[Poll] Android Tablets: WiFi Only, WiFi (but Tethered to Phone HotSpot) or 3G/4G; Which Do You Prefer/Use?

Posted Dec 19, 2012 at 9:38 pm in Threads > Opinions

I have had quite a few Android tablets since the Motorola Xoom and Samsung Galaxy Tab, but none with 3G/4G connectivity; and I have not felt a shortcoming, as I have been able to access data through WiFi on home/office routers, public HotSpots, as well as my Android phone’s WiFi HotSpot.

So I still cannot find a very compelling reason for Mobile Data connectivity on my tablet.

What do you prefer or use?
A) A 3G/4G-capable tablet
B) A WiFi tablet that you only use on Public and home/office HotSpots
C) a Wifi tablet that you also use on your phone’s WiFi HotSpot

  • sonicdeathmunky

    I use my WiFi Nexus 7 daily at work, university and on the train/bus. I use my phone as a WiFi hotspot, and it works fine. I don’t see the need to have a separate data connection for my tablet. Means no unexpected data usage, all I have to do is turn the hotspot off :)

  • killrgummibear

    b & c saves from having an extra monthly bill

    • TheVoodoo

      Exactly, I have even more difficulty reconciling the extra cost for a connection I can already share from my phone.

      • ndub21

        My thoughts exactly. As if my cell phone bill isn’t already expensive enough…

  • Charlong666

    I would like a 3G tablet, but sadly can only get them from carriers in Canada (except the N7). However, data plans are stupid expensive in Canada anyway. So I just use my tablet on my phone’s Hotspot when I need it.

  • TheVoodoo

    Are there Data-only pre-paid services in the U.S. or Canada? or would one have to use a phone plan if opting for pre-paid?

  • Randy White

    Wifi only for me

  • ndub21

    Mine are wifi only. The extra $$$ every month plus the higher upfront cost are not worth it to me. If I really need wifi while I’m out then I’ll tether to my phone, but that’s rare.

  • redraider133

    B WiFi only, use it at home and when traveling when I don’t feel like lugging my laptop around

  • TheVoodoo

    Interesting, so far WiFi is winning.

  • kelltrash14

    I’d pick a LTE tablet in a heartbeat if it didn’t cost an arm and a leg for no reason. I’ve considered ditching unlimited from phone and using that sim in a tablet instead, but haven’t felt the need yet. For now, wifi.

  • ldouglas64

    WI-FI only for me. I use my tablet at home & work. I may tether to my phone if I’m away from home and have to get online but that will be a seldom occurance.

  • jaysond

    wifi only why pay a ton for a slow data plan when wifi is so fast and always avalible

  • TheStig

    b and c

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  • klcow92

    my option will be C :P

  • Stig03

    b or c

  • TheVoodoo

    Do you pay for official tethering service with your carrier, or simply use a rooted or custom ROM?

  • Wayne Winkler

    b & c is how I use my tablet and how I prefer no reason to pay for two 4G connections.

  • mckeed

    B. Thought this would be an issue when i got my tablet. Really ends up no being an issue as I have offiline apps that i use, like my eReader or games when i don’t have wifi and use the internet services when i do.

  • braydencw1

    I only have WIFI to use

  • gmaninvan

    Unless you are a field worker who is on a corporate plan, I see no need to have two sims and two data plans so you can have a cellular radio equipped tablet. The only way I would justify it is if you kept a dumb phone and used the tablet as your primary connectivity device or if you used it as a digital point of sale for a business. Otherwise, it is just as easy to tether.

    • TheVoodoo

      Very interesting point. I never considered the dumb-phone and tablet combo, even though it does seem impractical.

  • Sambomojo

    C- Just get a wifi only tablet, and tether to your phone as needed. Save the dough you would spend on another data plan to buy I dunno..anything else! Honestly wifi is pretty widely available, I see no real need to get a data plan for a tablet. I’ve tethered to my phone to use nexus 7 for google maps, and look at real estate listings in the car. That was quite excellent :)

    Of course if someone wanted to give me a 4g supporting tablet and pay for the data plan..then sure, awesome.

  • orangestrat

    I just tether with my Gnex, but I think a 3G tablet would be cool. Its free to add extra devices on a plan in Canada, so that would be neat and it wouldn’t hurt my battery as much

  • WlfHart

    I go with C, though I have thought of getting rid of my house WiFi and picking up a tablet with it’s own data plan as a replacement, that way I could last the month without being throttled. Then my tablet would become the home WiFi when I was home, and my phone would be my WiFi when out and about.

  • lou2cool88

    B. I only use my tablet at home or at school or work, so I don’t really need a 4G enabled tablet. My dad travels a lot, though. We got him a 4G Galaxy Tab 10.1 for his birthday this past year. It’s great but some areas he goes, Verizon’s network isn’t great.

  • shurron davidson

    my sis bought me an irock tablet (android 4g) need wifi in my building. so how can i get

    • shurron davidson

      how can i get wifi foe myself in this building

  • aranea

    For me it’s B.

    Where I wouldn’t have a wi-fi is usually where it’s more convenient to use my phone instead of tablet or they are equally convenient.

  • Lisa B

    if phone companies would sell you a tierd plan that stopped at what you paid for then I would go 4g, as is I prefer a jetpak so I can turn it off and not get a $1000+ phone bill

    if I pay for a 10 gig plan, I only want to pay for a 10 gig plan, cut me off when I hit my limit

  • http://www.androidandme.com Brooks Barnard

    I’ve been trying to convince myself that the convenience of a 3G or LTE capable tablet is worth the money but I haven’t been able to yet. So for now, I’m always either running my tablet off of WiFi or tethering. I don’t mind the extra price of the device, but the extra price plus an extra fee tacked on to my phone bill sounds sucky. I think the only way I’d buy a data capable tablet would be if I somehow lost the ability to use my phone as a WiFi hotspot…

  • sojitra deep

    my wifi hotspot is not start