The Verizon version of the new iPad can run 25.3 hours straight with the LTE personal hotspot feature enabled. according to recent testing. AnandTech put the Verizon model through its paces, and as you might expect, these results are with the blindingly sharp Retina display turned off, which would otherwise put a huge dent into the battery performance.
So not only can you go longer, your phone remains fully charged and fully functional when you're done. This sets the new iPad up as an ideal mobile hotspot to handle your casual day-to-day computing, so long as you can resist playing around with it while on your Mac or Windows laptop.
Of course, the data cap issue still looms large, but if you have a monster grandfathered unlimited plan or your needs are modest, you may be able to get away with regularly using your new LTE iPad as a secondary internet connection.
If you're happily tethering away on your LTE or HSPA+ iPad connection, jump into the forum and tell us how you're experience has been.
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