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Now is a good time to go shopping if you’re pining for Apple’s most affordable tablet. Amazon is once again selling the 10.2-inch iPad with WiFi and 64GB of storage for $250, or $79 off. The discount makes it easier to justify if you’re looking for a no-frills model for reading, video chats or TV marathons.
The 10.2-inch model remains our pick for the best budget iPad for a good reason: even at its normal price, it still delivers a lot of value for the money. It’s still quick for everyday tasks, and very portable. It’s also particularly appealing if you prefer wired audio — it’s the only remaining iPad with a 3.5mm headphone jack. It can be a better deal than the 10th-generation iPad if you’re unwilling to pay for an updated design.
There are reasons you may want to pay more, of course. The 10.2-inch iPad isn’t as fast as other models, and doesn’t have a USB-C port, the largest screen, cutting-edge cameras or the Smart Connector for advanced keyboards. Consider the iPad Air (including refurbished units) if you want a tablet that can handle some serious productivity. For casual uses, however, there’s no need to splurge.
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