iPad to wifi or wifi & 3G?

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  1. Tom Hendricks

    Tom Hendricks Ooohhhhhh, Navy Seals. Premium Member

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    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?
     
  2. RoJoHen

    RoJoHen Awesome Premium Member

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    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.
     
  3. Mr. Laser Beam

    Mr. Laser Beam Fleet Admiral Admiral

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    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.
     
  4. clint g

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    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
     
  5. omegaone

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    I'll be going wifi myself if I get the Ipad, 3G bandwidth in Australia costs heaps.
     
  6. The Stig

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    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.
     
  7. Robert Maxwell

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    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.
     
  8. Marten

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    If i were to get a Ipad, which I'm not though, i certainly get the 3G one.
     
  9. Warp Coil

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    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.
     
  10. Tom Hendricks

    Tom Hendricks Ooohhhhhh, Navy Seals. Premium Member

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    I agree, looks like I will pre-order the 3G version. Especially after Steve Jobs said no to tethering with the iPhone.
     
  11. TheBrew

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    Yeah, 3G is the way to go.
     
  12. Tom Hendricks

    Tom Hendricks Ooohhhhhh, Navy Seals. Premium Member

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    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.
     
  13. Hermiod

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

    AVI support ?
     
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  14. Flavius

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    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.
     
  15. Data Holmes

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    Early reports are suggesting that the iPad was averaging 25,000 pre-orders per hour today.
     
  16. Tom Hendricks

    Tom Hendricks Ooohhhhhh, Navy Seals. Premium Member

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    I think the iPad is perfect for me and last week really underscores it, I went to Florida on vacation. I brought 4 books to read, my laptop to check e-mail and such and of course my iPhone. Well I did get to read my four books, but I never took my laptop out of the bag and checked my e-mail and surfed the web on the iPhone. The iPad could have taken the place of everything and I wouldn't needed to lug my Macbook Pro with me on vacation.

    So I'm really looking forward to getting mine.
     
  17. FordSVT

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    Good, that probably means iPhones and iPod Touches will support .avi files in the future and I won't have to keep converting them.
     

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