Review: Apple iPad Wi-Fi + 3G
The 3G iPad is every bit as good a device as the Wi-Fi-only model, while 3G connectivity provides an extra measure of flexibility
Macworld's buying advice
The 3G iPad is every bit as good a device as the Wi-Fi-only model, and it's only more capable than its fellow model. There are no significant tradeoffs with the 3G version, as long as you're willing to pay more in exchange for more capability. My colleague Mr. Snell made the case for a 3G version of the iPad well before it shipped, and having one in my hands, I find myself inclined to concur with his conclusions--that 3G connectivity gives this version of the iPad a measure of flexibility missing from the Wi-Fi-only version.
Assuming you're already sold on the idea of an iPad and merely want to figure out whether to buy the 3G version or the Wi-Fi-only model, the real question you need to ask yourself is: is it worth it to spend an additional $130 to have the option to use 3G service? Look at it as an investment that at some point down the road you'll be trapped somewhere without Wi-Fi, and you'll be glad you can still play that triple word score.
Dan Moren is a senior associate editor for Macworld.