Does Your Tablet Have A Data Connection? [MakeUseOf Poll]

polls   Does Your Tablet Have A Data Connection? [MakeUseOf Poll]Last week we asked you what your favorite music streaming service is. Although we could not include every existing service, we’d listed all the bigger ones, and out of the 10 options we gave you, 3 services won by a pretty large margin! So who won?

414 readers voted in this poll. In third place, with 19.5% of the votes, is Pandora. In second place, with 20% of the votes (and only one vote more), is Spotify, and the big winner, and your favorite music streaming service, is Grooveshark, with 23% of the votes.

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

Every music service mentioned got at least one vote, and a full 11% of the voters chose “Other”. Some of the services mentioned in the comments were 8tracks, MOG, Bandcamp and Noisetrade. That’s a lot of different music services being used by MakeUseOf readers!

music poll results   Does Your Tablet Have A Data Connection? [MakeUseOf Poll]

This week’s poll question is: Does Your Tablet Have A Data Connection?

Tablets are getting more and more popular, and the more popular they get, the more unclear it becomes which device they really need to replace. Are they to be used more like a laptop, and connect to the Internet only where there is Wi-Fi available, or should they have Internet no matter where we are, courtesy of a paid data plan?

Most people already pay for data on their phone, and paying for another device may seem superfluous, especially considering the fact that 3G tablets cost more to begin with. On the other hand, if you already own a tablet, why not use it everywhere?

If you chose to have a data connection, why do you think it’s necessary? If you chose Wi-Fi only, what made you give up data? Is it the extra cost, or is it simply unnecessary? Tell us what you think in the comments!

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24 Comments -

Joshua Clarke

Money is tight for a lot of people these days, and with the growing abundance of free wi-fi around the world, wi-fi only is the smart way to go with a tablet or any other device.

christopher pepin

One thing to keep in mind is that a tablet is a large device that you don’t tend to take out an use unless you are stopped somewhere unlike a phone.

Juangomez2890

When I use my tablet, I’m usually somewhere I can get free Wi-Fi, and when I’m not, I tether my phone’s data connection, so I’d say Wi-Fi only.

Achraf52

Hi, it doesn’t worth to pay extra to get 3G on tablet, also Wifi is everywhere and with the rise of Wifi router who connect though 3G plan it would easy good to own one and connect to it using Laptop computer Phone device and your Tablet device using only a part of the price it could have been so, so using technology we would better serve us, also I have started using Grooveshark once I known it using this .

azisman

I voted that I have 3G but don’t use it often – but I find that when I DO use it, I really appreciate having it. Part of the reason is that it’s relatively cheap – $15/mo… not a lot of data at that price (250 MB/mo from Canada’s Rogers)… so I use WiFi most of the time, but when on the go, it sure is handy to remain connected. Add Skype, and it’s an emergency phone. When I was in Italy last summer, I was able to buy one month’s service from Vodafone Italia for 20 Euro… and be connected on the train, and in all those hotels with crappy and expensive WiFi. Frankly, it makes a tablet a go-anywhere, stay-connected device… which is a large part of the value – and a big plus compared to a netbook or Ultrabook. (Yes, there are USB 3G sticks for laptops – but the data plans are much more expensive).

Yaara

Interesting! So the extra money you paid for the 3G tablet is actually worth it. It sure sounds handy to have the option to use it everywhere, even if you mostly just use Wi-Fi.

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Arthur McKenzie

Yes, I have a data connection on my Apple tablet. That’s primarily because there are very few reliable WiFi hotspots where I live.

Joshua Todd Cowper

My phone supports creating a Wi-Fi network with its data connection, so I simply hook my tablet up to my phone’s Wi-Fi! You don’t need to pay extra for a 3G tablet or another data plan.

Raymond Marr

As a student at Cabrillo College and a person who travels by public transportation or human power whenever possible I have a data connection. In part so I can get some studying or writing done as I travel by public transportation or use the the mapping program to navigate the data connection is very helpful even though there is an associated monthly cost.

Yaara

Do you pay for data on both your phone and tablet? Do you find that you have unique uses for each of them?

Raymond Marr

At this time I only paid for the device and it runs wifi only. Later on, perhaps in this next semester I will explore a portable hotspot from verizon or sprint to see if it is worth the price or the time. Of course there is another option I am still exploring in tethering one device to the other.

Frank G Plaatjies

90% of the time I’m using it without Internet so why should I be billed for Internet I’m barely using? Wifi only works for me.

rreibling

No point to pay for a data plan.  If you really ant it, pay the $20 for hotspot on your phone and turn it on when you can’t connect via wifi.  Much cheaper.

Bruce Epper

You do realize that Wi-Fi is a data connection, don’t you?

Yaara

Yes, literally it is. :) But when talking of data connections and data plans in this context, people usually refer to 3G.

Alan Morrison

Can use my phone (with unlimited data) as a mobile hotspot so no need for another bill.

Ronald Thomas

If I need mobile Internet, my iPhone is sufficient. I loathe the idea of paying extra for data each month when I’m usually on Wi-Fi at home and at work.

Sam Eneman

Wi-fi is good enough for me. But I wonder: how do the results of this poll compare with the actual percentages of sold tablets, wi-fi vs. 3G?

Yaara

That would be interesting! I can try looking for such data when the poll is over, but I’m thinking it won’t be very accurate, considering there are many different brands of tablets, and the most popular maker may not make the data readily available. :)

Chase Vandiver

wifi tethering if you already have a smartphone.

Cphares01

My phone is 3G. It’s enough for anything I have to do away from a wifi. And if I find a need to do more, hotspots are easy to find. There is one in most public libraries, McDonald’s and a surprising number of waiting rooms!

Doc

My Velocity Micro Cruz T301 (a Black Friday deal at Radio Shack) has 802.11n Wi-Fi only. I can’t stand cellular contracts, and will never get a contract cellphone ever again.

Kevin Thomas

I have a Blackberry Playbook and a BB Phone, so I always have a connection.