[NTLK] The iPad is great, but...

Tony Douglas tonyisyourpal at netscape.net
Tue Apr 6 19:30:26 EDT 2010

I have to say that MiFi is something you just can't go back from once you've got it. I wrote up using a Huawei E5830 with 3 in the UK a couple of months ago. Since then the Newton has become my email, RSS and lUsenet client of choice (nothing makes you focus on the content of an email better than getting rid of all the HTML and graphics). So at the weekend on a train trip I had the Newton downloading email and a PowerBook digging out some documentation on the web, simultaneously, using MiFi. Fabtastic !

Have to admit I've been surprised that more people haven't thought of simply using the iPad/wifi with mifi to get the same effect as and iPad/3G. But who knows, maybe Apple have something up their sleeves for the 3G side of things. Ho hum.

- Tony 

-----Original Message-----
From: Forrest Buffenmyer <anasazi4st at me.com>
To: newtontalk at newtontalk.net
Sent: Tue, Apr 6, 2010 11:45 pm
Subject: Re: [NTLK] The iPad is great, but...

On Tuesday, April 06, 2010, at 10:18AM, "robinson pereira" <gaudo1196 at gmail.com> 

>I agree. "None of them, however, does the whole thing"

I just received this story today...check this out: 


This could be what I call the "Tipping Point"...the small fact, event or bit of 
information that can change the perspective on making a decision. With this 
mobile hotspot ("MiFi") suddenly the 3G iPad looks overpriced. I've mentioned 
before that I'm using wifi at home and that I've got a broadband PC card for my 
Mac when I leave for the Outside World. I've also said this before: this device 
would a) eliminate use of the broadband PC card, which was never "officially" 
supported by either Apple or Sprint (although it worked just fine) in favor of 
this device...and b) then allow the purchase of the less expensive wifi iPad 
model. I could connect either or both things through this MiFi--though probably 
not at the same time--and have internet access just about anywhere.

The question is: is there a GB cap on it? Verizon's has a 5GB cap PER MONTH...I 
can go through 5G in a WEEK or less, depending on the circumstances. It's 
unclear if the Sprint version has a cap, or not--the website doesn't mention 
one. Presently I have unlimited data usage on the broadband card (although the 
newer models also have the 5GB cap). I'm going to call Sprint about that, 
probably later today.

It does have a three hour battery lifespan--less if you have more things 
connected. The AlBook that I use primarily has a two-hour battery life...so I 
wouldn't be using the mifi after that anyway...as for the iPad...well, do what 
you have to do online first, within that 2-hour window. After that--no internet 
(you can't access the internet while it's plugged in and charging).

So far..this looks like this could work for me. But again, not all things to all 


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