Is the iPad 3g really worth it? I dont know which to buy?
Im a student, and will be using my ipad at school mostly, or home. Do I need the 3g? it might be helpful just to have as a a backup if wi-fi is not available. But is it worth the extra money?
- 03-03-2011, 11:58 AM #2
Do a search people have already answered this about the first gen iPad, and it's also been answered in a few of the new iPad 2 threads. There are a couple of things to consider resale value, capacity vs connectivity and whether you have an iPhone 4 with a data plan already. The Personal Hotspot feature coming in 4.3 means you can turn your phone into a Wifi hotspot meaning you wouldn't need an extra 3G connection for the iPad.
- 03-03-2011, 11:58 AM #3
- 03-03-2011, 12:49 PM #4
I have an iPhone 4 already jailbroken and I have MyWi. But I'm afraid that if I "tether" from iPad to my iPhone and try to use GPS or any other "Location Based" services/apps, that they will have problems with accuracy?
Can anyone speak from experience regarding this?
Last edited by swooshme; 03-03-2011 at 12:52 PM.
- 03-03-2011, 01:13 PM #5
- 03-03-2011, 04:31 PM #6
It works fine without 3G service. It just doesn't have assisted GPS, but can get a GPS lock and be very accurate. FWIW never been wrong ever on about 1,000 miles of Navigating via my iPad.
You have no reason t wrry about mywi, jailbreaking or any gps issues, thats just some weird thoughts you have....and i dont know why.
- 03-03-2011, 04:45 PM #7
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- 03-06-2011, 12:47 PM #10
It entirely depends on how you want to use it. I don't have a home broadband connection so the 3G was my only option. I never take the device out of the house though (except to my parents who have Wi-Fi) so if I had broadband at home then I would only have got the Wi-Fi version!
- 03-06-2011, 07:42 PM #11
My first iPad was a day-one, wifi only version. I kept it for exactly as long as it took for them to release the 3G version, and never looked back...
I like using my iPad when I'm out and about. Where I live, wifi is not ubiquitous. It is certainly not present when I am in a car, bus, or otherwise commuting. Those are the times when I want connectivity. Though I do not come close to using 2GB of data, (I have the $30 unlimited plan), I couldn't live without connectivity. Most of the apps I like to use require, or are enhanced by connectivity.
My ambiguity comes into play with the Personal Hotspot feature. For $45 a month, I can have 4GB of data, more than enough for me, and save $15 as I spend $60 now between the two devices. I also understand that FaceTime works just fine over hotspot. By dropping my data plan for the iPad, I would actually gain the ability to use FaceTime on the iPad over the iPhone's 3G based hotspot. That is extremely enticing.
I think I just talked myself into dropping my iPad data plan. The $130 I save on the device, I can put into doubling the storage and an accessory. Done.
I hope my answer helps you as much as your question helped me. Good luck. There are no bad choices.
- 08-20-2011, 12:30 AM #12