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January 15, 2012 2:32 PM Subscribe
Where should I have 3G function? iPhone or iPad?
posted by SLC Mom to computers & internet (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
In October I broke down and bought a 3G iPhone. I love it, use it all the time.
On Friday I won an iPad2 in a drawing. (YAY! Thank you KPCC, you are my favorite radio station, ever!) Delivery in about 2 weeks, so I don't have it in my hands yet. I have played with iPads before though and love them. But from what I can tell today, this iPad will be wifi only.
I was looking forward to having 3G on a larger screen, using it as a GPS in the car, being able to browse the web while out and about, etc. I thought all iPads had 3G. Who knew?
Definitely a first world problem here, but still...
1. Will Apple let me upgrade it/swap it +cost for a 3G model?
2. What combination of iPad + some phone makes the most sense functionally? and financially?
iPad WiFi + iPhone: Is it too frustrating not to have your full iPad functions all the time? (I have heard about using the iPhone to create a personal hotspot, and then to use the WiFi on the iPad, but I think that is like $20 /month, which is more than an upgraded iPad would be.)
iPad 3G +iPhone: I would have to pay for two separate data plans, right?
iPad 3G + dumb phone: I can picture using iPad for my browsing and using a non-smart cell phone. Daughter would be happy to swap phones with me I think. Or does a smart phone offer something a 3G iPad does not (besides phone calls)
I keep a 200 MB data plan only, so we are not talking about huge amounts of data here.
In short: What combination do you use? What are the benefits and problems that you have found with it?