I need a new ipad- 32gb or 128gb?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Burglit14, Dec 15, 2018.

  1. Burglit14 macrumors newbie

    Dec 15, 2018
    I have read a few threads (I'm new to this forum as of right now) but I still don't have a clear answer to what I need. I currently have a Macbook Air (primary computer) and an iphone 7plus. I am looking to get an ipad for the following reasons: To watch Netflix while running on treadmill (at home on wifi) and I travel a lot for work, so would like to maybe store 1-5 movies and/or tv shows at a time if I am without wifi. I don't think I would need the storage space for photos, music, as I have my phone and Macbook. Not a gamer at all, aside from a couple of word games maybe....I can't find anything online that puts it into perspective for me, for [example 32gb= 3 movies and 100 photos vs 128gb + 100 movies and 1600 pictures] Please let me know what advice you have- thanks so much!
  2. UnLiMiTeD558 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 20, 2009
    How long do you plan to keep this ipad? If you’re keeping it longer than a couple years then the extra storage could benefit you down the road. I plan to have mine for awhile and got the 128gb model, it’s got my Apple Music library on it plus some shows and movies, and since I’m on the road a lot for my work, I store a lot of my Netflix shows on it

    Already passed 50gb if usage on it
  3. Richard8655 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 11, 2009
    32gb is more than enough for me, and rarely surpass 10gb. Most of my stuff is accessed from my Mac via WiFi or from iCloud.
  4. Johnny365 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 30, 2015
    128, and in less than 6 months, you're welcome. You'll need the local storage.
  5. mofunk macrumors 68020


    Aug 26, 2009
    iOS 12 is around 6GB. If you're gonna store go with the 128GB. HD movies are around 5-6GB. One of the movies I have stored is Black Panther movie which is close to 6GB. Other normal HD is like around 5GB (regular is about half that size). When I was using my 32GB iPad I could only store maybe 2 movies max and that's when I deleted a lot of Apps. A few times I had to contact Apple because the iPad would stop downloading because of the size. It was very frustrating.

    If you look around iTunes movie store it will tell you how large the files are.

    Messenger can be another large app if you message a lot. My iPad has about 32GB filled; 2 movies at 10GB and the rest apps (26GB). I still have tons of space left.

    I would go with the 128GB.
  6. secretk macrumors 6502

    Oct 19, 2018
    I went with 128 GB. I know that 128 is a lot and yes in general I could have made it work with 64 GB too, but not with 32. I would not store movies for long periods of time on the iPad, but I do some times go on a week long business trips and I would store some movies to watch while traveling as well as while on a trip.

    I also don't want to rely too much on cloud as my iPad is WIFI only and I don't always have Internet access.
  7. ericwn macrumors 68030

    Apr 24, 2016
    If you use your iPad as a Netflix machine on the go 128 GB comes highly recommended.
  8. Eithanius macrumors 65816

    Nov 19, 2005
    128GB or cloud storage+LTE... your pick...
  9. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    If you got the extra money it is well worth buying the 128gb model and not having to worry.
  10. Makayla macrumors regular


    Dec 20, 2016
  11. Burglit14 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 15, 2018
    Thank you so much!
    --- Post Merged, Dec 16, 2018 ---
    Thank you all so much for your replies, looks like the 128GB wins...better to have more than not not enough :) Biggest concern was being away for business and wanting to have some movies/tv stored.
    --- Post Merged, Dec 16, 2018 ---

    Thank you- this really helps put it into perspective :)
  12. dljor macrumors 6502

    Nov 3, 2013
    if plan on selling soon, 32gb makes sense given that you are asking for input here. If you plan on keeping it for a year or two, 128gb is a better deal.

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