Apple iPad (2021) buying tips: The powerful tablet can quickly become expensive, but it doesn't have to be like that
The new Apple iPad 10.2 impressed in the test, offering a modern tablet with comprehensive expansion options despite its dusty looks. However, users who want more than just the base version will quickly notice that things can get expensive.
Users who want to spend as little money as possible on their new iPad will quickly discover that the entry-level versions aren't far apart in price. While the Wi-Fi version of the 32 GB iPad 10.2 (2020) starts at $329, the 2021 Wi-Fi model with 64 GB of storage is available for the same price.
Prices increase significantly when more storage space is required. Apple charges $479 for the 256 GB model of the iPad 9. If the front-facing camera isn't that important, last year's 128 GB model will be interesting now, because it's available for as little as $429. On the other hand, the models with an LTE modem are quite stable in price and aren't offered as often. Nevertheless, you can save around $70 if you buy last year's larger-capacity model instead of 2021's 256 GB version with Wi-Fi and LTE. That said, both lower-capacity models (32 GB iPad 8 and 64 GB iPad 9) cost the same with LTE support at $459.
In addition, compatible accessories can also be very expensive. It's nice that they have been available for several tablet generations now, but they're still not exactly cheap. However, you can benefit from the fact that other users have switched to an iPad Air or Pro model, and a lot of them are selling Pencils and Smart Keyboards in mint condition for a low price on platforms like eBay and the like. You can save 20-50% depending on your own requirements and with a bit of patience.
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