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iPad 3G Is It Worth Getting

The Apple iPad is a great tablet unit. It is so good that it might just go down in history as the device
that changed the tablet industry for good. People cannot get enough of the iPad since its first
generation a year ago. Sitcoms talk about it, movies refer to it, and just about everyone talks about
it (good or bad, but it is an ice breaker).

For those of us seriously considering purchasing an iPad, the inevitable question that we all face is
whether or not to get the 3G edition. It is true that people cares more about 3G than its capacity to
hold data. Many people ended up sacrificing storage just so that they can get an iPad 3G. The
question I seek to answer here is whether it is worth it to get an iPad 3G edition.

iPad comes with WIFI; it would be ridiculous for an internet device to not have any network
capabilities, but why is the choice of getting an iPad 3G a dilemma for a lot of people? Well, for
starters, it will require a bigger bank to get one.

A regular 16 GB WIFI iPad costs $499 from the Apple store, and you add $100 each to get up to
32 GB and 64 GB versions. Now, if you want the iPad 3G you will have to pay $130 more on top of
the regular price tag. So a 16 GB iPad 3G + WIFI will cost $629, and subsequently the 64 GB
edition is now a whopping $829.

The increase in cost may not be as much of an issue to most people if it stopped there, but it
doesn't. In the States AT&T and Verizon are currently offering iPad plans. From AT&T users have
the choice of a personal plan that gives you 250mb for $14.99 a month of bandwidth (how much
data you can download and upload monthly), and a 2 GB data plan for $25. Most people would
sign up for the 2 GB, because for the price it just makes much more sense to get it. So for
personal use, and if those bandwidth are even adequate, an iPad 3G owner is looking at an extra
300 dollars a year. For example, you purchased the 16 GB iPad 3G edition like many people that
faces the same dilemma and paid $629. By the end of the first year, this iPad would have cost you
$929, and if you stuck with the plan, you are looking at $300 extra every year thereafter.

Problem, if you are internet savvy, or technology savvy, which most of us are now a day, you will
quickly realize that 2 GB a month on an iPad is not enough, you are pretty much limited to just
browsing and emails, by browsing I mean text browsing. YouTube will kill your bandwidth and it
will cost you a lot more. AT&T charges $10 for ever GB over!! If this gets on the hand of a
teenager that doesn't really understand where money is coming from, parents, be ready for a
shocker on your next bill. The sole purpose of an iPad is to stay online! All the time! And 2 GB of
bandwidth is not what the internet world runs on.

So, you realized that you need more bandwidth. Good! Because Verizon offers more than AT&T!
Verizon cleverly or openly avoided the 250 MB and the 2 GB market that AT&T offers, instead,
they offer a 1, 3, 5 or 10 GB plans. The 10 GB iPad 3G plan will cost you $80 a month! That is
$960 a year! (I'm selling my precious motorbike for only $1200, and it is a lot more fun than an
iPad 3G if you ask me). Not a lot of people that thought this through would get the 10 GB plan,
now I'm not including those that don't care; I am strictly speaking to people like me, who can really
appreciate $960 that maybe a little more useful spent elsewhere.

For our friends in Canada, buying an iPad is even a bigger tear dropping experience. The units are
more expensive in Canada, averaging $20 more on off the price tag alone. Which doesn't make
sense because a). Canadian dollars are stronger, and b). It doesn't cost that much to ship across
the border. With the current conversion rate, 512 Canadian Dollars equals to 537 US Dollars. If
you factor conversion rates in, iPads in Canada are close to being $40 more expensive than the
exact same US models. Thankfully, the iPad 3G data plans offered in Canada by Rogers and Bell
are on par with that offered in the states.

Nearing the end of this dilemma, most people would get a 16 GB iPad 3G and a 2 to 5 GB plan
from either AT&T or Verizon. They would strictly instruct their kids or themselves to use WIFI at
home and ONLY use 3G conservatively, no YouTube videos in the mall, no streaming music in the
park no.....you get the point. Why are you even getting an iPad 3G if that is the case?

You get an iPad 3G because you love the internet, and that you feel comfortable with internet in
your pocket anywhere you go whenever you go. I will not advice people to forget about iPad 3G,
because let us face the truth, it is that good to be able to use internet everywhere you go,
especially on an awesome device such as the iPad.

There is a solution to this dilemma. It is not perfect, but it works for most people. The magic is
tethering. If you are shopping for an iPad chances are you or the person you are buying it for
already have a 3G device, almost all smart phone owners have some sort of data plan. For iPhone
or Androids tethering is a quite simple thing to do. You will be able to find a how to guide on the
World Wide Web in no time. What tethering does is it turns your smart phone into a WIFI
podcaster through your existing data plan, as a result you can connect your iPad via WIFI to your
phone and use its 3G services! Since most of us have our phone all the time anyways, it is a neat

The drawback will still be the same, you still want to limit your data usage, although 2 GB of data
may seem a lot on a phone, but on a much more powerful device like the iPad it won't hold much
long the moment you start browsing some heavy entertainment suff. The benefit of using tethering
will save you that $130 from not getting the iPad 3G edition and hundreds of dollars on a separate
data plan.

Some people have asked why not cancel the data plan on their phone and get the iPad plan
instead. Well, if you must choose one, the phone's data plan is much more versatile. Though the
iPad is quite portable it is not as pocket friendly as your phone. Last time I tried to squeeze an
iPad down my trousers it ripped the pocket apart. Also, if you are one of those people that got an
awesome data deal on your phone, congratulations to you, it just means you get way more data
privilege through tethering than other folks.

In conclusion, it is nice to have an iPad 3G edition, but for now it is just not worth it. The extra cost
and maintenance is really a deal breaker. Even if you have put aside the money for an iPad 3G, I
would recommend using the money and upgrade it to a 64 GB edition, that way you can use WIFI
to download all the entertainments you want and watch it on the go without using 3G.

Maybe one day it will be worth it to get an iPad 3G, maybe one day a fair price will be given to
those services. $20 a month is not a lot of money, but $20 for a gig of bandwidth is just ridiculous
in 2011.

Thank you for reading iPad 3G, is it worth it?

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