Last Updated on May 11, 2023 by Ernests Embutnieks
I own an iPad Pro, and I love it. Before I bought it I wasn’t really considering anything else besides the iPad, the only thing I was considering was whether should I get an iPad, iPad Air, iPad Mini, or iPad Pro. I had a MacBook & iPhone, made sense to buy a tablet in the same ecosystem.
I considered what I will use it for and I came to the conclusion – that I won’t need the LTE version. I will mostly use it at home and in case I need to use it out of home, I will create a hotspot from my phone and have internet access.
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Needless to say, I was wrong. I use the iPad more than planned because it’s so convenient. It’s lightweight compared to Mac. I bought it with the Magical Keyboard and Apple Pencil 2. For medium tasks like planning and conversations, I use my iPad, it’s easy to work from the couch or bed or from anywhere, to be honest.
I move around quite a lot. I travel and visit friends, and if I don’t have any big tasks coming, I always choose the iPad as my traveling companion. The hotspot isn’t as convenient as you might think. This is why the next iPad I will buy is WiFi+LTE for several reasons:
1. Internet Access Everywhere
Sure, wherever you go these days, there is a WiFi connection. In most cases, if you’re in a hotel, there’s very little chance there won’t be WiFi access. Almost all coffee shops have WiFi, but sometimes you’re in a rush and you have to ask for the WiFi password, and it’s a bit of a hassle. That’s one and the second – it’s not secure.
I rather pay a little extra each month for security, and I don’t have to ask the barista for the WiFi password. I’m not a big fan of waiting. 5 minutes are more valuable than 5 dollars.
2. Always On
I also have a laptop and oddly enough laptops don’t have this great feature that iPads & smartphones have. You can’t get a laptop with an LTE. This is why I find the iPad with Cellular a bit more useful in this matter. iPad is always on, one button and you are online from practically any place in the world. In your car, coffee shop, school, university, whatever. Sure, if I plan to work 4+ hours a day I would prefer a laptop, but that’s rarely the case. With the Magic Keyboard, I feel like my iPad actually is a laptop, just with a bit smaller screen.
It might be that I’m paranoid, or I’ve seen too many movies, but connecting to an unknown WiFi makes me nervous. I’m not a big fan of becoming a victim of some phishing scheme. LTE Tablet gives you that extra layer of protection or just one thing less I should worry about on daily basis.
There are certain risks to connecting to unknown WiFi networks, you can read on more – here.
This is something I don’t use personally and don’t have any plans for, but I noticed a lot of people attach iPads to their car panels and use them as navigation. I personally suck at remembering the roads, but I use my phone for that purpose, but if you get an iPad with LTE you will also have this option.
5. Smartphone Battery
It’s a bit of a hassle every time you sit down somewhere and want to get some work done, you have to pull out your phone and turn on the hotspot. Which isn’t I guess, that bad, but the phone’s battery dies off so quickly when the hotspot is enabled that you practically have to keep it plugged in.
Let’s be honest in our smartphones, we have tickets, certificates, important contacts, and even keys now. I don’t know about you, but I feel like I don’t have my hands when my phone is dead. So I keep it safe at all costs. Well, a simple trick to avoid this – get the LTE version.
Might sound like I’m trying to sell something, but honestly, I’m just sharing my thoughts and personal experience using an iPad without LTE.
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Why Choose WiFi+LTE?
As I get older and older (30) I start to value convenience and security more. It puts my mind at ease, one thing less to stress about. I don’t know many cases where convenience and security go hand in hand, but getting an iPad with LTE will get you both. That’s the good part, the bad part, it’s going to cost you a bit extra. The LTE version costs $200 extra + you will have to get an additional cellular plan for your iPad that will cost around $20 per month, but you will gain unlimited 5G access from anywhere.
If you’re wondering why cellular iPad models are more expensive than WiFi models you can read it about it here
The point is – when it comes to Tablets and you plan to use it outside the home, you should consider seriously getting a WiFi+LTE version. If you know it’s purely going to be a device for home – you don’t need it.
I hope this article helped you make a decision. Just wanted to share my experience and my regret.
- OS: iPadOS 16
- CPU / GPU: M1
- Storage: 64 / 256 GB
- RAM: 8 GB
- Camera: 12 MP Wide (Rear), 12 MP Ultrawide (Front)
- Display: 10.9 inches
- Resolution: 1540 x 2360 (~264 ppi)
- Weight: 1.03 lbs
- Port: USB-C
- Battery: 10 Hours
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I love tech and all about it. I'm interested in finding ways how they can make my life more productive, and I share my knowledge with my blog readers. I'm an iPad Pro, iPhone, MacBook, and Apple Watch user, so I know a thing or two about these devices and try to write helpful content around these topics.