Speaking of that iPad, it appears many people are going ga-ga over it. It’s got a camera, don’t you know? I can see events now where thousands of people hold up this 10? rectangle to take pictures or film.

How impractical is that?

And bandwidt costs? Astronmical!!!

As the graphic below shows, you’ll be paying the same price for either 2GB or 5GB worth of monthly data on either carrier at $30 and $50 monthly, respectively; AT&T also offers a smaller 250MB plan for $14.99, and Verizon offers a higher 10GB plan for $80 per month. The trouble is, none of those data caps are actually very high when you start factoring things in like streaming video, audio, beaming high-resolution photographs (one of the features in the new iPhoto for iPad application), or syncing all of your various media files using Apple’s own iCloud storage service. Even some apps, particularly games, can clock in at hundreds of megabytes.

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Combine the realities of multimedia file size and a blazing fast connection that allows transfer of said files at unprecedented speeds, and you have a recipe for potentially expensive disaster.

One careless download of a 1080p high-definition movie from the iTunes Store over 4G could eat up your entire monthly plan and then some. In fact, if you could achieve download speeds at the theoretical maximum 72Mbps of LTE, you could blow through a 5GB plan in just under 10 minutes