If you just don't fancy shelling out an iPad, you may be considering the version with Wi-Fi only. But that doesn't mean you have to be chained to your router. You can still have the freedom of 3G surfing if you care to invest in a mobile wireless hotspot.for the 3G
We took our Wi-Fi iPad on the road with a here), or you could also choose the , for use on any network. Either way, a MiFi takes a SIM card and connects to the 3G mobile network, and then beams out a tasty bubble of Wi-Fi so you can connect your iPad -- and other Wi-Fi-enabled gadgets -- to the Internet anywhere there's a 3G signal.(you can see the prices
Thanks to its apps, podcasts, music and video capability, the iPad is plenty of fun even if you're offline. But we loved having Internet access wherever we went -- in theory. We had trouble getting good connectivity on the 3 network during our travels around London, the south east, and Ireland. We also struggled to stay connected on a speedy train journey.
Since our MiFi spews out a Wi-Fi signal whether it's connected to the 3G network or not, the iPad doesn't lose a connection even when the MiFi does. That means it's not always easy to tell if you've got a decent connection or not -- and the 3 MiFi's mysterious status lights don't help much either.
Battery life is another problem. 3 says its MiFi offers up to 5 hours of battery life, depending on how many devices are connected. That sounds like plenty, but, compared with the iPad's 10 hours of surfing power, the MiFi feels like a glutton for juice.
A MiFi is a great gadget if you have multiple devices that you need to get online -- when the 3G signal is strong. The rest of the time, it's something of a faff for a flaky signal. If you're considering a MiFi just for use with an iPad then, we'd spend the extra C note on the 3G tablet instead.