The back to school season is reaching its peak, which means it’s time for iPad deals now. And we’ve just seen some of our all-time favorite deals.
Right now, the 10.2″ iPad (Wi-Fi/64GB) is just $299 on Amazon (opens in new tab). At $30 off, it’s the lowest price we’ve seen for Apple’s popular tablet, and one of the best back-to-school sales you can get.
This isn’t the first time we’ve covered this sale, though, so if you’re looking for something new, we’ve found another excellent deal. Currently, the 10.9″ iPad Air (Wi-Fi/64GB) is just $399 at Best Buy (opens in new tab). While it’s not the latest iPad Air, it’s the second lowest price we’ve seen for the 2020 iPad Air, and it’s certainly a deal worth considering. (It hit $379 very briefly earlier this summer). (You can check out all Apple deals at Best Buy at this link (opens in new tab)).
Both the 10.2″ iPad and the 2020 iPad Air are high on our list of the best tablets. The 10.2″ iPad is our pick for those shopping on a budget, while the 2020 iPad Air was our first choice before the new 2022 iPad Air arrived.
In our iPad 10.2 review, we loved the device for its bright screen, snappy cameras, and 11-hour battery life. The new A13 Bionic chip in the iPad is perfect for simple tasks like browsing, streaming TV and movies, and playing a few games. If you’re on a budget, the 10.2-inch iPad is the tablet to pick.
However, if you have a bit more to spend, try the iPad Air. In our iPad Air 4 (2020) review, we had almost nothing but praise for the device. It has faster performance, a brighter and more vibrant screen, and USB-C charging, which is very convenient. The aesthetics of the iPad Air 4 are also brilliant, with a sleeker and more modern look compared to the 10.2″ iPad.
Compared to the newer iPad Air 5 (2022), the iPad Air 2020 lacks 5G connectivity. The 2022 iPad Air also has a faster processor and better cameras. While these are useful features, you’ll save about $150 by opting for the older model.
If you get an iPad Air, definitely consider getting an Apple Pencil with it. It can make your tablet an excellent productivity device and it is also the perfect tool for artists. The 2nd gen Apple Pencil is now $99 on Amazon (opens in new tab), the lowest price ever. It docks to the side of the iPad Air and charges wirelessly, so it’s always ready to go. Note that the 2nd gen Apple Pencil won’t work with the 10.2″ iPad – but you can always grab the 1st gen Apple Pencil for $98 (opens in new tab) instead of.
These are both excellent deals, but if you’re still looking for your perfect tablet, check out our list of the best Apple deals and the best tablets to help you make up your mind.