will the 3G iPad battery last as long as the wifi iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by btownguy, Apr 22, 2010.

  1. btownguy macrumors 6502a

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    when you've got 3G turned off? I'm buying a 3G iPad basically for "insurance". I don't plan on using 3G much and never at home. So, if I'm using wifi at my house, can I expect the same battery life as the current wifi only iPad?
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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  3. Zepaw macrumors 65816

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    "# Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music
    # Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using 3G data network"

    I would bet money it will be basically the same battery life if 3G is off.
     
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  5. samcraig macrumors P6

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    I've never experienced any difference turning location services on or off. Technically you can't turn GPS "off" - it's a chip and always active. It's the apps that run that eat battery. Google Maps - with it's constant geolocating + map redraws sucks the life out of a battery. But the chip itself does very little power draw. And if you're not in an app that uses constant gps/refreshes - there's not going to be battery draw. If any - negligible. And again - you can't turn OFF GPS. You can only turn off Location Services.
     

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