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The Apple iPad 3G has arrived

By C.J. CASTILLO
April 30, 2010 at midnight
Updated May 1, 2010 at 12:01 a.m.


It's been a few weeks since Apple first launched the iPad, and now the 3G version has arrived.

The iPad 3G finally made its way to stores Friday. Apple stores closed an hour before the iPad 3G went on sale at 5 p.m. The device is available for purchase at Apple stores, on Apple's website and at participating Best Buy stores.

What's the difference between this iPad and the one released on April 3? This version of the iPad will allow you to stay connected wherever you go since it uses AT&T's wireless network.

According to a review I read on MacWorld.com, there are two noticeable differences between the iPad and iPad 3G. One difference (new feature) is the 4.5-inch long black plastic strip that runs across the top of the iPad 3G. This strip is a window for the antenna. The second feature is the micro-SIM card slot on the left side of the iPad 3G.

New features aside, the iPad 3G has the same controls as the Wi-Fi only iPad.

For those of you interested in the iPad 3G, prices are $629 for the 16GB version, $729 for the 32GB, and $829 for the 64GB.

In order to use the 3G service on the iPad 3G, you will need a data plan from AT&T. There are two options available: $15 month for 250MB of data or $30 month for the unlimited data plan. The latter is the same as the iPhone 3G data plan.

One thing to keep in mind though, the iPad does not support SMS and MMS messages, or voice calls. Sure it looks like a huge iPhone, but that doesn't mean you can use it to call grandma.

I know many people were eagerly waiting for the iPad 3G. Sure an iPad is still cool no matter what, but when you have to find a Wi-Fi spot to download the latest cool app, or look up the latest news about the iPhone 4G leak, it sure is nice having access to the Internet immediately.

Sales for the iPad have been strong since the initial launch, and we'll just have to wait and see how popular the 3G version is with customers.

In the meantime, Apple, if you have any new devices you are working on, let me know. I'll be happy to test it out for you, and I promise I won't leave it unattended. I'll carry it in my CHiPs lunchbox. No one will think to look there.

CJ Castillo is the interactivity editor for the Victoria Advocate. You can follow her on Twitter (@cjcastillo) or contact at cjcastillo@vicad.com. Please send all correspondence c/o Victoria Advocate, P.O. Box 1518, Victoria, TX 77902.

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