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I've used an iPad since 2012. First, I used an enormous model with a huge Otterbox case on it (because I'm clumsy). Then, a couple years ago, during my master's program, I switched to a lighter one— much more practical.
If you've also been meaning to pick up one of these sleek devices, or upgrade your old one, now's your chance. Walmart is running a great deal on the latest iPad model. Usually the 32GB version is $330 and today it's only $249 — that's one of the cheapest prices we've seen!
Apple iPad 32GB, $249 (usually $330), Walmart
This 6th generation iPad is the best one yet. It's available in gold, silver or space gray and features a 9.7-inch retina display. This one specifically has a 4.7-star rating with more than 600 reviews on Walmart.
And for those of you who rely on your iPad for a lot of photo storage or for downloading Netflix shows, you may want to splurge on the 128GB option, which is also on sale for $80 off.
Apple iPad 128GB , $349 (usually $430), Walmart
Nowadays, I personally use my iPad to cast Netflix and Hulu onto my TV, read e-books and news articles on the subway and browse the internet. In grad school, though, I replaced all my textbooks with iPad downloads and used a detachable keyboard to type out papers. So this is a great back-to-school gift for a college student as well.
I still go to bookstores because I enjoy them, and even though my apartment boasts four tall, completely full bookshelves, I have to admit: reading on the iPad is convenient. And, if I ever want to try a new recipe that's not in any of my cookbooks, I can just pull one up on the little device and prop it up in my kitchen.
It easily fits in pretty much any handbag, works just as quickly as the day I got it, never runs out of memory space and the battery runs long enough that I sometimes don't charge it for weeks. It has virtually replaced my laptop — which I've had for six years and now only use every few months to work on a project or something.
iPads are a simple, portable, reliable tablet. With this $80 discount, it's well worth it.