It’s a holiday weekend and of course that means there are lots of sales going on with great bargains on iPad apps, games, and accessories.
As usual, EA Mobile are right in the thick of things with their Memorial Day Sale with over 55 iPad and iOS games on sale at up to 90% off or free. As you can see in the screencap above there are plenty of EA’s big titles discounted – including FIFA Soccer, Need for Speed Most Wanted, NBA Jam, Dead Space, and lots more. Just search for ‘EA’ in the App Store to see all the EA iPad and iPhone titles on sale.
I’ve also noticed sales promotions from a couple of leading iPad accessory vendors. ZAGG are offering bargains of 20 – 50% off Monday and Tuesday (May 27 and 28) – so that should include their leather skins and keyboard cases for iPad.
Marware, makers of a number of cool iPad cases and other accessories, are also touting specials on selected items at up to 30% off over this weekend.
And there are plenty of other sales on apps and accessories this weekend. If you’ve got particular favorites it’s worth checking their pricing over the next couple days – as there’s a good chance of some sort of discount to mark the holiday.
In the latest Tablet Satisfaction Study from J.D. Power and Associates, the iPad remains at the Number 1 position in the overall rankings.
In the survey of over 1,800 tablet users, the iPad got an 836 on a 1,000 point scale measuring customer satisfaction. It also was the clear leader, with a perfect 5 out of 5, on the J.D. Power Circle Ratings for Consumers – with 5 representing ‘among the best’. All its rivals were at 3 (About average) or below.
Tablets were graded in five key areas in the study: Performance, which was weighted most heavily; ease of operation; styling and design; features; and cost.
Holy Crazy Tough iPad case Batman. These guys at GizmoSlip dropped an iPad 3 in a G-Form Extreme case from the top of an 8 story building, screen down onto cement.
And the iPad still works. The screen is coming up just a little from the frame and there’s some multitouch ‘glitchiness’ – but it works.
I’d say if you’re after a durable iPad case you might want to give this one a look, even if you’re not planning for any drops from 8 story buildings.
Prices for refurbished iPad 3rd gen models have dropped significantly at the Apple online store. You can now get a 16GB WiFi + Cellular model for $409. The top of the line 64GB WiFi + Cellular refurb model is just $579.
Just as a quick reference point, the iPad 3rd gen was released in March of 2012 and the original price for that 64GB model was $829.
These refurb units generally come with the same one year warranty as new models and I’ve had very good experiences with buying refurb units from Apple.
If you’re looking for an iPad for yourself or a friend or loved one, it’s well worth taking a look at these deals at Apple’s Refurbished iPad 3 page.
Need any proof that the iPad’s made of pretty stern stuff? Well here ya go. It took a direct hit from a foul ball at a girls softball tournament in Iowa – and it appears it didn’t miss a beat.
I’m not sure it’s recommend by Apple to test this out in your local batting cage, but still, good to know.