Comparing the hardware and software features of the iPad 2, iPhone 4, and iPod touch is relatively easy. Comparing their costs is another matter, though. It's not just a matter of the price tag - it's also the cost of wireless service over months and years.
These less-obvious costs can make a device that looks like a deal very expensive over the long-term or something that seems pricey now look affordable.
This chart compared the costs of the three devices over two years to give you a fuller picture of what owning them will truly cost.
You may also want to see how the devices compare in terms of hardware and software.
Comparing Costs: iPad 2, iPhone 4, and iPod touch
|iPad 2||iPhone 4S||iPod touch|
|device cost||$499 - $829||$199 - $399||$229 - $399|
|minimum monthly 3G plan||$14.99||$44.98||N/A|
|maximum monthly 3G plan||$50||$94.99||N/A|
|contract length||N/A||2 years||N/A|
|minimum total cost of contract||N/A (3G is optional)||$1,439.76||N/A|
|minimum total cost of device over 2 years||$499||$1,638.76||$229|
|maximum total cost of device over 2 years||$2029.99||$3,878.76||$399|
|buying||compare prices at multiple stores||compare prices at multiple stores||compare prices at multiple stores|
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