If you already have a laptop or desktop computer, the iPad Mini is a good device to compliment your productivity.
As you can see in Apple's comparison of iPad models, the Mini is small enough to be quite portable, fast enough to run all apps and games, and large enough to give a clear image.
If you want to save some money and don't mind some added risk to your purchase, Best Buy is also selling a open-box iPad Mini 4 128GB Space Gray for $325 ($25 off).
The product inside the box is still new, but the box has been opened and the product could have been briefly used/tested before placed back in its box.
We have been using an iPad Mini 2 for years, and love it.
If you currently use a laptop computer and want an iPad to compliment your productivity, we recommend the "Mini" over the regular-size iPad.
Someone with a laptop already has a screen size of 11-inches or more, and it might be redundant to have a similar size iPad.
The Mini is a good size- small enough to be portable and accessible, but large enough to see things clearly.
Although, if someone wants to replace their laptop with a tablet, consider a regular-size iPad which will have a larger screen and faster processor.
See Apple.com for a detailed comparison of iPad models.
- iPad 32GB Tablet for $299
Apple iPad 9.7-inch tablet with 32GB storage in Space Gray color for $299.
Normally sells for $329.
Monday, March 27, 2017
- $300 Credit With iPhone 7 128GB Purchase In-Store
New and existing iPhone customers can finance an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus for $31.25/month for 24 months, and get a $300 Target Gift Card.
The deal is valid for Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint iPhones, and works with new and existing plans.
Not valid with T-Mobile.
Expires April 1.
The $31.25/mo over 2 years means you pay $749, which is the same price Apple sells the iPhone 7.
Financing a phone is exactly the same as a credit card with an automatic $31.25 charge each month.
If you don't pay off the bill each month, you may incur late fees and hefty financing penalties (APR fees).
Also, there could be activation fees, fees to get bills (seriously), and taxes.
The sales rep will provide this information when asked.
If you are scared about opening a line of credit, especially if you are thinking of getting a home loan soon, be sure to understand the risks and possible hit against your credit.
For comparison, there are now a lot of alternatives to iPhone, Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint.
For example, Google Fi plans start at $30/mo with 1GB of usage per month, $10 per additional GB, and compatible phones cost $249 to $649.
T-Mobile's pre-paid plan costs $45/mo, and compatible with a large variety of phones (including new and old iPhones).
- $175 When You Trade-In an iPad Mini or iPad Air For a New iPad
Best Buy is giving a free $25 gift card when you purchase an Apple iPad.
This is the regular iPad, not a Mini, Pro, or Air.
Also, if you have a working iPad Mini or iPad Air, you can get $150 trade-in credit toward the purchase of a regular iPad.
Note that an iPad Mini 2 does have a street value of about $150 already, which you can easily get for selling one on Ebay.
So, this is not a special deal but more of a hassle-free convenience for someone looking to get rid of their old iPad Mini or iPad Air, and replace it with a regular iPad.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
- Mac Mini for $400
Best Buy is selling an Apple Mac Mini with Intel i5 (1.4GHz) processor, 4GB memory, and 500GB hard drive for $400 today.
They normally sell for $420 refurbished and $499 new.
The Mac Mini works with almost any display, keyboard, and mouse, but does not include any of those.
It has four USB3 ports, HDMI port, 802.11ac Wifi, Bluetooth 4.0, and runs OS X Yosemite.