Ipad- wifi vs 3g? 16 or 32?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ktmaty, Jun 19, 2010.

  1. ktmaty macrumors newbie

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    I am looking to purchase an ipad. I heard that the 3g version had a bad battery life. True or false? Also, for the average user, would a 16gb be enough or is it worth it to pay up for the 32gb version. Thanks!
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    3G has an extra 3G chip so yeah, it does have worse battery life when 3G is turned on. I don't know how much worse though.

    What are you planning to put there? How much you have stuff in iTunes now?
     
  3. Moomba macrumors regular

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    The battery in the 3G iPad is just fine. I've heard there is ~10% extra battery drain when using 3G networks, but my battery lasts for frickin' ever. I use it iPad throughout the day and I see around 20% drain on the batter per day. So on an average week I can go 4-5 days without charging it up again. By comparison I will totally drain an iPhone 3G in less than one day. Since I have the 3G iPad and am not using the phone as much my iPhone only uses maybe 40% of the batter life in a day.

    As for the 16 vs 32 I cannot say. I have the 64gb one and have about 60gb free. But I use mine mostly for email and web work as well as remote administration of some servers. I have a 16gb iPhone and it's totally full so it really depends if you are going to be offloading video/audio to the ipad or not. Personally, I like havign plenty of extra room so that if I take a longer trip I can just use it on the plane or anytime I get bored, in addition to doing actual work. When in doubt... get more memory I say!
     

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