iPhone/iPad/Pre experiment, part two

iPad map connected to mobile hotspotI'll give away a hint at the results of my experiments by saying this: round two ended up being the final round of testing, and the theoretical winner in the contest of iPad2 WiFi versus first-generation iPad with 3G and WiFi is: the first-generation iPad.

More details about my constraints and decision criteria can be found in part one, but the basic rundown is: I want to know whether an iOS device without 3G or GPS could serve as a navigation device for traveling if tethered to a device acting as a mobile hotspot.

Yesterday's test results were slightly promising but inconclusive, largely because I didn't actually leave home to perform the experiments. Today's experiments were to test maps on an original model iPhone in «airplane mode» (meaning with the cellular radio turned off) but WiFi enabled and my Palm Pre acting as a WiFi hotspot. The difference today is that I would test in a place without any nearby WiFi networks.

iPhone/iPad/Pre experiment, part one

With the iPad2 out this weekend, I've started to consider an upgrade from the original iPad to the newer, lighter model. Money is a factor, so if I were to get a new one I'd have to sell the old one, and that would still leave me short of a replacement.

I've started to consider whether I could get away with a plain WiFi version of the iPad, which would knock $130 off the price of the model I'd select. It still means shelling out more for the replacement than I can sell the original for, but that takes a significant bite out of the difference.

I don't use the 3G service since I have WiFi available almost everywhere I go. I tried it for a month when I first got the iPad, then had it shut off and I haven't missed it. The real reason I wanted a 3G iPad is because the 3G chipset includes GPS. The WiFi-only version has no GPS.

What goes downhill must come up

ImageI was up for a short while before heading out for my coffee/morning walk, but it's pretty close to first thing. Following doctor's orders I had a very nice walk and following doctor's suggestion I got regular coffee rather than decaf. The point is to see if we can get my mind better focused. When I quit caffeine a couple years back I honestly noticed no difference in focus or my sleep cycle. No difference in my ability to wake up or to get to sleep. So I'm not really optimistic about the caffeine experiment. Still, if I didn't notice a difference when I quit, perhaps the worst outcome will be not noticing a difference when I start.

I'm not sure why I picked the Starbucks at Mariposa and Bryant. I'm not really all that fond of Starbucks, and the Mission is lousy with coffee places I could have gone and had an equivalent walk. Perhaps a project for the future would be to make a tour of the coffee shops in the Mission and have a different cup—and a different walk—each day

Walk, don't run

I've been instructed by one of my doctors to do a ten minute walk every day. It's embarrassing to have to be told to do this, but she was right for a lot of reasons. I get too hung up on having to run or having to do some substantial distance. Ten minutes is barely more than walking out the door and turning around to come back. Seriously it's a third of a mile out and a third of a mile back, more or less. Three blocks down the hill to Starbucks and back would count.

Starting slowly and tapering off

Start slowly and taper off. That's the slogan of the Dolphin South End Runners, the running club to which I belong. It seems that if I'm always starting, I'm always slow. I know I shouldn't compare my times against the races I ran when I was six or seven years younger, but but it's hard to look at a 13 min/mile pace and feel very good about it knowing that once upon a time I could do a short course like this at a 7:30/mile pace.


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