3G or not 3G: That’s the IPad Question of the Century

If you’re like me and hang with other geeks that love to discuss new technology you’ve bound to come across the argument of buying an IPad with 3G or not 3G.  Both sides of the coin have great points for their camp, but it still comes down to your own way of rationalizing spending money.  I came across some great articles today that really make strong cases for both types of IPads.

The 3G camp states that you don’t really know what the IPad is going to be used for right now, so in another year when the device has settled in, it may be a requirement to have 3G.  They also highlight the fact that only 3G IPads have GPS capability, which could be a huge factor for some people that travel all the time.  The 3G’ers make another good point, which is the fact that you don’t have to pay for the 3G if you don’t use it, so it’s nice to know you have it if you ever need it.  You can buy monthly plans from AT&T that range from $15 – $30 duckets, which can be canceled when you don’t need the service anymore.  All good points in my opinion.  You can check out the full Pro 3G article here.

The Wi-Fi only camp also makes some great counter points to the 3G dilemma.  The first point is the savings of $130 per model.  They also say most IPad users will already have 3G phones, so if they need to look something up while they’re out of their Wi-Fi cloud why not use the smartphone that you already pay a boat load of cash for.  They also make the point that AT&T and Verizon will be rolling out their LTE networks next year, so the 3G chip in your pad may be rendered useless by this new type of network.  Again, these are also good points.  You can check out the full Con 3G article here.

Finally, I came across a non-biased article that breaks down all of the IPad models and their features.  This is a great article to help consumers that don’t like making their own decisions.  It breaks down what type of user is best suited for each model.  You can check it out here.

You’ve been enlightened…


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Matt Heywood is the founder and EIC of where he strives to make you a better geek, one post at a time! When he’s not scouring the Internet for interesting nuggets of awesomeness he can be found in his secret lair enjoying the latest and greatest video games, taking pictures of toys, or talking Star Wars on EB’s Star Wars Time podcast show.