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

    Jun 18, 2009
    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


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
  3. Zepaw macrumors 65816


    Apr 18, 2010
    "# 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.
  4. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
  5. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    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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