Ok I knew from the moment it was unveiled by Steve Jobs that I wanted one of these “giant iPhones” in my hands. So when the announcement came late Thursday that you could pre-order them on 3/12 I was up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed ready to click the order button on Apple.com but then I was stuck with the dilemma of “which one?” I mean there are lots of options 16gb, 32gb, 64gb, with and without 3G…..hmmmmm what to do. Well here’s what I ended up ordering and why, not because it’s what I think is best, it’s just best for me.
First decision memory size – I chose the 32GB model mainly because I have had the 32GB version of the iPhone 3GS and have never had it more than 1/2 full with my normal usage which includes on average a 1,000 songs, 8 to 10 video podcasts, another 20 misc short videos and a movie or two that I rotate on and off the phone. So 32GB seemed sufficient for my needs….I know it’s hard to not spring for the extra 32GB for just $100 bucks but hey, I got a hunch there will be an updated version of this baby within 6 to 9 months that will have a front facing video camera and some other cool feature so I thought I could rotate this one to my wife or one of my daughters and pick up the extra memory with new version of the iPad (which will most likely by 128GB by then as well).
Ok so now how about the 3G option…..well as much as I think the 3G would be very handy for quick connections to the web I went with the wi-fi only version for a couple reasons.
#1 I want this thing BAD and really couldn’t see myself waiting another month or so…I’m just being honest.
#2 I already have a mi-fi 2200 from Verizon wireless as my mobile broadband connection device. This device allows me to connect to the Verizon 3G data network then easily connect up to 5 devices to this device via wi-fi which means 5 devices can share a single 3G connection. Although I rarely use more than one device connected to the MiFi it does give me some great flexibility. I can use with multiple laptops/netbooks while traveling (sometimes my wife or one of my daughters will have there laptop and want to connect for email Facebook etc at the same time). It also has allowed me to connect my iPhone wirelessly when the AT&T network is bad in a particular area. I know someone will say “Yea but you pay more than you would if you bought the 3G service from AT&T for the iPad” yea I know but I already have this device and like the flexibility it offers so why pay for another 3G data connection. I will just turn on my MiFi and connect my iPad through it to the web when a “true wi-fi” is not available near me. So it’s the 32GB, wi-fi only model that I ordered.
I’m sure the tech savvy folks over at Tech Savvy Agent will be talking about this device quite a bit in the future as well. I really feel it could be a “game-changer” for our industry if the right people step forward and develop great Real Estate related apps for it!
I will be posting a full review and lots of photos and video once I get it in my hot little hands…take care.