November 4, 2013
Which iPad did I go with?
iPad Air 64gb T-Mobile, Silver/White
Each part of that product model was a decision, except for the Silver/White model, Iâ€™ve been going with the white model on all my iOS devices since theyâ€™ve been available.
This is mostly about how I use it. Iâ€™ve never found my regular sized iPad to be too large for my uses. That is usually on the couch or on my desk playing a video while Iâ€™m working on my iMac.
I have a Nexus 7 around the house, it is slightly smaller than the iPad Mini. I found it to be too small for what I want out of a tablet.
I can see why someone might want a Mini. It can much more easily fit in one hand, itâ€™s lighter, and can be tossed in a bag more easily. It also has the same screen as the regular iPad, which must look really great.
When I got the iPad 1, I got the 32gb. I was always close to filing my 16gb iPhone whatever-version-i-had-at-the-time and I knew Iâ€™d want a few movies on the iPad. 32gb was just fine but recently as Iâ€™ve been buying movies on iTunes, the file sizes are in the 3-4gb range. Just a few were filling up the 32gb. Really, the question was if going 128gb was worth the extra $100. It actually probably would be worth it, $100 for another 64gb. However, when I realized that I only have 128gb in my MacBook Air and the price would be just below what I paid for the Air, it seemed like a bit much.
The argument against larger sizes that Iâ€™ve heard most is that everything is in the cloud. Thatâ€™s true, but I tried that method a few weeks ago when traveling. When I went to load a movie from iCloud, the download time was about 10 hours, and it never survived for longer than 30 minutes, restarting each time. The cloud only works if you have a network that will let you grab a few gbs.
For the iPad 3, for some reason I decided to go with an AT&T version. It was the sort of thing that Iâ€™d rather have and not use than really wish I had later on. I never used it.
So obviously this time around I went with T-Mobile. Crazy, right? I was all set for the WiFi version and saving a few bucks. I have tethering on AT&T, so Iâ€™d just use that. Then T-Mobile offered 200mb free every month for life. Iâ€™m not sure how far 200mb will go on an iPad, I almost never go over 250mb on my phone. Iâ€™ll just use it occasionally, and for times that I know Iâ€™ll be on for a little while, I can turn tethering on for my phone.
There was all sorts of discussion Friday morning about T-Mobile charging $10/month for the free data. Their web site is pretty poor on the clarity front. It seems to be even worse for account management. Their account page has been telling me it is down since I set up my account on Friday.
I had no trouble setting up and getting my free data. The most difficult part was having to choose a password with a symbol.
A Weekend In
Thatâ€™s how I decided, in my few days with the device, Iâ€™m a huge fan. If I really thought about it, my iPad 3 was surviving just fine. iOS 7 didnâ€™t make it unusable and I donâ€™t even know which features didnâ€™t make it to the iPad 3, so they canâ€™t be that important. Still, there are a few reasons Iâ€™m really happy I made the upgrade.
I ordered online at 3am for in-store pickup. I went over during lunch and was about 5th in the pre-order line. There were 2 or 3 people in the didnâ€™t pre-order line. There were plenty available for everyone, but I wasnâ€™t taking any chances, especially since I wasnâ€™t sure how many T-Mobile versions theyâ€™d be stocking. Once I was up, I was taken to the first table, gave my order number, waited a minute for someone to bring the iPad up, signed, and left. Super simple.
The biggest problem is that the size bezel is so small that my iPad stand is a little too large.
The stand I use is the Twelve South BookArc, which I have two of because I like it so much.
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