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The best holiday 2019 iPad deals: This year's 10.2-inch model on sale for $250

CNET logo CNET 12/17/2019 Justin Jaffe
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All things considered, this is a very good time to buy an iPad. Best Buy is currently running a $100 discount on this year's iPad Air, bringing it down to $400 -- the lowest price we've ever seen. Many retailers have been selling it for $469 during the past few months -- a price that was about $30 lower than the one you'd find at the Apple Store. But this additional $70 markdown makes the iPad Air a much more palatable option.

a computer sitting on top of a table: If you're looking for a deal on the latest model Apple iPad (10.2 inch), then you're in luck: Best Buy has them on sale for $279 now through Black Friday. © CNET

If you're looking for a deal on the latest model Apple iPad (10.2 inch), then you're in luck: Best Buy has them on sale for $279 now through Black Friday.

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That noted, this year's 10.2-inch model is the best choice for most people, especially when it's on sale. And it's been on sale for the past couple of weeks. This model has an A10 processor, Pencil support, a smart connector for a smart keyboard (sold separately), and a slightly bigger screen than its 9.7-inch predecessor. 

Best Buy and Target currently have the best price on the 10.2-inch iPad, $250. It's not quite as low as the $230 Cyber Monday deal, but it's pretty darn good, and likely to be the lowest price we'll see until next year. 

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Otherwise, Best Buy is still offering a $150 discount on every version of the 11-inch iPad Pro. Amazon and B&H have the best price on the 12.9-inch model at $899, though we've seen it regularly on sale for closer to $850, and it might be worth waiting until the price drops to buy. 

The discounts on the newer iPad Mini remain negligible. We'd recommend waiting for the next round of deals to come through before buying it. And the discontinued 9.7-inch iPad seems to have now disappeared almost entirely. 

Note that we're focused on the Wi-Fi versions of the iPad here. Using LTE on a tablet is cool, but for most people it's not worth the additional cost, for the device and the monthly service, especially when you can easily tether your phone for free. 

2019 10.2-inch Apple iPad (32GB): $250

You save $80

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Target and Best Buy both have the 32GB model selling for $250. And Best Buy has the 128GB model for $330, too.

$250.00 AT BEST BUY

iPad Air: $400

You save $100

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Straight up: Best Buy has the best price we've ever seen for this model.

$400.00 AT BEST BUY

iPad Mini: $379

You save $20

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The smallest model in the current iPad lineup comes with the smallest discount. You can find the iPad Mini at most retailers for $379 -- that's $20 off the Apple Store list price.

$379.00 AT B&H PHOTO

11-inch iPad Pro: $650

You save $150

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The best price on the 11-inch 64GB iPad Pro has returned to $650. To see the sale price, you need to enroll in the retailer's My Best Buy rewards program -- but it's free (for the basic tier).

Plus, the 256GB model is also on sale for $800.

$650.00 AT BEST BUY

12.9-inch iPad Pro (64GB): $899

You save $100

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Amazon and B&H Photo have the best price for the 64GB model, $899.

$899.00 AT AMAZON

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CNET editors' 2019 holiday picks

a close up of a remote control: Not sure what to get this holiday season? At CNET we've reviewed hundreds of devices this year, and the best ones make great gifts, whether you're looking to spend $20 or $2,000. The Echo Dot with Clock keeps all the best elements of 2018's Dot and adds a smart quality-of-life upgrade in the form of an LED clock display. "Before we talk price, I want to be clear: No one should buy an Echo Dot at full price. Not because $50 or even $60 is a bad deal (it's not), but because you don't have to. Amazon sells Dots at a hefty discount so often, there's no reason not to wait that extra three weeks to get to Black Friday (or Prime Day or Christmas) to pick up a Dot for $25," says CNET's David Priest.

Not sure what to get this holiday season? At CNET we've reviewed hundreds of devices this year, and the best ones make great gifts, whether you're looking to spend $20 or $2,000. The Echo Dot with Clock keeps all the best elements of 2018's Dot and adds a smart quality-of-life upgrade in the form of an LED clock display. "Before we talk price, I want to be clear: No one should buy an Echo Dot at full price. Not because $50 or even $60 is a bad deal (it's not), but because you don't have to. Amazon sells Dots at a hefty discount so often, there's no reason not to wait that extra three weeks to get to Black Friday (or Prime Day or Christmas) to pick up a Dot for $25," says CNET's David Priest.
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Originally published earlier this year. Regularly updated to reflect new prices.

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