It’s very convenient to have a tablet that’s connected no matter where you go, which makes a Surface 3 with 4G / LTE an appealing proposition. When you step back and analyze it, though, that really isn’t a feature worth spending an extra $100 on–at least not for most people.
The reality is that most people are already carrying a smartphone with 4G / LTE connectivity and they’re already paying a wireless carrier for that service. The extra money for 4G / LTE built in to the Surface 3 would be a redundant waste.
A better way to spend an extra $100 on a Surface 3 is to buy a 128GB microSD memory card to double the storage capacity of the tablet. I wrote a post about why the 4G / LTE feature is not the best investment for the additional $100:
Microsoft announced the new Surface 3 tablet today. It is thinner and lighter with better battery life than its Surface Pro 3 sibling, and it offers the option of 4G/LTE wireless connectivity. For most people, however, the additional cost for 4G / LTE doesn’t make sense.
I haven’t had a chance to get any hands-on experience with a Surface 3 yet, but on paper it seems to be an awesome device. A recent survey found that what users were looking for in a Surface Pro 4 is a device that is more affordable and has better battery life. The Surface 3 delivers both of those elements and much more—including a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal.
In the survey about a third of the respondents indicated that they want 4G / LTE connectivity in the next-generation Surface tablet, and roughly 15 percent chose 4G / LTE connectivity as the single most important thing Microsoft should add. Those consumers will be happy to learn that the Surface 3 offers 4G / LTE as an option but they may want to reconsider whether that is actually something they want to spend extra money on.
The entry-level Surface 3 has 2GB RAM and a 64GB SSD for $500. Microsoft also offers a model with 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD for $600. The optional 4G / LTE capability adds $100 to the cost of either model—so $600 and $700 respectively.
Is 4G / LTE really worth an extra $100? I used to think so. In fact, I have listed 4G / LTE as one of the most glaring omissions in previous Surface tablet models. It can definitely come in handy. I’ve since realized, however, that I my smartphone is virtually never more than a few feet away. My iPhone 6 already has 4G / LTE wireless service and I can enable the Personal Hotspot function to enable my Surface Pro 3—or this new Surface 3—to connect and surf and browse just as easily as if it had its own 4G functionality.
Read the full article on Forbes: Surface 3 Look Awesome But Don’t Waste Your Money On 4G / LTE.