Tablets Are the Secret to Parenting, and They’re Up to 50% Off During Amazon's Prime Day Sale

Score discounts on iPads, Fires, and more in the Prime Early Access Sale

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Whether you need to entertain kids on car trips, write grocery lists, or play on a rainy day, a tablet is a versatile tool to have around your house—and they make great gifts! High-quality tablets, such as iPads and Fires, are an investment, though, which means they’re a great item to look for on sale. And good news: Right now, several of the best tablets on the market are majorly discounted during the 2022 Amazon Prime Early Access Sale, just in time for some holiday shopping.

If you’re not familiar with the Prime Early Access Sale, it’s a brand-new two-day shopping event, much like Amazon Prime Day, that features limited-time discounts on lots of top products, from electronics to toys to baby gear. It runs from now through 11:59 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, October 12, giving you 48 hours to stock up for fall or the holidays. Sales will begin and end throughout the day, but we’ll help you keep an eye on those tablet deals right here. In the meantime, you can start saving with these amazing deals available to all shoppers ahead of the sale.

To shop the sale, you’ll need to be a Prime member, so if you’re not one already, you can try out a free 30-day trial for access to all of the deals. After the trial, Prime costs $14.99 a month, giving you exclusive deals and free shipping on Prime items all year round.

Here are the best tablet deals to shop from the Amazon Prime Early Access Sale.

Our Top Picks

Apple iPad (2021)

2021 Apple 10.2-inch iPad

Amazon

Normally $329, now $269

Whether you’re taking notes, drawing, making a grocery list, or surfing the web, this versatile tablet is sure to come in handy. It features a back camera and an ultra-wide front camera for taking high-resolution photos, Touch ID for security and Apple Pay, stereo speakers, and a True Tone display that adjusts the screen’s brightness depending on your surroundings. Available in space gray or silver, this iPad is compatible with Smart Keyboards and first-generation Apple Pencils.

Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Tablet

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Normally $140, now $70

With cases available in blue, pink, and purple, this 8-inch tablet offers books, TV, movies, games, and more to keep little ones entertained. The small size makes it great for taking on the go, and the 32 GB of internal storage lets kids watch pre-downloaded content when there’s no internet connection available. Plus, this tablet comes with a kid-proof case with a built-in stand and a one-year subscription to Amazon Kids+, a service with free games, movies, books, and more. It’s recommended for little ones ages 3 to 7.

Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Tablet

Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Tablet

Amazon

Normally $200, now $120

As the larger kids’ Fire tablet, this 10-inch device is perfect for online learning, watching movies, reading, and more. Recommended for kids ages 3 to 7, it comes with a colorful kid-proof case—available in aquamarine, lavender, or sky blue—and a one-year subscription to Amazon Kids+. Plus, parental controls let caregivers set screen-time limits, establish educational goals, and choose which apps to download, such as Netflix or Zoom.

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 Android Tablet

Samsung Galaxy Tab A8 Android Tablet

Amazon

Normally $230, now $160

This pretty pink-gold tablet is perfect for Samsung users, as it seamlessly connects with other Galaxy devices to sync notes, photos, and more. It also comes with access to Samsung Kids, a library of parent-approved games and activities, making it a great pick for the whole family. Bonus: A free two-month subscription to YouTube Premium is included with this purchase.

LeapFrog LeapPad Academy Kids’ Learning Tablet

LeapFrog LeapPad Academy Kids’ Learning Tablet

Amazon

Normally $140, now $83

Suggested for kids ages 3 to 8, this educational tablet comes with 20 pre-downloaded activities, such as a daily vocabulary word game and a nature exploration game with Ms. Giraffe, which are all designed by LeapFrog’s learning experts. (Parents can also download additional Android apps from the LeapFrog App Center.) The LeapPad also has LeapSearch, a kid-friendly web browser, and comes with a free three-month trial of LeapFrog Academy, an interactive learning program that helps little ones develop their reading, math, and science skills. A stylus and a bumper cover with a kickstand are included.

Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet

Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet

Amazon

Normally $150, now $75

With a 12-hour battery and an octa-core processor, the Fire HD 10 is a great everyday tablet, whether you’re taking notes in school or relaxing with a movie after work. You can use it hands-free with Amazon Alexa voice commands, download apps like Netflix and TikTok from the Amazon app store, and multitask with the split screen feature, which allows you to use two compatible apps at once. It’s available in colors such as black, lavender, olive, and denim.

Apple iPad Mini

Early iPad Deals
Amazon

Normally $500, now $400

Available in pink, purple, starlight, and space gray, this small but mighty tablet is perfect for people on the go. With its 8.3-inch screen, it’s easy to toss into a purse or use for reading recipes, as it won’t take up much space on the kitchen counter. You can listen to music through the landscape stereo speakers, take pictures with the front and back cameras, surf the web using Wi-Fi, and use Touch ID for Apple Pay or security purposes. The iPad Mini is compatible with second-generation Apple Pencils.

LeapFrog 2-in-1 LeapTop Touch

LeapFrog 2 in 1 LeapTop Touch

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Normally $28, now $18

This two-in-one device converts from a kids’ laptop to a tablet, giving your little one lots of entertainment and educational options. The laptop’s keyboard features the alphabet and numbers one through 10, while the tablet has a touch screen that can be customized to spell out your kiddo’s name. The five learning modes include ABCs, Numbers, Games, Music and Messages, and little ones also have the opportunity to hone their nurturing and communication skills with activities like sending emails to Scout. The tablet is suggested for ages 2 to 5 and comes in pink or green.

Amazon Fire 7 Tablet

Amazon Fire 7 Tablet

Amazon

Normally $60, now $45

This sleek 7-inch tablet is small enough to fit in a purse but big enough to read or make a Zoom call comfortably. It’s enabled with Amazon Alexa voice control, connects to the web via Wi-Fi, and provides access to apps like Hulu and Instagram, which can be downloaded via the Amazon app store. The smaller footprint is great for adults with limited storage space or for kids, who can safely use the tablet thanks to the Amazon Kids parental controls.

By Phoebe Sklansky
Prior to joining the Verywell Family team, Phoebe Sklansky was a freelance writer for multiple home and entertainment outlets.She holds a B.A. from Vanderbilt University.When she’s not at her desk, you can find her taking a walk on the West Side Highway, catching up on reality TV, or attempting to cook in her countertop-less kitchen.