Ipad 3G reception versus Iphone 3G reception

Discussion in 'iPad' started by edjrwinnt, Aug 17, 2010.

  1. edjrwinnt macrumors member

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    I'm looking at getting a 3G Ipad but my wife's Iphone 3G barely works at our house. Is the 3G reception better on the Ipad?

    Thank you.
     
  2. prot0type macrumors regular

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    Do you have a wifi network in your house?

    Even if 3G reception is poor in your home, you can always switch to that.
     
  3. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    My iPad 3G gets better 3G reception than my iPhone 3GS does. I'm thinking they probably used a bigger 3G antenna in the iPad, since they have the room?
     
  4. edjrwinnt thread starter macrumors member

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    I do not have internet service currently at my house. I finally had to dump Time Warner because they are horrible in my area. The only other option is DSL for $40 a month but I was hoping to just get by with the AT&T data plan on the Ipad.
     
  5. nateo200 macrumors 68030

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    It might be better no way to really compare unless you have access to some dbm scales on the iPod and iPhone and I haven't seen any apps for that (other than the iphones built in one). Best thing I can recommend is getting wifi or getting a signal booster, though the signal boosters can wreck havek on data rates even with full bars.
     
  6. sempire macrumors member

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    If 3G sucks on your iphone it would suck just as much on your ipad.
     
  7. edjrwinnt thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the feedback guys. Not to beat a dead horse but it's a shame that Apple is locked into AT & T. The crazy thing is that I'm only a 20 mile crow fly from a major city (Cleveland, Ohio), and my wife's Iphone is almost worthless at our house.

    I may just go to the local Apple Store and express my concern and see what they say. I can always take it back I guess.
     
  8. nateo200 macrumors 68030

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    If T-Mobile is better by your house you can always go with them since the iPad is unlocked by default. Though you will only get EGPRS.
     
  9. prot0type macrumors regular

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    Sucks to hear.

    Well, not sure if it's viable, but have you considered going the Clear wimax route? Might be possible that their coverage may be better than AT&T. YMMV of course, but it might be another option.
     
  10. Zcott macrumors 68020

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    Finding a fairly substantial different here. 5 bars on iPad, two bars on iPhone (which uses Apple's new bar-reporting method).
     
  11. rogers106 macrumors member

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    I, too, am seeing 4-5 bars on my iPad when my iPhone is only getting 1-2.

    I also brought the iPad out on a road trip this summer... the GPS is so much more accurate than the iPhone especially in city settings.

    Just my two cents.
     
  12. edjrwinnt thread starter macrumors member

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    Well I just did a speed test with my wife's 3G Iphone. Upstairs where she always got decent reception I got a speed of around 750 Kilobits per second. I'm getting 1-2 bars.

    Downstairs on the couch where I would use the Ipad it's using the E Network and getting analog speeds. I'm using the speedtest.net app.
     

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