WiFi Only vs. 3G: How to Decide
This is a discussion on WiFi Only vs. 3G: How to Decide within the iPad General Discussions forums, part of the Apple iPad Discussions category; Originally Posted by stevenflaugher
I don't have a home computer, only a Palm Pre cell phone with Sprint. Can I tether a WiFi iPad with ...
You may have a bit of an issue then, considering that without a home computer, you have no way to back up what's on the iPad. Yes, you should be able to use it and purchase videos, music, books, apps, etc. from the iTunes store, but I'm not positive about that. You may want to check with Apple first to be sure. The iPad is a very cool and potentially very useful computing tool, but it should NOT be considered a replacement for a computer or laptop.
Originally Posted by stevenflaugher
As I said, it may serve you just fine without a computer to sync with/backup to, but I'm not sure I'd want to take that risk, especially if you'll be purchasing content. Also, as time goes on and you acquire more and more "stuff", you may find yourself running out of space on the iPad rapidly. If you don't want to shell out for a laptop, consider getting yourself an inexpensive desktop PC from Wal-Mart. Just about anything they sell running Windows should do the trick. You can get an all in one system with an Atom Processor and Windows 7 ( Walmart.com: MSI 18.5" AE1900-14SUS All-in-One Desktop PC with Intel Atom Processor N230 & Windows 7 Home Premium: Computers ) for under $400. If you don't know if you have WiFi at home, then the answer is "you don't have WiFi at home". You'll need to contact your phone or cable company and get it. Looks like you're in Cleveland (my neck of the woods). AT&T offers pretty inexpensive DSL service. If the combination of a computer and Internet service and an iPad is too rich for your blood, then I'd say the iPad is not something you should be looking at spending money on right now.
I'll apologize in advance if it sounds like I'm talking down to you. I don't mean to. If you're actually in the Cleveland area and need help, send me a PM and maybe I can help you out with more information.
03-21-2010 05:13 PM
VERY HELPFUL INFORMATION! Thanks.
Originally Posted by brobar
I really appreciate this information. I'm a beginner in computers and need all the help I can get. Let's keep in touch.
Originally Posted by KiltedTim
Man now you guys have me seriously looking at the WiFi only version and doing some sort of tethering with my iPhone or maybe a replacement to the iPhone.
I really like my iPhone but with the iPad coming, I dont see using my iPhone for much of anything other than making phone calls...most of the other features and Apps I see doing on the iPad, except maybe internet use at a restaurant or something similar where the iPad would be too large to use.
Another upside, aside from saving $130 upfront and $15 per month would be I could have the iPad April 3rd instead of end of April.
What other phones (other than a jailbroken iPhone) allow you to use it as a Wifi Hotspot?
The dirt cheap desktop is a good option. To add to that you can keep such a basic computer safe by not going online with it. Do not use the web browser or accept files from famally and friends. The less contact it has with the wider internet the less likely it will be to get any kind of Virus or Keylogger(which quitely record what you type and to steal password). I wouldn't even nessisarally keep such a "base station" phyisical connected to any router you get. Maybe plug it in once a week to check for software updates.
Another interesting option for a "Base Station" PC is that it can be connted to most modern TVs which can act as it's monitor. If the onborad video card has an HDMI port even better.
Actually I don't know about getting an all in one as a base station style device. Don't those have the same issues as laptops when you try to get at their hardware? I'd suggest a tower or standard desktop because with those you can always easly pull the internal hard drive if something goes wrong with it. Sorry, sometimes I can be prone to data paranoia. If the point of the cheap PC is data backup then it really should be easy to service.
Last edited by Dorje; 03-21-2010 at 10:34 PM.
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--iPad 2 64 GB Black WiFi "Dynabook 2011. With know-how and integrity"
I am not getting a 3G iPad but probably would if there was any ATT coverage here. May get the 3G when I get my second generation iPad for trips and such.
Although if they put a gps module in this gadget I would be thrilled, Garmin and TomTom would not be thrilled I am sure.
I got the wifi only because I have a sprint overdrive wireless hotspot for those times that i might want to use the ipad away from wifi. I mostly got the ipad to browse on the couch at home (or office), for movies, books, games, and to use it to present my keynote presentations. So for that i didn't really think i needed the 3g version.
I originally ordered a 64GB Wifi only version. I travel a lot (60%+) and spend a lot of time in hotel rooms. I have found that not all hotels have good Wifi. Some hotels have only a wired connection, which will not do me any good for the IPad. With my Iphone, I usually will have either wireless, 3G or both to choose from. Based on this experience, I changed my order to get the 3G 64GB IPad. I hate having to wait longer for it.
Please explain the comment about using a Droid phone. I assume you mean to tether or does the Droid act as a WiFi spot? Also what is MyFi please?
Originally Posted by gentlefury
I ordered a 3G 64B iPad and hate waiting (has anyone seen any rumors about the release date for the 3G version?).
I agree with you not so many Hotel have good Wifi, and it's clear for people like us travel a lot a 3G will be much better ...
Originally Posted by rle737ng
i deeply believe , i will not carry so often as now my MBP ... iPad will do most of i need in bizz trip
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