Original Apple iPad 3G Down To £299

Fancy an iPad with 3G but don't want to fork out £499 for it? Then why not consider a unit refurbished by Apple which costs as little as £299 from PCWorld.

"Refurbished" means that it has been "professionally checked, tested and repackaged" with a 12-month warranty like a new tablet; however, you can't collect it from a store and you won't get a free engraving with it.

There's not much difference between the iPad and the iPad 2. You get the same 9.7-inch screen, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and the same battery life, but the iPad 2 brings a more powerful processor, the A5, two cameras, twice the system memory and a slimmer profile.

Apart from the fact that it is one of the cheapest 3G tablets on the market, it also runs iOS 5.

Having 3G is an added bonus since you won't need a Mi-Fi device or tethering from your phone which tends to decrease battery life.

The cheapest iPad 2 tablet currently retails for around £399 and 3G functionality adds another £100 to the price.

Other competing tablets include the Motorola XOOM, the Sony S, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Archos 101 G9 and the RIM BlackBerry PlayBook.