Your first order of business with Apple's third-generation iPad: fill up that stunning Retina Display with plenty of video. But hang on--if you're getting the 4G model, better watch that over-the-air video consumption. Lightning-fast as it is, over LTE, you'll be tempted to burn through your data plan in less time than you might think.
Here's a breakdown of what a 5GB data plan will get you on the 4G LTE iPad, for moments when you're not on Wi-Fi.
AT&T and Verizon both offer $50 5GB monthly data plans for LTE tablets like the iPad--the only plan in which they overlap, so let's start there.
AT&T versus Verizon data rates for Apple's new iPad.
Screenshot by Jessica Dolcourt/CNET)
Days ahead of the new iPad launch, it's hard to pinpoint exact numbers. Apple is famously secretive about these kinds of claims, but Verizon and AT&T offer online data calculators that give ballpark figures for data use.
The results are far from gospel, since the carriers include caveats: devices handle data differently; all numbers are averages and guidelines. AT&T's calculator doesn't attempt to break out 4G or LTE data allotments, and Verizon's offers mobile broadband estimates for computers on... [Read more]