iPad IPad Air 2

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  1. bigchrisfgb macrumors 65816

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    I'm thinking about getting an iPad Air 2 for uni since my MBP is too big for my bag and too much to carry around, and my iPhone 6s + is not practical. Anyway I'm thinking about the 16GB option. My thinking is that I'm only going to use it to look at lectures (pre-saved) and to take notes. I'm not putting my photos, music, or putting any games on there. Also I've had an iPad before (iPad mini) and I ended up giving it to family member because at home I never found the use for it.

    So I was wondering do people think the 16GB is good option for my needs?
     
  2. The Game 161 macrumors G5

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    Given you aren't using it for photos, games then yes that will be fine for your needs. It's only if you are putting alot on it where 16Gb wouldn't be enough
     
  3. BallparkDreamer macrumors regular

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    You'll get about 13 gb since 3 gb or so is taken up by the OS. I was in your exact situation 3 weeks or so ago, and I went with the 64 gb option. Same uses as you and I've used about 12 gigs so far. my semester is just starting so I'll be adding a lot more documents. If you can afford the ~100 I'd grab the 64 gb
     
  4. sracer macrumors 603

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    I'd recommend the 64GB model at the very least. If you couple the Air 2 with a nice keyboard cover/case (and stylus), you'll find that it makes a terrific note-taker and organizer. You might find yourself using Notability to record audio of a class while taking notes. It has the capability of playing back your notes synchronized to the audio... ie. playing the audio will display text and hand drawn /typed notes at precisely the time that you wrote those notes. Very slick. If you use that, you'll want to ensure enough storage to handle it.

    You might also be able to store PDFs of books and other documents... depending upon how they are captured, they can be quite large.
     
  5. BrettApple macrumors 65816

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    I grabbed a 64GB Air 2 with a smart cover off Swappa for $400 last week for personal, work, and school use. I had the iPad 1 back in 2010-2012 and a mini 1 for a couple months but this blows them away completely. The extra RAM and multitasking help it out a lot.

    Textbooks are clear and sharp, Notability and Notes Plus actually run right and don't lag out due to lack of power like the A4/A5 devices and it's a great experience. I'd say grab one if you can get it on sale. Best Buy had Air 2's for $125 off just a bit ago and some may have discounts still for the new year. Or go the used route and save more. All in all with tax and the smart cover it would be $692.23 straight from Apple, so $290 off seems like a good deal to me.

    Sure the Air 3 may be around the corner but try and grab a 64GB at a discount if you can. 16GB may work, but it can get tight faster than you'd think even without photos/videos or music. App sizes alone are always growing as we get higher res displays and more resources to use up.

    I've got a 13" MBP that I usually take to class if not my 13" MBA (work issued). But I think I can get by with the Air 2 for what I really need to do in class at any given time when I don't have programming or web dev stuff to do. Or anything needing java/flash/silverlight. But that's becoming less and less of a problem as time goes on.
     
  6. Badrottie Suspended

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    16GB should be fine. You can save all of PDF, textbook, etc into all cloud based services like iCloud, Dropbox (most popular), OneDrive, and Google Drive. You can always save photos and music there as well.
     
  7. KadMac macrumors regular

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    This. I just got the iPad Air 2 16GB version and it handles all my needs. By using cloud services, you can save yourself a lot of space and just download your stuff as needed.
     
  8. ACG12 macrumors 6502

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    Go 64gb and never have to worry if you're going to run out of space.
     

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