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Hurry! The iPad Air just crashed to $499

iPad Air (2020) deal
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Last week, we saw the iPad Air drop to $539 on Amazon — but now, Best Buy has stepped in with an even better deal on one of the best tablets.

Right now you can grab an iPad Air for just $499 at Best Buy. This is the lowest price we've ever seen for this tablet in 2022, making it one of the best iPad deals we've seen in a long time.

10.9" iPad Air (64GB/2020): was $599 now $499 @ Amazon

10.9" iPad Air (64GB/2020): was $599 now $499 @ Amazon
The iPad Air sports a large 10.9-inch display, speedy A14 Bionic CPU, and support for USB-C charging. Plus, with Magic Keyboard support, you get iPad Pro-like versatility. Want more storage? Opt for the 256GB model for $649.

We don't expect this deal to stick around for long, so act fast if you don't want to miss it. If Best Buy sells out, Amazon has the 256GB iPad Air for $649 — matching the discount Best Buy offers.

The iPad Air is one of our picks for the best tablets on the market, and is a good medium between the standard iPad and the iPad Pro. In our iPad Air 2020 review, we found it to be the best iPad for most people — you'll get a fast, powerful iPad with a beautiful design. Although you'll be sacrificing the bright screen and longer battery life of the iPad Pro, you'll save about $300 if you don't mind losing these features, and many users might not notice the difference.

It's a worthy upgrade from the standard iPad, too. The iPad Air supports both the 2nd-Gen Apple Pencil and the Magic Keyboard, meaning it's good for creatives and could work as a replacement for a laptop. It's also smaller and lighter without losing much screen real estate. Weighing just 1 pound, the iPad Air is extremely portable.

If you're not sure this is your perfect tablet, check out our iPad deals page to help make your decision. Plus, make sure to keep an eye on our Presidents Day sales coverage to stay up-to-date on the best sales.

Millie is a Deals writer at Tom's Guide covering the latest tech news and specializing in deals content and how-to articles about everything from phones, streaming devices and headphones to games and software. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, gaming on her Nintendo Switch and creating digital art.