I noticed a few members had asked other members for advice on if they should consider going for Wi-Fi only or for Wi-Fi and 3G models or similar questions like that.
So I figure to write this post to help with their answers. I wish to point out that I am not stopping them and I respect their needs to ask other members, but just that thought they should be aware of the fact:
The only best person to answer questions like those is the person who just asked those questions in the first place.
Think about it.
You know what you usually do with your life, what you eat for breakfast, where do you want to go, what are you doing when you pop outdoors, what do you want to use your iPad for, will you be using Internet indoors or outdoors, what do you want to look for on the Internet, and all that.
Asking other members if you should have the Wi-Fi only or 3G model would be like asking other members if you should drink tea or coffee. Because other members don’t really know about your personal habits and are going to give their answers based on their needs not on your own needs.
The first rule is always ask yourself the following questions:
Do I want the iPad only for at home where I have Wi-Fi access?
Do I really need to access the Internet when I am out and about, mostly out of reach of any Wi-Fi hotspots?
If I need to access the Internet when I am out of reach of Wi-Fi hotspots, is whatever I want to access the Internet on my iPad really important or can it wait until either I find the nearest Internet café or McDonalds with free Wi-Fi access, or can it ever wait until I get home and use my Wi-Fi broadband?
And so on with many questions like that.
Let me explain about my needs. I know that sometimes I will be driving out in the countryside, out of range of Wi-Fi hotspots and will need to use my iPad to access Google Maps, so I do have a reason to need 3G. I knew I need to have 3G so I chose to buy iPad with 3G rather than to ask other members if I should go for Wi-Fi only or with 3G. This is just me, it is the way I want to do. I opt for 3G ever if members may try to suggest I aim for Wi-Fi only.
Supposing that you were to ask me if you should consider buying 3G or not and I told you to go for 3G, only that you never used 3G at all. It would be not my fault but yours. How were I to know that you only use your iPad at home where you have Wi-Fi, and you only ever once or twice used an Internet café with free Wi-Fi access but otherwise, never ever used your iPad when you went somewhere out of range of Wi-Fi hotspots.
Equally some members only used their iPads at home with their Wi-Fi access, and some will only ever used Internet cafes/McDonalds or similar, but have never needed to use 3G so suggested to you to save money and aim for Wi-Fi only model. Expect that you do go out for a walk in the countryside and find yourself not being able to connect to the Internet because you are out of range of Wi-Fi and have no 3G. They didn’t know that so gave you the wrong advice, you knew you would be out in the countryside where there are no Wi-Fi hotspots and you are likely to need to use 3G.
If you know you are likely to need to access the Internet when you are out of range of Wi-Fi hotspots, then go for 3G.
If you know you are mostly likely to use your iPad at home with your Wi-Fi access or sometimes use at café with free Wi-Fi access, but never bothered to use your iPad when out of range of Wi-Fi, then you know you don’t need 3G.
Hope this helps any members wanting to know if they should go for Wi-Fi only model or Wi-Fi and 3G model, be able to know what they really want.