What to Consider When Buying an iPad?

What to Consider When Buying an iPad?
May 27 10:55 2011 Print This Article

It has been over a year since the iPad was introduced and since then, this tablet has been one of the hottest gadgets around the world. The problem encountered by first-time iPad buyers, however, is that they get overwhelmed on which version to purchase.

There are six different iPad models, with prices ranging from $500 to $830. The differences lie on connectivity and storage capacity. Three models can only connect to the World Wide Web by WiFi, while the other three include 3G connectivity. Meanwhile, storage capacity vary from 16GB, 32GB, to 64GB. Deciding on which model to pick can be a little complicated, but Wired.com has made it a little easier.

Connectivity – A WiFi-only model is enough for many users, especially if your home has a wireless network already set up. However, those who travel a lot may want to consider having the more expensive 3G-equipped model, just in case you get stuck in a hotel or restaurant that does not have WiFi. Also, the 3G model–which costs $130 more than its corresponding WiFi-only version–includes GPS, making it more reliable for traveling users.

Storage – Users who have purchased the WiFi-only model usually utilized their iPads for media consumption like movies, music, and graphic-intensive games. In that case, larger storage capacities like 32GB and 64GB are recommended, as a 16GB iPad could fill up quite quickly. Meanwhile, 3G users have the added flexibility of accessing their media files through cloud-based apps like Dropbox and Pandora. With that, storage is less important, unless you still insist on storing a lot of music and movies in the flash drive.

The iPhone/ iPod Touch factor – If you already own an iPhone or an iPod Touch, having an iPad may seem redundant. Some sneaky individuals may talk to you about tethering an iPhone to an iPad, but be aware that jailbreaking can void your warranty. However, iPod Touch owners may want to take the opportunity to “graduate” to an iPad 3G, as it gives the same benefits blown-up on a bigger screen, and at the same time you still do not have to commit to a monthly contract like you would with an iPhone.

Source: Wired.com

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