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10 Apple iPads perfect for upgrading on a budget

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You probably rely heavily on your main Mac and your iPhone for important tasks. In contrast, the iPad was made for browsing the web on the sofa or watching Netflix in bed. Of course, you might not be willing to spend hundreds of dollars for this luxury. But with these 10 deals on new and refurbished devices, you can enjoy the iPad experience for less. Read on for details: 

Apple iPad Mini 4 64GB Wi-Fi + Cellular (Certified Refurbished)

Powered by a dual-core A8 chip, this compact iPad runs iOS on a 7.9-inch Retina display. The device offers 10 hours of battery life, along with Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity. Normally $799, this certified refurb is currently 50% off what it would cost new at $399.

Apple iPad Mini 1 7.9" 16GB (Certified Refurbished)

Ideal for streaming and browsing, the original iPad Mini still has enough power for multi-tasking and Siri. The 7.9-inch IPS display looks great from any angle, and you can make video calls via the 5MP iSight camera. Originally $369 new, this certified refurb is now only $112.99.

Apple iPad 2 9.7" 16GB WiFi Black (Refurbished)

Still one of the best iPads ever made, version two offers 10 hours of battery life. It runs on a dual-core chip, with a 720p camera for capturing video and a front-facing camera for FaceTime. It was $399 new, but you can get this refurbished iPad 2 now for $88.95.

Apple iPad Mini 3 16GB (Wi-Fi + GSM/CDMA Unlocked)

With 3.1 million pixels packed into a 7.9-inch display, the iPad Mini 3 is great for reading and viewing photos. Thanks to MIMO technology, it also provides impressive Wi-Fi performance, with a battery that lasts for 10 hours. Order now for $239.99 to get this brand new 16GB model, worth $499.99.

Apple iPad Mini 4 128GB (Certified Refurbished: Wi-Fi + Cellular)

This 128GB version of the iPad Mini 4 gives you loads of storage space for apps, games, and movies. It also provides cellular connectivity and fast Wi-Fi for better connectivity on the move, along with 9 hours of battery life. Worth $799 new, this certified refurb is currently $399.

Apple iPad 2 9.7" 16GB (Certified Refurbished)

Powered by the A5 chip, the iPad 2 is still a great device. This grade A certified refurb provides 10 hours of battery life. It was originally $345 new, but the price has dropped to $112.99 on this refurbished model.

Apple iPad Air 9.7" 32GB with WiFi (Certified Refurbished)

Although the iPad Air has a 9.7-inch Retina display, it measures only 0.3 inches thick. This model offers 32GB of storage, the intelligence of Siri, and a 12MP rear-facing camera featuring face detection and HDR. Originally $599 new, this certified refurb is now only $189.

Apple iPad Air 2 9.7" 16 GB (Certified Refurbished)

The 2nd Gen iPad Air comes with a 1.5GHz tri-core processor and 2GB of RAM for seamless multi-tasking. It also has a Retina display and an improved camera, featuring video stabilization and face detection technology. Order now for $250 to get this certified refurb, worth $756 new.

Apple iPad Mini 1st Gen 7.9" 16GB (Certified Refurbished)

Although the 1st Gen iPad Mini is a few years old, this lightweight tablet is still a great buy. It has a Retina display, a 5MP camera that captures 1080p HD videos, and a battery that lasts for 10 hours. This refurb is currently just $84.99 — that is 74% off what you would pay for it new.

Apple iPad 4 9.7" 16GB with WiFi (Certified Refurbished)

The iPad 4 offers a great balance between features and price. This model has a 9.7-inch Retina display and a 1.4GHz dual-core processor, making it well suited to streaming and gaming. Worth $649 new, this certified refurb is now $139.

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