Brand new iPad 2 just a little bit beyond what you’re willing to pay? As of Wednesday, you can pick one up in the official online Apple Store for $50 off the retail price, so long as you’re okay with a refurbished unit. Apple refurbs are top-notch, speaking as someone who has picked up more than a few, so if you wanted an iPad 2 anyway, this is a great option.
Refurbished Apple devices come with a one-year warranty, plus a new battery and outer casing. The only real difference is that they usually ship in unmarked boxes instead of the usual packaging supplied with new hardware. Until Wednesday, Apple only offered original iPad models as refurb devices. Now you can get 32 GB and 64 GB Wi-Fi + 3G iPad 2 models for all carriers, as well as 64 GB Wi-Fi only units for $50 less than the original sticker price of each.
Hey, it may not be a $99 HP TouchPad, but it’s a way better deal than the fast one HTC is trying to pull with the $699 on-contract pricing for its upcoming HTC Jetstream. With all Apple refurbished products, quantities are limited, and available stock changes with frequently, so if you see something you like, go ahead and grab it.