Apple iPad 3G
2:41

Apple iPad 3G

Tablets
>>Donald Bell: Hey, I'm Donald Bell for CNET.com and this is a first look at the Apple iPad 3G. You're probably already familiar with the original version of the iPad which came out a month ahead of this model. The iPad 3G is essentially identical to the standard iPad with the added capability of connecting to the internet using a built-in 3G cellular connection. For a broader run down of the iPad's capabilities, you can take a look at my comprehensive review on CNET.com. But for this video I'm just going to zero in on the details that make the 3G model unique. First off, you have pricing. The iPad 3G comes in the same three capacities as the original only they're priced at an extra $130 each. There's a 16 gigabyte version for $629, 32 gigabytes for $729 and 64 gigs for $829. On top of that extra upfront costs, users also need to purchase a monthly data plan from AT&T which you can activate directly on the device. Under the settings' menu there's an option for cellular data where you can choose between an unlimited plan for $30 or a $15 plan with a monthly cap of 250 megabytes. If you go with the capped plan, you can always buy more data as you need it. Now, just because you have the 3G wireless connection doesn't mean you need to use it. The Wi-Fi capabilities of the iPad 3G are just as robust as the original model and typically provide better speeds than 3G. In fact, if the iPad recognizes a familiar Wi-Fi connection, it will automatically switch over to it and use the 3G as a last resort. Ultimately, what this model gets you is the added freedom to access the web on the go anywhere 3G coverage is available. The 3G model also includes an assisted GPS chip not found on the standard version which makes it easier for maps and other apps to track your location. For some, these advantages are a huge deal but we expect to find most people will find the lower priced Wi-Fi only model just as practical. There are some other small distinctions on the iPad 3G. The back has this two-tone design with a streak of black plastic that helps the internal 3G antenna work more effectively. There's also a tiny tray on the side here that holds AT&T's Micro SIM Card. Another telltale sign is the little AT&T callout up here at the top of the screen. If you're using this over Wi-Fi, Apple raised the iPad 3G at the same 10 hours as the standard model. Surfing over 3G will knock you down to 9 hours which is still exceptional for a device that is as light and powerful as this. So, that's the iPad 3G, a more expensive better connected fraternal twin of the original iPad. For CNET.com, I'm Donald Bell. ^M00:02:34 [ Music ] ^M00:02:40

Up Next

iPad Air 2022 vs. iPad Pro: Making Sense of Apple's iPad Lineup
ipad-news-reax-4

Up Next

iPad Air 2022 vs. iPad Pro: Making Sense of Apple's iPad Lineup

Apple Updates iPad Air With M1 Chip
ipadairapple-cnet

Apple Updates iPad Air With M1 Chip

Apple could learn from Samsung
what-the-tab-ultra-can-do-that-ipad-cant-1

Apple could learn from Samsung

Samsung's Galaxy Tab S8 looks like a promising iPad Pro alternative
yt-galaxy-tab-s8-hands-on-v01

Samsung's Galaxy Tab S8 looks like a promising iPad Pro alternative

Microsoft's new Surface Pro 8 is the flagship for Windows 11
surface-pro-8-thumb2

Microsoft's new Surface Pro 8 is the flagship for Windows 11

iPad Mini 2021 vs. iPad 9th gen, reviewed: Which to buy
thumb-00-00-10-11-still001

iPad Mini 2021 vs. iPad 9th gen, reviewed: Which to buy

Apple's new iPad Mini and every other iPad: Which do you buy?
scott-ipad-reax-video-seq-00-13-25-16-still003

Apple's new iPad Mini and every other iPad: Which do you buy?

Apple may be updating the iPad line
ipads.png

Apple may be updating the iPad line

iPad Pro 2021: Testing its most exciting features on a single charge
nic-onecharge-ipadpro-v3

iPad Pro 2021: Testing its most exciting features on a single charge

Tech Shows

The Apple Core
apple-core-w

The Apple Core

Alphabet City
alphabet-city-w

Alphabet City

CNET Top 5
cnet-top-5-w

CNET Top 5

The Daily Charge
dc-site-1color-logo.png

The Daily Charge

What the Future
what-the-future-w

What the Future

Tech Today
tech-today-w

Tech Today

Latest News All latest news

Tesla AI Day 2022 Rumors: Elon Musk's AI Plans, Tesla Bot and Driverless Cars
tesla-ai-day

Tesla AI Day 2022 Rumors: Elon Musk's AI Plans, Tesla Bot and Driverless Cars

What It's Like Playing VR Football: NFL Pro Era Hands-On
nfl-cut-5-with-vo-00-00-34-02-still009

What It's Like Playing VR Football: NFL Pro Era Hands-On

Where and When You Should Charge Your Electric Car
title-00-00-06-19-still001

Where and When You Should Charge Your Electric Car

iOS 16: Powerful Features You May Have Missed
thumb2

iOS 16: Powerful Features You May Have Missed

AirPods Pro 2 Review: Hard to Beat for Apple Users
airpodspro2-00-00-16-15-still010

AirPods Pro 2 Review: Hard to Beat for Apple Users

Apple Watch Ultra: Go Big, or Go Home
ultracnet

Apple Watch Ultra: Go Big, or Go Home

Most Popular All most popular

iOS 16: Powerful Features You May Have Missed
thumb2

iOS 16: Powerful Features You May Have Missed

Apple Watch Ultra: Go Big, or Go Home
ultracnet

Apple Watch Ultra: Go Big, or Go Home

Tesla AI Day 2022 Rumors: Elon Musk's AI Plans, Tesla Bot and Driverless Cars
tesla-ai-day

Tesla AI Day 2022 Rumors: Elon Musk's AI Plans, Tesla Bot and Driverless Cars

Why Apple Uses eSIMs on the iPhone 14
yt-e-sim-explainer-v2

Why Apple Uses eSIMs on the iPhone 14

iPhone 14 is Missing These 5 Features
top5iphone14missing-00-00-00-00-still001

iPhone 14 is Missing These 5 Features

The US Is About to Exit a Long Dark Age of Lousy Headlights
mazda-i-activsense-adaptive-led-headlamps-alh-mp4-00-01-04-10-still001

The US Is About to Exit a Long Dark Age of Lousy Headlights

Latest Products All latest products

GoPro Hero 11 Black Hands-on: Super-sized Sensor for All Your Socials
gopro1

GoPro Hero 11 Black Hands-on: Super-sized Sensor for All Your Socials

I Tried Out Sony's Upcoming VR Headset on the PlayStation 5
psvr2

I Tried Out Sony's Upcoming VR Headset on the PlayStation 5

Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE: First Look
watch8-sepic

Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE: First Look

Bose QuietComfort EarBuds 2: Better design, better performance
bose-quietcomforst-ii

Bose QuietComfort EarBuds 2: Better design, better performance

Galaxy Z Flip 4 Review: A Diminutive but Fun Upgrade
flip4

Galaxy Z Flip 4 Review: A Diminutive but Fun Upgrade

Hands-On With This Massive 17-Inch Folding OLED Screen PC From Asus
yt-asus-foldable-nda-v5

Hands-On With This Massive 17-Inch Folding OLED Screen PC From Asus

Latest How To All how to videos

How to Clean Your Keyboard's Sticky Keys
3keyboards

How to Clean Your Keyboard's Sticky Keys

How to Play Games from PlayStation Plus on PC
psstill

How to Play Games from PlayStation Plus on PC

How to Delete or Disable Your Instagram Account
phoneonorange

How to Delete or Disable Your Instagram Account

Fix Your iPhone Screen With Apple's Self-Service Repair Kit
dsc00641

Fix Your iPhone Screen With Apple's Self-Service Repair Kit

How to Buy a Budget Laptop in 2022
budgetlaptops-00-08-35-15-still001

How to Buy a Budget Laptop in 2022

Google Pay: How to Set Up and Use
googlepay-inhand

Google Pay: How to Set Up and Use