Feeds
85%
Apple_iPad_001_SM

Apple iPad 3G 32GB

Wandering star

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Unlike a dedicated satnav, though, the iPad's GPS won't pin you to the nearest road. Although it's just as accurate as any other satnav, it appears less so because your apparent position occasionally seems to wander off the route; conventional satnavs always make sure you're on a road, where possible.

Apple iPad and iPad 3g

3G iPad on the right with its tell-tale antenna housing in black

The GPS unit is fast to find your location, faster in most cases than a dedicated TomTom or Garmin unit. With the addition of one of the many satnav apps downloadable from the App Store, it can act as a fully-fledged device that has the advantage of larger maps than any of the dedicated devices.

Battery life remains robust, even with 3G turned on. Of course, you're not accessing 3G constantly, but watching an hour of YouTube seemed to use about 10 per cent, which is good.

Verdict

The iPad 3G has a reasonable touchscreen keyboard – certainly one that’s much easier to use than that on the iPhone, for all but the shortest messages – and the ability to remain in e-mail and Twitter contact, wherever you are, is, for some, a major consideration. If you bought a WiFi-only iPad and, in six months' time, someone offered you 3G functionality for an extra £100, the chances are you'd jump at it. Best to make that choice now, while the deal is still on the table. ®

More Tablet Reviews...

Apple iPad
16GB Wi-Fi only
Dell
Streak
Archos 9 Amazon
Kindle DX

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

85%
Apple_iPad_001_SM

Apple iPad 3G 32GB

Touchscreen tablet with 3G functionality that keeps you connected where the Wi-Fi doesn't roam
Price: 16GB (£529), 32GB (£599), 64GB (£699) RRP

More from The Register

next story
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
Jaguar Sportbrake: The chicken tikka masala of van-sized posh cars
Indian-owned Jag's latest offering curries favour with us
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
Here's your chance to buy an ancient, working APPLE ONE
Warning: Likely to cost a lot even for a Mac
Xiaomi boss snaps back at Jony Ive's iPhone rival 'theft' swipe
I'll have a handset delivered. Judge us after you try us...
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.