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Apple iPad 3G 64GB Now Available From £399

Best Buy is clearing out Apple's first generation top of the range tablet, the iPad 64GB 3G, selling it for £399 (the same as the entry level 16GB Wi-Fi only iPad 2) instead of the suggested retail price of £659.

A saving of £260 (opens in new tab) is the price to pay for the few significant differences between the iPad and its successor, the iPad 2. The latter has twice the onboard memory, twice the performance (thanks to the new A5 SoC), an even thinner body and two cameras plus you can also get a cover for it.

The rest of the specifications are rather similar: from the fact that it still lacks any ports (apart from Apple's proprietary one and the earphone socket) to the screen (a gorgeous 9.7-inch IPS XGA capacitive display) and the battery life (up to 10 hours).

As expected, you will get Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G and the ability to update to iOS5 which will add some new features to the tablet like iCloud, wireless sync, iMessage, Newsstand, a notification centre, Airplay Mirroring, a new Safari and Twitter integration.

It's worth noting that Best Buy is also selling a number of other tablets like the Blackberry Playbook and the Acer Iconia A500 at a discount.

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.