iPad 2: 32GB or 64GB? Best size to buy?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by dcmetro, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. dcmetro macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2009
    So folks, please share your thoughts on what is the best size to buy. 32GB or 64GB. I have an 32GB iPhone 4 which is primarily going to be my music player as well. I don't iPad as my music player besides bring a good video player for videos. Then there are podcasts and movies. Also iPad does not really offer many ways to store/view many file formats anyways. Anything hat I have not thought of?
    So I'm torn, what size is best suited? What did you folks buy and why?
  2. Rafterman macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2010
    64GB because there is no such thing as too much storage. You can get a 64GB and not use all of it. But you can't get a 32GB and put 64GB of stuff on it. Saving that $100 isn't going to help you any at that point.
  3. Stangs55 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 3, 2007
    The Lone Star State
    If you aren't someone who immediately knows that they will need 64Gb, then you likely won't need 64Gb. 32 is the sweet spot, imho.
  4. Freefall25 macrumors newbie

    Mar 17, 2011
    This is my second iPad. I always go for the most memory I can afford. I feel it is better to have memory you don't use than to need memory you don't have. On a day to day basis I do not use 64gb. But, when I go on a trip I load up my iPad with video and definitely use the 64gb. I say, go big.
  5. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

    Oct 15, 2008
    16GB is more than enough for me

    With 4.3 home sharing, I have access to all my music and video's without taking up storage space.

    But then again, I never take my iPad out of the house, so theres no need to store anything for offline listening or viewing.

    I'd go for more storage if I could take it to work, but I work in a high security area, so camera's are a big no no.
  6. akacaj macrumors regular


    Dec 21, 2008
    I found that having an iPhone there is no need to sync music to my iPad. Currently I sync only 1 playlist that has my most recently added songs.

    So that leaves me with movies, apps and pictures. In which case 32GB seems like the sweet spot.

    Last year I had purchased the 64gb (Selling on ebay NOW) and I always had 40gb free. So it was a total waste of money. It was also a 3G version that I maybe took out of my house 4 times also a waste. I thought I would need to 64GB of storage to use with the camera kit and upload my photos from my DSLR but I never did.

    This time I went for a 32GB WIFI only and I cant be any happier. If I ever needed internet on the go I can always tether with my iPhone.
  7. Charlie Sheen macrumors 6502

    Charlie Sheen

    Mar 9, 2011
    I have the ipad1 with 16 GB and it's more than enough.
    But as said if you want to watch movies while traveling and you have plenty of apps then the 32GB is good. I can't imagine that there's ever going to be the need for 64GB.
  8. epi117 macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2010
    Agree, i would go for max
  9. cmvsm macrumors 6502a


    Nov 12, 2004
    32GB used to be the sweet spot last year, but with new games and some apps reaching over 1/2 gig in size each, and that's just a start with the new hardware, combined with movies at over a gig each and music, you'd be crazy not to get a 64GB.

    Unless of course all you do is surf the net daily, or don't mind swapping out programs on a regular basis, you could get the smaller size.
  10. edtorious macrumors 65816


    Aug 14, 2007
    San Diego, California
    I'd say no to either one. See thread here, I would wait if I were you.

    Backlight Bleeding
  11. Mshilling macrumors regular

    Apr 30, 2010
    whichever size you think you will make use of. these threads crack me up. everyone uses it differently and only you can decide how much or how little space you need.
  12. Marshal82 macrumors newbie

    Nov 23, 2012
    Go big or regret it later!

    64gb is the sweet spot! The extra cash is worth it if these reasons apply to you.

    Four Reasons...

    1.) Free Wifi: It's everywhere, so unless you need to be online while on the bus or in a taxi, you can probably wait until you get to work/hotel/coffeeshop. Besides, if you really NEED to check your mail or browse the web for something asap, use your Phone.

    2.) Apps: Believe it or not, the biggest space hog on MY iPad's 64 GB hard drive is apps. For example, my favorite app, "The Periodic table of elements" is 2GBs alone. And my trusty "American Heritage Dictonary" is 508 MBs. Don't even get me started on games!

    3.) Photos: And not just the photos you'll be taking using the iPad camera, but every photo you've ever scanned into your computer. Imagine your wallet and how many pics you'd stuff it with if you could? Who doesn't want photos of your dog as a puppy to show every random strangers on a big 10 inch screen?

    4.) Video: And I don't mean purchased TV and movies. I'm talking about how the iPad 2 (and iPhone) work surprisingly well as video cameras. And the last thing you want is to run out of space in the middle of your kid's b-day party.

    Of course you can (and should) sync and transfer all this stuff onto your computer as often as possible. But trust me - you'll always have a few favorite apps, pictures, and video that you'll never want to NOT have with you. And that number will only grow over time.

    Many more opinions:

  13. Medic311 macrumors 68000


    Jul 30, 2011
    it all depends if you watch video podcasts. since i watch CNBC Fast Money and Cramer's show, i needed the 64GB model since each show is ~400MB. do the math, then throw in 7GB of apps and other movies and i was constantly running out of storage.

    when the iPad 4 came out, i decided to get the 64GB model. now i don't have to worry about space at all
  14. steve dave macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2010
    Why the hell are you keeping so many episodes of Fast Money on your ipad? That's pretty funny.
  15. Medic311 macrumors 68000


    Jul 30, 2011
    5 episodes of Fast Money a week, one a day.
    5 episodes of Cramer a week, one a day.

    i don't always get around to watching them during the week
  16. CandyNJ66 macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2009
    32 is perfect for me. I used to load up my iPad with loads of games but I realize I wasn't playing half of them or some, never even played even once.

    I sometimes download an app or game on sale and delete it for future installation when I'm bored or done with some other apps/games

    32 is great for me. 64 is better for those who store tons of movies, music and want libraries of apps

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