entertainment is your main priority, a large tablet with a 10-inch screen and average processing power is your best bet. But if you want a tablet for editing multimedia projects on-the-go, you might want to consider a tablet like the pricey iPad Pro.

Tablets typically cost anywhere between $100 to more than $1,000 depending on the model. Basic tablets designed for simple tasks like watching videos are usually cheaper, while powerful devices meant to replace your laptop can get very expensive. Amazon’s child-friendly Fire 7 Kids Edition, for example, is priced at $100, while the top-of-the-line 12.9-inch iPad Pro could cost as much as $2,400.

What’s the best tablet to buy in 2021?

Our favorite tablet right now is the 10.2-inch iPad, which usually starts at $329. It has the right balance of performance, useful features, and affordable pricing to make it the best pick for most people. Apple’s iPad software and app selection is generally more polished than many Android tablets. This specific model runs on the same processor that powers the iPhone XS, which means it’s fast enough for casual use, and is also compatible with accessories like the Apple Pencil.

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What’s the best budget tablet?

If affordability is your main priority, check out the Amazon Fire HD 10. The 32GB model usually costs $165, but is on sale for just $95. We already loved the previous version for its low price and solid integration with Amazon accounts, and the new model has a faster processor and brighter screen. It’s an ideal choice if you primarily want a tablet for streaming video from apps like Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and Disney Plus and little else, but remember that it’s not very powerful and doesn’t have access to the Google Play Store.

Amazon usually discounts its own products on Prime Day, so it’s a great time to look out for deals. Check out our guide to the best tablets for more buying advice.

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Amazon Prime Day 2021 has finally arrived, and that means more deals. The Amazon shopping event takes place on June 21 and 22 and includes tons of discounts on Apple devices.

The best Prime Day deals on Apple products so far include discounts on the AirPods, AirPods Pro, iPad, and iPad Air. But remember that deals tend to sell out quickly, so it’s a good idea to act fast if you find a deal you’re interested in.

Many deals are exclusive to Amazon Prime members, and you can sign up for a free 30-day trial if you don’t already have a subscription. Prime memberships start at $13 a month after the trial ends.

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The best Macbook deals for Amazon Prime Day 2021

Starting in early 2020 Apple launched a number of new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models.

The key difference compared to older models, is that the latest MacBooks include Apple’s M1 processor, a chip that offers faster performance. We recommend the more affordable Air for most people, but the Pro is still a great buy for shoppers who crave a bit more power, slightly longer battery life, and superior speakers and microphones. You can read our full comparison of the latest MacBook Air and MacBook Pro here.

The newest MacBook Air (256GB) is back down to $900 with coupon. That matches the lowest price we’ve seen so far, and it’s not clear if it will dip down any lower once Prime Day starts.

You’ll also want to keep your eye on the price of the MacBook Pro with Apple’s M1 Chip. Earlier this year, the price went down to $1,099, which is $200 less than its full price. It’s on sale right now for $149 off, so a better deal could be available on Prime Day.

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The best Prime Day deals on AirPods and Beats headphones

Prime Day 2021 is the first since the launch of the AirPods Max, Apple’s premium over-ear headphones. The AirPods Max saw a $50 discount just ahead of Prime Day, but the price has already jumped back up for most color options. That said, the Sky Blue model is available for a modest $20 discount. We’re hoping to see bigger deals once Prime Day arrives.

The AirPods Pro, standard AirPods, and AirPods with wireless charging case have seen many deals over the years, so we expect big discounts on Prime Day. You can check out our full breakdown of the best AirPods if you’re torn between different models.

The AirPods Pro have maintained a price around $200 from October 2020 through May 2021. The lowest we’ve seen them sell for was $169. You should expect a similar discount for Prime Day 2021.

Amazon typically sells the AirPods with a wireless charging case for $150 to $170. Meanwhile the standard AirPods typically sell between $120 to $140. We recommend jumping on any Prime Day 2021 deal prices that are lower than those ranges.

Aside from Apple’s headphones, there are a number of Beats-branded headphones to keep an eye on during Prime Day 2021. These include the Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones which have already dropped to $120.

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The best Apple Watch deals for Prime Day 2021

There are a number of Apple Watch models to choose from but we recommend the 40mm, Series 6 (GPS) model thanks to its health features. We didn’t see the Series 6 fall in price during Prime Day 2020, but it fell by nearly $50 the following month. We recommend any deal that brings the Series 6 below $350.

Other Apple Watch models include the Series 3, the lower-cost alternative to the Series 6 with a wide range of bells and whistles, as well as the Apple Watch SE. The Apple Watch SE hasn’t dropped below $230 on Amazon while the Series 3 hasn’t fallen below its May 2021 price of $198.

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The best Amazon Prime Day deals on iPads

Apple’s latest iPad Pro models, starting at $799, launched in May. Despite being so new, the 11-inch iPad Pro is already available for $50 off for Prime Day 2021.

There are also older iPad models that have seen frequent sales on Amazon, including the 2020 iPad Air, the 2020 iPad, and the 2019 iPad Mini. These older iPad models lack Apple’s new M1 processor but they still make good buys for most people. The 2021 Pro models, on the other hand, are really only necessary for creative professionals that need top-notch performance.

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The best Prime Day 2021 deals on iPhones

Apple’s iPhones rarely get discounts on Prime Day. The new iPhones were just announced in October 2020, and carriers and retailers will likely discount older models to make way for the new ones.

It’s unlikely that the deals will be on Amazon, though, as the online retailer only sells models that are locked to Cricket Wireless. However, Best Buy is offering a deal that takes $200 off the iPhone 12 Mini, although that’s contingent on a carrier activation with Verizon.

Some older models to keep an eye on include the iPhone 11, the iPhone 11 Pro, the iPhone 11 Pro Max, the iPhone XS, and the iPhone XS Max. You can check out our guide to some of the best iPhones for every budget in 2021 ahead of your next iPhone purchase, as well.

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The best deals on Apple accessories for Amazon Prime Day

Apple accessories for the iPhone, iPad, and other products can add up quickly. And now that Apple no longer includes power adapters in the iPhone’s packaging, there’s even more of an incentive to look for discounts on chargers and other accessories this Prime Day.

We have yet to see any deals on high-profile accessories like Apple’s MagSafe Duo charger, which powers up an iPhone and Apple Watch wirelessly at the same time. But there are some discounts on 20-watt adapters that bring faster charging to the iPhone and Apple’s standard Apple Watch charger.

The EarPods with a lightning connector – Apple’s wired headphones option – have been anywhere between $14 to $20 since May 2020. Any deal price lower than that would be worth jumping on during Prime Day.

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The best Prime Day deals on Apple AirTags

Since the AirTags launched in April 2021, Amazon has yet to substantially drop their price. The AirTags typically start at $29 and can help you find lost items with Apple’s FindMy app.

Despite no traditional discounts, you can always save $17 by purchasing the AirTags in a four-pack rather than buying four individually.

The AirTags might be too new to get a big discount on Prime Day, but we’ll keep this page updated with any deals if we see them.

AirTags (medium, Preferred: Amazon)AirTag (4-pack) (medium)

The best Apple TV deals for Amazon Prime Day 2021

While it’s unlikely we’ll see major deals on Apple’s latest Apple TV models and accessories during Prime Day 2021, we’re already seeing nice discounts on older models.

This includes the Apple TV 4K (first- gen) and the Apple TV HD (fourth-gen) featuring the original Siri Remote (first-gen). While these models are still quality options for streamers, the newer versions include an improved Siri remote (also sold separately).

When sold for the same price, the newer Apple TV models are a better buy, but if the old versions get big discounts on Prime Day, they could present a better value.

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When is Prime Day?

Prime Day 2021 began on June 21 and runs through June 22. Prime members can take advantage of non-stop deals on a variety of products and services over the two-day sale.

This year’s Prime Day comes roughly two months after Apple announced new iPads, AirTags, colorful iMacs, Apple TV 4K (second-generation), and more at its April event. It’s unclear what new Apple products will be on sale during Prime Day 2021, but expect to see deals on older models at the very least.

How to shop for Apple products

Before buying new Apple products on Prime Day, you should keep in mind that discounts tend to appear more often on previous-generation Apple devices. For example, a product like the Apple TV 4K (first-generation) is more likely to go on sale since the new second-generation model was just released in May 2021.

When comparing prices, you should also keep in mind that Apple offers discounted refurbished products on its own website, including previous generations of the MacBook Pro, iPhone, and more. Apple’s trade-in program can also give you additional money toward a refurbished product, as well, when you send Apple your old device.

For detailed buying advice on how to choose the right Apple product for your needs, check out our various Apple device guides and deal roundups:

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Amazon Prime Day 2021 isn’t here yet, but the deals have already started. The Amazon shopping event takes place on June 21 and 22, and we’re expecting to see tons of deals on tech gadgets over the coming days.

The best Prime Day deals on Apple products so far include discounts on the AirPods, AirPods Pro, iPad, and iPad Air. But remember that deals tend to sell out fast, so it’s a good idea to act fast if you find a deal you’re interested in.

You don’t need to be a Prime member to shop current deals, but many deals will be exclusive to subscribers when Prime Day 2021 begins. If you’re looking to give membership a shot, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial now. Prime memberships start at $13 a month after the trial ends.

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Frequently asked questions

When is Prime Day?

Prime Day 2021 will begin on June 21 and run through June 22. Prime members will be able to take advantage of non-stop deals on a variety of products and services over the two-day sale.

This year’s Prime Day comes roughly two months after Apple announced new iPads, AirTags, colorful iMacs, Apple TV 4K (second-generation), and more at its April event. It’s unclear what new Apple products will be on sale during Prime Day 2021, but expect to see deals on older models at the very least.

How to shop for Apple products

Before buying new Apple products on Prime Day, you should keep in mind that discounts tend to appear more often on previous-generation Apple devices. For example, a product like the Apple TV 4K (first-generation) is more likely to go on sale since the new second-generation model was just released in May 2021.

When comparing prices, you should also keep in mind that Apple offers discounted refurbished products on its own website, including previous generations of the MacBook Pro, iPhone, and more. Apple’s trade-in program can also give you additional money toward a refurbished product, as well, when you send Apple your old device.

For detailed buying advice on how to choose the right Apple product for your needs, check out our various Apple device guides and deal roundups:

The best early Amazon Prime Day deals on MacBooks

Starting in early 2020 Apple launched a number of new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models.

The key difference compared to older models, is that the latest MacBooks include Apple’s M1 processor, a chip that offers faster performance. We recommend the more affordable Air for most people, but the Pro is still a great buy for shoppers who crave a bit more power, slightly longer battery life, and superior speakers and microphones. You can read our full comparison of the latest MacBook Air and MacBook Pro here.

The best price we’ve seen the new MacBook Air (256GB) sell for so far is $899, so we expect a similar or better deal on Prime Day. The last time the previous version of the MacBook Air dropped to its lowest price – $799 – was February 2021. If stock is still available, we could see it sell for even less during Prime Day.

You’ll also want to keep your eye on the price of the MacBook Pro with Apple’s M1 Chip. Earlier this year, the price went down to $1,099, which is $200 less than its full price. It’s on sale right now for $100 off, so a better deal could be available on Prime Day.

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The best early Amazon Prime Day deals on AirPods and Beats headphones

Prime Day 2021 will be the first Prime Day since the launch of the AirPods Max, Apple’s premium over-ear headphones. The AirPods Max saw a $50 discount just ahead of Prime Day, but the price has already slightly increased. We’re hoping to see bigger deals once Prime Day arrives.

The AirPods Pro, standard AirPods, and AirPods with wireless charging case have seen many deals over the years, so we expect big discounts on Prime Day. You can check out our full breakdown of the best AirPods if you’re torn between different models.

The AirPods Pro have maintained a price around $200 from October 2020 through May 2021. The lowest we’ve seen them sell for was $169. You should expect a similar discount for Prime Day 2021.

Amazon typically sells the AirPods with a wireless charging case for $150 to $170. Meanwhile the standard AirPods typically sell between $120 to $140. We recommend jumping on any Prime Day 2021 deal prices that are lower than those ranges.

Aside from Apple’s headphones, there are a number of Beats-branded headphones to keep an eye on during Prime Day 2021. These include the Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones which will likely drop to $120 or less.

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Shop the same prices from Walmart’s Deals for Days and other competing sales:

The best early Amazon Prime Day deals on Apple Watch

There are a number of Apple Watch models to choose from but we recommend the 40mm, Series 6 (GPS) model thanks to its health features. We didn’t see the Series 6 fall in price during Prime Day 2020, but it fell by nearly $50 the following month. We recommend any deal that brings the Series 6 below $350.

Other Apple Watch models include the Series 3, the lower-cost alternative to the Series 6 with a wide range of bells and whistles, as well as the Apple Watch SE. The Apple Watch SE hasn’t dropped below $230 on Amazon while the Series 3 hasn’t fallen below its May 2021 price of $198.

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The best early Amazon Prime Day deals on iPads

Apple’s latest iPad Pro models, starting at $799, launched in May. The 11-inch iPad Pro did get a $50 discount in May, but it’s not clear if we’ll see any major discounts over Prime Day since the 2021 models are so new.

There are older iPad models that have seen more frequent sales on Amazon, including the 2020 iPad Air, the 2020 iPad, and the 2019 iPad Mini. These older iPad models lack Apple’s new M1 processor but they still make good buys for most people. The 2021 Pro models, on the other hand, are really only necessary for creative professionals that need top-notch performance.

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Shop the same prices from Walmart’s Deals for Days and other competing sales:

The best early Amazon Prime Day deals on iPhones

Apple’s iPhones rarely get discounts on Prime Day. The new iPhones were just announced in October 2020, and carriers and retailers will likely discount older models to make way for the new ones.

It’s unlikely that the deals will be on Amazon, though, as the online retailer only sells models that are locked to Cricket Wireless. However, Best Buy is offering a deal that takes $200 off the iPhone 12 Mini, although that’s contingent on a carrier activation with Verizon.

Some older models to keep an eye on include the iPhone 11, the iPhone 11 Pro, the iPhone 11 Pro Max, the iPhone XS, and the iPhone XS Max. You can check out our guide to some of the best iPhones for every budget in 2021 ahead of your next iPhone purchase, as well.

iPhone 12 Mini (medium, Preferred: Best Buy)

The best early Amazon Prime Day deals on Apple iPhone accessories

Apple’s iPhone line has supported MagSafe chargers since the iPhone 8. While we typically see the charger for $5 off on Amazon, it dropped to $10 off in May 2021. We recommend any deal on Prime Day if it’s $10 off or more.

The MagSafe Duo Charger, a charger for two Apple devices, hasn’t seen any sales since its first price drop – roughly $16 off – in April 2021. We anticipate a similar or better deal during Prime Day 2021.

The EarPods with a lightning connector – Apple’s wired headphones option – have been anywhere between $14 to $20 since May 2020. Any deal price lower than that would be worth jumping on during Prime Day.

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The best early Amazon Prime Day deals on Apple AirTags

Since the AirTags launched in April 2021, Amazon has yet to substantially drop their price. The AirTags typically start at $29 and can help you find lost items with Apple’s FindMy app.

Despite no traditional discounts, you can always save $17 by purchasing the AirTags in a four-pack rather than buying four individually.

The AirTags might be too new to get a big discount on Prime Day, but we’ll keep this page updated with any deals if we see them.

AirTags (medium, Preferred: Amazon)AirTag (4-pack) (medium)

The best early Amazon Prime Day deals on Apple TV

While it’s unlikely we’ll see deals on Apple’s latest Apple TV models and accessories during Prime Day 2021, we expect to see deals on older models.

This includes the Apple TV 4K (first- gen) and the Apple TV HD (fourth-gen) featuring the original Siri Remote (first-gen). While these models are still quality options for streamers, the newer versions include an improved Siri remote (also sold separately).

When sold for the same price, the newer Apple TV models are a better buy, but if the old versions get big discounts on Prime Day, they could present a better value.

TV 4K (2021) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)TV 4K (2017) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)TV HD (medium, Preferred: Amazon)

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Amazon Prime Day 2021 is fast approaching, and there are already plenty of noteworthy deals. The Amazon shopping event takes place on June 21 and 22, and we’re expecting to see tons of deals on tech gadgets over the coming days.

Apple deals are no exception. Prime Day isn’t here yet, but there are already a several good discounts on products like AirPods and iPads. But remember that they tend to sell out fast, so it’s a good idea to act fast if you find a deal you’re interested in. The 2021 iPad Pro, which only launched in May, was already available at a $50 discount on June 18 but quickly sold out.

In past years, we’ve seen deals on AirPods, MacBooks, Apple Watches, iPads, and more. Ahead of this year’s Prime Day, we’re rounding up the best deals on everything Apple.

You don’t need to be a Prime member to shop current deals, but many deals will be exclusive to subscribers when Prime Day 2021 begins. If you’re looking to give membership a shot, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial now. Prime memberships start at $13 a month after the trial ends.

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Frequently asked questions

When is Prime Day?

Prime Day 2021 will begin on June 21 and run through June 22. Prime members will be able to take advantage of non-stop deals on a variety of products and services over the two-day sale.

This year’s Prime Day comes roughly two months after Apple announced new iPads, AirTags, colorful iMacs, Apple TV 4K (second-generation), and more at its April event. It’s unclear what new Apple products will be on sale during Prime Day 2021, but expect to see deals on older models at the very least.

How to shop for Apple products

Before buying new Apple products on Prime Day, you should keep in mind that discounts tend to appear more often on previous-generation Apple devices. For example, a product like the Apple TV 4K (first-generation) is more likely to go on sale since the new second-generation model was just released in May 2021.

When comparing prices, you should also keep in mind that Apple offers discounted refurbished products on its own website, including previous generations of the MacBook Pro, iPhone, and more. Apple’s trade-in program can also give you additional money toward a refurbished product, as well, when you send Apple your old device.

For detailed buying advice on how to choose the right Apple product for your needs, check out our various Apple device guides and deal roundups:

The best early Amazon Prime Day deals on MacBooks

Starting in early 2020 Apple launched a number of new MacBook Air and MacBook Pro models.

The key difference compared to older models, is that the latest MacBooks include Apple’s M1 processor, a chip that offers faster performance. We recommend the more affordable Air for most people, but the Pro is still a great buy for shoppers who crave a bit more power, slightly longer battery life, and superior speakers and microphones. You can read our full comparison of the latest MacBook Air and MacBook Pro here.

The best price we’ve seen the new MacBook Air (256GB) sell for so far is $899, so we expect a similar or better deal on Prime Day. The last time the previous version of the MacBook Air dropped to its lowest price – $799 – was February 2021. If stock is still available, we could see it sell for even less during Prime Day.

You’ll also want to keep your eye on the price of the MacBook Pro with Apple’s M1 Chip. Earlier this year, the price went down to $1,099, which is $200 less than its full price. It’s on sale right now for $100 off, so a better deal could be available on Prime Day.

2020 MacBook Air (M1 chip, Core i5, 8GB RAM, 512GB) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)MacBook Pro (M1, 13-inch, 8GB RAM, 256GB) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)

The best early Amazon Prime Day deals on AirPods and Beats headphones

Prime Day 2021 will be the first Prime Day since the launch of the AirPods Max, Apple’s premium over-ear headphones. The headphones haven’t seen many deals since their debut, so Prime Day could be the first time we see a discount larger than $30.

The AirPods Pro, standard AirPods, and AirPods with wireless charging case have seen many deals over the years, so we expect big discounts on Prime Day. You can check out our full breakdown of the best AirPods if you’re torn between different models.

The AirPods Pro have maintained a price around $200 from October 2020 through May 2021. The lowest we’ve seen them sell for was $169. You should expect a similar discount for Prime Day 2021.

Amazon typically sells the AirPods with a wireless charging case for $150 to $170. Meanwhile the standard AirPods typically sell between $120 to $140. We recommend jumping on any Prime Day 2021 deal prices that are lower than those ranges.

Aside from Apple’s headphones, there are a number of Beats-branded headphones to keep an eye on during Prime Day 2021. These include the Beats Solo3 Wireless Headphones which will likely drop to $120 or less.

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Shop the same prices from Walmart’s Deals for Days and other competing sales:

The best early Amazon Prime Day deals on Apple Watch

There are a number of Apple Watch models to choose from but we recommend the 40mm, Series 6 (GPS) model thanks to its health features. We didn’t see the Series 6 fall in price during Prime Day 2020, but it fell by nearly $50 the following month. We recommend any deal that brings the Series 6 below $350.

Other Apple Watch models include the Series 3, the lower-cost alternative to the Series 6 with a wide range of bells and whistles, as well as the Apple Watch SE. The Apple Watch SE hasn’t dropped below $230 on Amazon while the Series 3 hasn’t fallen below its May 2021 price of $198.

Watch Series 6 (40mm, GPS) (medium)Watch SE (40mm, GPS) (medium, Preferred: Amazon)Watch SE (44mm, GPS) (medium)

The best early Amazon Prime Day deals on iPads

Apple’s latest iPad Pro models, starting at $799, launched in May. The 11-inch iPad Pro did get a $50 discount in May, but it’s not clear if we’ll see any major discounts over Prime Day since the 2021 models are so new.

There are older iPad models that have seen more frequent sales on Amazon, including the 2020 iPad Air, the 2020 iPad, and the 2019 iPad Mini. These older iPad models lack Apple’s new M1 processor but they still make good buys for most people. The 2021 Pro models, on the other hand, are really only necessary for creative professionals that need top-notch performance.

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The best early Amazon Prime Day deals on Apple iPhone accessories

Apple’s iPhone line has supported MagSafe chargers since the iPhone 8. While we typically see the charger for $5 off on Amazon, it dropped to $10 off in May 2021. We recommend any deal on Prime Day if it’s $10 off or more.

The MagSafe Duo Charger, a charger for two Apple devices, hasn’t seen any sales since its first price drop – roughly $16 off – in April 2021. We anticipate a similar or better deal during Prime Day 2021.

The EarPods with a lightning connector – Apple’s wired headphones option – have been anywhere between $14 to $20 since May 2020. Any deal price lower than that would be worth jumping on during Prime Day.

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The best early Amazon Prime Day deals on Apple AirTags

Since the AirTags launched in April 2021, Amazon has yet to substantially drop their price. The AirTags typically start at $29 and can help you find lost items with Apple’s FindMy app.

Despite no traditional discounts, you can always save $17 by purchasing the AirTags in a four-pack rather than buying four individually.

The AirTags might be too new to get a big discount on Prime Day, but we’ll keep this page updated with any deals if we see them.

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The best early Amazon Prime Day deals on Apple TV

While it’s unlikely we’ll see deals on Apple’s latest Apple TV models and accessories during Prime Day 2021, we expect to see deals on older models.

This includes the Apple TV 4K (first- gen) and the Apple TV HD (fourth-gen) featuring the original Siri Remote (first-gen). While these models are still quality options for streamers, the newer versions include an improved Siri remote (also sold separately).

When sold for the same price, the newer Apple TV models are a better buy, but if the old versions get big discounts on Prime Day, they could present a better value.

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The best early Amazon Prime Day deals on iPhones

Apple’s iPhones rarely get discounts on Prime Day. The new iPhones were just announced in October 2020, and carriers and retailers will likely discount older models to make way for the new ones.

It’s unlikely that the deals will be on Amazon, though, as the online retailer only sells models that are locked to Cricket Wireless.

Some older models to keep an eye on include the iPhone 11, the iPhone 11 Pro, the iPhone 11 Pro Max, the iPhone XS, and the iPhone XS Max. You can check out our guide to some of the best iPhones for every budget in 2021 ahead of your next iPhone purchase, as well.

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How to delete apps on any device to free up storage space and save battery life

How to delete apps: a full guide for every device
You can delete unneeded apps from any device in a few simple steps.

  • You can delete apps on any device to save storage space and battery life while decluttering your home screen.
  • To delete apps on iPhone, iPad, Android and Apple Watch, simply tap and hold the app icon.
  • To delete or uninstall apps on Mac or Windows 10 computers, you have to use Launchpad or Settings.
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Deleting apps is a great way to clean up your digital space, though the methods for getting it done will depend on the device you’re using.

Here’s a quick guide to deleting apps, whether you’re using an iPhone, iPad, iCloud, Mac, Windows, Android, Apple Watch, Chromebook, or Apple TV.

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How to delete apps on an iPhone or iPad

To delete apps on iPhone, simply go to your home screen, and tap and hold the desired app to access the option to “Remove App.” Then, select “Delete App.” That will also get rid of any data associated with that app.

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Tap “Remove App” and then “Delete App” in the next pop-up.

On an iPhone with iOS 14 or later, you can also hide an app from your home screen by saving it to your App Library – after selecting “Remove App,” choose “Remove from Home Screen” instead of “Delete App.”

The process to delete apps on an iPad is the same. But instead of first selecting “Remove App,” you’ll simply select “Delete App.” Like on iPhone, deleting an app on an iPad will also delete the data associated with the app.

To free up space in your iCloud account, go to the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad, then select your name, hit “iCloud,” and “Manage Storage.” From there, go into the “Backups” section and you’ll see your list of apps, which you can then delete.

How to delete apps on a Mac

You can’t delete some of the apps on your Mac, but for the ones you can, the Launchpad is the easiest route to getting it done.

Simply open it and then click and hold the app. An “x” should appear in the top-left corner of the app icon. Click the “x” to delete the app on your Mac.

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A small “x” will appear at the top-left of any apps that can be deleted.

How to delete apps on Windows 10

Deleting programs on Windows 10 is a bit more complicated as simply deleting the program folder or file can cause problems.

Instead, it’s best to go through the “Apps and Features” page in the Settings app. Once there, simply select the app and click “Uninstall.”

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You’ll have to “Uninstall” programs and apps on Windows 10.

Like Mac computers, however, some apps cannot be deleted.

How to delete apps on Android

To delete apps on Android, you can simply press and hold the app, then drag it to the “Uninstall” text at the top right of the screen (next to the trash icon) to delete it.

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Tap, hold, and drag an app to the trash can icon.

How to delete apps on an Apple Watch

There are two ways to delete apps from your Apple Watch: from the Watch app on your iPhone or from the apps screen on your Apple Watch.

On your Watch, you can tap and hold the app icon. An “x” will appear over the icon, which you can tap to remove the app from the device. If your apps are in a list view, you can swipe to the left on an app and tap the trash can icon to delete it.

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Swipe left and tap the trash icon if your apps are in list view.

On your iPhone, open the Watch app and, on the “Watch” tab, select the app and then toggle off the option to “Show app on Apple Watch.” You can also turn off automatic app installation from there.

How to delete apps on a Chromebook

Deleting apps on a Chromebook is simple: Select and open the launcher, then right-click the desired app, and select “Uninstall” or “Remove from Chrome.”

On the other hand, if you want to delete apps from Google Chrome, go to “chrome://apps” in the browser and, like with Chromebook, right-click the desired app icon and then select “Remove from Chrome.”

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After right-clicking an app, select “Remove from Chrome…” in the pop-up.

How to delete apps on an Apple TV

You can only delete apps on newer Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD models – otherwise, you’ll only have the option to hide them from the home screen.

But for those who can, the process is simple: Scroll to the app on your home screen, then if you have a remote with a touchpad, press down in the center of it until the apps begin to wiggle. If you don’t have the touchpad, press and hold the select button. Then hit the play/pause button to open the menu to delete the app.

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Select “Delete” to remove an app.

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How to turn off autocorrect on your iPhone or iPad

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It only takes a second to turn off autocorrect on your iPhone or iPad.

  • You can turn off autocorrect on your iPhone or iPad from the Keyboard page of the Settings app.
  • You can also disable spell-check, predictive text, auto-capitalization, and more.
  • Autocorrect can be helpful when you need to quickly send messages, but it can also be a nuisance if it gets words or names wrong.
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Autocorrect can be a great feature to have. The fact that it can pick up on what word you mean to use, even if your spelling is incorrect, is pretty impressive.

That said, it’s not foolproof. Sometimes autocorrect gets it very wrong, which is an annoyance at best, and potentially disastrous at worst. Plus, some people just don’t like the feature or don’t want it turned on.

Thankfully, turning off autocorrect on your iPhone or iPad is a quick and easy process. Here’s how to do it.

How to turn off autocorrect on an iPhone or iPad

1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad and select General.

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Go to “General.”

2. On the General page, scroll down and select Keyboard.

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Tap “Keyboard” to go to your autocorrect settings.

3. In the All Keyboards section, locate the Auto-Correction option.

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Swipe the button next to “Auto-Correction” to turn it off.

4. To disable autocorrect, tap the Auto-Correction button, turning it from green to grey.

To re-enable autocorrect, simply return to this page and swipe the relevant buttons to turn them green.

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The 6 best tablets in 2021 for every size and budget, from the powerful iPad Pro to Amazon’s kid-friendly Fire tablet

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  • The 10.2-inch Apple iPad is still the best tablet, thanks to its balance of performance and price.
  • Remember to check out those featured in the ‘what we considered’ section for the full picture.
  • Also expect the new 2021 iPad Pro and Amazon Fire HD 10 to join this list once they’ve been tested.

Tablets have become a necessity for a lot of people, despite there being less of them out there than smartphones or laptops. Thanks to the advances in functionalities a lot of them have acquired over the years, they’ve become quite vital to most folks, playing a variety of roles – from being a secondary laptop or screen for work to the main device people rely on for their daily computing demands.

It isn’t a surprise, therefore, that now there’s a tablet for pretty much everyone. The newly released iPad Pros, fitted with Apple’s highly praised M1 processor and that stunning XDR display, target creative professionals seeking the absolute best. Meanwhile, something like the Amazon Fire HD 10 is best for budget users who don’t really need to pay for all that power. There are tablets for kids as well, with the Fire HD 8 Kids being the ultimate choice if you want the best value.

As for the rest, the most highly recommended tablet for most people is almost always going to be Apple’s standard iPad 10.2, which is affordable enough while offering the best set of features and apps.

To help you decide which tablet is best for you, we gathered the best tablets for every type of user including those with premium tastes and those who prefer things small and portable.

Here are the best tablets

The best tablet for most people

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The 10.2-inch iPad is a great tablet for the vast majority of tablet users, and it supports the Apple Pencil.

Pros: Incredible price for an iPad, slick aluminum design, Touch ID for security and Apple Pay, great screen, supports the Apple Pencil 

Cons: Light on entry-level storage, no expandable storage

Apple’s standard 10.2-inch iPad is a breath of fresh air in a sea of premium tablets. While all the others seem to be getting more expensive, it offers an incredible balance of price, performance, and features – the best out of any other tablet we’ve tested, in fact. 

Starting at $330, the 10.2-inch iPad is a great inexpensive option as a general purpose tablet. It may run on the same A12 processor that spun the wheels in the 2018 iPhone XS series, but this chip is still a very capable processor that will see you through your needs. That is, if your needs mostly consist of running undemanding apps, streaming videos, sending emails, browsing, and playing games designed specifically for iOS.

The 10.2-inch iPad is also perfectly suitable as a lightweight productivity tablet especially when paired with a Bluetooth keyboard or keyboard case to type up documents, messages, and emails. If taking notes or drawing is a criteria, the 10.2-inch iPad also supports the first generation of the Apple Pencil, which is good for general use. 

For more intense productivity where you think a mouse would be beneficial or for more involved creative tasks where support for a more precise stylus is necessary, Apple’s iPad Air or Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S7 would be a better choice. However, for general usage, the 10.2-inch iPad already offers a lot more for less.

And finally, Apple’s iPads are normally the best tablets to buy in general largely because of the wider availability of apps that are specifically designed for iPads. On top of that, as with any Apple product, Apple’s physical stores are good resources for repairs, and users have a clear idea of where to bring their iPad if something goes wrong.

The best budget tablet

Amazon Fire HD 10

The latest Amazon Fire HD 10 (2019) is super affordable, but it still delivers a good set of features that you’ll enjoy using for watching videos and running simple apps.

Pros: Low price point, performs basic functions of a tablet well, offers expandable storage with a memory card slot, good for kids, works especially well for those with Amazon Prime accounts

Cons: Not a high performer, slow at charging, restricted to Amazon’s app store, no access to Google Play Store

Amazon’s Fire Tablets have come a long way from being a glorified e-reader. While previous iterations of the Amazon Fire HD 10, for example, were sluggish, its more recent models have improved quite a bit in terms of performance.

Based on our own experience with previous generations of the Amazon Fire HD 10, as well as reviews of the 2019 model from PCMag and Tom’s Guide, it’s an ideal and inexpensive tablet for simple video streaming, browsing the web, and naturally, ticking another book off your reading list. 

Boasting a 10-inch screen with 1080p resolution and a 2.0 GHz octa-core processor that gets the job done for running basic apps, the Amazon Fire HD 10 is certainly an excellent budget proposition. If you have a bit of flexibility in your budget, a 64GB storage is also on hand for just a little more – something you should consider if you plan on utilizing those two 2MP cameras located in front and in the back.

Like all of Amazon’s tablets, the Fire HD 10 is also a terrific option for kids, thanks to its extensive parental controls, kid-friendly features, and availability of apps designed specifically for kids – though the smaller and cheaper Fire HD 8 or Fire HD 7 may better suit smaller children. 

Just bear in mind that Amazon’s tablets are restricted to Amazon’s own app store and don’t support Google’s Play Store so app selection will be more limited. Most popular streaming apps can be found in Amazon’s app store, except for YouTube’s dedicated app. There’s a workaround where you can watch YouTube videos from the web browser, however. You can check the app selection in Amazon’s own app store before buying to make sure it has the apps you’ll want to run here.

The best high-end Android tablet

Samsung Tab S7

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S7 is as stylish as it is powerful, you can use it as a laptop in a pinch, and it comes with the superb S Pen stylus.

Pros: Gorgeous screen, fast processor, S-Pen stylus is included, and powerful speakers

Cons: Expensive compared to most Android tablets

Samsung has been making excellent Android tablets for years, and its recently launched Galaxy Tab S7 continues that tradition. Scratch that, this new release improves on its predecessors in a lot of ways, making it perhaps the best Samsung tablet release yet. Make no mistake: this is a high-end Android tablet that can go toe-to-toe with Apple’s iPad Pro on nearly every level.

The Galaxy Tab S7 is a stylish, well-made tablet with a metal frame and back. The keyboard case is sturdy and turns your tablet into a quasi-laptop – although, while it does moonlight as a laptop and does a heck of a job at it, it is a tablet first and foremost.

This tablet showcases Samsung’s knack for making astonishingly beautiful screens, boasting a stunner of a 11-inch LTPS LCD screen. I watched lots of Netflix and Prime Video on the tablet, and I was really impressed by the clarity, color reproduction, and intensity of the brilliant screen. 

When used with the included Samsung’s S-Pen stylus, you’re getting a terrific experience, whether you’re creating designs or simply scribbling your thoughts. The S-Pen itself feels like a real pen. I love to draw on tablets, and I was impressed by the lack of lag on the Tab S7. Palm rejection works perfectly as well. 

Other noteworthy features here are the 128GB of storage to give you ample space for downloads, a microSD card slot if you ever need to expand your memory, and that fast performance made possible by the Snapdragon 865 Plus, one of the best chips for Android devices, powering it.

The Galaxy Tab S7 comes with a steep price tag, starting at $649.99 for its base configuration. However, if you want the best iPad Pro alternative, this is it.

The best tablet for professionals

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Apple’s iPad Pro comes in 11-inch and 12.9-inch sizes with specs that are so high-end they surpass some laptops.

Pros: Gorgeous screens, new design with smaller bezels, excellent specs, high-end performance, Pencil is superb for drawing, two screen sizes, now comes with mouse support

Cons: Very expensive, accessories are extra

The recently released iPad Pros for 2021 are set to be a game-changer, touting the same much-lauded M1 processor that runs Apple’s newest MacBook computers and brings big gains in power and battery life.

Additionally, these new iPad Pros come equipped with a Thunderbolt connector for more accessory compatibility, optional 5G connectivity, and up to 2TB of storage. The 12.9-inch model also features a Liquid Retina XDR display powered by mini-LED technology for enhanced brightness and clarity.

We are currently testing the 2021 iPad Pro lineup. In the meantime, the 2020 iPad Pro still has its merits, including those slim bezels, a stunning sharp screen in two sizes, and a powerful processor. It also comes in 11- and 12.9-inch screen sizes to suit your preferences, with the 12.9-inch screen ideal for digital artists who need room to roam and the 11-inch model better for portability. (You may also more easily get a deal on a previous-generation model.)

Regardless of the model, the 2020 iPad Pro is a powerhouse. The A12Z Bionic processor is so high-powered it can surpass some laptops. Apple’s entry-level model comes with 128GB of storage, but you can get up to 1TB if you want to spend a whole lot of money. Apple no longer sells the 2020 iPad Pro, but you can still find it through retailers like Amazon.

We recommend picking up the new Apple Pencil if you like to take notes or draw. It may cost $129, but the new version charges wirelessly and magnetically attaches to your iPad for easy storage.

Apple’s Keyboard will also cost you a pretty penny, so we recommend going for a third-party case and keyboard. — Malarie Gokey

The best tablet for kids

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If you feel a little nervous handing your mobile devices to your kids, the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition tablet comes with a tough case to keep it safe.

Pros: Better performance, rugged build, parental controls built-in, longer battery life, two-year worry-free guarantee, a plethora of apps, more affordable than ever 

Cons: Doesn’t contain powerful components, tablet runs slower than most models

When it comes to kids, it’s not advisable to just hand them your pricey tablet. That’s why tablets for kids exist, because not only are they built to withstand all the abuse a toddler can muster, but they’re also cheap enough that you won’t feel bad when they are eventually destroyed.

Take the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition, for example. It comes with a tough kid-proof case that’s designed to protect it from drops and bumps as well as keep crumbs and other messes away. 

Amazon is so confident that this case will do the job that it offers a two-year worry-free guarantee. That way, if you’re dealing with a mini Hulk, you can rest assured that Amazon will replace the device for free. We only wish it also offered some level of water-proofing.

It takes more than a rugged build to be a great kids tablet, and the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition knows that. It comes with a whole lot of kid-friendly content and apps so that your kids can play educational games, watch their favorite shows, and even read books to their heart’s content – or at least until you say so. 

Amazon bundles it with a year’s worth of free Amazon Kids+ access to save you money. After that, it’s $2.99 a month, which really isn’t bad considering that your kids will be entertained for hours and you’ll get a much deserved break when you need it.

While its predecessor is a little sluggish, the newest Fire HD 8 Kids Edition offers better performance without costing you a lot more. That’s without mentioning its longer battery life of up to 12 hours, more storage (that is also expandable up to 1TB, thanks to its microSD card slot), and USB-C port for faster charging.

The Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition is a slightly bigger option with better performance than our previous choice, the Fire 7 Kids Edition, and it’s barely more expensive at $140.

The best small tablet

iPad Mini 2019

The iPad Mini is essentially a smaller replica of the standard 10.2-inch iPad. Just watch out for its higher price tag. 

Pros: Compact, good performance, sharp screen, works with the Apple Pencil

Cons: Dated design, expensive for what it is

The 2019 iPad Mini is Apple’s small tablet that’s powered by the capable A12 Bionic chip, and it supports the first-generation Apple Pencil, which makes the Mini a great tablet for note taking or drawing.

The Mini‘s 7.9-inch Retina display has a sharp 2,048 x 1,536-pixel resolution, too, so you can really enjoy watching videos, reading, and creating on the screen.

You can choose between 64GB or 256GB of storage and three color options: Silver, Space Gray, or Gold). If you want to keep the price down, you can get the Wi-Fi-only version, but there is also a Mini with both cellular and Wi-Fi connections.

Our main gripe with the iPad Mini is that it’s a smaller version of the $330 10.2-inch iPad with nearly the same specs, and yet it costs $70 more. That higher price casts a shadow over the iPad Mini, as it’s hard to justify paying extra for something smaller, especially if it’s a year old already. Still, it’s the best small tablet there is.

What else we considered

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There are a lot of amazing tablets out there, and just because they didn’t quite make our list above, that doesn’t mean they’re not equally worthy of consideration when you’re looking for your next tablet. 

In fact, there are a couple of tablets we’ve tested that we wish we could include, but have opted not to. That’s mostly because they couldn’t quite compete in terms of value – even though when it comes to performance and features, they are still top-notch.

It was hard not to include, for example, the iPad Air 4, which was released in October 2020. This stunning tablet from Apple is thin and lightweight, and it comes in three appealing colors on top of the usual space gray and silver. 

It also delivers impressive performance, thanks to Apple’s latest A14 Bionic chip, and that beautiful 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display that’s simply terrific for media consumption. That’s without mentioning its compatibility with the second generation Apple Pencil and the Magic Keyboard, both of which turn it into a highly capable creative and productivity tool.

Unfortunately, it’s also neither the best value of the iPads nor the most powerful. However, it’s the way to go if you have a bigger budget but don’t necessarily need the sheer power that the iPad Pro offers.

Then there’s the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus, which is as premium as you can get in the Android tablet scene. This “Plus” version of the Galaxy Tab S7, our current
“best high-end Android tablet” pick, comes with an even more beautiful Super AMOLED display with 2,800 x 1,752 resolution, as well as an in-screen fingerprint sensor and a longer battery life, making it a superior prospect.

Sadly, it’s also the pricier one, starting at $850. While that price is cheaper than the iPad Pro, the fact that the Tab S7 is cheaper still makes the S7 Plus less appealing for most people – even those looking for something premium. 

However, if you do want the best of the best and have deep pockets, it’s definitely worth the upgrade

How to pick the right tablet for you

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Operating systems for tablets

As with smartphones and laptops, you can choose among a few different types of operating systems with tablets. Picking the right OS will enhance your enjoyment of the tablet you select.

  • Apple’s iOS: For many people, the name iPad is synonymous with tablets. Although the iPad wasn’t the first tablet on the market, it’s credited with making tablets popular and invigorating the tablet market in 2010. The iPad runs Apple’s iOS operating system, which also powers the iPhone. iOS has a great interface and works equally well on a smartphone or tablet screen. There are tons of special apps made for the iPad, which makes it an excellent investment. However, because only Apple-branded iPads can run iOS, you’ll pay more for them versus tablets with other operating systems. 
  • Google’s Android: You also may be familiar with the Android operating system, managed by Google. Android powers many different kinds of smartphones. It’s also very user-friendly and offers tons of apps. There are numerous Android tablets to choose from, and they range in price from under $10 to around $600 and up. 
  • Amazon’s Fire OS: Fire OS is a special ecosystem, rather than an operating system, as it runs on top of Android. Basically, it brings Amazon’s services to the forefront of the OS and you download apps from Amazon’s app store. Amazon also has special software for kids on its kid-friendly tablets. These Fire tablets are much more affordable than any other kind of tablet.
  • Microsoft’s Windows: Microsoft has tweaked the Windows operating system to make it far more user-friendly than older versions of Windows, meaning it works equally well with a traditional desktop computer or a touchscreen tablet. When running Windows on a tablet, you’ll have access to a lot of traditional software, but you’ll find a significant lack of apps compared to Apple or Android. However, since these tablets run Windows, they can be used as full laptops.

What to look for in a tablet

Tablets have a lot of different strengths, depending on the one you choose. Think about what you want to do with the tablet, and you’ll be able to find one that’ll perfectly meet your needs.

  • Battery Life: Completing a really long car trip in successful silence may depend on whether your tablet has a long battery life. Battery life typically can range anywhere from 4 to 12 hours, depending on the tablet model and screen size. Seven hours is about average.
  • Connectivity: Different tablets allow you to make a connection to the Internet in a few different ways. Most will offer Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing you to connect to your home or work network. Others also include the ability to connect to a cellular network, much like a smartphone, and access the Internet through the cell network. However, you must have a cellular account with a monthly fee to use it.
  • Fast Processor: Look at the CPU and GPU chips included in your tablet. Newer, more powerful chips will give you faster performance levels. Some Windows tablets even have laptop-level processors inside, so you can use them as portable PCs. However, you will pay more for more power.
  • Keyboard: Most tablets are able to connect to a physical keyboard for typing, making it easier to input data into the tablet versus using the digital keyboard on the screen. Some tablets are 2-in-1 devices, meaning the keyboard/screen configuration looks more like a laptop because the two are connected. You then can fold up the keyboard to make it work like a tablet.
  • RAM: RAM is the amount of memory used to operate software and apps. This is different from the type of memory used for data storage. The more RAM you have available on the tablet, the better it will perform, but the more you’ll have to pay.
  • Screen Resolution: Tablets that can display more pixels will have a sharper image that looks great. If you want to watch movies on the tablets, having a resolution of at least full HD quality (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) will be very desirable.
  • Screen Size: The size of the tablet’s screen marks the most important feature for most people. Larger screens work better for things like watching movies, drawing, or playing games. Of course, screen size plays a direct role in the size of the tablet, too. So if you want a smaller tablet, you’ll want a smaller screen.
  • Storage: Tablets have an interior solid state drive (or SSD) for storing apps, movies, games, and more. You may be able to add more storage through a Micro SD memory card, although not all tablets have a memory card slot. Some tablets rely on cloud storage for extra storage. You may want extra storage for movies, books, and games.
  • Stylus: Some people love having a stylus for working with the tablet, especially if they’re drawing by freehand. Not every tablet can make use of a stylus, and some stylus pens don’t work as well as others. So if you need one, do your homework to find a tablet that can take full advantage of the features of the stylus.

Check out our guide to the best iPads you can buy

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The best iPads you can buy

Apple is the uncontested king of tablets. The word iPad is synonymous with the word tablet. Chances are if you own a tablet at all, you have an iPad.

We’ve tested nearly every iPad that has been released over the past three years, and these are the absolute best iPads you can buy. You can also check out the best iPad cases for every type of person and read why we love the Apple Pencil.

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How to add music to an iMovie project on mobile or desktop

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There are a few different ways to add music and sound effects to your iMovie projects.

  • You can add music to iMovie from a variety of different sources, depending on the device you’re using.
  • iPhone and iPad users have the option to add soundtracks and sound effects via the iMovie app.
  • Mac users can also add music from their computer’s sound library or GarageBand.
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iMovie may be free for Apple users, but there’s a bit of a learning curve when you start using it. If you don’t know where to look, something as simple as adding music to your project can seem daunting – but it doesn’t have to be.

Once you’ve opened your project, here’s what you need to know to add music to your video on an iPhone, iPad, or a Mac.

How to add music to iMovie on an iPhone or iPad

There are a couple ways to add music to iMovie on mobile devices, depending on whether you’re trying to add a soundtrack or sound effects.

How to add a soundtrack

1. Tap the plus sign “+” icon.

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Tap the plus sign icon on the left.

2. Select Audio.

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Tap “Audio” from the list of options.

3. Choose Soundtracks. To preview a soundtrack, tap on it.

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Tap “Soundtracks.”

4. Once you’ve decided which soundtrack to use, tap it and then tap the plus sign “+” icon next to the desired soundtrack to add it to your project.

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Tap the plus sign to select a soundtrack.

How to add sound effects

1. Drag the video to place the white vertical line where you want to insert the sound effect.

2. Tap the plus sign “+” icon.

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Tap the plus sign icon on the left.

3. Select Audio.

4. Choose Sound Effects.

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Select “Sound Effects” from the list of audio options.

5. Tap through the effects to play them.

6. Once you’ve selected the one you want to use, tap it and select the plus sign “+” icon to insert it into your project.

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Tap the plus sign to choose an option.

How to add music to iMovie on a Mac

Although adding music on a Mac is still simple, the process is different than using a mobile device.

1. Click Audio in the top toolbar of the iMovie window.

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Select “Audio” at the top.

2. On the left, select the source you want to use for your sound: Music, Sound Effects, or GarageBand. The Music option will give you compatible tracks from your iTunes library, while GarageBand will give you audio clips you’ve made in the GarageBand app.

3. Hover your cursor over each sound clip or song to reveal the play button, and click it to listen to the clip.

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Click the play button to preview a sound effect.

4. Click and drag the desired sound to the editing bar at the bottom of the iMovie window, below any video clip you’ve uploaded (try to place it where you want the sound to begin playing alongside the movie).

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Drag the sound clip to the editing bar.

From there, you can press the spacebar to play the video and sound as they exist within the software. Then, you can decide if you want to change anything.

If the music you want doesn’t appear when you click Music, it might be saved somewhere that iMovie doesn’t look by default. Luckily, you can still add it.

To add music files from anywhere on your computer, click File at the top of the screen, and then Import Media. A Finder window will open, which you can use to select and add audio files from anywhere on your Mac.

If you want to add songs from a CD, insert your CD and then select Audio CD from the list of audio options. Click and drag the desired track onto your project.

Lastly, if you want to record music or a voiceover from a microphone: Hook up your mic to your computer. Then click the microphone icon, located in the bottom-left corner of the video preview and select the Voiceover Options button (located to the right of the red record button). Next, select your mic from the Input Source drop-down menu. Finally, hit the red record button to start recording, and press it again to stop.

How to edit music in iMovie

Once you have the music added to your video, here’s how to start editing:

  • Adjust the volume: Click and drag the line going through the center of the track. Up indicates higher volume, and vice versa.
  • Fade the music: Click the circle that appears on either end of the track and drag it to the right or left to create a fade-in or fade-out effect respectively.
  • Auto-enhance the sound: Click the speaker icon above the video preview (located in the upper-right corner of the screen) and then click Auto.
  • Reduce background noise: Click the noise-reduction button (which looks like lines of varying heights) in the toolbar above the video preview, then check the box next to Reduce background noise and then use the slider to customize the effect.
  • Use an equalizer preset: Click the noise-reduction button and select an option from the drop-down menu next to Equalizer.

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How to type on a PDF in 5 different ways

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It’s much easier to add text to a PDF than you may think, and it can be done on any device.

PDFs are one of the most widely used document formats, but it isn’t always clear how to add text to them.

Fortunately, there are several methods available depending on the device you’re using.

Here’s how to type on a PDF, whether you’re using a Mac, PC, mobile device, or Microsoft Word.

How to type on a PDF on a Mac using Preview

Preview is the default option for viewing PDFs on Macs, and it has a built-in ability to type on those documents.

1. Double-click on the PDF you want to open. As long as you haven’t designated another option as the default PDF-viewing option, it will open in Preview. Otherwise, right-click the file and select Open with and then Preview.

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Next to “Open With,” select “Preview.”

2. Click the markup icon, located in the top toolbar of the preview window – it looks like a marker within a circle.

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Select the markup tool in the top-right corner.

3. Navigate to the page you want to add text to, and then select the Text icon (it looks like a “T” inside of a rectangle). A text box will then appear on the page.

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Click the “Text” icon in the toolbar at the top.

4. Click into the text box and add the desired text, then drag the box to the desired placement.

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Enter your text and move the box to the correct location.

5. You can change the font and text color by clicking into the text box, selecting the text, and then clicking the Aa button in the top toolbar. Or, if your document already has text fields, you can simply click into those and type.

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Click the “Aa” button to customize your text.

How to type on a PDF on a PC or Mac using Adobe Acrobat Reader DC

If you have Adobe’s Acrobat Reader DC (which is free to download) on your computer, you can use it to type on PDFs.

1. Open Adobe Acrobat Reader DC and select Fill & Sign.

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Go to “Fill & Sign.”

2. Click Select a File and choose your desired PDF.

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Click “Select a File.”

3. Specify who needs to sign and fill out the PDF.

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Choose an option.

4. Scroll down to the page you want to add text to and hover over the desired area. You may see a highlighted text box appear, in which case you can simply click into it and start typing.

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If a text box automatically appears, you can type directly into it.

5. If you don’t see a highlighted text box and you want an outline as well as text, click the oval-shaped icon in the top toolbar. Then click the area where you want to add a text box and adjust as desired.

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Click the oval-shaped icon to add a text box.

6. Click the “Ab” icon in the top toolbar and click near, but not on, the area you just created.

7. Click into the new text area, add your text, and reposition as needed.

How to type on a PDF on an iPhone or iPad using Markup

Those with an iPhone or iPad can use the built-in Markup tool to add text to a PDF.

1. Open your PDF (you can access these via your email, cloud account, or by using AirDrop to send the document to your device.) If given the option, select Files – you won’t see Markup listed as an option – as the opening method.

2. Scroll down to the desired page and select the Markup tool in the top-right corner of the screen.

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Tap the “Markup” icon.

3. Select the plus (+) sign icon in the bottom-right corner of the screen and select Text.

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Tap the plus sign and in the pop-up, select “Text.”

4. Adjust your text box as needed.

5. Tap the text box and select Edit.

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In the pop-up, tap “Edit.”

6. Add your text to the box and tap out of the box when complete. You can readjust the placement at this point as well.

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Enter your text and reposition the box as needed.

7. Tap Done when you’ve added all desired text to the PDF.

How to type on a PDF on an Android using Adobe Acrobat Reader DC

If you have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader app installed, you can type on PDFs on your Android device.

1. Open the Adobe Acrobat reader app and select Files in the bottom toolbar.

2. Find the PDF you want to type on and tap to select it.

3. Scroll to the desired page and select the pencil icon in the bottom-right corner of the screen

4. Tap Fill & Sign and then select the “Ab” icon.

5. Tap the area of the page you want to add text to and then select the desired text size and type out your text.

6. Select the check mark in the top-left corner of the screen to finish the process.

How to type on a PDF using Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is another easy option to modify a PDF, though it will involve converting the PDF into a Word document, which can disrupt stylized formatting. For this reason, it’s best to use Word for text-only PDFs.

1. Right-click your PDF, select Open With, and select Microsoft Word. You may see a message noting the appearance of your PDF may change – select Yes to continue.

2. Click into the document and type to edit it as you would any other document.

3. When finished, select File in the top-left corner of the window and then select Save As followed by PDF.

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How to connect an Apple Pencil to your iPad

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The Apple Pencil connects to your iPad via Bluetooth.

  • You can connect your Apple Pencil to an iPad by charging the Pencil with that iPad.
  • To connect a 1st Generation Apple Pencil, plug it into the iPad’s charging port and press “Pair.”
  • To connect a 2nd Generation Apple Pencil, simply latch it onto the side of your iPad.
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The Apple Pencil is one of the best styluses you can get for your iPad. No matter which version you have, the Pencil is easy to store and use.

However, since it’s all wireless, it’s not immediately obvious what you’ll need to do to connect the Apple Pencil with your iPad.

Fortunately, pairing only takes a moment. Here’s how to connect any Apple Pencil with your iPad.

How to connect an Apple Pencil to your iPad

All you need to do to connect your Apple Pencil to an iPad is charge the Apple Pencil with that iPad.

If you have a first-generation Apple Pencil, unscrew the cap on the back of the Pencil and plug it into your iPad’s charging port. Unlock your iPad, and tap the Pair button that appears.

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Tap the “Pair” button when it comes up.

If you have a second-generation Apple Pencil, latch the Pencil onto the magnetic connector on your iPad’s side. If it asks you if you want to pair it, tap Pair.

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The second-generation Apple Pencil connects magnetically.

Your Apple Pencil will stay paired until you restart the iPad, turn on Airplane Mode, or connect it to another iPad.

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