I agree that the 3G option is almost a must have. If you are commuting on a train for example, 3G allows you to answer emails etc. whereas not all trains are WiFi equipped. Still I wish I had waited a year as I am sure the price of pads will be driven down by the sheer numbers of competition.
But this could be a discrimination point between iPad users and Android tablet users. I haven't bought an iPad because I can't abide by Apple's closed approach. Buying any tablet that ties me to a carrier bugs me for the same reason. Maybe I'm just a curmudgeon (probably no 'maybe' about it :-)) but might others feel the same?
Interesting question Larry, and it relates directly to my comment about Dylan's list not including the Moto tablet that is co-branded by Verizon and works on their 3G network, with an upgrade path to 4G.
I don't know the sales breakdown between iPads with the AT&T 3G vs. iPads with only WiFi, but almost every iPad owner I know has the 3G version and carries the iPad with them much more regularly than they carry a laptop.
Connectivity is a huge part of the tablet appeal, and in that sense it is more like a big smartphone than it is like a laptop or netbook. Sure, WiFi works at home, at the airport, at Starbucks and lots of other places, but it is far from ubiquitous -- and that is a much bigger deal with tablets than it ever was with any other computing platform.
It seems like many of the tablet companies are trying to follow the cellular phone model, introducing their wares through the carriers. This seems like a poor match to me. It works fine for a phone, but even with smartphones it is less of given thing. Certainly laptops with integrated cellular haven't become mainstream. Is a tablet closer to a laptop or a cell handset? Will people tie themselves to a carrier or buy an 802.11 version and access the Internet through their home wireless or Mifi device?
+700 bucks for a touch screen internet device? are they really serious? i can get quite nice laptos with small size to that price even though no touch but nice keyboard with tons of functionality.
Most realistic price for a pad would be max 500-600 bucks depends on screen quality. Indeed these reveals show that well have imminent boom of pad market. The biggest question mark is about perfect sizing. What is the most useful size for a pad? 5,7,10 or bigger? or even something really new?
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