iPad etc – do I need 3G
Been wanting to get an iPad mini for a while now. What I’m unsure about is if I should get a 3G version or not?
I’ll be using it at home and at work mostly, with the occasional time of browsing on the train etc occasionally. Do I really need a 3G version just for that? Would using the signal on my iPhone be fine and save myself £100?
Cheers!Posted 5 years agomark90Member
Missus has a 3g Xoom and in the 9 months we’ve had it never had a need for 3g. Based on that experience I recently got a WiFi only Nexus. Just tether them to the phones. But both tablets have GPS and that it’s something I’d not want to be without. Yes the phones have GPS too, but sometimes it’s better to use the bigger screen on the tablet and built in GPS makes it so easy.Posted 5 years agomark90Member
No real drawback as long as your mobile provider allows it, or at least doesn’t really monitor/block it. Wouldn’t say I find it any hassle. Tablet almost always has Wi-Fi on, one click on the phone to switch hot spot on and tablet automatically connects. Job done. Also has the advantage that you can position phone for best signal (eg near a window) while sitting where ever you want with the tablet.
GPS may not be a big deal, depends what you want to use if for. Missus likes to use it for realtime mapping when she’s navigating us around the country lanes when we’re away in the camper van.Posted 5 years agoofficialtobMember
I strongly advise spending that little bit more now and getting a 3G version, even if you don’t use it that much.
A Samba Mobile SIM card means you get completely free 3G data whilst in the UK, providing you watch a couple of adverts now and again to too up your data ‘battery’. My dad is with Samba, and its perfect if he’s just out and about and wants to check his email without the faff of finding wi-fi.Posted 5 years agoCountZeroMember
FWIW, I’m eventually going to get a Mini, and GPS is a must; the pocketability and screen size makes it perfect for using OS maps. They’re great on an iPhone, but fantastic on a full-size iPad, the Mini screen is an ideal size for use in the field, about the size of a folded OS map.Posted 5 years ago
With the right mounting, it’s a damn good car satnav using CoPilot or TomTom.
Actually, Apple Maps are pretty good for voice guidance as well, although CoPilot lets you edit routes.ross980Member
I’ve got a WiFi only iPad 3 – no regrets here. Works perfectly tethered to my HTC Desire on Orange, even with video calling on Skype (Skype seemed to gobble data though at roughly 10mb/min – my 500mb/month bundle is nearly all gone after 3x video calls home last week…)
O2 have just finished a half price sale on PAYG mifi pocket hotspots – £35 (plus £5 cashback on Quidco/TCB) for the mifi + 1gb data valid for 3 months (or 2gb for 1 month). With a bit of tinkering it’ll work with a Giff Gaff sim too. It also can connect up to 5 devices (will prob be v. slow though). £30 seemed too much of a bargain to not get one. Might be worth keeping an eye out in case the offer is repeated?Posted 5 years agodanielgrovesMember
I have an iPad3, with LTE. No regrets in spending the extra, perfect for on the train and sat at airports (I live in Plymouth, and my dad in Edinburgh so I spend a lot of time flying in between). Also saved me some over the summer when I moved into a new flat and had to wait six weeks for the interest to be turned on.
Like you I have WiFi at work and home, so do not use the data unless I am elsewhere.
I also love working in coffee shops, so it’s ideal in that situation as more often than not the WiFi in them is either rubbish, or just doesn’t work.
Only you can really make the decision about weather you need 3G/LTE though, personally I wouldn’t buy another without it.Posted 5 years agobikebouyMember
I’ve got a 4G IPad 3
I had a Nexus7 but that was too small and pants because… it had no Flash and 3G..
So I bought and iPad and it’s perfect for surfing whilst sitting on the Train, even use it for nav in That Larndarn. But I’m with Sky and they have a free WiFi network and I’m hoping one day I get to use that (if I can be bothered to find a location that is) So I use a 3 SIM only and £15.00 a mth. I know that sounds expensive to some, but to me it’s a couple of beers and I get the flexiability to use the iPad where ever I go.
Soooo.. so I’d say get the 3G one and either use it via SIM or don’t use it, it’s just you have the capability if you ever need it.
As to IOS, well it ain’t Andriod (which I’m used to) but it ain’t that dissimilar and easy to use.Posted 5 years agoGrahamSSubscriber
Wifi-only iPad 3 here – can’t say I’ve ever missed having 3G at all.
It takes literally seconds to tether to the phone if I do need mobile data.
Calculate (how many times you will ever need mobile data on your ipad) x 10 seconds * (your hourly rate) and see if that comes anywhere close to the £100 extra you have to pay for built-in 3GPosted 5 years ago
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