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  • Here Come the Tests: iPad 3G Speed, Battery Life, GPS


    Reviewers spent the weekend putting the new iPad Wi-Fi + 3G through its paces, with expected emphasis on the speed of the cellular data network. And while results so far have all been what you would expect - 3G throughput on an iPad is about the same as 3G throughput on an iPhone - most users seem to be reacting to the gulf between the speed of the iPad's CPU and the relative crawly-ness of a meg up and 100-200 kbps down. Somewhat more unexpected is the iPad's improved GPS reception and battery life.

    Gizmodo got out first with detailed results comparing the iPad Wi-Fi + 3G with an iPhone 3GS, an iPad with WiFi, and the same iPad attached to Verizon's MiFi 3G "mobile hotspot." The iPad kept up with the iPhone 3GS, even beating it in some tests, and interestingly enough met or beat Verizon's 3G speeds. This is a pretty bad sign for Verizon's effort to lure iPad customers to their solution: even though the MiFi does offer the ability to share bandwidth with up to five devices - something tethering cannot do - the throughput is the same or worse while the monthly costs are much higher. Verizon insists on a two-year contract paying $60 a month with a 5GB monthly cap, while AT&T's unlimited deal is only $29.99 a month and you can cancel at any time. The iLounge testers found that it only took them a few hours of browsing around and playing with Maps to blow through 30MB of data, making any capped plan - be it AT&T's 250MB $15 plan or Verizon's 5GB for $60 - probably not worth it.

    Both iLounge and Gizmodo found that GPS accuracy was much greater than the iPhone 3GS, though Gizmodo in particular complained about how long it took the iPad to achieve GPS lock. Once synced up, though, the iPad's GPS was both more precise and faster to update than the iPhone. The improved results are likely due to the higher performance Broadcom BCM4750UBG assisted-GPS chipset in the iPad WiFi + 3G, compared to the Infineon Hammerhead II used on the iPhone 3G and 3GS (the iPad WiFi has no GPS). Differences in the way the two chipsets implement MS-Assisted mode to establish location may account for the longer Time To First Fix (TTFF) on the iPad's Broadcom GPS.

    Most reviewers found that battery life compared well to Apple's 9-hour brag: FOXNEWS's Clayton Morris got just under 10 hours with "heavy Internet use and video streaming," while iLounge was able to go 8:38 between charges. For road warriors looking to use broadband on the go, this is good information, though one hopes that the big, crystal-clear screen doesn't distract from driving.

    image via Gizmodo
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Here Come the Tests: iPad 3G Speed, Battery Life, GPS started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 21 Comments
    1. DarkDragonAn's Avatar
      DarkDragonAn -
      This is the reason I waited for the 3G iPad cause of the GPS.
    1. Carlos's Avatar
      Carlos -
      Good info to know, can't wait to get one in my car. Way better then any cd player or nav unit!!
    1. xpate's Avatar
      xpate -
      Quote Originally Posted by Carlos View Post
      Good info to know, can't wait to get one in my car. Way better then any cd player or nav unit!!
      For sure!

      But I can't wait till 4G brings WiMax speeds to the masses; a jb 4G with MyWy coupled with an IPad will be a smoking train ride diversion here in Tokyo.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      i knew wifi was faster than 3g, but i didn't know it was by that much!
    1. idesideratum's Avatar
      idesideratum -
      ^^ wifi is just wireless Connection to a hardwire Internet account...?? Post above shows us the broad range of users that read modmyi..
    1. Imsorussian's Avatar
      Imsorussian -
      Fcuk all these jb's im buying a book and get it done before they release they full of crap spirit fcuk spirit and the whole dev- team and geohotz F everybody
    1. mytran80's Avatar
      mytran80 -
      Quote Originally Posted by imsorussian View Post
      fcuk all these jb's im buying a book and get it done before they release they full of crap spirit fcuk spirit and the whole dev- team and geohotz f everybody
      banzai!!!
    1. UiK's Avatar
      UiK -
      ^ Loser
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      my book loads pictures in about .1 sec, if i turn the page fast enough, that is
    1. mj0528's Avatar
      mj0528 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Imsorussian View Post
      Fcuk all these jb's im buying a book and get it done before they release they full of crap spirit fcuk spirit and the whole dev- team and geohotz F everybody
      Why don't you tell us how you really feel? That's z good way to strand yourself if you ever need help and come back here.
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Imsorussian View Post
      Fcuk all these jb's im buying a book and get it done before they release they full of crap spirit fcuk spirit and the whole dev- team and geohotz F everybody


      Wow your a genius.
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      nice i kind of want one but dont need one
    1. mytran80's Avatar
      mytran80 -
      Quote Originally Posted by wolverinemarky View Post
      nice i kind of want one but dont need one
      I feel the exact same way , the iPad 3G is cool none the less.
    1. gsusx's Avatar
      gsusx -
      Quote Originally Posted by vantheman169 View Post
      Wow your a genius.
      "you're"
    1. extremzocker's Avatar
      extremzocker -
      might have to get one. after the iPhone 4G
    1. Zon's Avatar
      Zon -
      They need to make multiple user accounts on the iPad. I mean, what the hell, they don't even have private browsing on Safari. How are you supposed to watch porn and not get caught?
    1. yBlaze8's Avatar
      yBlaze8 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zon View Post
      They need to make multiple user accounts on the iPad. I mean, what the hell, they don't even have private browsing on Safari. How are you supposed to watch porn and not get caught?
      Get SavySoda Private Browser. It's pretty nice and doesn't leave a trail.
    1. Forever Young's Avatar
      Forever Young -
      is the wifi on the ipad 3g+wifi get the same 12 seconds as the ipad w/ wifi-- just to be totally clear so that i don't have to ask again: I'm asking if I am hooked into wifi (not 3g) on a ipad 3g+wifi will it get the same 12 seconds as an ipad+wifi?
    1. swifty7's Avatar
      swifty7 -
      ipad is nice and all but I'm saving my money for the new iphone....ipad is not portable enough to me to take it everywhere. I bet those gps apps will look fantastic on it. Is it true that the 4g has a smaller screen than the 3gs or is it just speculation at this point? I truly hope that the new iphone incorporates the same gps chip as the ipad 3g.
    1. anekin007's Avatar
      anekin007 -
      I hope no one is trying to replace a navi with a ipad. 3g is not that great especially for travel. There are lots of areas that have poor 3g or no 3g. Even in big cities like la or sf there's bad 3g that makes the dot location jump around giving u inaccurate location. Also there is no voice turn by turn like on androids google map. A car navi is half the cost and is more reliable.