32GB vs 64GB iPad

Discussion in 'iPad' started by MattWylde, Mar 21, 2010.

  1. MattWylde macrumors regular

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    So I've been contemplating my decision to buy the 32GB iPad 3G. While I'm sold on wanting the 3G feature, I'm a little unsure if the 32GB is going to be sufficient for me. I have a large library of music, and the playlist that I like to have access to at all times takes up about 21GB, which doesn't leave much room for movies and books (which I'm now very likely to want to have on my iPad with that nice big screen), let alone all my apps. Until recently, I was not concerned about the memory capacity limitations. However, with the recent news of Simplify Media no longer offering service, it's made memory capacity much more important for me. It's also uncertain that Air Video Server will work with the iPad, although I'm speculating that it will.

    What are the chances that someone will develop an app to replace Simplify Media? I read all the rumors about Apple starting their owning streaming service, or cloud. My problem with that is that I don't want to pay a subscription to access music that I've already bought. There are already sites out there that offer this service. Simplify Media was great because it was a FREE desktop client server.

    To me, it seems likely that the 64GB version would also have a greater resale potential when the 2nd Gen iPad is released. Apple is surely to increase the memory capacity and 16 or 32 GB versions are going to look a little inferior, just like the 8GB iPod touches are.

    So what do you all think? Is it worth the extra $100 to upgrade to 64GB?
     
  2. Mac'nCheese macrumors 68030

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    Hell yeah! Its just a hundred bucks. What is that a month if you put it on a credit card? I'm all for buying the best version of anything right away, more so if its for something that you won't be able to upgrade yourself later on. You'll never regret the 100 bucks; you might regret the lost space.
     
  3. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    People rarely say "I wish I had bought less..."
    If you can afford it, buy better
     
  4. BruiserBear macrumors 6502a

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    First off, how much is $100 if you put it on a credit card? Probably hundreds of dollars more if someone used a credit card like you seem to be suggesting, and paid interest month after month after month.


    Second, the absolute worst time for anyone to "buy the best version" is the first version of a product. That's because there is a chance you'll want to upgrade just a year or two later to the newer and better device, that will likely be a bit more future proof than that first version, and hence you'll sell your old model at that time. I say buy the cheaper versions now, and upgrade to that truly great model down the road a year or two, when you truly see what the product is capable of being at that point.
     
  5. Mac'nCheese macrumors 68030

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    So its agreed? You're buying the 64GB one, right?
     
  6. robotkiller macrumors 6502

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    I have no idea how much I'm going to need on this thing, so I went for the biggest one. It will definitely have a better resale value, though not enough to offset the price difference. I'd rather not have to worry about free space. I hate that feeling.

    My iTunes library is 30Gb, so if I wanted to do a full sync, the 64GB is a no brainer.
     
  7. MattWylde thread starter macrumors regular

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    I do see myself buying a newer gen iPad in the future. The same reasons you gave above and having the ability to use Simplify Media made it an easy choice to go with the 32GB and still be able to serve my basic needs (the 16GB won't do as my playlist alone is 21GB). Now I'm just not so sure...but I'm still thinking the 64GB is going to sell better when I do want to upgrade to a newer gen iPad.
     
  8. foxnews1 macrumors 6502

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    +1 on both points:
    ignorantly spending little by litte is the best way to dig youself in a deep debt hole before you even realize it.

    I learned my lesson over the years that don't buy the most powerful pc more than your current need. a year later, you can buy a better one for less money. Technology changes and depreciates too fast for any long term usage/investment.
     
  9. robotkiller macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, but the difference between a mid tier and top tier computer is often over a $1000. Big difference.
     
  10. MattWylde thread starter macrumors regular

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    My library is 74.05GB....so, where the hell is my 128GB NAND already Apple!? I was bummed when they announced the memory was only up to 64GB. The thing is the size of about 6 iPhones/iPod touches....couldn't they have done a little better?
     
  11. foxnews1 macrumors 6502

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    people keep saying 64GB is better for resell. it is all relative. 64GB keeps better value but you paid more. with tech changing and depreciating so fast, the more you pay, the more you will lose.
     
  12. Xenious macrumors 6502a

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    I bought the 64g

    Calculated that 64gig will hold all my music, photos and apps that I currently have. Plus I'm hopeful there will be some pro music apps and I wanted plenty of space for samples/loops.
     
  13. 4DThinker macrumors 68020

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    The 64gb model is a better bargain $$ for the memory you get. I was looking through my assortment of media players today though, and realized most aren't half full. The larger the screen though, the more likely I filled them up with movies. Although not optimized for movies at 4:3, it should still be a nice way to pass time if you're a train or bus or plane commuter/frequent traveler.
     
  14. racer1441 macrumors 68000

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    Spend the $100, quit being cheap. You can't upgrade later, so do it now.
     
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    God Bless America! Coming soon to an economy near you.....Credit Age The Meltdown, Part II.
     
  16. Sydde macrumors 68020

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    That remains to be seen. You could not upgrade or fix an original iPod, until 3rd parties got around to selling kits to allow you to do that. You may well be able to (voiding your warranty) upgrade iPad parts at some point in the near-ish future.
     
  17. ThatsMeRight macrumors 68020

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    I will regret it when I buy 64 GB when I found at that in the end I only will use 25 gb. I could have done great things with that $100. And ask your self, if you are going to buy the 2nd gen. iPad, and if you are going to sell this first gen iPad. Will those people need 64 GB? People who really need the extra space, will probably use it more and will probably get the 2nd gen. Although in the case of the thread starter I would go for the 64 GB as he also is planning to put movies and ebooks on it (ebooks won't take much space, movies do). And remember that 32 GB isn't literally 32 GB. It's something like 29 GB.
     
  18. MiguelS macrumors regular

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    If you are planning to upgrade to the 2nd gen, then why spend the money if you are already thinking about it.

    If you are the type of person is always going to upgrade no matter what, because you need the latest and greatest and money is not an issue, get the bells and whistles.

    The resale value of a product that has more than the lower product is always going to be more. $100 difference in this case, might be $100 or less. The market dictates that.

    I myself bought the 3g-64GB version because I know I wont buy another for me...but if my wife wants one as well, then I will give her mine and get whatever is the latest and greatest.

    BTW, never think these products as investments. Investments should give you a return on your product.

    By the 64gb and wait just like me.:D
     
  19. ThatsMeRight macrumors 68020

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    I would always go for the best and the most if money was not an issue, but it is. I would go for a 3G model, if I could miss the money for the contract.
     
  20. MattWylde thread starter macrumors regular

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    I just changed my order to a 64GB 3G. Now if only it were "late April" already haha
     
  21. MattWylde thread starter macrumors regular

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    There is no contract with AT&T for the 3G version. It's all Pre-paid usage.
     
  22. ThatsMeRight macrumors 68020

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    You sign up for at least one month, so to me that's a contract (a). And I don't live in the USA, and therefor can't use that wonderful deal (because $15 for 250 MB seems a very good deal to me (as I am usually around WiFi networks and the 3G would only be needed in areas where there are no or limited WiFi connections).
     
  23. LucidPsychosis macrumors regular

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    Well, I think I'm gonna leave my music off of my iPad, so when I get one I won't need 64GB. I have a 64GB iPod touch for my music.
     
  24. MiguelS macrumors regular

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    Good point, some people are already users of the iPhone and iPod, so the extra memory is not needed. In my case, I have neither, so the usage will be there.
     
  25. MattWylde thread starter macrumors regular

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    Just something else to carry around with you. iPod is more appropriate for running and other more mobile activities. Being able to use the iTunes LP's and actually being able to read the lyrics on the large screen is going to make music a better experience on the iPad for me. I don't want to have to worry about carrying my iPod with me every single place I take my iPad so that I have music to listen to. If you bought the wi-fi only version with this mentality, then that's just another device you'll have to carry with you in order to use the mifi. Do you really want to carry around all 3 devices?
     

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