There’s an iPad Black Friday deal for $229 – but should you …

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With so many Black Friday deals, it can be hard to know where to start and how to get the best value for money for your needs. That’s why we’re here with all the best Black Friday tablet deals, including two good deals on the standard Apple iPad. The older 9th generation as well as the latest 10th generation model are on sale, and you might be wondering which one is worth buying. We’re ready to guide you through these Black Friday iPad deals, explaining what each model has to offer and also taking a look at which tablet will suit you best. let’s take a look.

Apple iPad (9th generation) – $229, was $329

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We liked the Apple iPad (9th generation) when it first launched in 2021. It’s a good quality device, even if it’s not one of the best tablets out there anymore. It has the A13 Bionic chip that we’ve previously seen in the iPhone 11 range with the latest iPhone SE, so there are no shortcomings despite its age. It also has a 10.2-inch Retina display with True Tone support. True Tone means the display adjusts to the color temperature of the room you’re in, so it always looks good. There’s also support for the Apple Pencil (1st generation) and Smart Keyboard if you want to be more productive.

Apple iPad (10th generation) – $349, was $449

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The latest Apple iPad (10th generation) looks extremely attractive with more vibrant color options than before and packing an A14 Bionic chip. It also has a stunning 10.9-inch Liquid Retina display with True Tone support so it looks great in any situation. There is also support for the Apple Pencil (1st generation) and Magic Keyboard Folio. As for the camera, you get a 12MP wide back camera along with a 12MP ultrawide front camera if you want to shoot a video or take photos. There’s also finally USB-C support to save you the need to have a proprietary cable. It is considered one of the best iPads for people with a mid-range budget.

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Which iPad should I buy?

Surely we’re going to tell you to buy the latest model, right? We are not so sure. Although the latest iPad (10th generation) is currently discounted, it is still quite expensive for what it offers. Importantly, this is a more incremental upgrade than the 9th generation model and one you’re unlikely to notice in a big way. Elsewhere, there’s a larger and higher resolution display, thanks to a Liquid Retina display. It also has slightly better cameras.

However, ultimately, you’re not buying the iPad for its cameras, so you can dismiss it. The larger screen is nice but still, it’s unlikely to prove to be a dealbreaker for many. Instead, we think most people will be happy with the iPad (9th generation) at a much lower price than it currently is. You’re saving $120 compared to buying the 10th-generation model and that seems like a better call than getting a slightly better iPad. Still, if you can’t resist having the latest, you’ll be happy with the iPad (10th generation), but it’s not really the best value for money right now.

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