This is something that I have been wrestling with myself and I hate to say it but I am starting to become a bit of a Wi-Fi snob to be honest. I was one of the early owners of the original Blackberry Storm, which initially wasn’t a bad phone but before the OS instability and all that got bad my biggest issue with it was that it didn’t have WiFi and on Verizon’s CDMA network that meant that I couldn’t do voice and data at the same time which sucked. When my most recent contract was up, one of the requirements of my new phone was that it had to be Wi-Fi capable and more importantly do it well. But phones are too easy, because Wi-Fi is pretty much becoming standard on those.
As I start to look at other new electronic devices, one of the first things I look at is whether it has Wi-Fi or not and if it doesn’t it definitely loses some points with me. I don’t own an iPad yet, but I wonder to myself do people really actually buy the non-WiFi version? 3G is ok but it’s not going to match Wi-Fi speeds. At this point, I think I need all my new devices to have Wi-Fi, my cell phones, tablets, gaming consoles, MP3 players and anything else you can think of. To be honest, I am seriously waiting for the time in the near future that WiFi connected refrigerators, cars, and washing machines and such become the norm. At this point, if it doesn’t have Wi-Fi then it’s pretty much useless for any kind of extended web activity. So that brings me back to my question, would the fact that a device doesn’t have Wi-Fi affect whether you bought it or not? Ya’ll know how I feel, now we want to hear from you.