Which to buy? iPad WiFi, iPad 3G, or iPad 2nd edition???

Discussion in 'iPad' started by TechNutt, May 27, 2010.


Which iPad to buy given that it's almost June?

Poll closed Jul 26, 2010.
  1. iPad WiFi only?

    42 vote(s)
  2. iPad 3G?

    63 vote(s)
  3. Just wait for iPad 2nd edition?

    26 vote(s)
  1. TechNutt macrumors member

    Feb 1, 2007
    Good Day. I am looking for a little advice. Please excuse me if this topic is listed elsewhere but I didn't see it.

    If the only 3 choices given are the following options, which one do you choose?

    1. iPad WiFi?
    2. iPad 3G?
    3. iPad 2011?

    Awhile back, my lady promised me an iPad before it was officially announced in January as a Valentines Day gift if I could wait. Now it's almost June. I guess a had to wait a little while. :rolleyes: In a few weeks, I will be able to get one FINALLY as a gift. However, I now don't know which one to get. Originally, it was supposed to be the Wifi 32G model, but I've been thinking about going 3G instead of just the Wifi and pay the difference out of my own pocket.

    For the 3G iPad users/owners', from your perspectives, is it worth it?

    Maybe I should wait until next April for the 2nd version with a camera or a possible price decrease for the current model in a few months.

    Lastly, is 32G enough or too much? From people's experiences, does the amount of memory you have work for you?

    What are the opinions on this? I appreciate all the advice/responses to help a fellow Macboy out. I really would like an iPad but just need a bit advice before I get one now. I truly appreciate the comments. Thanks!
  2. macmoth macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2010
    i agree ordered a 32gig 3g from the apple site and will be upgrading the memory once it comes in said to be here on June 10.
  3. xlii macrumors 68000


    Sep 19, 2006
    Millis, Massachusetts
    3g is the way to go. If you don't use 3g much you can cancel the contract and renew it for a month or so if you are out of your wifi area. 3g gives you flexibility.
  4. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    32GB is fine unless you plan to move to an uninhabited island for a few months.

    Now that's a neat trick. How to you propose to do that?
  5. msavwah macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2010
    3G with the right amount of memory for your budget. A year is a long time to wait, and a long time to enjoy what we have now.
  6. ClassicII macrumors 6502


    Sep 21, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    To be honest the first edition is just fine, i may hold out for the 2nd though. I think when that happens the 1st gen ones will be very affordable. :)
  7. barkomatic macrumors 68040

    Aug 8, 2008
    I think he means when he gets it, he'll exchange it for the 64?
  8. j3yq macrumors 6502


    Dec 16, 2007
    I'd Like to think I could wait for the second Gen assuming it will be worth the wait... But more than likely Ill buy one soon and enjoy it for the time being, then sell and upgrade.
  9. MacJones macrumors 6502

    May 14, 2010
    I have the wifi only model and I'm very happy with it. There hasn't been a time when I needed 3G because I only use my iPad at work and at home which both have wifi connections. It all comes down to what you need and if you're willing to spend the extra $130 just incase. I knew I wasn't going to use the 3G so I didn't buy one.
  10. Zazoh macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2009
    San Antonio, Texas
    Yup. I travel light, for that I have iPhone. I use my iPad 97% of the time at home on WiFi.

    Until the carrier cuts me a break, there would be no way to justify 3G on both devices.
  11. Dapper macrumors member

    Apr 23, 2010
    That's like saying should I buy a wii or wait for the next model to come out, I see all my friends and family having a good time but I'm going to wait because it will be so much better down the road. You really don't believe that do you?:cool:
    Oh yeah, 3G all the way, very convenient and yes practical.
  12. ajohnson253 macrumors 68000


    Jun 16, 2008
    Hmmm. If usually where your going to be using it at has a wifi connection. Your good with that. If you have an iPhone, there is really no need for 3 G service on something you really don't "need" 3G service on when you can do it on your iPhone. That is the reasoning for me getting my 16GB wifi version. I hardly even have used 4Gigs on my 16 3GS so this 16 ipad is more than enough. I made my decisions based on my lifestyle.

    It's easy, I use anything with Internet at home; mainly because I work at home too.

    I will be expecting my ipad between the 1st & 4th of next month. Great.
  13. TechNutt thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 1, 2007
    I'm probably going to end up doing that as well.

    Very true. I'd rather enjoy now.

    I plan to upgrade my jailbroken iphone with the new iphone 4G, if the design resembles the prototype stolen one (still have 1st gen iphone -- dont ask :eek:), and then I'll just use it tethered with a new iPad. I think I'm going to roll with the WiFi only. I just have to decide if I'm going to buy the 32G or 64G now--probably sticking with 32G.

    But thanks to everyone for the advice and comments. Much appreciated!
  14. pfft macrumors regular

    Sep 16, 2009
    I can't understand people that want something but decide to wait for next years version even though there's no concrete guarantee there will be one.

    It's like a beautiful model asking you to sleep with them and wondering if you should wait for a SUPERmodel to proposition you.

    Life's short, you might be dead this time next year so get a bloody iPad if you want one.
  15. dstar macrumors regular

    May 3, 2010
    When iPad 2 becomes available there should be a lot competition. Maybe you'll end up with something other than an iPad.
  16. doctorxring macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2006

    I was going to wait for the 2ndGen iPad, but then in a moment
    of illumination I decided to skip the 2ndGen iPad, buy the 1st Gen
    and then see what the 3rd Gen shows up with.

    I like my iPad !

    I will probably like it more when OS4 arrives for it later this year.



  17. pfft macrumors regular

    Sep 16, 2009
    I'm going to skip the 2nd, 5th, 6th, 9th and 14th versions of iPads.
  18. Lara F macrumors 6502a

    May 5, 2005
    Montreal, Quebec
    You really think there's not going to be a decent upgrade next year?

    My first gen iPod Touch has no external volume buttons or speakers and it's been a perpetual annoyance compared to my iPhone. 16GB is also too small IMO for the base model these days. If I didn't have the above two devices I'd already have an iPad, but everything besides Netflix and ABC I can do on the smaller screen ok (I've surfed, read ebooks and watched videos extensively long before the iPad was even announced, so I'm used to it).

    Anyhow, that's my POV and YMMV...
  19. Dlanod macrumors 6502a

    Jul 11, 2008
    I have my new 64GB WiFi now. 3G where I want to use it is very patchy and where it's good, I have access to a desktop or laptop with fixed broadband. My experience of 3G even in areas of strong signal is that the bandwith is congested. I'm getting 20MB at home on my iPad and when I go on holiday or on business, I'll use hotel WiFi.

    So I agree - it's very much dependant on what you want to do. I have a Blackberry for email on the go - which is brilliant.
  20. Black.Infinity macrumors 6502


    Apr 17, 2010
    Apple tree-Toronto
    today in canada ipad came finally i had chance to go to futureshop

    i was kind of nervous and alsoo happy to see it and touch it

    and let me tell you something ittt feellssss great when you have it in your hand its awesome:apple::apple::apple::apple:
  21. pfft macrumors regular

    Sep 16, 2009
    I didn't say that I didn't think there would be a decent upgrade next year, or any upgrade for that matter.

    My point is that the FACT of the matter is that there hasn't been an announcement of an iPad 2 and I'm sure that if/when there is one then it's probably about 6-7 months away so it's ludicrous that someone should be talking about buying it when version 1 is only a month or so old.
  22. bniu macrumors 6502a

    Mar 21, 2010
    I'll just buy all 3 as they become available.
  23. RobNor macrumors 6502

    May 29, 2010
  24. raremage macrumors 6502a

    Nov 21, 2005
    Orlando, Florida
    I suggest you just keep waiting. I'm not sure the second gen will be good enough though, so maybe wait for the third gen. It should only be two years.
    Better yet, in a year you should reassess and then maybe the fourth gen will look more appealing. But definitely don't get one now. It's a game changer, the 3G means ubiquitous web and cloud access just about anywhere, but I heard the next gen will include <insert outrageous rumor here> and double the storage, so if I were you, I'd wait.

    Personally, I got the 3G. You should definitely wait though.

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