The new iPad 4 (with Retina display) is probably the best and most desirable tablet PC on the market right now. The one thing that's not in its favour is its price tag, it's certainly not cheap. So if you're looking to get one, the question you should be asking is ‘where is the best place to buy the new iPad 4 (with Retina display)?’ See Best place to buy an iPad mini.
This article is only for non-cellular iPads.
There are three main things you need to consider when looking for the best place to buy the new iPad 4 (with Retina display). First and most obvious is price (we don't need to elaborate on that do we?). Second is the sort of warranty/cover that you get free with your purchase, as some places offer longer than others. Finally is how you get your hands on your new iPad 4 (with Retina display): do you have to pick it up in-store, how long do you have to wait for it to be delivered? Visit Group test: what's the best tablet PC?
Here we take a look at some of the best places to buy a new iPad 4 (with Retina display), and report how good each outlet really is.
Best place to buy a new iPad 4 with retina display: Apple.com/uk
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As you can probably guess buying the new iPad 4 (with Retina display) directly from the Apple online store is a pretty safe bet.
The rock-bottom price that Apple will sell you a new iPad 4 (with Retina display) for is £399. This is the cheapest price you will find anywhere [excluding Black Friday], for this price you get 16GB of storage and can chose whether you want it in black or white. Apple also offers the new iPad 4 (with Retina display) with 32GB storage for £479 and 64GB storage for £559 - again, these are the cheapest prices you'll find anywhere. Take a look at Best place to buy Nexus 7.
All purchases come with 90-days free telephone technical support and a standard one-year warranty. An additional year's warranty and two-year's technical telephone support can be bought for £69 too, the 'AppleCare for iPad' offer is not exclusive to purchases made directly Apple, all other major outlets we have looked at offer this package for the same price too.
Although you don't have to leave the house/office to buy the new iPad 4 (with Retina display), there will be a bit of a wait for the tablet to arrive on your doorstep. Apple's standard delivery option quotes 1-3 business days for the item to be dispatched and a further windows of 1-5 days for the item to be delivered, which means you could be waiting up-to 8-working days for your new iPad 4 (with Retina display) to arrive. Apple offers additional 'Express Shipping' and 'Evening delivery' for £8 and £15 respectively, although when we trailed this the delivery on the website the dates didn't change.
Best place to buy a new iPad 4 with retina display: John Lewis
Oddly John Lewis is probably the best place to buy a new iPad 4 (with Retina display). John Lewis offers the new iPad 4 in all three storage options for the same price as Apple does.
What's good about buying the new iPad 4 (with Retina display) from John Lewis is it comes with two-years free warranty. That's double what Apple will offer you…for free.
Not only does John Lewis offer you the iPad for the exact same prices as Apple - while giving you double the warranty - but also the shop is actually much better at getting the new iPad 4 (with Retina display) to you. John Lewis offers free standard delivery within 5-days (better than Apple), plus "Next/named or Saturday UK delivery” for £6.95 (Apple doesn't offer this), "Next/named day UK delivery pre-10.30am" for £9.95 (Apple doesn't offer this). John Lewis not only offers better delivery options than Apple, but the store also lets you reserve a new iPad 4 (with Retina display), so you can pick it up the next day in-store.
If we were to buy a new iPad 4 (with Retina display), then we'd opt for John Lewis for its two-year warranty alone. The versatile delivery options are an added bonus.
Best place to buy a new iPad 4 with retina display: Argos
As you'd probably expect, Argos do not sell the new iPad 4 (with Retina display) cheaper than Apple does, so the question has to be why should you buy it from Argos rather than Apple. It's obvious that all the big stores are asking themselves the same question. John Lewis differentiated itself from Apple by doubling the warranty for free. While Argos has chosen to make its delivery service the key reason why customers should chose to buy the new iPad 4 (with Retina display) from them and not Apple.
Argos offers free delivery of the new iPad 4 (with Retina display) within two days - and that is pretty impressive - especially if you're in a hurry to get your hands on one. So if you're looking to get a new iPad 4 (with Retina display) in the fastest possible time, without experiencing the hell of the high street, then Argos looks like a pretty good bet.
Argos also offers a pretty good 'reserve and collect in-store' service, where you can instantly reserve an new iPad 4 (with Retina display) free of charge and Argos will immediately hold one back for you to pick up at anytime until the end of the next working day.
Buying a new iPad 4 (with Retina display) with Argos won't affect the 1-year Apple warranty.
Best place to buy a new iPad 4 with retina display: Other stores
It would be impossible to go through every store that is selling the new iPad 4 (with Retina display) and you give a full verdict on the offer. However if you compare each new iPad 4 (with Retina display) retailer's price, delivery and warranty Apple is offering on its online store, you shouldn't go too far wrong.
What else to look out for:
Best place to buy a new iPad 4 with retina display: Price comparison sites
Price comparison sites are a great way to find out who is selling the new iPad 4 (with Retina display) for what price. Use websites such as PriceRunner, Google Shopping or Kelkoo to get the lowest price on the internet. You need to keep your wits about you here though as some retailers may offer cheaper products, but make the money back with higher shipping fees.
Best place to buy a new iPad 4 with retina display: Cashback
By Jim Martin: Another tip is to sign up with one or more cashback website. Examples include Quidco and Top Cashback. These services work by providing a customised link to a retailer's website and - when you buy a product - they're paid a commission for supplying you as a customer. This commission is paid to you. The only catch is that you may have to pay the service a yearly fee (Quidco takes the first £5 of your cashback for example).
Best place to buy a new iPad 4 with retina display: Voucher codes
By Jim Martin: There are lots of websites that list all the latest vouchers and discounts, so keep an eye on vouchers for any shops that sell the iPad mini. You can often find a voucher for Tesco Direct, which sells the mini, and you might be able to get £10 to £20 off. Sometimes the discount applies only if you buy an accessory - such as a case - as well.
Voucher sites include www.vouchercodes.co.uk and www.myvouchercodes.co.uk. It's also well worth signing up for alerts or weekly emails from sites such as Money Saving Expert and www.hotukdeals.com