iPad 2017 - 32 or 128gb

ratters80

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Looking at replacing my dead iPad 3 o_O, maybe with a iPad 2017. I also have a MacBook Pro, so think I'll mainly use it for web browsing, watching a bit of video, also when travelling.

I'm only planning to download a few bits on here to watch and won't be wanting to store photos, music on here (all on iPhone and Cloud), and I'm not a gamer.

Is the 32gb right for me, or should I still consider 128gb? Given my expected light usage, I don't want to pay £90 extra if I don't need to.

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Looking at replacing my dead iPad 3 o_O, maybe with a iPad 2017. I also have a MacBook Pro, so think I'll mainly use it for web browsing, watching a bit of video, also when travelling.

I'm only planning to download a few bits on here to watch and won't be wanting to store photos, music on here (all on iPhone and Cloud), and I'm not a gamer.

Is the 32gb right for me, or should I still consider 128gb? Given my expected light usage, I don't want to pay £90 extra if I don't need to.

Ta!
32gig is plenty, I use iPad for about 99% of computing and only use about 11gigs of storage with my 23 apps and a few multi gigs of textbooks for school. You'd be fine
 

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Looking at replacing my dead iPad 3 o_O, maybe with a iPad 2017. I also have a MacBook Pro, so think I'll mainly use it for web browsing, watching a bit of video, also when travelling.

I'm only planning to download a few bits on here to watch and won't be wanting to store photos, music on here (all on iPhone and Cloud), and I'm not a gamer.

Is the 32gb right for me, or should I still consider 128gb? Given my expected light usage, I don't want to pay £90 extra if I don't need to.

Ta!
I think you basically answered your own question. You're basically using it for web browsing, video and a few downloads. And you're not a gamer. 32 GB sounds appropriate for your usage/needs.
 

ratters80

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How much space were you using on your iPad 3?
God knows, it was before I had kids and my brain has turned to mush since then! TBH, I never downloaded movies at that point, but would be downloading a bit of content from BBC/Netflix now. I'm not really sure how big (file size) a movie or box set episode would be?
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I think you basically answered your own question. You're basically using it for web browsing, video and a few downloads. And you're not a gamer. 32 GB sounds appropriate for your usage/needs.
Thanks. I just feel a bit nervous about buying the lowest level storage, as I've always gone mid level with my iPhones.
Keeping £90 in my back pocket is appealing!
 

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God knows, it was before I had kids and my brain has turned to mush since then! TBH, I never downloaded movies at that point, but would be downloading a bit of content from BBC/Netflix now. I'm not really sure how big (file size) a movie or box set episode would be?
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Thanks. I just feel a bit nervous about buying the lowest level storage, as I've always gone mid level with my iPhones.
Keeping £90 in my back pocket is appealing!
I think people were assuming streaming video when you mentioned watching. If you're downloading video, depending on video quality, around 10-15GB for a season (HD).
 
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ratters80

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I think people were assuming streaming video when you mentioned watching. If you're downloading video, depending on video quality, around 10-15GB for a season.
Thanks. I meant downloading if I'm travelling though majority of the time, will be streaming on WiFi at home.
 

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Looking at replacing my dead iPad 3 o_O, maybe with a iPad 2017. I also have a MacBook Pro, so think I'll mainly use it for web browsing, watching a bit of video, also when travelling.

I'm only planning to download a few bits on here to watch and won't be wanting to store photos, music on here (all on iPhone and Cloud), and I'm not a gamer.

Is the 32gb right for me, or should I still consider 128gb? Given my expected light usage, I don't want to pay £90 extra if I don't need to.

Ta!
I just received my 2017, i got the 128 just because i put a lot of comic files on the device and alot of apps, but if your streaming mostly the 32 will be fine
 

Howard2k

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I replaced my 16GB iPad3 with a 32GB iPad 2017. It's not my primary computing device so 32GB is oodles of space.
 
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FeliApple

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I would go 128, even if I didn't use it - now - just to have it just in case I needed it in the future. I have 112GB left on my 128 GB phone and I know that if I ever need to shoot a long video or something like that I can do it without problems.
I had 100GB left on my 7 month old 6s, and have 83GB left on my 9.7 Pro.
 

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Unless you can not spend anymore than what a 32GB costs, go big. I can't imagine getting having anything with less than 64, let alone 32GB. Unless you know that you will upgrade quickly that way if you don't have enough you will only have to deal with it for a short time, I would get at least 128. Anything I plan on keeping for more than a year, I but as much storage as I can afford. Better to have the space and not need it, then need the space and not have it.
 

Channan

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Go big, better to have the extra space than to regret not having that

(a 16GB user here who regrets the decision daily)
At the same time, one could say it's better to not get more than you need than to regret wasting money on unused storage. If I got more than 32GB, I would definitely regret it (except in the case of the iPhone 7 where jet black only comes in 128+GB, in which case I don't regret getting it at all).
 

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I would suggest 32GB unless you know for certain you'll be using the extra storage.

Buying 128GB kind of defeats the value proposition of the iPad.
 

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At the same time, one could say it's better to not get more than you need than to regret wasting money on unused storage. If I got more than 32GB, I would definitely regret it (except in the case of the iPhone 7 where jet black only comes in 128+GB, in which case I don't regret getting it at all).
Valid point, but after using only 16GB, I am regretting skimping on storage
 

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Valid point, but after using only 16GB, I am regretting skimping on storage

32gb is a lot different than 16gb. With 16gb if your taking a trip you could -maybe- download a game or two and a HD movie (maybe 2 standard definition movies). With 32GB you can easily download three HD movies and plenty of games. As somebody who struggles with 16gb, my 32gb iPad Pro 12.9 works perfectly for me and 128gb would be a waste. That's why I went from a 64GB Air 2 to a 32gb Pro.
 

darkarn

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32gb is a lot different than 16gb. With 16gb if your taking a trip you could -maybe- download a game or two and a HD movie (maybe 2 standard definition movies). With 32GB you can easily download three HD movies and plenty of games. As somebody who struggles with 16gb, my 32gb iPad Pro 12.9 works perfectly for me and 128gb would be a waste. That's why I went from a 64GB Air 2 to a 32gb Pro.
I tried 32 GB on an iPhone 5, I am quite close to filling it up too with the games I play. Maybe 128 GB or even 256 GB will suit me better

Somemore it can help store my RAW photos during travelling
 

ratters80

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Thanks for everyone's thoughts. I think I'm going to pay for 128gb so I don't have to think about what I put on it/not. My son my inherit it (share it!) down the line so I might need more space for games and downloads.
 

TypeMRT

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Go big unless the extra money is well-beyond your budget, especially if you plan to keep your iPad for several years.
My 128GB iPad has about 60GB free. I always keep a few movies and tv episodes so I have some entertainment options and space to backup DSLR photos when I'm traveling.
I have 90GB free on my 256GB iPhone. It seems like an awful lot of storage to waste but there's no way to fit 162GB of data into 128GB iPhone. I keep my full music and photo library on my iPhone synced via iTunes on my iMac.
 

Acronyc

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I got the new 2017 iPad and decided to get only 32GB of storage. I have an iPad mini 4 with 128GB that I use when traveling and can store lots of content on it. My MBP is still my main computing device and this iPad is just for around the house surfing, reading, and streaming. If it were my only iPad I'd get 128GB. But for me, I used the money I saved on storage to get the cellular option. That's a lot more important for me than the extra space.

As an aside, I really love the 2017 iPad. What a great value. I never had an iPad Air 2 as I've been using iPad minis. This is my first full size iPad since my old iPad 3. The 2017 is relatively cheap, fast, has awesome battery life, and is by no means heavy. I have no regrets getting this instead of the iPad Pro.
 

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I'm also on the go-big bandwagon. I have a 128GB Air 2 and am glad for the space. I stream all my video from an HDD over a FileHub and use on-board storage for lots of apps, ebooks, emagazines, and photos. A lot of my travel takes me to places where Internet access may be dicey or totally unavailable so I want my "stuff" local.
 

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This is why Apple doesn't make a 64gb iPad anymore.

They purposely omitted the 64gb to upswell the 128gb model.

If u got kids. And lot of kid apps (fun and education both). Go get the 128gb.

I had 64gb iPad Air 2013 model. Got 4 year old kid. Used around 26gb of the 64gb.

So 32gb isn't gonna to cut it for me. I got unlimited sim for them to stream as well. But kiddie apps are getting bigger and bigger.

If u are anywhere near 20gb of usage than get the 128gb. But if u are using 10-15gb. Than 32gb is enough
 

sahilpatel12

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I bought 32gb iPad to replace my iPad 3 which was 32gb also.

It should be fine since I won't be using it other just watch YouTube or play couple games or normal stuff. I have an 128gb 7 plus for photos and stuff ( I love taking pics since I travel a lot overseas and vacations ) I have about 30-40 gbs of just pictures in my phone.