Pros and cons of iPad with cellular Connectivity

If you are planning to buy a new iPad, it must have crossed your mind whether to go for an iPad with cellular connectivity or one without.

An iPad with cellular capabilities is worth more than one without. However, is it worth the extra money? Do you need it? In this article, we will answer all these questions and more about the pros and cons of iPads with cellular options.

You might also have asked yourself whether you can use an iPad as a Phone or cellular device. The answer is yes. However, some specific iPads have this capability and not others.

Pros and Cons of iPad With Cellular

Due to their high demand, iPads with a cellular option have remained relevant for a while now. Here are some of their advantages and disadvantages that will help you know whether to choose one or not.

  1. Data Streaming
  2. Portable Internet Connection
  3. The Global Positioning System (GPS)
  4. Remote Working
  5. Data Security

Data Streaming

A cellular connection on your iPad will ensure that you will be able to stream movies, podcasts, and Spotify thanks to a regular internet connection.

Generally, a cellular iPad will keep you entertained with various online platforms such as Netflix, YouTube, and many more. 

Portable Internet Connection

When using a noncellular tablet, you are dependent on WIFI networks to connect to the internet. 

If you have an iPad with a cellular connection, you have a reliable internet connection that you can use to stream videos and watch movies anywhere you go even without a WIFI network. For the best user experience, a 5 G-enabled iPad tablet will be the best thanks to its high connectivity speeds.

The Global Positioning System (GPS)

A WIFI and cellular-enabled iPad will come with a GPS or Global Positioning System chip. This will help you use your iPad as a locating or navigation device.

This comes in handy when navigating an outdoor adventure or when you simply want to send your PIN location to someone.

Remote Working

If you like working out of the office, then a reliable internet connection will come in handy. This can only be possible with a cellular iPad. It is one of the few fully portable workstations.

Just like a noncellular iPad, you can easily connect your iPad to a Magic Keyboard to create a powerful laptop alternative for your work.

A Cellular iPad equally connects with these accessories but has an internet connectivity advantage over non-cellular iPads.

Data Security

Having your internet connection will reduce the chances of connecting to public WIFI networks which can be risky to your data privacy. It will ensure that your data is always safe with you.

Cons of iPad with Cellular

Although it seems to be perfect, a cellular iPad still has its fair share of disadvantages that can otherwise make some users opt for the noncellular option.

The price is a deal breaker for most users. A cellular iPad is more expensive compared to a regular one. Usually, it is not a lot but 150 to 200$ difference is a big difference for most users.

A cellular iPad will need you to pay for a SIM card bundle subscription to access the internet which can be costly. WIFI iPads do not need you to pay as long as you have the WIFI login credentials.

WIFI iPad vs Cellular iPad difference

Apple iPads can either be WIFI network connection options or WIFI and Cellular options. The WIFI option is usually common. The WIFI + Cellular option can both connect to WIFI or use a SIM card for internet connection. 

As discussed above, the WIFI + Cellular has more added functionality options compared to the WIFI option. However, it is slightly more expensive to purchase. 

For example, an 11-inch WIFI + cellular iPad will cost 200$ more than a same-sized WIFI-only iPad.

Overall all other features are the same so you need to be keen when you buy to read the features of the one you want. On the Amazon store, the specifications, and cellular and noncellular features are indicated.

  1. What are the Benefits of a Cellular iPad?

    Easy Data Streaming
    Portable Internet Connection
    Easy Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation
    Remote Working
    Data Security

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Written by: Denis Maina

I am an experienced and skilled graphic designer with a strong focus on Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. He specializes in creating a wide range of design materials, such as digital art, business cards, stationery, logos, flyers, posters, banner ads, brochures, PSD templates, and other graphics.

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