If you missed the opportunity to pick up the 10.2-inch iPad when it cost $250 earlier this month, Apple’s entry-level tablet is back on sale. This time both Amazon and Best Buy are selling the basic 32GB model of the 10.2-inch iPad for $250. That’s a saving of $80 over the device’s usual list price and is the best deal we’ve seen for this device so far.
If you want the tablet in a particular color, your choices are limited; both Amazon and Best Buy currently only have the room gray model in stock. Similarly, if you want more storage space, you don’t have much choice. Of the two retailers, only Amazon stocks the 128GB model. It’s also not the most compelling offer, with only $30 off.
If you can overcome its aging design, Apple’s entry-level iPad is one of the best tablets you can buy for this price. Despite its low price, it has all the features we’ve come to expect from Apple’s tablet range, including a bright and vibrant display, excellent support for first and third-party software, and a battery life of about 10 hours. It’s not the fastest iPad in Apple’s range, but it should have more than enough processing power for most people.
The closest competitor to the 10.2-inch iPad is the Galaxy Tab S5e from Samsung. It has a 10-inch super AMOLED display, a mid-range Snapdragon 670 processor, and a more modern design. But the most significant difference is that it comes with Google’s Android operating system. In general, iOS offers a greater variety of apps designed specifically for tablets. In recent years, Apple has also done an admirable job of developing features that take advantage of the strengths of the iPad.