The Great iPad Experiment

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by BeyondtheTech, Apr 13, 2010.


Which configuration would you choose?

  1. Stick with the MacBook and iPhone 3GS.

    10 vote(s)
  2. Sell the MacBook, get an iPad, keep the 3GS.

    0 vote(s)
  3. Sell the MacBook and 3GS, get an iPad+3G and a dumbphone.

    1 vote(s)
  4. Sell the MacBook and 3GS, get an iPad, dumbphone, and MiFi.

    1 vote(s)
  1. BeyondtheTech macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2007
    So, I bought my iPad on its launch day for my wife, and I was quickly enamored with the device's capabilities and potential.

    I initially bought the iPad so I could take my wife's current MacBook, which she only used for surfing the internet. I would use it to develop my iPhone and iPad games and apps. More than a fair trade, I thought.

    She loves the device's weight, the ease of use, the sheer speed, battery life, and the accessibility.

    But, so do I.

    So much so, that I began thinking - what if I sell the MacBook and pick up an iPad+3G in its place? With full-featured apps such as LogMeIn Ignition and iTeleport using the full iPad resolution, I could simply remote into my iMac at home and theoretically do anything I need to do, even develop apps. I have a 180-minute commute each day to work, and it's not always convenient to lug around and open up a notebook in a crowded train.

    Additionally, I even considered dropping my iPhone 3GS and going back to a dumbphone plus the iPad+3G. After all, I won't be tied to a 2-year data plan, as the iPad+3G will allow me to downgrade to $15 a month for 250MB or stop it completely if I don't need it. It's much safer, too - I won't feel so compelled to whip out an iPad when I'm driving a car (don't say you haven't done it with your iPhone!).

    For those who haven't tried, the iPad basically does and runs everything the iPhone can, with the exception of a camera and a GPS (unless I get the iPad+3G).

    Considering that AT&T has no tethering option, I had to come up with viable options:
    • MacBook, iPhone 3GS: full-featured notebook but comparatively heavy to lug around and use, can surf the net via my purchased copy of NetShare, or jailbreak and buy MyWi ($10). Jailbreaking has no guarantee for future compatibility.
    • iPhone 3GS, iPad: lightweight setup, must jailbreak and buy MyWi ($10) for iPhone 3GS, connect iPad to iPhone's data. Jailbreaking has no guarantee for future compatibility.
    • dumbphone, iPad+3G: lightweight setup, no AT&T data contract - shifted to iPad+3G and charged whenever needed, GPS capable, $130 more expensive
    • dumbphone, MiFi, iPad: lightweight setup, no AT&T data contract, but will require a 2-year data plan, can be any carrier (hint: more reliable), MiFi supports multiple devices, upwards of $200?

    I've never jailbroken my device. I just don't like the idea of it, but with AT&T's lack of tethering and no current way to connect the iPhone 3GS's data plan to the iPad, MyWi is actually the only solution to date, unless I'm mistaken.

    Also, I wouldn't know what the return would be for a pre-unibody white MacBook with 4GB (DDR2-667) and a 320GB hard drive. I would obviously want it to cover the cost of an iPad 16/32GB+3G. Yes, I'm considering offers, if it doesn't violate the terms of this forum.

    Granted, I can't carry around an iPad everywhere, so if I drop my iPhone 3GS and its imposed data plan, I'll be "disconnected" for that time being. I know, in today's world, I might as well be popping quarters in an arcade machine and carrying a SkyTel beeper. But, maybe that's actually a good thing, too. I do know I'll be carrying my iPad as much as I can, though.

    What are your thoughts? Do you find yourself at similar crossroads?
  2. techound1 macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2006
    Do you really want to try to do dev work over a 3G internet signal while on a train. I'm seeing glaciers...
  3. finnschi macrumors 6502

    Dec 30, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    I second that!

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