Using Wifi vs 3G on ipad

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Alectric, Apr 28, 2010.

  1. Alectric macrumors regular

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    On my home wifi network with the iPhone when I "slide to unlock" will be on 3G for about 20-30 second before switching over to wifi and will be using the 3G for that amount of time. Anyone think this will occur with the iPad 3G? The reason I ask is cause if I purchase 250megs and a friend grabs my iPad and starts surfing, I dont want to be using precious bites. I could just turn off 3G while at home, but might not always remember to do so.
     
  2. -Ryan- macrumors 68000

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    I don't know what the difference is between iPhone WiFi and other WiFi (Macbooks and iPad), but my iPad connects to the network immediately upon waking it from sleep --- not even enough time to open up the browser, let alone start surfing.
     
  3. Alectric thread starter macrumors regular

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    My experience was the same with my wifi iPad and hoping it will be the same on the 3G.
     
  4. stridemat Moderator

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    We aren't really going to know until iPad's with 3G are in peoples hands.
     
  5. ovrlrd macrumors 65816

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    Same here, but I think the answer is that the iPad will work differently anyway. The main reason the iPhone experiences this behavior is because it turns off Wi-Fi when asleep to save battery. This is not the case with the iPad, the Wi-Fi stays on when it's asleep. So basically when you wake up a Wi-Fi + 3G, assuming you didn't get disconnected from Wi-Fi somehow while it was sleeping, it won't have this problem.

    This of course is just based on the Wi-Fi only model, it might work differently with the 3G.
     

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