iPad 4th, wifi or wifi+4g ?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mrfabio, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. mrfabio macrumors member

    Apr 11, 2011
    I hope it is the right place for this question.
    I have an iPhone 4s which I can use for tethering, so my question is:
    should I buy the WIFI version to save money sharing the same data contract? Is someone already had this experience? ..just to know if enabling an hotspot on 4s each time I need to use the internet connection outside a wifi lan is very uncomfortable or not.. :)

    Thanks in advance
  2. AlvinNguyen macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2010
    the only disadvantage is

    -using up your data (ipad sucks up data like no other)
    -killing your battery FAST - seriously, the battery is terrible on the iphone - the 5 is better than all before it but it still will suck hard if you tether. Better bring a portable battery pack.

    I have an iphone 5 with 2gb plan and unlimited data on my iPad
  3. gnosticsam macrumors newbie


    Oct 23, 2012
    New Mexico
    I tether my Ipad to my Iphone 4s all the time and it works pretty well. Don't find it a pain at all. I have 5 gb of data for my phone and between it and the ipad I use it up pretty much every month. As far as the battery issue the iphone does need to be charged if you use it to tether lots.:)
  4. mrfabio thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 11, 2011
    Thanks guys! I bought a very cheap refurbished iPad 2 16 GB Wifi and I confirm what you said! tethering works very well but very shocked from the terrible battery behavior..how is it possible that this feature keep so many energy??!! I calculated more and less 50 % of my 4s battery for one hour of tethering (maybe worse!)..
    But if I consider I have wifi at work, at home, in hotels..and considering that abroad, because of expensive data roaming, I cannot use 3g/4g, I think that for the few times I need to check newspapers or emails or maps, I can definitively tether..
    Now that I connected all points, i am thinking to go to an apple store and exchange this new ipad (got 3 days ago) to the 4th generation 64GB only wifi..hope this will be possible!

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