Someone tweeted the following yesterday:
A wifi-only tablet won’t work in Nigeria. [Where do I get internet connection?]”
I thought that was an interesting, not to mention probably faulty, position, and also that Twitter was limiting. As such, I decided to bring the conversation here instead.
My first of the new generation tablet devices was the original iPad, and I ensured that I got the 3G version for reasons similar to what was expressed in the tweet above. However, in a short while, because of Apple’s silly limitation (no SMS and phone menus), it quickly became frustrating.
In addition, it meant that I had to have one data bundle on the iPad, and another for my laptop (and sometimes phone). I ended up with multiple spending.
After that experience, I have simply not bothered with 3G versions of tablets any longer. I came up with two alternative solutions:
I make sure that I have a mifi device and subscribe to a data plan at only this point, which I share with laptop, tablet, and smartphone. Problem solved.
Hotspot on Smartphone
Or I ensure that I always have an Android smartphone in my kitty, subscribe to a data bundle on that, and share with tablet and laptop. This is what currently works for me. I share a Glo high speed internet plan subscribed to on the HTC One X with my PlayBook and Acer AspireOne.
As far as my experience has taught me, the wifi-only tablet is a more streamlined and economical option if you have multiple devices. If you also work in an office with wifi access, then you also have access to wifi at work. I am self-employed and so carry my own hotspot with me everywhere I go.
But my experience may be an oddity. How about you, dear reader. If you have a tablet, is it wifi-only or 3G enabled? How do you use it?If you don’t have one and are looking to get one, which do you intend to get?
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.