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Apple Starts Selling Refurbished iPad Mini Tablets

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Apple is quick to point out that the iPad mini is the least expensive iPad it's ever carried, and while that's true, it's still comparatively expensive when going up against competing slates that are similar in size. The iPad mini starts at $329, versus $200 for a Nexus 7 or Kindle Fire HD. Even the Kindle Fire HD 8.9" costs $60 less than the iPad mini, and if you want a tablet that's even larger, the 10.1-inch MeMO Pad from Asus runs $300.

Of course, none of those device run iOS, and if you're already heavily invested into Apple' ecosystem, there's some obvious value in sticking with your platform. The iPad mini is also remarkably thin and light while retaining its premium polish. So, if you're in the market for an iPad mini but on the hunt for a deal, check out Apple's new selection of refurbished units.

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As it stands, the only model that's currently available is the 16GB iPad mini with Wi-Fi + Cellular for Verizon in black. In refurbished trim, it's selling for $429, which is $30 less than retail (a 6 percent savings). That's not exactly a significant price break, but it's about the cheapest you'll find, and it comes straight from Apple. It's worth noting that even though it's refurbished, it's like getting a brand new device. It comes with a fresh new battery and outer shell, and all the retail trimmings, including a 1-year warranty.

Not digging this particular model? Well, now that the iPad mini has been on the market for awhile, it stands to reason that other models will soon be offered up in Apple's refurbished section, so keep your eyes peeled.
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An impressive new tablet is the new Novo 9 Spark for $269 -- offering a full size 9.7 Inch Android tablet with a Retina display and a Quad Core Processor -- with one of the first resellers in the U.S. to offer this new model is a site called TabletSprint --

The Novo 9 Spark runs Android 4.1 (upgradable to 4.2) and features a 9.7 inch 2048x1536 IPS screen and a Quad Core processor/1.5 Ghz/2GB - along with a powerful 10,000 mAh battery, 32GB Memory, Android 4.1 O/S Jelly Bean, a MicroSD memory card slot, the new high end 4K Digital HDMI, a 2 MP Front webcam and a 5 Megapixel Rear Camera with AF and Flash and comes preinstalled with Google Play Store.

The Novo 7 Venus also launched this month for $149 and is a 7 inch Tablet that compares to the popular Nexus 7 -- and features a Quad Core processor, 1280x800 IPS screen, 16GB memory, a front webcam, Android O/S and Google Play Store preinstalled... all of which are found on the Nexus 7 -- while also offering a number of features the Nexus 7 doesn't - including a 2-megapixel rear camera, a MicroSD memory card slot, and an HDMI 1080p port; plus options for 3G/4G internet connection.

Ainol Electronics make both these new models and is known for winning runner up for best-tablet-of-the-year in 2012 at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) -- The site TabletSprint also offers $25 in Bonus Apps as well as a promotion with a free 500MB monthly Data plan for 4G internet access that includes a free 4G USB adapter.

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