The "What iPad to choose?"-guide

Discussion in 'iPad' started by ThatsMeRight, Mar 14, 2010.

  1. ThatsMeRight macrumors 68020

    Sep 12, 2009
    Everyone is hesitating: shall I buy the iPad WiFi only version or the iPad which has 3G as well?

    I can't determine how you live and I can't decide what iPad (WiFi-only or WiFi+3G) you are going to buy but I can help as much as I can.

    Why (not) to choose for the iPad 3G...

    GPS and cellular in the iPad 3G
    The iPad 3G includes a GPS and is able to connect to a 3G network. If you are travelling a lot and you are planning to use your iPad about everywhere - for example in a car or at work - than the ability to have internet everywhere would be great. If you are planning to use your iPad as a big TomTom, than GPS would be nice as well. Note that your iPad will increase in size: in height about 0,3 milimetre and in width about 0,1 milimetre.

    Personal living situation: 'WiFi everywhere'
    Think about your personal living situation. There's a big chance you've got WiFi at home where you will probably use it most of the time. When you go somewhere else, there will probably be an open WiFi network (like at the Mc Donalds, but also just in cities). And what about work? There probably is WiFi too over there. And let's assume you've got a smartphone with internet acces. If you are travelling in, let's say, a car. What will you do earlier? Get your iPad to check a webpage, or quickly get your smartphone to browse the web. You probably won't browse the web all the time, but you will also use apps... and not all of them require an internet connection. This is a quote I posted earlier in a topic over here, which goes further into this.

    The black strip
    This will be different for each and everyone of us. Some may like the black strip on the iPad, and others may not like. You might think about the 'good old times' when the iPhone was just launched. Just remember that this black strip is also visible at the front of your iPad.

    The price: $15 or $30 for internet on GRPS, EDGE and 3G
    No contract. Just $15 or $30 a month for 250 mb and unlimited internet. Internet everywhere for a solid price without a contract. Everywhere you will find internet with this cheap 3G plan. And if there's no 3G, than you will fall back on EDGE and if necessary even GRPS.

    The price for the iPad 3G: +$130.
    To get 3G and GPS you need to pay an extra $130. This is pretty expensive, especially when you compare it like this:

    If you want to have GPS and 3G (number 3) than you should pay another $130 to model number 1 but that's without doubling the capacity. If you leave out 3G and GPS, but you pay 'just' another $100 you will double the capacity (number 2).

    Re-sale value
    If you are planning to get iPad Revision 2 (R2) next year, than you will probably sell your iPad. You will get more money for a WiFi+3G model than for a WiFi-only model. Though, you should think about the fact if people are willing to pay for it next year.

    No nation wide coverage
    Remember you won't find 3G all through-out the nation. Sure, when there's no 3G the connection it might fall back on EDGE or GRPS but are you willing to wait a long time to load an internet webpage? EDGE and GRPS are really slow compared to 3G and 3G-coverage isn't very good yet.

    So, what iPad model should I get?
    That's totally up to you. Again: look at your personal situation. There's WiFi kinda everywhere now a days, and what will you do faster? Get your smartphone and browse the web, or your iPad while you're travelling? You should decide for your self, but I hope you now have 'a better vision' on what to do.

  2. goobot macrumors 603


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    the good thing about the black strip is showing off that you got the better model
  3. sparkstsa macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2010
    With a case, you aren't really gonna notice the black strip.
  4. santaliqueur macrumors 6502a

    Aug 7, 2007
    In before "lolz the Apple logo on the back showz u overpaid".


    But for some of us, the better model is the one that fits us best. For me, the wifi only one is the better model.
  5. WytRaven macrumors 6502

    Mar 19, 2009
    Orbiting Mercury
    #5 you actually think every single iPad coming off the production line is exactly the same size?? There is no size difference between the two types. Ever heard of manufacturing tolerances?
  6. ThatsMeRight thread starter macrumors 68020

    Sep 12, 2009
    It's in the FCC report, so I just included it.
  7. reybart macrumors member

    Aug 8, 2003
    The black strip on the macbook pro is one of the reasons why I went for the macbook air. The same reason why I went for the wi-fi only.
  8. tiguk macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2008
    The very definition of 'form over function'?
  9. goobot macrumors 603


    Jun 26, 2009
    long island NY
    interesting. so you rather have a more expensive horrible computer than a cheaper better computer that has a black strip?

    i swear we are doomed as a race
  10. reybart macrumors member

    Aug 8, 2003
    My MBA serves me well . Aesthetic value matters to me most:)! Plus I, already have my 3Gs.
  11. hitekalex macrumors 68000


    Feb 4, 2008
    Chicago, USA
    Congratulations - you're typical Apple customer.
  12. vini-vidi-vici macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2010
    I really hate being the grammar policeman. But "Which iPad", not "What iPad"
  13. marksman macrumors 603


    Jun 4, 2007
    never mind. I thought there was an "per" in there somewhere.
  14. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    I have a 32gb WIFI on reservation for pickup at an Apple Store. I'm starting to wonder if I should have picked the 64gb just for resale. Who wants to buy a used mid-range model? For me the memory fits the bill, but most people will either buy the 16gb used for cheapness or the maxed out 64gb. Though perhaps most people buying the 64gb will likely go for the 3g option anyway? So maybe it doesn't matter? In addition there is a good chance the wife will end up with it so it might all be a moot point.
  15. bobdard macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2008
    The highest model isn't always the best for resale. There are many people who won't care about all that storage, and wouldn't value the 64GB model $100 (or say $70 a year from now) over the 32GB model. They'll think that they need 20GB, so regardless both fits fine and won't want the bigger one. You will definitely get more dollar for it a year down the road, but I really doubt you will get a higher (or even same) percentage for salvage value on a 64GB model. That's just my opinion. I do think the 3G models will have better salvage value on the 64GB option though, because of the reason you mentioned.
  16. flynz4 macrumors 68040

    Aug 9, 2009
    Portland, OR
    I agree that choosing a computer as a function of the black strip also seems silly to me.

    However... unlike you, I bought the MBA because it is much better than the MBP... and I do own both, and I use both of them every day. I use a MBP for work, and an MBA as my personal laptop. I prefer the MBA 10X over the MBP.

  17. Gromet macrumors regular


    Jul 27, 2007
    So having a black plastic strip makes it a better model? Having 3G makes it a better model? Talk about dumb and naive.

    Interesting... I personally have ZERO need for 3G. I have a Verizon MiFi, Wireless in my house and office, Planes have WiFi, Trains have WiFi, Cars are now coming with built in WiFi, there is a Hot Spot on every corner these days etc...

    So the way I see it, the only thing that makes one model "better" then another might be that one has more storage space then the other. So I personally think that my 64Gig WiFi is the "BEST" as I have ALL the functionality and storage space, but save $130.00 on the unit and $30 a month in fee's...

    Plus in two weeks the thing will be jailbroken and tetherable...

  18. d0mth0ma5 macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2008
    Whilst I don't endorse the whole i'm buying the more expensive one because you can tell that it is more expensive (although i'm sure that poster is joking, I hope). If the 3G version was the same price as the WiFi version of course you would choose the 3G version (before you come back with the battery life arguement, turn off the 3G when you don't need it), therefore it is the better version, maybe not the best version for your specific needs but still the better all round but at a higher price.

    Also, if everywhere has WiFi why do you need a MiFi? I'm considering buying the 3 Network equivalent of the MiFI in the UK, but being put off by the (apparently) woeful reception/connection and so I am leaning heavily towards the 3G version (although if another MiFi comes out i'll happily spend a bit less on my iPad).
  19. ThatsMeRight thread starter macrumors 68020

    Sep 12, 2009
    That you can buy an iPad with 3G, doesn't mean it's better. They are equal.
  20. bossxii macrumors 68000

    Nov 9, 2008
    Kansas City
    Which translates to... I'm going to lube up and bend over so AT&T can stick it to me yet again for another data package vs tethering.

    Ya sounds like the better one for sure! :D:rolleyes:
  21. Becordial macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2009
    The iPad is the ultimate device to be able to really have a bit of functionality and connectivity but still be able to leave the urban jungle if you wish.

    Heavy wi-fi coverage is by no means universal in many countries and, almost everywhere, stops being widely available in public spaces as soon as you get 10-20 kilometres out of the city.

    For those who like to travel more than just in their home/office/city area, I can't imagine who would settle for Wi-Fi only.
  22. optophobia macrumors 6502a


    Oct 26, 2007
    Hudson MA
    I ordered Wifi only, since I will use my iphones data connection if needed via MyWi , so there is your answer.
  23. Becordial macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2009
    That is a pretty good solution actually. It's in Cydia right?
  24. ThatsMeRight thread starter macrumors 68020

    Sep 12, 2009
    I guess so, but it's been mentioned a few times so you can use the search function if you really want to know that.

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