The iPad mini is $30 cheaper thanks to the iPad mini 2 with Retina Display, but that isn’t even the best iPad mini deal Apple offers.
The Apple refurbished store now sells the iPad mini for $249 with 16GB of storage, just $20 more than a Nexus 7.
Apple refurbished iPads come with a standard one year Apple warranty and they use a new exterior shell that is free from scratches or damage.
This new iPad mini price for the 16GB refurbished model is close enough to compete with the Nexus 7. This price is $30 cheaper than the refurbished iPad mini price yesterday. Apple is honoring the new price for iPad mini orders and users may want to check with Apple if they purchased a refurb unit earlier this week.
In addition to the base model in black and white color options, Apple also sells several other refurbished models at deep discounts, some of which are not available on the main store anymore.
- iPad mini 32GB – $339
- iPad mini 64GB – $419
- iPad mini LTE 16GB – $359
- iPad mini LTE 32GB – $449
- iPad mini LTE 64GB – $529
Google sells the Nexus 7 for $229 with 16GB of storage as well, but even at the lower price Google includes a high-resolution 7-inch 1080P HD display that is comparable to the iPad mini 2 with Retina Display.
When it comes to picking between these two devices there are many things to consider, but this is the cheapest we’ve seen Apple sell an iPad in our memory. The iPad mini at $249 is arguably a better deal than the iPad 2, even though the screen is smaller. The iPad mini runs iOS 7 and is much more portable than the iPad 2.
Read: Nexus 7 Review
The iPad mini 2 offers a higher resolution display that many users clamored for after Apple announced the iPad mini last year. This new display increases the entry-level price of the iPad mini 2 to $399. It will likely be several months before any refurbished iPad mini 2 deals arrive on the Apple Store.