My Note Pad

My Notepad

I was looking at one of my notepads today (pictured above) and I was quite surprised. Not only does my notepad have the name of the Apple Tablet, it also has the name of the processor used, the A4! I’ve had this set of notepads for ages, if only I had known :-P.

Anyway, as the days are nearing, I started thinking of which version of the iPad would be the best. The breakdown is like this:

16GB 32GB 64GB
Wi-Fi $499 $599 $699
Wi-Fi + 3G $629 $729 $829

So this is my logic and choice for the best iPad to get.

Just Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi + 3G

1. First off, New Zealand networks are not cool. Data is very expensive and not all that fast. All my attempts to browse the web on the 3G network have left me frustrated and broke. So that’s one mighty factor for me. In other countries though, data plans are more practical so this won’t be an issue at all.

2. Wi-Fi is pretty much everywhere these days. Wi-Fi is available in most practical and not so practical places. At home, at uni, at the coffee shop, at the airport and even in a plane there’s Wi-Fi. On the other hand, I’ve been in a few situations where I’ve wished for some network availability on my laptop.

3. The lack of a camera means that applications like Skype or any other video communication applications are out. That’s one less reason to want 3G.

4. You pay $130 for the 3G radio. You can buy a Nokia C5 for that :-P. What I mean is that, it’s quite a price for little reason.

5. This is Apple’s first iteration of the iPad; it’s almost like a beta release. You wouldn’t want to go all out on an ‘experimental’ product that’s only going to get better in a year.

6. The 3G version comes with Assisted GPS. This can be a reason to get it because it can pin point your location in non-Wi-Fi regions and with more accuracy. Location based apps and search can also take advantage of this. Despite this, it’s not a deal maker for me.

7. Probably the most important point is that it’s not trying to replace my mobile phone. I use video call on my phone, I make phone calls and sometimes I use it’s GPS functionality. For these purposes, my phone is the best at what it does and there’s no  need for a new device that tries to mimic these features.

Still on the issue of my phone, the mighty Samsung i8910, there are apps that can make my phone a Wi-Fi hot-spot but using it’s 3G data connection. Very smart and very handy for those situations where you need to quickly connect to the internet on a more capable device…like the iPad. I’ll do a live demo of this when I get the iPad if I get the iPad.

So for those reasons, I don’t thing it’s necessary to get the 3G iPad. Did I mention that the Wi-Fi-only version weighs 5 grams less too? That sealed the deal for me :-P. Just thought I should throw that in there.

When it come to storage, it’s really a matter of personal preference. It’s $100 extra for the 32GB version and another $100 for the 64GB. That’s quite steep considering you can get a 16GB SD/Micro SD card for a few dollars. Currently, my 16GB First Gen iPod Touch is full to capacity. About 11GB of music and the rest are apps. I was forces to remove all the podcasts and photos I had because of space shortage. If I am to go for anything, I’d go for the 32GB for those reasons.

So I must say, at the end of the day, the decision is a matter of personal preference, region and needs etc. For me, the 32GB Wi-Fi-only iPad would be perfect. So Apple, if you listening umm….