This is a discussion on Advice wanted ASAP please within the iPad 3 Forum forums, part of the Apple iPad Discussions category; Originally Posted by AQ_OC If you turn off the cellular antenna, I would bet battery life is very similar on both models. One would like ...
Thanks for the info guys, I have 2 days left to make up my mind, one point that has stuck out, is the fact I do travel abroad a lot, so I assume laying out the extra £100 will be worth it in the long run, as I know only too well the cost of using a device abroad especially when you can find a hotspot.
You could just get a myfi unit to provide you with your own mobile hotspot. I use one with my iPad 2, if you get an unlocked myfi you can put a local PAYG sim in wherever you are.Originally Posted by brunodjkj
I've tried tethering via my phone but it's really slow, what's myfi?
It's a small device that takes an incoming 3G signal and then converts it to a wifi hotspot for up to 5 devices. You can get them on contract or PAYG.Originally Posted by brunodjkj
You might find your current data provider has them.
Will that be faster than tethering from my phone?
Depending how the mini works, would it be faster if I actually got the 4g iPad with a direct sim in it?
I was tempted to go for a mifi unit and wifi iPad but in the end decided on a 4G(3G here in the UK) Ipad. When I weighed up the cost of £80+ for the mifi unit then the PAYG credit, or £20 on contract I decided that I may as well fork out the extra £100 and use PAYG as and when I need it. I will probably only use it occasionally for work when away from wifi hotspots but it is a personal necessity. I'n not really concerened about resale value as i'll probably end up giving the iPad3 to my daughter in 12 months when the iPad 4 comes out
I have had the iPad 1 and then iPad 2 so for me personally it's saved me £200 so far and if I go to the new pad it'll be £300 saving. I use a "3" network myfi which is faster than my home broadband connection.......but what works for me won't work for others. I also got the myfi on a special deal, £20 off of normal selling price and £20 of data thrown in so all in all it was a good buy for me.Originally Posted by spartan1195
You did get a good deal, i'm with 3 payg data 20 quid for 3gig/3 months which is plenty for me. I think its a personal preference dependant on your individual circumstances. For me the mifi was a reminder of the dongle i had to faf with on my laptop. My iPad will essentially now be my laptop replacement when on the road so i'd rather only have one piece of kit. Dont want to mess about lugging a 3 inch piece of plastic around as well