iPad recommendations

Discussion in 'iPad' started by pixiedusted, Jun 27, 2012.

  1. pixiedusted macrumors newbie

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    I'm looking to buy my first iPad. I definitely want to buy an iPad 3 (vs. iPad 2), but I'm not sure whether I should get wi-fi only or wi-fi plus cellular.

    I have Verizon for a carrier, and with their new plan, I can add a tablet for only $10 more a month. Plus it would make my iPhone my own mobile hotspot.

    I only travel a few times a year. My question is: will I regret buying the cheaper, wi-fi only?
     
  2. balamw Moderator

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    For me personally, the LTE on the iPad 3 is a killer feature. I opted for the 32 GB WiFi+LTE instead of the 64 GB WiFi only.

    I have a WiFi only iPad 2 and LTE (VZ) iPad 3 and a Kindle Fire (also WiFi only). I don't need or use a huge amount of LTE data, but it makes all the difference when I need it.

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  3. Redjericho macrumors 6502a

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    How often does your iPad leave your house? If it is frequent, you'll regret not getting LTE.
     
  4. Golfer00ksu macrumors regular

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    LTE is worth the extra even if you won't use the data. GPS was the deciding point for me.
     
  5. Iwolf macrumors newbie

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    Only you know if you will regret it or not.For me the LTE was a must have
     
  6. ougum macrumors regular

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    My iPad 2 was 3g. I was always near wi-fi so it was useless. My new iPad is wi-fi only. on the rare occasion I'm not near wi-fi and need to jump online, I use my iPhone personal hotspot
     
  7. s15119 macrumors 65816

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    I bought the iPad 2 with WiFi only. When I upgrade I will definatly go with LTE.
     
  8. upinflames900 macrumors 6502a

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    Personally, I don't think I could justify spending the extra money (and adding a little extra weight) when there isn't many instances when you would need to use it. If you have an iPhone already then I would say stick with the wifi and save the money.
     
  9. jojoba macrumors 68000

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    I'm on the go a lot so I've always included 3g/LTE on my iPads. But if you hardly ever go online outside your home and work place, I don't really think it's worth it. Do you have an iphone? If so, I think you can go online with your iPad via your iphone if you really need to.
     
  10. noteple macrumors 65816

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    If you are asking this now and you are still on the fence, I would get it.
    It's not something you can add later.
    It's incredibly useful and even astounds with LTE speeds.
    Higher resale value as well.
     
  11. irnchriz macrumors 65816

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    I bought both the iPad 2 and iPad (3rd Gen) with cellular. They are on a different network from my iPhone so it pretty much guarantees me data on the go.
     
  12. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    I considered it and it annoys me that Apple charges ~$120 for something that only costs ~$10 = but I still wouldn't purchase an iPad without 3G/LTE connectivity since you can't add it later...

    I travel a few times per year and my Japanese cell phone isn't a "global" phone so I can just get a cheap pre-paid sim to use in the iPad to have connectivity on the go cheaper than renting a smartphone.

    As it is, for the price I paid for my new iPad 64Gb 4G model it will cost me $2.02 per day if I were to give it away at the end of the year (like I gifted my original iPad after a year of use to get this one)...I'd rather avoid Starbucks every day and have an iPad instead = for less!:p
     
  13. Badrottie Suspended

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    I take my iPad with me when I go out everyday so wifi + cellular is for me but use it wisely.
     

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