New iPad 3 Lasts Up to 25 Hours as a Mobile 4G Hotspot: Should We Care?

 
on March 29 2012 7:23 PM
Verizon Wireless president and CEO Dan Mead speaks at the Verizon press conference on the opening day of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas
Verizon Wireless president and CEO Dan Mead speaks at the Verizon press conference on the opening day of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas Reuters

Many new iPad users might not have known the device is capable of being a mobile hotspot. This could be due to the feature only being available on the new iPads for Verizon. With Verizon's 4G LTE, new iPad users can share their connection with up to 5 other devices. However, what caught us off guard was when we found out the device is able to perform its 4G LTE hotspot duties up to 25 hours, i.e., five times more than most of the top standalone hotspot devices on the market today.

However, getting your new iPad to be used as a 4G LTE hotspot for up to 25 hours is not as straight forward as you might think. The new iPad is known for its great battery life. Still, the Retina HD display is a battery juice sucker, so imagine what would happen if you turned it off? And, that's what users would be required to do if they want to get 25 hours of hotspot play from their new iPad tablet device.

Being able to perform its hotspots duties for so long is no easy task for the iPad, but this has more to do with that big battery Apple placed in the device. Some tech analysis views the battery as the best piece of tech in the new iPad, and we have no choice but to agree. We are highly anticipating what rivals are planning because, no doubt, Apple raised the bar to new heights, which could be difficult for some competing manufacturers to follow without the right tech at hand.

AnandTech was the first to come across this phenomena, which was later backed up by the Verge. So yes, this chatter of the new iPad having capabilities to shoot WiFi to your devices for 25 hours is right on the money, Billy Bob.

Being able to serve as a 4G LTE hotspot for up 25 hours is great and all, but it truly doesn't matter when you realize that you may never use 4G LTE for that long unless you are not afraid of going over your monthly data cap in little over a day. This would have mattered more if Verizon offered an unlimited data plan like Sprint, but that is not the case. You won't find many subscribers taking advantage of this, making the discovery worthless, but awesome still, all in the same breath.

Consider these findings as a benchmark test for the new iPad battery and nothing more.

(reported by Vamien MacKalin, edited by Surojit Chatterjee)

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