Apple cuts iPad price
Tablet discounted in run-up to new version's debut
Apple has knocked £100 off the price of the first-generation iPad.
Undoubtedly a move to clear the shelves before the arrival, on 25 March, of the new version, the upshot is that buyers can avail themselves of the older, thicker, heavier model for less.
The 16GB Wi-Fi only is now £329, down from £429 - which is what the 16GB Wi-Fi + 3G model now costs.
Run up the 3G-less line, and the 32GB iPad is now £399, the 64GB version £479. Add 100 quid to those prices to add HSPA 3G connectivity.
Who will take Apple up on the offer? With the superior offering only weeks away, not that fans, that's for sure. But it may be enough to tempt buyers keen on the tablet but thus far put off by the price.
Apple won't actively pitch the old iPad as the low-cost option, but that's what it will become, just as the iPhone 3GS is still being sold, despite the arrival of the iPhone 4 last summer.
But even £100 off still leaves the iPad looking pricey when even speedy, Nvidia Tegra 2-based, Android-running tablets like Dixons' Advent Vega can be had for £250. ®
And undercuts Ksoom (Xoom?) and other fondleslabs?
Now there really is no need for bug ridden Android apps?
But seriously - competition is good yes?
The Advent Vega is more suited for geeks than normal people. I mean you have to install a custom ROM just to get any functionality beyond the basics..
Try to compare prices between things that actually work.
Just checked the UK Website
And the new prices are in place, but not on their reconditioned units which are now mainly more expensive than the brand new ones. Must admit if an official refurb 16 GB unit were to get down to £200 I might actually be tempted.
Front facing ipad 2 camera will actually be of some use though I don't doubt.
Unlike the front facing cam on my Samsung GT, where no working Android apps have been released to utilise this. Well Tango kinda works, if you can live with not actually being rightway up on the screen (90 degress seems to be the standard displaying of your "avatar").
Just ordered one
I'm in the US, but a refurbished, clearance first gen 16GB iPad 3G cost me $479. Not bad at all, for what it is. I didn't really see what was supposed to get me so excited in the iPad 2.