While the user experience for the new Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) LTE-equipped iPads are designed to be the same regardless of which U.S. carrier the buyer chooses, the Verizon (NYSE:VZ) iPad has the exclusive capability of serving as an LTE hotspot for more than 24 hours, under the right conditions.
In tests run by Anand Lal Shimpi from AnandTech, the Verizon iPad was found to act as a mobile hotspot for approximately 25.3 hours if the device’s display remained off. That’s about 5 times longer than LTE MiFi hotspots from Novatel (NASDAQ:NVTL) and Samsung.
The results were confirmed by independent tests from Verge, which cycled through web content for over 24 hours before exhausting the iPad’s battery. In this case, the screen, notifications, and push email accounts were all turned off.
“Best of all, we saw no evidence of stalled connections,” the Verge reported. “That’s not to say there aren’t caveats here: LTE reception in our Manhattan office is top notch, and it remains unclear how things would fare in areas with weak signal.”
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