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Old March 6 2010, 09:23 PM   #1
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iPad to wifi or wifi & 3G?

I don't want to turn this into a debate about usefullness or pro/con apple. I'm buying an iPad and I'm having a tough time deciding between the wifi only and wifi & 3G. I'm pretty sure I'm going to go with the 32GB version.

I use my iPhone to surf the net a lot, especially on 3G so I'm thinking thatvis the way to go. Anyone else getting an iPad and have you made a decision and what is it?
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Old March 6 2010, 09:54 PM   #2
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Re: iPad to wifi or wifi & 3G?

Well, I can tell you that I wish my iPod Touch has 3G instead of just wifi. I constantly find myself wanting to use but not being anywhere near in a wifi router.
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Old March 7 2010, 01:10 AM   #3
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Re: iPad to wifi or wifi & 3G?

My dad and I are getting iPads with 3G. You never know when you might need it. And you can activate and deactivate the data plan pretty much at will (AFAIK, there's even a control *on the iPad* to do this) - there's no contract.
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Old March 7 2010, 01:12 AM   #4
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Re: iPad to wifi or wifi & 3G?

Well, if youre going to shell out the money on the iPad you might as well not get the gimped version and get it with 3g
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Old March 7 2010, 05:50 AM   #5
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I'll be going wifi myself if I get the Ipad, 3G bandwidth in Australia costs heaps.
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Old March 8 2010, 06:33 PM   #6
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Re: iPad to wifi or wifi & 3G?

I know that I'd miss even the piddly EDGE speeds that my original iPhone supports if I were to try to go WiFi only. Since the data plans are so reasonable in the US, I'd get the 3G version in a heartbeat.
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Old March 8 2010, 07:15 PM   #7
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Re: iPad to wifi or wifi & 3G?

The answer to this question depends on how good AT&T's 3G coverage is in your area, and the places you are likely to go.
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Old March 8 2010, 07:18 PM   #8
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If i were to get a Ipad, which I'm not though, i certainly get the 3G one.
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Old March 8 2010, 09:51 PM   #9
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Re: iPad to wifi or wifi & 3G?

If you're going to get an iPad, I think you pretty much need to get 3G. I don't understand the point in having a portable device that's designed to access the web if you can't use it whenever, wherever you want.
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Old March 8 2010, 09:52 PM   #10
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Re: iPad to wifi or wifi & 3G?

I agree, looks like I will pre-order the 3G version. Especially after Steve Jobs said no to tethering with the iPhone.
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Old March 8 2010, 10:14 PM   #11
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Re: iPad to wifi or wifi & 3G?

Yeah, 3G is the way to go.
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Old March 12 2010, 07:00 PM   #12
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Re: iPad to wifi or wifi & 3G?

Well I pre-ordered the 32GB 3G version this morning. So I have a little wait, no biggie. I'm looking forward to April 3rd when I can go to an Apple store and try it out before I get mine.

I didn't order any of the peripherals to go with it. Figured I would take a look at them in person and decide. Also want to see what others come up with. I hope that Timbuk 2 develops some nice things for it.
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Old March 12 2010, 08:57 PM   #13
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Re: iPad to wifi or wifi & 3G?

Something that's suddenly made me a lot more inclined to buy one, quietly added to the specs page:

H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format
AVI support ?

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Old March 13 2010, 02:51 AM   #14
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Re: iPad to wifi or wifi & 3G?

I was uncertain for a short while after somebody reminded me of Verizons mifi and the like, but the monthly AT&T plans are much closer to what I will need.

I ordered the 3G version of the 64GB iPad today.
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Old March 13 2010, 03:30 AM   #15
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Early reports are suggesting that the iPad was averaging 25,000 pre-orders per hour today.
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