Altatac via eBay offers the 1st-generation Apple iPad mini 16GB WiFi Tablet in Space Gray, model no. MF432LL/A, or Silver, model no. MD531LL/A, for $239.99 with free shipping. That's the lowest total price we could find by $41, although we saw it for $10 less two weeks ago. This 0.3"-thick tablet weighs 0.7 lbs. and features an Apple A5 1GHz dual-core processor, 7.9" 1024x768 touchscreen LCD, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, FaceTime, accelerometer, compass, up to 10 hours of battery life, and iOS 7.
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