I recently went on a trip with limited wifi and cell service. I opted to bring my computer instead of my 2012 iPad Retina (with cellular). I have to admit one of the reasons was battery life vs how long it takes to recharge these days.
For the first few years I had it, I brought it everywhere including vacations. I bought an external wifi hard drive with an SD slot to back my camera up to, in addition to a dock connector with an SD slot so I could backup photos onto the iPad as well (both were slow and clunky but they worked).
Now here I am 9 years later with a much slower iPad and something I never thought I’d have - an unlimited cell plan.
Is it even worth spending the extra money on a cellular enabled iPad if I can use my phone as a hotspot? I am thinking of getting a new one, if they ever release the lower models with new chips? I am spending $20/month for an old on/off cellular plan that I am afraid to turn off.
I know someone posted this week about their hotspot not working well and I suppose my current situation can be skewed as I am still running an old phone on iOS 12.
I spent nearly the cost of a low-end laptop on that and while I know I’ve had it 9 (!!) years, I did think I could still use it in a limited capacity for quite awhile. I really think its downfall was a forced upgrade off iOS 7 when I had the battery replaced… I am not at the point where I’m ready to use an iPad as a full computer, so I’m not going to go as high end this time.