Wi-Fi Edition: Can An iPad Replace Your iPhone?

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Arlen

People at MacLife: Might you have an updated version of this story? I'd like to replace an iPhone 5s with a 1st Gen iPad Mini (with wifi and cellular). Will I be able to do everything?

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tymaxbeta

the Ipad is completely capable for calls via a blue tooth microphone, as well as the microphone attached to the headphones you can get these days, I know this because thats exactly what I do. To pay only 25 dollars a month for everything and more that the Iphone does is just a no brainier, and in my experience I don't regularly get phone calls, everyone texts these days...

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momokani

Same here. I am thinking to get iPad (WI-FI) and a cheap prepaid phone with music capability to replace my iPhone. iPad seems great and does 85% of things I needed, but it is too big to fit in my pocket. For taking incoming phone calls and playing music, I want a handy device, something like an iPod Nano with a phone capability. The Nano phone provides only essential functions including phones and iPod functions, but it will be great if it works as a 3G router (provide WI-FI connections to other devices).

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kylerwalker

some people think ipad can replace your iphone  well THERE WRONG just imagine holding a 9.4 screen up to your ear just to take a PHONECALL NO and even imagine AT 1.5LB man you would not make it through the day with out a hurting wrist. NOW IT CAN replace your bolky labtop or note book but NOT YOUR IPHONE

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Frazibar

AT&T should charge one flat rate so we can have iPhone and iPad

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dougstrickland

These comments are exactly the route that I'm considering.  Drop the iPhone as a platform, downgrade to a 'less than smartphone', and move the data plan to the iPad 3g/wifi.  This covers most situations, except traveling.  Thats where I'm willing to sacrifice the screen size for portability.  If I'm visiting Manhattan and looking for a great Cuban restaurant, I can't see myself whipping out the ol' iPad and hitting Urban Spoon.  Will this lead to AT&T (or more optimistically another carrier) offering a combined data plan (the thinking being that you won't likely be using both simultaneously)?  Doubtful.  

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jiubreyn

Really?

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unlockedcellphones

Don't think so, otherwise Apple would have named it 'iPhone' instead of 'iPad'. I think it's different animal altogether though we see duplication of functionalities in these 2 devices. The key point to whether iPad can replace iPhone lies on the point mentioned: "if you don't receive many phone calls". Points to ponder...Unlocked Cell Phones

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jiubreyn

You're right, the iPad is designed and marketed to be in a category by itself, not as a comparison to the iPod touch nor iPhone.  It's somewhere between an iPhone and a MacBook, while still not quite being a netbook.

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MacGurl

I honestly think that the iPad (wi-fi) could be better compared to the iPod Touch not the iPhone.

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dspeers58

This idea is not that far-fetched. I just dropped my iphone for a phone that does not require $720 in data charges for the term of the contract. This will help pay for the ipad. I got a cheap phone, and it makes calls just fine. Yes, I have to carry two devices, but I usually carry books, folder etc, whenever I work, and even after work. The ipad will be much more functional than the iphone for a number of business related functions, given the space etc of the screen. So it can and will work for a time. The only problem is getting a somewhat retarded phone to work as nicely as the iphone. It wont. In any case, I am trying just that.  Thanks for the article.

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mob1278

I mean if you get a 3G iPad and a dumbed down phone it could happen however, most people may not have both. Plus I just couldn't see getting rid of my iPhone! I would lose my status lolllllllll!

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airguardim

I'm considering the purchase of the Wifi/3G iPad and discontinuing my iPhone service in November when my contract expires. At that point I might purchase a prepaid phone and save about 60 dollars a month after purchasing the monthly 3G data plan for iPad.

I don't think it's a completely crazy idea, but we'll see how awesome the new iPhone will be first.

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jeffsome

Who would really want to carry around a device that you can't even fit in your pocket to make phone calls. The iPad is a great tool but wasn't made to replace a mobile phone.

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