It's time for Android users to suck it up and get this iPad Mini deal for Cyber Monday

iPad Mini (2019 version)
iPad Mini (2019 version) (Image credit: Android Central)

When you think of tablets these days, what comes to mind? For the vast majority of people, it's the iPad. Some companies continue to make Android tablets and release them here and there, but nothing has managed to overthrow the iPad in all the years we've had tablets.

The biggest disadvantage to the iPad is that it doesn't go on sale all that often, but Cyber Monday is one of the few exceptions to that rule. Right now, the latest version of the iPad Mini can be yours at a $100 discount. That brings the final price down to just $300, and even if you're a die-hard Android user, you still owe it to yourself to check this one out.

As you'd expect given the "Mini" name, this is the smallest iPad that Apple currently sells. Measuring in with a 7.9-inch display, the iPad Mini is the perfect device for watching movies, playing games, and running your favorite apps without having something that's unwieldy to hold. It's larger than your phone, smaller than a lot of other tablets, and is just a joy in day-to-day use.

Despite its small size, the iPad Mini still manages to be plenty powerful. It has the Apple A12 Bionic processor for blazing-fast performance, lasts for up to 10 hours on a single charge, and features a Touch ID fingerprint sensor for keeping your most sensitive apps as secure as can be. Powering everything is the iPadOS operating system, which is like iOS cranked up to 11. Between tweaks to the core interface and a slew of tablet-optimized applications, the user experience you get with iPadOS is far and away better than anything we've ever seen from Android.

In addition to the iPad itself, it can be used with a couple of key accessories if you want to take your experience to the next level. Want to do a lot of creative work? The Apple Pencil (opens in new tab) is fully supported and allows for one of the best stylus experiences on the market. You can also get the iPad Mini Smart Cover (opens in new tab), which keeps the tablet protected and easily props it up for hands-free use.

It's pretty rare that we see Apple gadgets go on sale, especially with a discount as good as this one. If you're at all interested in what the iPad Mini has to offer, $300 is a fantastic price to pay (opens in new tab) — and it's one of the few tablets we're happy to recommend you buy in 2020.

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

7 Comments
  • I own the Fold2, I do not need a ipad
  • I suppose Android people should be more eclectic in what we allow ourselves to appreciate. Apple makes good stuff. When it comes to smartphones overall I prefer Android. However at this time if I could buy any phone I wanted with price as no object I would probably go for the iPhone 12 Pro. My second choice be be the OnePlus 8 Pro.
  • AndroidCentral (when we're not peddling Apple products sometimes...) Seriously, the iPad is great. If syncing your apps or buying new apps isn't a problem, go for it. But if you actually want Android through and through, just get a Galaxy Tab.
  • Always torn when this comes up. I've had tablets ranging from the Nexus line, some Fire Tablets, several of the Tab S series, and a few cheap tablets that no one should honestly use. Current tablet is a Tab S6 that I got at half off, always watch for deals. I understand what is said about getting an iPad and you know it just works, because a lot of the Android tablets out there just don't. To get a good tablet you have to spend a few hundred at minimum and its hard to convince some people that is something they need to do, and when they don't, Android tablets suck. My biggest reason not to jump is what you mentioned about apps. For everything I do, the apps for me are fine. The interface, I use Nova and customize it so that it is laid out better for the screen size and is not how I have Nova setup on my phone, power of Android right. I've been on Android since the Droid X days and I don't want to reinvest in a different ecosystem just for a tablet. Right now I am really liking the upgrade from the Tab S5e to the Tab S6. Made me realize that for my next phone (currently still rocking a Note9) that I would probably be fine with a midrange model that can take descent pics and save the extra money to spend on a good tablet when I'm ready to upgrade from the S6. Find myself using the tablet a whole lot more when I am at home then I do my phone.
  • I'm a long-time iPad user, but I recently picked up an S6 from the Samsung site for 1/2 price and clearance prices on the book keyboard cover and book cover. A killer deal that I couldn't pass up. The S6 + DeX + book keyboard cover = a more versatile 2-in-1 than the iPad Pro. Love it! But... when it comes to apps optimized for stylus support, Android-based devices pale in comparison to the iPad. There are very few options on Android. The closest thing to GoodNotes and Notability on Android, is Squid... and even there, Squid falls short. Comparing it to the experience of the Google Pixelbook + Pixelbook Pen, the Samsung solution is superior. The iPad Mini 5 + Apple Pencil makes a great little note-taker and paired with a smartcover, makes an extremely light and portable ereader. $100-off on the iPad Mini 5 is an honest-to-goodness deal.
  • The article is right, get an iPad. I personally use the iPad mini 5 (purchased last year) since this whole COVID thing I have been on it more than ever, more than my phone. Great machine.
  • Great hardware, but...um,no. Thanks anyway though.