data usage Ipad2 vs Ipad3?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by petalino, Apr 11, 2012.

  1. petalino macrumors regular

    Nov 21, 2010
    Here is the scenario.

    I plan to use an Ipad as a cashregister in my vendor kiosk.
    Square Register App seems to be my choice.

    I could buy an Ipad 2 or Ipad 3 for this task.

    I plan signup for the cheapest internet package from ATT, which is $14.99 I believe. They allow up to 250MB per month.

    After initial testing on an Ipad2 the 250MB will be sufficient to run Square Register for a month plus a little webbrowsing, but not much.

    If I get Ipad3 instead of Ipad 2, will my usage increase due to the retina display and 4G? If so, can I keep it down by signing up for the 3G plan instead?

    Is there a different plan for 4G?

    If there is a diffferent plan, can I just choose the 3G plan?

    I guess my main question would be: will my data usage be much different on Ipad3 than on Ipad2 if I perform same tasks?

    Thanks in advance
  2. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2010
    Plano, TX
    The usage should not change if you are doing the same tasks.

    The difference between 3G, 4G, and LTE will be the speed.
  3. petalino thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 21, 2010

    So, contrary to some opinions which I read here, the retina display does not use more data than the Ipad 2 display?

  4. pelicanflip macrumors 6502a

    Jun 24, 2009
    Unfortunately, anyone can write anything on the forums. Half of which is either untrue or halfbaked.

    The retina display has nothing to do with your data usage. What content you are trying to access, data size, and time are what you should be concerned with.

    People end up thinking, "Wow, I can download X in half the time with 4G LTE. I only used half the time, so I can keep downloading for the other half." When in reality, you've just shortened the download time, not the data size.

    An iPad 2 should suffice for what you need, just be wary of your data usage.

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