Looking at Galaxy Tab S3 for other half. She is keen to have Nav ability even though likely only for intermittent use and for that has a preference for the LTE model. Can use Here We Go but without a cellular connection, it is limited in some aspects. And Google Maps pre-caching is not ideal.
- LTE version is more expensive. Not a big difference though right now NL have the non-LTE version bundled with a KB cover at an attractive price so the effective price difference is more like $200+.
- No Tablet Share option on VF prepay (which we are both on). In any case most of the existing Tablet Share options cost $19+ pm per device which is a crazy amount for occasional data sharing with a device.
- Cheapest option on prepay is a separate minimal My Flex plan; $10 per 4 wks for 0.25GB data + 50 min + 50 txts; or $12 for an extra 0.75GB data. Still not cheap for intermittent use (could be several months no use of data). And the mins and txts of no interest here. A cheaper data only option may be more attractive but 'Device Share' with current prepay mobile package would make much more sense.
Main question is: Are there any drawbacks if do get the Tab S3 LTE model and for now use it without a sim?
eg. nagging reminders that have no sim card in, hit on performance, or other annoyances?
The reason for paying extra for the LTE version and not using a sim in it initially is that hopefully better options for device sharing of mobile data could become available sometime over next ~4 years or so? Then the option for LTE would handy.
As an aside, I am not 100% sold on the Tab S3 (released Apr 2017), especially given frequent questions raised about Samsung's support for tablets after a year or so. I am no Apple fan (personally have never had an i anything) but the 2018 version iPad 9.7 released a couple days ago (Sunday) looks better hardware - well given that the camera is of no interest (has dedicated cameras including a DSLR). She currently has a 5-6 year old iPad Mini and an iPhone 6 but is becoming disgruntled with both and seems keen to switch.