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Apple's 256GB iPad mini is $50 off at Amazon

Get a lot of storage in a tiny tablet.
Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
June 25, 2020
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Amazon is making it easier to buy a small tablet that still has gobs of storage for apps and videos. The retailer is selling the current-generation iPad mini with 256GB of storage for $50 off, bringing the WiFi-only version down to $499 while the WiFi + Cellular model has dipped to $629. Given that each comes with a modest 64GB of space in their base configurations, this might be your best chance in a while to future-proof your storage without paying the usual premium.

Buy iPad mini (WiFi) on Amazon - $499

Buy iPad mini (WiFI + Cellular) on Amazon - $629

You likely know what to expect from this iPad mini, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. This remains the most powerful small tablet on the market, with a still-speedy A12 Bionic chip, a high-quality 7.9-inch display and long battery life. You can play the latest mobile games and run multiple app windows without skipping a beat. It supports Apple’s first-generation Pencil, too, making it viable for note-taking or sketching if you’re willing to spend a bit more.

The usual drawbacks apply. This is the same basic iPad mini design Apple has used for several years, right down to the thick vertical bezels and Touch ID home button. The cameras are nothing special, either, and the 12W charging won’t exactly top up the battery in a hurry. You’ll be disappointed if you were clamoring for the iPad Pro’s thin-bezel design, Face ID and USB-C port. If you’re just looking for a tried-and-true design with enough performance to last a long while, though, this iPad will fit the bill.

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