If you've wondered what the fuss is about with Apple products, this iPad deal is a great way to find out.
The iPad is many things to many people, and while the product line is certainly more complex than ever, there's value to be found throughout the options. That includes the iPad (Ninth Generation) that Apple is keeping around despite the tenth generation version arriving late in 2022.
It's an easy pick as one of the best tablets for students, and one of the best value propositions out there whether you have an iPhone, Mac, or neither.
In our iPad 9th Gen review, we awarded it 4 stars and noted that despite its dated design, it's still a great tablet.
Key features: Runs latest iPadOS, huge app library, 10.2-inch display
Product launched: September 2021
Price history: Before today's deal, the iPad has been $20 lower before, but this is the second-best price Amazon has had for it. Walmart is close, and Best Buy matches it, too.
Reviews consensus: Reviews note that the iPad (ninth generation) is a very capable tablet, if not a very exciting one. It has a "classic" design with a home button and large bezels, and the Lightning port is basically just for charging. Still, it'll run just about anything you throw at it, with the A13 Bionic chip still very capable almost two years on from the tablet's launch.
Buy it if: You want to see what the App Store and the Apple ecosystem is about without shelling out a huge amount. You're looking for a tablet for work and play.
Don't buy it if: You want the latest design, a brighter display, or the option to connect plenty of peripherals. The Lightning port on the ninth-generation iPad is fairly limiting.
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Lloyd Coombes freelance tech and fitness writer for Live Science. He's an expert in all things Apple as well as in computer and gaming tech, with previous works published on TopTenReviews, Space.com, Dexerto and TechRadar. You'll find him regularly testing the latest MacBook or iPhone, but he spends most of his time writing about video games as Editor in Chief at GGRecon.com. He also covers board games and virtual reality, just to round out the nerdy pursuits.