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Snag Apple's 10.2-Inch iPad at Its Best Price to Date (Save $79)

Apple's 2021 iPad is a great entry-level tablet at just $250.

Adam Oram Deals Writer
Adam Oram is a Deals Writer at CNET. He studied Media at Newcastle University and has been writing about technology since 2013. He previously worked as a Senior Writer at iMore, Deals Editor at Thrifter, and as an Apple Genius. His spare time is spent watching football (both kinds), playing Pokémon games, and eating vegan food.
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Adam Oram
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Apple iPad 2021 10.2-inch

It's hard to argue with the quality of Apple's iPad lineup, but the best tablets from the Cupertino brand are among the most expensive on the market. While budget alternatives from Amazon and others might offer enough functionality for some folks, the user experience is often lacking when it comes to performance, app availability or build quality. But you don't have to settle for second best with close to $80 off Apple's ninth-gen iPad at Amazon and Target right now. This entry-level Apple tablet is available from $250, a record-equalling low price for the device, giving you the chance to get in on the Apple ecosystem for much less than usual.

If you've been eyeing a new tablet to help you stay productive on the go (or entertained on the couch), now's the time to pull the trigger on what is one of the best iPad deals available right now. Apple's 10.2-inch tablet may not be the latest model anymore -- having been superseded by the 10th-gen iPad, which ditched the home button -- or the most capable when it comes to raw power, but it has plenty of great features. It's equipped with the still-capable A13 Bionic chip, an 8-megapixel wide-angle rear camera, a 12-megapixel ultrawide front camera with Center Stage technology and more. The Retina display has been upgraded from previous models and features True Tone technology, which adjusts the screen for comfortable viewing in any light. 

It also features a Lightning connector, instead of USB-C, which will be a benefit to those with plenty of Lightning cables around, and it gets up to 10 hours of battery life per charge. Plus, this 2021 iPad supports the first-gen Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard, which are sold separately, but can help you create and work more easily, so they may be worth the investment. 

The $250 price applies to the base-spec 64GB model, though the 256GB variant is seeing the same savings, as are select cellular-equipped models.

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