The deal includes free shipping (the Walmart deal included free in-store pickup or free shipping). Sales tax is only charged in New York state, making the deal much better for folks who live in, oh say, California or other sales tax states. Walmart, of course, will charge sales tax in all those states.
We always caution buyers to look at past feedback for eBay sellers, and in this case, blutekusa looks to be a very safe bet. With 49,224 feedback reviews at the time of this writing, it has a 99.5 percent positive feedback rating. With that many sales, it's impossible to keep everyone happy, so this number is stellar.
Why the sale? Apple is expected to launch an iPad 5 and a new iPad mini before the end of the year. Really, it should launch these devices prior to the holiday shopping season, to leverage that time.
Again, this is the fourth generation or iPad 4 and it is WiFi only. It ships with the following specifications:
- Height: 9.50 inches (241.2 mm)
- Width: 7.31 inches (185.7 mm)
- Depth: 0.37 inch (9.4 mm)
- Weight 1.44 pounds (652 g)
- 802.11a/b/g/n Wi‑Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
- Bluetooth 4.0 (the latest, with power saving)
- 9.7‑inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi‑Touch display with IPS technology
- 2048 x 1536 resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi) or Retina display
- Dual-core A6X processor with quad-core graphics
- 1.2MP Facetime camera
- 5MP rear-facing camera with 1080p HD video recording
The iPad 4 also includes Apple's Lightning connector, which the company began adding to its devices late last year, replacing its older 30 pin connector. The reason Apple made this move was to reduce the size of the connector, allowing it more internal space for components. This requirement for additional space is more of a savings for the iPhone, but Apple rolled it out to all its iDevices last year.
The company was hammered by some industry pundits and environmental activists for not opting for the industry-standard microUSB port, which would have reduced electronic waste and the requirement for consumers to buy new cables. It also meant that those who had docks of some sort had to buy new equipment.