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Deal Alert: The iPad Mini 4 is finally $100 off

It's a great gift for any new college student and rarely goes on sale.
by Aline Peres Martins /  / Updated  / Source: TODAY

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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, two years ago, during my master's program, I switched to the iPad Mini — much more practical.

If you've also been meaning to pick up one of these sleek devices, now's your chance. Walmart is running a solid, 25 percent-off deal on the iPad Mini 4. Usually it's $400, but you'll get one for $300. That's the cheapest price we've seen.

128GB iPad Mini 4, $300 (usually $400), Walmart

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Nowadays, I mostly just use my iPad Mini 4 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 new college student.

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 Mini 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.

The iPad Mini is a simple, portable, reliable tablet. With this $100 discount, it's well worth it.

We're not sure how long the deal will last, but it will probably sell out soon.

128GB iPad Mini 4, $300 (usually $400), Walmart

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