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Can't Afford An iPad 2? Argos Brings Back iPad v1

UK retailer argos has managed to get hold of a stock of first generation iPads for those looking to get a tablet but don't really want to break the bank to get the iDevice.

All six SKU's are in stock; the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB, either in 3G or Wi-Fi costing £329, £369, £399, £429 and £499 respectively (opens in new tab), resulting in savings of around 20 per cent, that's up to £200 for the most expensive 64GB 3G model.

Argos didn't say whether this is a limited promotion, but given that it quotes collection instore as well as free home delivery within 48 hours means that it probably has enough stock to run for a while.

As a reminder, the only differences between the iPad and the iPad 2 are the processor, the rear and front camera, the extra system memory, the slimmer profile coupled with lower weight and a slightly lower pricing compared to the previous generation at launch.

While the iPad is a little bit underpowered (single core CPU, 256MB RAM), its build quality and unique partnership with iOS 4.3 still make it a great device. It's worth noting that, at £369, the iPad 16GB 3G is still the cheapest 3G capable large format tablet on the market.

The 3G Motorola XOOM costs £580 while the HTC Flyer and the LG Optimus Pad, which both have smaller screens, can be had from £600 and £750 respectively.

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 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.