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Old 03-14-2012, 05:27 PM   #29
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Jesse, since you can use your IPad for business, that is a whole different deal. Maybe you can even deduct it?!

I pay the big outlay in the first place but I absolutely hate monthly fees. I am too cheapie cheap on that. But we do not have a trailer. When we get one shortly, I may soon decide that having the 3G or 4G might be great if I can subscribe and unsubscribe at will. That said, however, I expect to be in areas that frequently do not have cell phone service so I am supposing there goes the 3G anyway, right?

But one of the considerations is having a multi-purpose unit. We use Garmins. Some time, the battery on the IPad will go out and that's that, as far as I know. Do they replace batteries if you send them in? Anyway, when you lose the battery on the IPad, you just lost your GPS, too.

Is there really any change to recommend the 3rd generation?

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Old 03-14-2012, 05:56 PM   #30
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In general it requires a much weaker minimum signal to use the data features on a carrier than it does to use it for voice calls. So even though you might lose signal for talking I frequently still have enough signal for data use.

Also Apple has a fixed rate for the battery replacement though I can't remember what it is?
I am an iPad dealer through business and I have sold a few hundred maybe and have yet to see a bad battery but it is surely a matter of time before they start going bad.

I also don't use an iPad as a GPS though I can,I find a dedicated GPS much easier to use.

The new iPad offers a much higher resolution screen and is faster mainly.
It also has better camera capability as well as potentially much faster internet speeds and a host of other new features but fundamentally they all do mostly the same things.
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Ditto Ed,

In our travels there have been many places where the 3G Internet was fine and cell service was non existant. This trip where we often been hugging the border the only place without Internet so far has been Seminole Canyon in TX. Fortunately the state park provided free Internet. The Country is really wired.
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Old 03-14-2012, 07:15 PM   #32
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Cathy,

The 3rd gen iPad mainly enhanced some of the features it already had. Faster processor, better camera, faster wireless, and higher screen resolution.

The screen should be very impressive. The iPad 1 and 2 have amazing screens, but the iPad 3 had over 1 million more pixels than a high definition TV! That's four times the resolution of an iPad 2. It also has improved color quality, which is hard to imagine.

The faster processor makes new things possible. The image editing capabilities have been enhanced quite a bit. A lot of this is in the software, but the faster hardware makes it pretty much instant.

Another thing they added is the ability to use the iPad as a hotspot. In other words, you can connect your laptop or other device to the Internet through the iPad just like you would connect to any wifi router. According to Verizon, they are not going to charge extra for this feature. Of course, this does use up your data plan, so be careful!

My iPad 3 should be here on Friday, so if anyone has any more technical questions, I should be able to answer them shortly.
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Well, Ed, Norm And Ginny, that is definitely good to know that you can function with a weak signal. Now I will wonder if the places I go might have service.
Jesse, I will have to go get one of those 3rd gens, oh, wait a minute, somebody might hold me back on that!! I will look for your review.
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Our original 1st generation iPad hasn't had a battery issue; it had heavier usage for the first year and then was bumped down and probably gets an hour of usage a day. Same with the iPad 2, which will go to DH as soon as my iPad 3 arrives. As far as charging, the iPad 1st gen charges faster than the iPad 2. Depending on what you need for performance you could even look to pick up a refurbished 1st gen, which is what we did so each child could use an iPad for educational purposes. We've had no issues with a refurbished unit; Apple changes out the battery before selling them.
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Looking forward to I Pad 3 review from someone I know. DH has the IPad 2 mine plan had been to get a the new I phone to replace my second gen touch and wait for the I Pad 3 to come out next year. Well did they ( Apple) fool me! DH is a lot more "Tech" smart than me and does a lot with his #2 so now we are thinking about getting him the 3 and me using the 2.

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Well, I've had my new iPad for almost 24 hours now. The screen is amazing, and the 4G Internet is definitely faster than 3G. It is true that you can turn the iPad into a wireless hotspot for no extra charge. It is very easy to do, so it would be great for hooking up a laptop on the road. Another great feature is the voice dictation. In fact I am dictating this message now, and it has not made a single mistake.

The data plans are a little different than they were before. They start at $20. The $20 plan will get you one gigabyte per month, which is better than the cheap plan used to be. I opted for the $30 plan which includes 2 GB per month.

If anyone has any specific questions about the new iPad, I would be happy to answer them.
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Which carrier, McBrew? I am sticking to my iPad 1 as long as it is my only Internet, due to my unlimited plan, but I am glad to know if I go to the 3 I would also be able to use my laptop. I am perfectly happy although some of the features of the newer ones are tempting. Maybe I will be ready for the iPad 4!
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Which carrier, McBrew? I am sticking to my iPad 1 as long as it is my only Internet, due to my unlimited plan, but I am glad to know if I go to the 3 I would also be able to use my laptop. I am perfectly happy although some of the features of the newer ones are tempting. Maybe I will be ready for the iPad 4!
I got this one with Verizon... My iPad 1 was AT&T. Since my iPhone is with AT&T, I decided that it would be best to have Verizon for the iPad, so that there is a better chance of having service on one or the other. I do have 4G service in town, but it is 3G at home. Of course, I have wifi at home, so that's no concern.

I mentioned in an earlier response that I has Verizon on my iPad 1. I was thinking of my old cell phone... Or just going crazy. My iPad 1 was AT&T.
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I've been reading Chris Dunphy's & Cherie Ve Ard's blog (Technomadia) postings about networks. Since they make their living on-the-road, reliable connections is very important to them. You may find value in this post: The Choice: Verizon or AT&T’s 4G/LTE Networks
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I got this one with Verizon... My iPad 1 was AT&T. Since my iPhone is with AT&T, I decided that it would be best to have Verizon for the iPad, so that there is a better chance of having service on one or the other. I do have 4G service in town, but it is 3G at home. Of course, I have wifi at home, so that's no concern.

I mentioned in an earlier response that I has Verizon on my iPad 1. I was thinking of my old cell phone... Or just going crazy. My iPad 1 was AT&T.
Another advantage of the Verizon iPad - they currently do not charge for tethering (setting up your iPad as a "Hot Spot" to provide a WiFi connection) to your other devices. AT&T does not offer the "Hot Spot" feature.
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Here in Manitoba, Canada (birth place of the Boler) I use 64gb 3G iPad 1 along with 7-11's Speakout cellular pay as you go service. The have a data plan which they call an Unlimited Browsing Plan for only $10 a month, which works great on an iPhone or the iPad.

You can buy the SIM Card from 7-11 for $10. When you buy $100 worth of airtime, they credit your account with $125. Thats good for a one year data plan for the iPad.

They piggyback off the Rogers service, so you are coast to coast.

Most of the iPad/iPhone Apps work with the exception of some of the video streaming video apps like netflix, but with a 64gb iPad, I load can load up on the movies before we go.

Now for what works, email, web browser, weather apps, newspaper apps, radio apps...etc.

So for $10 a month the Speakout service along with the iPad make the ultimate camping companion! Internet, movies, games, news, email and GPS all rolled into one small device!

Speakout will not work in the USA. Infact when you are literally 1/4 mile on the other side of the border, it's gone. Since the iPad is not locked to a service provider like the iPhones are, I believe AT&T has a decent pay as you go data plan that should work for the iPad as well.
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