Want to get a better idea of how much cellular data you’re using on your iPad? DataMan’s new app designed specifically for the iPad 3G can help. Back in November, Nick covered DataMan’s iPhone program. The iPad version offers a similar experience, including push notifications and granular usage tracking, but redesigned for Apple’s tablet.
DataMan for iPad with 3G ($3.99) monitors any cellular data usage (3G/EDGE/GPRS) on your device, breaking it down by day, time and location. You can set up notifications to be triggered when you hit certain limits, which you can custom define. So, for instance, you can set up DataMan according to your specific data plan (mine allows me 5 GB, so that’s what I set as the total monthly threshold) and then adjust your own weekly and daily limits accordingly. You can even input the date you receive your bill so the app knows when to reset its totals.
I’ve long suspected I’m using nowhere near the maximum allowed under my plan, and am considering stepping down to the next tier available. Rogers (my carrier here in Canada) provides me with approximate data usage information, but I have to log in to my account to check it. With DataMan, I can see exactly how and when I’m using data, and be notified when I’m approaching caps. That way, I can set caps this month as if I was already using the lower-tiered data plan (250 MB max per month), and receive push alerts when I come near my daily, weekly and monthly limits. I’m especially curious about the geographic distribution of my usage, and would like to see if I have data “hotspots” where I find myself more likely to need to connect.
As with the iPhone version, you can turn off precise geographic tracking, or geotagging altogether if you want to preserve battery life. You can also compare your current usage with your historical data, which the app stores by default. This is a great app for anyone who wants to find out more about how much data they use with their 3G-capable iPad, for developers testing data usage with their own apps, or for iOS observers or analysts looking to track usage for the purpose of reports or analyses.