My own iPad experience

I've returned my wi-fi 64 iPad to the Apple store. It failed to perform adequately as a mobile tool.

Though I must add that I can edit this fine page in iPad #3.


I did not purchase an iPad in order to consume more stuff, but even if I had, I'd still have been left out because its useless wi-fi prevented me from accessing the iTunes store. Nor could I make use of Safari, the BBC and New York Times news readers, or indeed web-dependent apps of any kind.*

While I had other issues with the device, it was the total inadequacy of the iPad's wi-fi was deal-breaker for me. And I hold no hope that a firmware update will rectify this matter.


* I've since read that the first Macbook Air devices also had terrible wi-fi. But I did not purchase one, and was unaware of its own wi-fi issues.


One way in which the iPad is better than the Newton: '"How will I get my files off of this thing?" people asked in 1998. Then, as now, the simplest way is to email the file.' -- TUAW


iPad notes: Wi-Fi hardware information

"iPad Wi-Fi complaints echo those of Nexus One, iPod Touch" at betanews

"iPad has same Broadcom BCM4329 FM Tx/Rx radio capabilities as iPhone, iPod touch"

Speculation: "Next Gen iPhone To Contain The Broadcom BCM4329 Chip And Capable Of 802.11n WiFi?"


Broadcom

The BCM4329 wireless component itself


Teardown

iFixit teardown

Link to iLounge teardown photos


Princeton

Here is Prenceton's description of what they are seeing


Apple

iPad: Troubleshooting Wi-Fi networks and connections

Main support forum and the Wi-Fi forum


Links

Mike Cane's iPad Test

changed December 24, 2010