Whether you've been thinking about finally getting yourself a tablet; are a longtime PC or Android user curious about making an OS change; or have realized that it's time to replace your Apple unit that's seen better days, there's a great deal afoot. Right now, Amazon's offering the 2021 Apple iPad Mini for just $400. That's $99 off its usual price, and a rare steal for a device that's as much a standout now as when it was released.
This is the 64GB, Wi-Fi model, available (while supplies last, that is) in four fetching colors: Space Gray, Pink, Purple and Starlight. It is, to put it simply, a paragon of efficiency, its diminutive 8.3" inch size belying its power and versatility while offering maximum convenience for on-the-go reading, streaming, gaming and so much more.
It's powered by a brawny A15 Bionic chip and, thanks to its "all-screen" design, every bit of that 8.3" area is devoted to its crystal clear screen, a Liquid Retina 326ppi panel with 2,266 × 1,488 resolution. That's heaven for users who want to get their gaming and streaming on whenever, wherever without losing clarity.
Want to enjoy a Zoom meeting in the great outdoors? Shoot an impromptu video project? Do you just like taking photos? Well, this baby features a 12-megapixel ultra-wide front camera with Center Stage support, (which will automatically keep you in the middle of the screen during video calls). It also shoots 4K-quality video and features a 12MP back camera.
Startup and sign-in is a breeze, thanks to a TouchID-capable power button, and you'll enjoy 10 hours of use on a single charge (which, conveniently is done via a USB-C port). It also features stereo speakers and the ever-ingenious Apple pencil, which magnetically attaches to the side — great for note-taking, drawing and journaling.
And, because it's an Apple product, users have access to over a million apps via the App Store.
Is it any wonder that a device this loaded is a big hit with shoppers? Herewith, a sampling of the thousands of five-star reviews garnered by the 2021 Apple iPad Mini:
"[The] iPad mini is the best tablet I have used," said one Apple aficionado. "I have a 6th gen iPad that is 30% larger, three times heavier, with a screen that is very similar in size. The mini is faster and more reliable."
"It's perfect for holding in one hand and reading," related this over-the-moon shopper. "Surfing the web or reading a book is most of what I do on an iPad. Hands don't get tired holding this, and the screen is just the right size for consuming media — better than a phone, but not too big."
One forward-thinking fan said: "This with a PS5 controller is all you need if you're having to spend holidays with your family."
Grab one on sale while you can.
If you have Amazon Prime, you’ll get free shipping, of course. Not yet a member? No problem. You can sign up for your free 30-day trial here. (And by the way, those without Prime still get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.)
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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