The iPad revolutionized the market for tablet computers, quickly becoming the must-have tech gadget of the year. So it’s no surprise that Apple’s device tops our list of the must-have tech gifts this holiday season. It may seem obvious, but try to find someone on your holiday list who wouldn’t love an iPad. And if you can’t find anyone who wants one, feel free to send it to me.
You have plenty of options when buying an iPad. Apple sells the devices directly, offering Wi-Fi-only models (16GB for $499, 32GB for $599, or 64GB for $699), and Wi-Fi + 3G models, which come with AT&T service (16GB for $629, 32GB for $729, and 64GB for $829). The Wi-Fi + 3G model requires service from AT&T; though you don’t have to commit to a service contract, you must pay $15 or $30 per month for the service if you want to take advantage of it.
Alternatively, you can buy the iPad at Best Buy or Walmart, both of which offer the same models and prices found at the Apple Store. Verizon Wireless sells the iPad, too, but it doesn’t offer one with 3G service. Instead, the cellular carrier bundles the iPad with its MiFi 2200, which creates its own wireless hotspot. The MiFi is a pretty cool gadget on its own (after all, it already earned a spot on this list), so purchasing an iPad from Verizon is like getting two gifts in one.