A few bad units and the usual issues with routers not working well with new equipment, and you have fustration. Add the fact that they cannot produce iPads fast enough, and returns will take a while to get back into the system. This is why a lot of people wait before buying a new product. It has always been my policy to not buy a car after a major overhaul, or total redesign. It also applies to electronics, but that can be even harder to do, since they change so quickly.
The other side of it is, as an early adopter (raises hand), it is comforting to know how quickly and easily apple is handling these issues and offering replacements for those units that are in fact deemed defective. Kudos to apple for standing behind the quality of their products. I really want my 3G now.
The problem is that Apple hasn't made a public statement as to what the problem actually is. Bad batch of wireless cards or something else? The article that they put up regarding iPad WiFi issues is basically calling people stupid. They need to do better and do better soon.
Originally Posted by Edlex
I am holding off on my purchase of a 3G if the WiFi situation is not resolved by their release date.
I had BAD wifi problems initially. This despite my Palm Pre connecting with no problems to wireless feeds all over. Apple recommends that dual-band routers have their different bands set up as different wireless networks. At home I have a dual b and g band router, but I never use the b (my only devices are either g or n band). So I just turned off the b band and made my router g only. This produced a DRAMATIC improvement, but I still had problems with hesitation (on other networks, as well as my own). I was still unhappy, both because of the remaining problems, and because I intend to use my iPad with strange wifi networks when I travel, and I'm not going to be able to ask my hosts to change their browser settings for my convenience!
I got an appointment at the Apple store, and the "Genius" offered to switch out my iPad within fifteen minutes. That was just a couple of days ago, no problems since. (knock on wood)