iPad 2017 - 32 or 128gb

Discussion in 'iPad' started by ratters80, Apr 12, 2017.

  1. ratters80 macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2017
    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.

  2. gobikerider macrumors 68020


    Apr 15, 2016
    United States
    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
  3. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    How much space were you using on your iPad 3?
  4. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    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.
  5. ratters80 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2017
    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!
  6. rui no onna, Apr 12, 2017
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2017

    rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    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).
  7. ratters80 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2017
    Thanks. I meant downloading if I'm travelling though majority of the time, will be streaming on WiFi at home.
  8. darkarn macrumors 6502a

    Apr 8, 2017
    Go big, better to have the extra space than to regret not having that

    (a 16GB user here who regrets the decision daily)
  9. Scarpad macrumors 68000


    Jan 13, 2005
    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
  10. ratters80 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2017
    Thanks, that's food for thought!
  11. Howard2k macrumors 6502a


    Mar 10, 2016
    I replaced my 16GB iPad3 with a 32GB iPad 2017. It's not my primary computing device so 32GB is oodles of space.
  12. FeliApple macrumors 6502a


    Apr 8, 2015
    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.
  13. lax28 macrumors regular


    Sep 28, 2014
    New Jersey
    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.
  14. Channan macrumors 68030


    Mar 7, 2012
    New Orleans
    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).
  15. JPack macrumors 68030


    Mar 27, 2017
    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.
  16. darkarn macrumors 6502a

    Apr 8, 2017
    Valid point, but after using only 16GB, I am regretting skimping on storage
  17. acorntoy macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2010

    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.
  18. darkarn macrumors 6502a

    Apr 8, 2017
    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
  19. ratters80 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2017
    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.
  20. TypeMRT macrumors 6502

    Sep 7, 2007
    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.
  21. Acronyc macrumors 6502a

    Jan 24, 2011
    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.
  22. sparksd macrumors 68000

    Jun 7, 2015
    Seattle WA
    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.
  23. aneftp macrumors 601

    Jul 28, 2007
    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
  24. techno-Zen macrumors 6502


    Apr 27, 2015
    Gilbert, AZ
  25. sahilpatel12 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 12, 2011
    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.

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