So if you want to get into a tablet like the iPad and do it for cheaply a refurbished version is the best way to go. Sure they aren't the latest version but they still work very well. The first version is a little slower, doesn't come with cameras, isn't quite as thin and doesn't have quite the same battery life. It's also $150 cheaper. Any other variation including larger storage and 3G are also discounted quite a bit.
Do yourself a favor and get a Cheap Apple iPad.