Mainstream magazines, including The New Yorker, Wired, and Vanity Fair, all have iPad-specific editions. Even specialty publications, such as comic books, test prep, and sheet music, have found their way onto the iPad.

But when you compare the experience of reading on the iPad with its paper-based ancestor or dedicated e-ink readers, the iPad still falls short. It’s beefy at 1.44 pounds (a Kindle Touch weighs under half a pound), and in spite of the Retina Display’s exquisitely rendered text, glare is still an issue—especially outdoors. Also, a product like the Nook Simple Touch promises up to two months of reading without a recharge, whereas the iPad will only get you 10 hours.

The new iPad is the first Apple product to embrace the 4G technology in its proper form. The new tablet has AT&T and Verizon’s newest and fastest 4G LTE comm. Services. However, prices go higher. The simple formula is to add $130 to your budget in order to get your hands on the 4G LTE version. Also get ready to add 10 grams to the device. The best part of the bargain is that both AT&T and Verizon offer packages without the restrictions of a contract.

However, the question is whether to buy one or not. The 4G networks of both carriers are still grooming and bringing more and more regions into the fold. Therefore, it is obvious that not all the places are covered. Therefore, before purchasing the 4G version, know whether your place has 4G or not.

Moreover, give the usage of your device a thought. Do you use your tablet for internet access outside or is it just a recreational device. If its usage is limited to the confines of your house, there is no need to go for a heavier and heftier device. But if you have the money to afford the upsize, nobody is stopping you, even if your region is not covered by the LTE network.