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4 Reasons Why You Should Buy iPad WiFi Rather Than 3G Version

We've had our first taste of the iPad this morning as we were standing next to the Apple Store in Regent Street and we now know that the iPad WiFi is possibly a better buy than the iPad 3G right now for four main reasons.

1. Availability

Most lower cost 3G iPad models are already out of stock with future shipping likely to be extremely constrained. The 16GB and 32GB 3G models are by far the most popular ones which leaves you out with the whole range of WiFI models and the most expensive 64GB 3G model. Unless you want to play the grab-an-ipad game and spend weeks on a preorder line, then get a WiFi-only version

2. Cost & Weight

The WiFi versions are £100 cheaper than their comparable 3G version models with the cheaper 16GB model costing only £429. Going for the 3G less version makes financial sense. The WiFi only iPad is a 680g device, 50g (or 7.4 percent) less than the WiFi-3G model. Small but every little helps.

3. Battery life

According to iLounge (opens in new tab), the 3G iPad has a battery life of around 8 hours and 38 minutes while the WiFi-only model has a battery life of up to 10 hours 21 minutes in average usage. So opting for a WiFi only version could add just short of two hours worth of usage.

4. Hotspots

The most compelling reason to give up on 3G is the fact that you're most likely to use it where you have access to WiFi. BT for example (opens in new tab) has Openzone Together which offers unlimited BT Openzone netowrk and 500 minutes UK roaming for £12.50 per month while the Cloud's Unlimited Single package gives access to thousands of hotspots across the country for only £6.99 per month. Remember these are unlimited packages unlike all microSIM packages on the market. However, they will only suit your needs if you tend to stick around where the WiFi hotspots are.

ITProPortal has also launched a contest inviting prospective and current iPad owners to get up to £500 worth of iPad accessories (including iPad Apps and Apple iTunes Credit) simply by submitting the list of accessories they'd like to have. Simples!!

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.