To say Apple’s iPad Air is the gold standard among tablets is beyond an understatement: no other tablet really comes close. And now you can pick up the iPad Air with a hefty discount thanks to a new offer.
By way of the indispensable 9to5Toys, we came across this Best Buy deal offering the iPad Air for $75 off. That’s a 15 percent discount on the entry-level iPad Air, if you’re the type that’s more swayed by percentages. It’s a pretty unbeatable deal on the best tablet on the market. If you’re picking up a 16GB iPad Air with Wi-Fi, that gives you a starting point of $425, and you can get that iPad in Space Gray or Silver.
If you’re going to be using your iPad Air on the go, you may want to consider picking up the iPad Air with Wi-Fi + Cellular. Entry-level models of that iPad come with 16GB of storage, wi-fi connectivity, and a 4G cellular connection from AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, or Sprint. Those models cost just $30 more than the Wi-Fi-only iPad Air models, but that price requires the activation of a two-year contract with a carrier. Without that contract, though, they cost $630, which is $100 off the normal price.
With the iPad Air, you’re getting a 9.7-inch Retina display. It’s not the sharpest display on the market, but it’s more than good enough for most users’ needs. You’re also getting iOS 7, the mobile operating system with the most tablet-optimized apps of any platform.
Above all, picking up an iPad Air gets you Apple’s world-renowned product design and build quality. Apple’s iPads aren’t the best-selling tablets in the world by accident; that aluminum construction and super-thin build attracts and keeps tons of consumers the world over. It also means your iPad Air will retain its value over the years. This means that, when it’s time to upgrade, you can sell your iPad Air and get much more in return than you could with a competing tablet.
Of course, picking up an iPad Air right now is a bit like picking up an iPhone 5c or 5s right now. Apple is no doubt getting ready to introduce the next generation of iPad Air in the next month or so, and the new model will likely have a few more bells and whistles that the original iPad Air lacked. You might find a much higher resolution on the iPad Air 2’s screen, and it’s likely that Apple will build in the Touch ID fingerprint sensor in the next generation of iPad. There will also, no doubt, be a more powerful processor.
Of course, if you don’t absolutely have to have the newest, latest, greatest of everything, the iPad Air will be perfectly fine for you. These are machines that stay competitive for years to come, and it’s hard to beat the price Best Buy has on them right now.