AT&T Activates 400-500K iPads 3G in Q3, using more data than iPhone

In addition to the 3.2 million iPhones AT&T activated on their network last quarter they also switched on 400-500K iPad 3G. What's more:

It's "surprising" how many business customers are approaching AT&T about the iPad.

Business Insider quips that Microsoft should look out, but given the profit share Apple has taken on iPhone and the low margins of typical PC hardware, what damage they may not do to unit sales they may well do to revenue.

What's also interesting is that iPad users are consuming more data than iPhone users though less than 3G laptop users and 75-80% are on the unlimited 2GB plan.

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"What’s also interesting is that iPad users are consuming more data than iPhone users ..."
I don't know how this surprising (and thus interesting) since it seems a no-brainer than iPad users are likely to use/need more data than iPhone users - if only because of the Netflix app. This seemed to be ignored (or maybe folks disagreed for some unknown reason) when i and other were complaining that AT&T changed their data plans about a month after the release of the iPad 3G.
Others claimed this was no big deal because most customers use less than 2GB of data - except that those numbers don't include a huge number of new iPad users or iPhone 4 users who do/will have access to the Netflix app.
Either way, this note of interest and, somewhat implied surprise, baffles me, still.

Wiipad Slim Plus 7” android 2.1 tablet video
Android tablet has been hot since April.. but most of them are all android 1.5 or 1.6 as said....but few android 2.1 talet...
Maybe android 2.1 is a killer for tablet manufacturer..
but news from anufacturer that android 2.1 is at the edge of breaking through....let's wait and see... lately...there are a few android 2.1 system tablet like:
http://wiipad.us/product.php?idproduct=17
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“What’s also interesting is that iPad users are consuming more data than iPhone users …”
I don’t know how this surprising (and thus interesting) since it seems a no-brainer than iPad users are likely to use/need more data than iPhone users – if only because of the Maps app. The assisted GPS in the 3G iPad uses beautiful, high-resolution graphics, and requires a persistent data connection.

I don't know if this is that big a factor, but what I've noticed about the iPad's email app is that it automatically downloads emails that one has already read to the inbox, unlike the iPhone's email app (under OS 3.x at least) which only downloads emails when you look at them in the inbox. In other words, the iPad's email app implicitly uses more data than the iPhone's email app. In a sense, the iPad's design seems to assume that data usage is not a problem, whereas for the iPhone, data usage is kept at a minimum.