For $450, which would you rather have?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by dmk1974, Jul 10, 2011.


For $450, which would you rather have?

  1. iPad 1 3G 64gb

    23 vote(s)
  2. iPad 2 WiFi 16gb

    60 vote(s)
  1. dmk1974 macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2008
    I'm having a hard time giving advice to my brother for an iPad selection. He's not sure if he'll need the camera. He also usually will have WiFi somewhere to pickup on, but also at times would like to have the 3G option when traveling.

    He has $50 in Best Buy RZ points, so my first thought is to just have him get an iPad 2 WiFi 16gb model. But also looking around on ebay and Craigslist, I can probably get him an iPad 1 3G 64gb unit with some warranty left for right about the same price.

    So basically, with that equal budget, which do you think is better for the money? Thanks.
  2. Arcadia310 macrumors regular

    Aug 16, 2010
    If he's going to download a bunch of games (which he probably will), I'd say opt out for the iPad 2. Right now he may say that all he wants to do is web browse and read books, but once he gets in that App Store he'll probably want to download all the apps he can.
  3. Cosmo Kramer, Jul 10, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2011

    Cosmo Kramer macrumors member

    Jul 1, 2011
    If 16gb is enough for him then iPad 2 hands down, but IMO I need more space so 64gb iPad is what I would get and if you don't need 3G that could save even more money ::D
  4. Lagmonster macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2007
    ipad 2 just for the feel of it over the original.
  5. BruiserBear macrumors 6502a

    Jul 24, 2008
    Almost no one truly needs 64gb of storage. Get the iPad 2.

    3G is also an additional expense and most of the time you can find wifi.
  6. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005

    Generalise much?

    Play a lot of the big name games (most 500mb-1gb) or have videos / movies and you will fill that 64gb in no time.

    I have 36gb of Apps alone on my iPad. Add my music, tv shows, books, magazines and photos and I am down to 5gb remaining.

    As for 3G, you also get the extra benefit of GPS. Match that with a navigon app (2gb itself) and you have a great iPad optimised sat nav.

    One solution does not fit all.

    OP decide do you need 3G or GPS, do you need storage? Do you need a front and rear facing camera ? Only you know what you need...

    personally I think the extra storage and the mobile data & GPS availability for travelling outweigh the thinner iPad 2 with poor cameras (I never use the cameras on my iPad 2 simply because they produce such poor results).

    Whilst the iPad 2 optimised games look a 'tad' more refined than the iPad original, the fact that 16gb would not go too far once he starts downloading those EA & Gameloft titles (especially when they are one sale) as they eat a lot of space.
  7. miamialley macrumors 68030


    Jul 28, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    Why are those the only options? I'd rather have a 16 or 32 3G iPad 1 than a wifi iPad 2. Just me.
  8. Blakjack macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2009
    For me, it would HAVE to be the iPad 2. I Skype like crazy
  9. BruiserBear macrumors 6502a

    Jul 24, 2008
    I've got news for you. You're not the average iPad user. In fact, you're probably in the top 1% of data usage if you were to poll every single iPad user.

    Before you go asking people about their generalizing you might want to think about that. I said "Almost no one truly needs 64gb of storage". That "almost" I mentioned was the people like you. Don't fool yourself into thinking you're the norm.

    It's the same story regarding the GPS functions of the 3G iPad. A device as large as the iPad is far from the ideal size for a GPS device. Most people have phones or dedicated devices in their car that can handle such functions.
  10. LizKat macrumors 68040


    Aug 5, 2004
    Catskill Mountains
    Me, I'd go for the iPad 1 given the two choices in the poll. It comes down to wanting the space (i love lots of movies on board and also lots of magazines, it adds up after while), not caring about the cameras on the iPad2, and wanting the option for 3G service if I needed it for awhile, I'd prefer that to a series of WiFi hotspots with possible security issues. Plus I don't use my iPad for action type games so no need for faster chip in later model.
  11. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005

    I don't fool myself, but neither do I pull generalisations out my ass.

    Since the most popular iPad 2 in Western Europe is the 64gb version, statistics would prove me to be far more than the 1% you claim unless you can prove actual statistical facts rather than just your opinion of what people 'need'.

  12. Fernandez21 macrumors 601


    Jun 16, 2010
    I also got the 64gb iPad and have used up 50gb of it. The iPad even though I am the main user also used by my wife and son. So we have alot of pixar movies on there and some of those educational apps (such as the solar system app) are Over a gigabyte in size. I think there may be alot more people with "family iPads" that need more space.
  13. macrat macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2003
    When the iPad3 comes out this fall or early next year, Apple will start the slow phase-out of the iPad 1 as they did with the original iPhone and iPhone 3G. Some awesome features of the upcoming iOS 5 might be crippled on the iPad 1.

    You are assuming also that iPad 1 from Ebay and Craiglist are in top shape. Good luck with that. They are like used cars without any warranty!

    Get the iPad 2!
  14. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2008
    Lots of good points and counter-points here. For me, I have the "low-end" iPad 2 WiFi 16gb because I don't really need the 3G. The GPS would be nice, but I use my iPhone 4 with Navigon and like it.

    I must admit though, on my iPad 2, I am filling up the 16gb (14gb actual) pretty quick with apps and some videos. Not necessarily movies, but some family albums to share at gatherings that are mixes of photos and videos. Maybe shoulda bought a 32gb model.

    Speed differences aren't going to be a big deal for him, however as macrat mentioned, hopefully iOS5 won't leave out many key features for the iPad 1.

    So, for approximately equal budget and taking the camera out, I just need to beat on him to decide between either having the latest and greatest vs having more storage space and 3G option if needed. iPad 2 being Thinner and lighter (while noticeable to me) isn't that big of a deal to me and I doubt will be to him.
  15. clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    Wondering how the built in dropbox clone in 10.7 lion and ios5 will alter the equation...
  16. taipan61 macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2011
    corner starbucks
    my iPad 1 was the 64gb model and was filled past the 50gb spot most of the time, i bought the iPad 2 32gb 3g for myself while on the road and regulated the older one for family usage, it still stays filled these days so i would agree that space is a definite consideration when buying one

    (wish they had a 128gb model)

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