Originally Posted by Wiggin
What amazes me is people who always think that if their own personal needs have been met then the needs of everyone else in the world must have also been met.
But just in case all the previous comments haven't sufficiently demonstrated that there are advantages to having a separate device, here's another...
You get your iPad w/3G and I get my iPad + MiFi, and we both pay the same price. You have the convenience of an all-in-one device. I can use my 3G connection with other devices.
But then in the spring Apple releases a new iPad. Guess what...YOU need to buy the 3G version again, but I only need to buy the wi-fi only version and continue to use my same MiFi device. I can continue to upgrade, or even purchase the rumored 7" version, at a much lower price than you, who has to repurchase your cellular hardware with every upgrade.
You make a good point, except for a couple of things. Reviews of the MiFi devices out there, including this Verizon one, show that they have, at most, in practical usage, 2.5 hours of battery life. My 3G iPad gets 9. And really, how often do you really need to share a connection, with everyone else having 3G on their phones already, and few people with tablets yet? I think the multiple sharepoints has a very limited usefulness.
Then, as I guess a third point, that's another device to carry around, and the need to carry the recharger for it, and the ability to have a socket available when you need it, which is something you don't need to do with the 3G iPad.
while Verizon users may want to go this way, for most people, it's not really much of an advantage, unless they're in an area where AT&T's 3G is either very poor, or non-existant. That doesn't cover as many people as Verizon wants us to think, though the map makes it look that way.