If you don't mind Samsung's software layer, the Galaxy Tab S series are a couple of darn fine tablets. Cameron called them "the best tablets" you could buy" half a year ago, taking especially fond note of the 2560x1600 Super AMOLED screens. If you've been waiting patiently for the smaller Tab S 8.4 to go on sale (shunning the many deals on the Tab Pro with its LCD panel), today's the day: TigerDirect is selling it on eBay for $299.99.
That's a solid $100 off of the original retail price, and $50 cheaper than most stores like Amazon and Best Buy are offering now. This is the base 16GB Wi-Fi model, new (not refurbished), offered in white or the very dark brown that Samsung calls "bronze." TigerDirect is based in Illinois, which means that buyers in Florida, Georgia, Idaho, North Carolina, and Texas also have to pay sales tax - everyone else is off the hook. Unfortunately, the store is shipping only to the United States.
The Tab S 8.4 is about as premium as Samsung gets, and it's tiny and extremely light for its screen size. The closest Android competitor, the SHIELD Tablet, feels like a brick in comparison. On the other hand, NVIDIA's tablet offers a bit more power, a passive stylus, and a clean, updated build of Lollipop, though its LCD screen is just 1080p. The Tab S is still running Android 4.4, and it's slated to get an update to 5.0 at some point.
The inventory on this tablet should sell out fairly quickly, but don't worry - Samsung sells so many tablets that it should come back on sale before too long.