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Best Buy, Carphone Warehouse Cut iPad Price Ahead Of iPad 2 Launch

Carphone Warehouse and its partner, Best Buy, have quietly cut the price of the Apple iPad tablet which is on the verge of being replaced by the iPad 2 which was launched last Wednesday.

Only the smallest version of the iPad is available at Bestbuy for £329 (including free delivery), the same price as at Apple UK online store and Carphone Warehouse; at this price, it is probably better just to stick with Apple because of the free engraving.

For the rest of the SKU, Carphone Warehouse (opens in new tab) has aligned prices on Apple's which makes it relevant only if interested customers have a CPW retail shop nearly but no Apple store.

The Apple iPad 2 offers a better processor, better GPU, smart cover, video mirroring, air print, a slimmer form factor, a front facing and rear camera as well as an additional sensor; the price cut means that the Wi-Fi only Apple iPad now costs less than the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the other popular tablet on the market.

Best Buy has confirmed that it will be selling the iPad 2 form the 25th of March and is already calling for interesting parties to register their interest (opens in new tab) and so will Carphone Warehouse (opens in new tab).

At the time of writing (opens in new tab) the only three iPad stock keeping units (refurbished) on sale at Apple are the 16GB 3G (£389), the 64GB Wi-Fi only (£419) and the 32GB 3G (£439).

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.