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Still a Winner
November 8, 2011 - Dave Hecei
When the iPad hit the market near the beginning of 2010, it shot to the top fast. With the creation of the iPad, Apple created a whole new consumer electronics category. Even with the release of the iPad 2, the original iPad is still available from Apple, and it’s still a winner.Browsing the online Apple Store, you will see near the bottom of the page, on the left side, a link to their specials page. This is where you can find previous generation products, closeouts, refurbished items, and open-box returns. They are sold with the same warranty as new products so you can be assured that the products you get are ‘better than new’, since they have been thoroughly checked out.
These specials are that, special. By buying from this section of the online Apple Store you can save hundreds of dollars. As I write this, MacBook Pros are available at a savings of $240 to $500 off their original price.
But we are here to talk about the iPad – the original. If you don’t need a fancy cover or a camera to do FaceTime, then why not save yourself a few hundred dollars and get an iPad 1. The 32GB 3G iPad is currently selling on the specials page for only $399. This iPad used to sell for $729 for a savings of $330. The cheapest iPad 2 with 3G is currently $629 and that is with only 16GB of storage. The 32GB iPad 2 with 3G is $729.
The original iPad might be sitting in the shadow of the new iPad 2, but it is still so much better than any other tablet out there. And like I pointed out, if you don’t need a camera in your iPad, save yourself a bunch of money and go with the original, the Apple iPad with 3G.
(The 3G iPad is capable of using only the AT&T wireless data network. This data network is available on a month-by-month basis for $25. This is ideal for someone that only needs wireless data from time to time. There is no long-term contract to sign up for, just pay for the months you need it. The 3G iPad also has GPS capabilities, which is not available in the WiFi only models. You don't have to use (i.e. pay for) the 3G part, but it is an option, plus the GPS adds much more to the iPad's versatility.)
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