How is your 3G experience panning out?

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  1. lavrishevo macrumors 68000

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    I have a wifi model and I am very happy with the device, in general, but I am wondering how the 3G speed is around the U.S.? I travel a lot and I know for a fact that there is significant differences with my iPhone on the 3G networks. In some cities, usually during large conferences with tens of thousands of people boggling down the towers I have experienced 3G become unusable. For some reason this really is a big problem in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay. Anyway, in general how is your experience on the 3G iPad?
     
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  3. gillybean macrumors 6502a

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    The 3g works pretty nice in Seattle.

    I've been able to use it on the bus, in restaurants, etc, with no problems.
     
  4. lavrishevo thread starter macrumors 68000

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    With the popularity of the iPad I really hope this does not degenerate AT&T's network to much. I live in Puerto Rico and before the iPhone come to PR the network speeds were much better. Of Course I use my wifi when I am in range, but it is quite revealing how much slower the network is now. I am talking from 1/2 to 1/3 the speed before iPhone's blew up here.
     
  5. ReallyOldGuy macrumors regular

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    Philly is horrible, Nashville is fast, Tampa is fast, and Houston is good. That's all Ive been to this week.

    My iPad gets a much better signal than my iPhone though
     
  6. lavrishevo thread starter macrumors 68000

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    That's interesting. Signal strength does help a good deal. Unfortunately, I'm heading back to Vegas for two weeks and speed is terrible out there. Especially, if your staying in the strip. Man I hate that city, such a dirty cesspool.

    I was just in Miami beach and it was not too great down there.
     
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  8. lespaul85 macrumors member

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    I've been at Disney world all week stuck on 3G and I couldn't be happier. Quite impressed compared to my iPhone. Not that the iPhone is bad but the iPad is humming along flawlessly.
     
  9. mark34 macrumors 6502a

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    really good in Austin, but 3G has been excellent in Austin for some time.
     
  10. lavrishevo thread starter macrumors 68000

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    That's that processor and beautiful screen at work. It is such a fun device is it not.
     
  11. MarkG21 macrumors regular

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    My 3G is fast in the Bay Area. I'd have to say that it is faster than my iphone. The signal strength is definitely better than my iphone. I was also in Reno this weekend and browsed a few sites and the 3G was pretty fast too.
     
  12. HelloMikee macrumors 6502a

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    I've had nice results so far with normal web browsing, email, twitter, FB, etc.

    I don't think it's A LOT faster than the iPhone 3g, but the extra real estate does give a faster feel for some reason. I guess just seeing the content load in a larger screen gives the impression of faster load times.

    Hard to explain. I guess it's more enjoyable.
     
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    IMO, I have to agree that the iPad is faster due to the processor working. Using the FCC speed test app, both are running about the same bandwidth, but actually processing screen refreshes, etc. Has to go to the iPad with its better processor.

    BTW, I am getting around 3-3.5Mbps in the Washington, DC metro area
     
  15. tomashi macrumors regular

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    bay area speeds are ok. i think you would probably get faster speeds on a mifi from verizon but those are around $60/month
     
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    So you're why my 3G signal has been weak these past few days.

    Now it'll be better.
    :p


    Actually there's been a big conference and it's continuing throughout the weekend.

    My iPhone 3G is usually 1.2mb+
     
  18. iSingandiDance macrumors 6502a

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    In Maryland, and it's comparable to FiOs.

    Wasn't expecting that.
     
  19. AVonGauss macrumors regular

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    You might want to place a service call with Verizon for the FIOS connectivity issue you are experiencing.
     
  20. iSingandiDance macrumors 6502a

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    Just realized I had both wifi and 3G on. 3G doesn't begin to touch FiOs.
     
  21. TraceyS/FL macrumors 68040

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    I've had it all over the place.

    Blazing fast at 6am, to slower than i thought it should be this morning.

    But any of it is faster than NOTHING, which is what i have without it! LOL!!
     
  22. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I pretty much only use my iPhone for making calls now.
     
  23. barefeats macrumors 65816

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    In Portland, OR, the AT&T 3G towers are bogged down all the time -- especially downtown when I need my iPhone 3GS to deliver the goods.

    Therefore, I chose the "WiFi only" iPad and got the Sprint 4G Overdrive palm-sized mobile multi-user hotspot. It handles my iPad at 5Mbit, the MBP at 6Mbit, and the iPhone at 2Mbit (when 3G fails).

    I also tried the Clear Spot, a similar product to the Overdrive. It's faster on download, slower on upload, slightly larger, and with shorter battery life than the Overdrive. So I'm sticking with the Overdrive and waiting to see what Apple delivers in the way of broadband data support in the next gen iPad.
     
  24. jsbaugh macrumors 6502

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    3G speed is good here in Columbus Ohio, no complaints.
     
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