iPad 16GB or 64GB?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by kzhlin, Dec 29, 2014.

  1. kzhlin macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2012
    Los Angeles
    I'm going to get an iPad Air 2, but can't decide which storage space to get.

    I'm mainly going to be using it for reading pdf's and web browsing, and not sure what to do with 64GB since music and all that stuff is on my 64GB iPhone 6.

    What do you guys store on your iPads that would require 64GB?
  2. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
  3. ron7624 macrumors 68020


    Oct 14, 2011
    Houston, Texas area
    I have 2 ipads with 32gb. I don't have songs or movies on them, but with the data from my apps are almost full. I do use them as a sheet music holder when I preform so I guess they have a lot of pictures which are actually music scores.
    I highly recommend the 64gig version because you never know. My ip6 is the 64 and it just feels good to not have to worry abut storage any more. I've always had to dump apps with any 16gb device to upgrade to the latest iOS. And that's a pain.
  4. s2mikey macrumors 68020


    Sep 23, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    It's not just the sweet spot, it's basically a no brainer for a hundred bucks.
  5. Newtons Apple, Dec 29, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 29, 2014

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    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Pictures and music. I am using almost 60GB in images and music on my Air 2.

    Get the 64 so you do not need to worry about it. Many here regret the 16B purchase.
  6. saltd macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2010
    The 16gb is an odd model that shouldn't exist. It should have been 32/64/128, but for some reason Apple felt this was a viable lineup. The resale on this one will be disproportionately lower as well, so the long term extra cost for the 64gb is actually pretty low.

    Plus, 16 is not enough when the operating system only really leaves you around 12 and half GB to start with...go 64 or go go home :)
  7. Ledgem macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2008
    Hawaii, USA
    I'd suggest the 64 GB. My work iPad is 16 GB because I use it for the purposes you mention, mostly e-books and reference. It was fine at first, but one year later, now with many textbooks and document scans loaded, I find that I need to shuffle things around frequently because I am low on space. Granted, I still have Photostream enabled on the device, which takes up a one gigabyte on its own... but you should note that the 16 GB model gives you 11.98 GB of actual, usable space (according to iTunes). I'll be going with 64 GB when I upgrade.

    It is a brilliantly viable lineup. People like my mother continue to buy the 16 GB model, while many other users need to spring for more space. Whereas resentment was fostering over having to pay $100 to get to 32 GB (a mere additional 16 GB), the removal of 32 GB and realignment of making 64 GB the $100 upgrade means that people are going to make that upgrade and not feel resentful over it. If Apple made 32 GB the base model, fewer people would be inclined to spend the extra $100.
  8. Ludatyk macrumors 68000


    May 27, 2012
    Well, then.. If all you plan to do is those things, then a 64GB is overkill. I understand the 64GB is a no brainer, but the problem is paying for an extra 100 bucks when it's unnecessary.

    I have the 6 Plus 64GB & Air 2 16 GB.. And the 16GB serves me just well on my iPad.
  9. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    Since people tend to keep ipads much longer than iphones, I would suggest getting at least the 64gb model. IOS updates seem to only get larger, and if you plan on using icloud photo library 16gb can fill up after a year of photos.

    I use my ipad like a PC, so the larger capacity is a must in that sense.
  10. Abazigal macrumors G4


    Jul 18, 2011
    Well, if you are going to use icloud photo library to sync all your photos, that is easily several gb of storage.

    If you intend to record video on your iPad, for reference, 1 hour of video is about 12 gb of space. Double that if you want to edit with iMovie (since iMovie create a copy of the video clip).

    If you play games, some games easily take up a few gb of storage. Then apps like iWork's and Office are a few hundred mb each. Even pdfs add up. It's definitely worth paying the extra $100 now and not have to worry about storage ever.
  11. ppfd macrumors regular


    Apr 14, 2007
    West Virginia USA
    64 all the way.

    If you can swing it, get the 128. I did this time and don't regret it.

    I still have 99g left!:D
  12. 7thson macrumors 6502a


    May 13, 2012
    Six Rivers, CA
    I have a 16gb mini and it's working fine for me. Would I rather it was a 32 or 64? Absolutely, but 16 is manageable. I bought this one used so I didn't have the option of choosing more storage, but I think what everyone else has said is spot on about the logic of paying a little more for a lot more space. The only caveat is your budget, so buy what you can afford.
  13. bushido Suspended


    Mar 26, 2008
    I had an 16GB iPad Air 2 at first but let me tell u it got ANNOYING fast. I did have 2GB free cuz i have my music and photos in the cloud but it was so tiresome to keep worrying about space and deleting things so i decided to replace it with a 64gb one about two weeks later. Its so much easier now even with about 42 GB left. Its just nice to have the option to just install things lol also 4 times as much space for only 100$ more Figured why not and seems more future proof too. I bet the 16gb one will be discontinued at some point
  14. CandyNJ66 macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2009
    I went with the 64GB Air 2. I like a lot of apps/games, Rhapsody music streaming downloads plus Next Issue magazine downloads that take up a lot of space. I knew 16GB was wayyyy to low on space for my needs.

    Sounds like your needs would be fine for 16 GB since you have a 64GB iPhone 6. Even so, when in doubt, go with 64GB. :)
  15. Yebubbleman macrumors 68030


    May 20, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    I've used quite a few 16GB iPads. I do a lot of Mobile Device Management stuff, so I have two 16GB iPads (one 3rd Gen with Verizon, one a WiFi Only original Air) and a 128GB original iPad Air with Verizon.

    16GB quickly becomes a limiting factor. Albeit, my purpose with the 16GB iPads is purely to test apps and MDM functions. Every time I find myself without the 128GB iPad and wanting to download a new game or something, I am constantly watching the app file sizes and that's legitimately annoying.

    PDFs and Books add up file sizes super quickly. Given that there is no 32GB size on the newest models anymore, and given that 64GB costs what the 32GB size used to, I'd say that there's no reason to not do a 64GB size. Also, can you really hate on quadruple the storage for $100?
  16. Snoopy4 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 29, 2014
    After two years with a 16GB Retna I'm now on a 128G Air 2. Have every app I've ever purchased that I found useful, 16GB worth of songs so I can listen when I'm off wifi, 10 movies for my upcoming flights where there won't be wifi over the Atlantic and still have close to 60GB left to play with. Not looking back for the extra $100 over the 64GB.
  17. Q-Dog macrumors 6502a


    Sep 9, 2007
    I travel with my iPad and am sometimes away from home for a few weeks at a time, so I bought the 128GB iPad Air. Between photos, TV shows, movies, music and apps I have about 24GB of free space. Only you can decide how much space you need. Better to have more space than you need than to run out of space.
  18. Taco1933 macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2014
    I decided to go 16/cellular rather than 64/wifi. I haven't run into a storage problem yet. I went with the 64 for my iPhone. That's where all my junk is stored. Thats where I take videos and pictures, keep my local music, etc. Most of my iPad usage is streaming and reading, so I don't miss the space. I guess it depends on how you plan to use it. I could see a time when I was going on a trans Atlantic flight and watched to store some movies and couldn't, but other than that, I'm fine.
  19. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Agreed, I would get the 64GB.
  20. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    I am glad Apple decided to rid of 32GB but I wish they should get rid of 16GB too. Anyway 64GB is better. :apple:
  21. double329 macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2008
    I wish they get rid of 16GB and start with 32GB+ instead. I recommend you get the 64GB version if you can wink it. I got the iPad mini 2 16GB version for my kids. when it comes time to upgrade the OS say 8, it requires at least 8GB of available space. My kids had to remove bunch of stuff in order for them to upgrade.
  22. ryannel2003 macrumors 68000


    Jan 30, 2005
    Greenville, NC
    I have a 16GB iPhone and 16Gb Air and at this point I don't see it being a problem as far as storage goes. I still have over 6GB free on the iPhone and 8.5 GB on the iPad. Buy as much storage as you need.
  23. pdoherty macrumors regular

    Dec 30, 2014
    I got 64GB on both my original iPad and iPad 3 and I can tell you it gets used - my iPad 3 has been so full for the last year that I have to actively manage the space so I can install new things I find. Get as much storage as you can afford to get.
  24. Melonville macrumors newbie

    Dec 30, 2014
    I have a 16Gb iPhone 6 Plus which i am managing so far. My iPad air 2 is 128Gb which is great keep all my photos/video and still have 60gb left. Any video/photos i take on my phone i transfer to my macbook and onto my Air anyway which i prefer. My 6 plus is my phone/message/email/instagram and media device.No games. Air is my Storage beast.
    I wouldn't buy a iPhone 6/6 plus in anything bigger than 16Gb till they put 2Gb Ram in it like Air 2.
  25. RickTaylor macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2013
    My use of the Ipad is similar to yours. 32 gb works fine for me, but 16 would be tight. In your situation, I'd recommend 64.

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