One of the most difficult decisions you will have to make when buying a new tablet is whether to choose a cellular model or a Wi-Fi only model. And we are in the editorial office
For many users, the cost of a tablet is the main argument when choosing. Therefore, it must be remembered that adding a 4G modem to the tablet significantly increases its cost. Moreover, in some cases, the difference in price between models with Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi + 4G is hundreds of dollars. That is why you first need to answer the question whether you really need support for cellular networks or is it better to spend this money on a more powerful or advanced model with an increased memory capacity.
But this is not all the costs that await the buyer of a 4G tablet. It makes no sense to buy a tablet with support for cellular networks and not use them, but for this you need to purchase a tariff plan from a cellular operator and the monthly subscription fee usually comes out as a pretty penny, so sometimes it seems more cost-effective to connect to Wi-Fi, especially if you use the tablet mostly at home …
If the price is not the main thing for you and you regularly take your tablet with you on trips and trips, then, of course, you should choose a model with support for cellular networks, since access to Wi-Fi outside the home is not always available. In addition, location services are more efficient on devices connected to a mobile network, which means you can pinpoint your exact location faster. Be aware, however, that unlike smartphones, 4G serves as a backup connection for tablets, which means tablets by default always use a Wi-Fi connection as soon as it becomes available.
And here we are not about the dependence of the tablet on the home Wi-Fi network, but about its battery life. The fact is that connecting to cellular networks requires more power, which means that a tablet with a 4G connection will drain faster than the same model, but only with Wi-Fi.
Some manufacturers say that the battery life of tablets when connected to cellular networks is about 10% less than in the case of Wi-Fi. However, you are unlikely to feel a noticeable difference, unless you are actively using the tablet and are constantly connected to 4G.
If you frequently use your tablet in public and at the same time worry about your privacy and information security, then a 4G tablet is your best choice. The point is that connecting to public Wi-Fi networks can often be unsafe, while 4G does not have the same risks.
• Wi-Fi tablets are much cheaper than cellular compatible tablets.
• 4G tablets are more convenient and secure.
• The difference in autonomy between the two options is negligible.
• The distribution of mobile Internet from a smartphone to a tablet cannot be considered as the main alternative to a tablet with support for cellular networks.