Are you looking for the best deal for an iPad this holiday season? If you want to give the gift of an iPad but want to get the most bang for the buck, look past that shiny iPad Mini, ignore the iPad 2 that is still on sale from Apple and take a pass on the new iPad 4.
The best deal this winter is the refurbished iPad 3.
The iPad Mini starts at $329. While it is smaller than the $399 iPad 2, it has the same processor and screen resolution, has better front-facing and back-facing cameras and, unlike the iPad 2, it can connect to 4G LTE networks. That makes it a great value for a new iPad, but the refurbished iPad 3 is currently selling for $379 in the Apple store.
That's $20 less than you would pay for a brand new iPad 2. And while in any respect besides size, the iPad Mini is as good or better than the iPad 2, the iPad 3 with its Retina Display and quad-core graphics processor is much more powerful and much more beautiful than the iPad Mini, which retains the 1024 x 768 display resolution of the iPad 2.
Worried about buying refurbished? Apple gives the same 1-year warranty on its refurbished iPads that you get with a brand new iPad. So if you are looking for a great deal this holiday season -- either for yourself or a loved one -- the iPad 3 is it.