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What capacity iPad did you get?


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akimoriRyuuji

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Jun 28, 2015
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Hi guys, trying to make a decision on what capacity iPad to get.
I'm thinking 32GB (one up from baseline) would be fine. Indeed, there is no other options available for the iPad Mini 2 if you buy from official channels. I plan to listen to some music (but from Spotify), and read e-books (and store manga on the device), but other than that, I'm not aware of anything that I would be storing on the device that would use large amounts of space. Maybe some pictures..

My only concern is whether that would be too little. I'll be trying out an iPad at the end of August and seeing how fast I can fill it, but it'd be nice to hear from you what size iPad you got and possibly your justifications for doing so. I would have to shell out an additional $200 or more to get the iPad Mini 3 64GB so it's not really something I want to do.

So, thanks for voting and please feel free to post why you got it or how the decision affected your enjoyment of your iPad (mini or air, it doesn't matter). Hopefully anyone in the same boat will find this poll useful.

Thanks again!
 

Jessica Lares

macrumors G3
Oct 31, 2009
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Near Dallas, Texas, USA
I have a 16 GB iPad Mini. At that point, it was what I could afford. It was also my first iPad, so I didn't know what was going to happen.

Get as much space as your wallet allows you.

My biggest regret now is that I constantly have to manage stuff on it (comics, photos, PDFs, whatever) and there are certain things, like editing videos, that are impossible to do with the other stuff on it. Same reasons why I ended up getting the bigger iPod and iPhone sizes this last time around.
 
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newellj

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Oct 15, 2014
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Hi guys, trying to make a decision on what capacity iPad to get.
I'm thinking 32GB (one up from baseline) would be fine. Indeed, there is no other options available for the iPad Mini 2 if you buy from official channels. I plan to listen to some music (but from Spotify), and read e-books (and store manga on the device), but other than that, I'm not aware of anything that I would be storing on the device that would use large amounts of space. Maybe some pictures..

My only concern is whether that would be too little. I'll be trying out an iPad at the end of August and seeing how fast I can fill it, but it'd be nice to hear from you what size iPad you got and possibly your justifications for doing so. I would have to shell out an additional $200 or more to get the iPad Mini 3 64GB so it's not really something I want to do.

So, thanks for voting and please feel free to post why you got it or how the decision affected your enjoyment of your iPad (mini or air, it doesn't matter). Hopefully anyone in the same boat will find this poll useful.

Thanks again!

Based on your post, I think 32GB is likely to be fine. The most likely scenario for going above that would be storing a lot of videos on the iPad, which can eat up storage space quickly.
 
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akimoriRyuuji

macrumors regular
Original poster
Jun 28, 2015
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I have a 16 GB iPad Mini. At that point, it was what I could afford. It was also my first iPad, so I didn't know what was going to happen.

Get as much space as your wallet allows you.

My biggest regret now is that I constantly have to manage stuff on it (comics, photos, PDFs, whatever) and there are certain things, like editing videos, that are impossible to do with the other stuff on it. Same reasons why I ended up getting the bigger iPod and iPhone sizes this last time around.

Thanks for your reply. I didn't suspect the 16GB would be enough. Yeah, good advice. I think 32GB iPad Mini 2 will be the most I can/want to afford.

Just had a quick look at it, its 38GB free,(its charging)

Reason is that I have a lot of games and some videos on it. I also use photoshop and sketchbook as well. I store a few songs on it, but not too much(around 200)

Hm, yeah those would take lots of space. I'm sure the kind of game would have some bearing on the space each game takes. And those sound like tasks I'd do, but I guess I'll just have to learn to 'budget' my space.
 
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Jessica Lares

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Oct 31, 2009
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Near Dallas, Texas, USA
Oh yeah, games are worth budgeting. Play them, and just stick them back in iTunes. But I don't like doing that for books/files because the device is supposed to be a replacement for your bookshelf, notebooks, handouts, etc, and it's going to be more meaningful once iOS 9 comes out to be able to have everything on hand since apps are going to be able to hook into Spotlight.
 
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Suture

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Feb 22, 2007
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64GB on my iPad, however I'll probably go with 32GB in a few years when it's time to upgrade.

I don't store any songs on it, only have maybe 3 games on it total. I do keep a few movies on it, but not nearly enough to justify 64GB the next time around.
 
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cynics

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Jan 8, 2012
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I got 64 gb just because it was a middle option. My own compromise between price and storage.

I'm really glad I did because I used Home Sharing (music) a lot and now that that is gone I just move the music to my iPad.
 
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nj-morris

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Nov 30, 2014
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I got a 64GB Air 2 to replace my broken 32GB iPad 4. Ever since I got iCloud Photo Library, I never had any storage problems with 32GB. If there was a 32GB Air 2, I would have definitely jumped on it, regardless of whether it was the base model or the next after that. I've currently used 20GB, and I have quite a lot of games and other apps.
 
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Mackinjosh

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Aug 21, 2014
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16 gig iPad Air 2 with 8 gig remaining. I use it as a streaming music/video, web browsing, and word-game playing device. 16 gig is more than enough for me, and that's the model that constantly gets discounted. I just got a new iPad Air 2 for 150 dollars off MSRP at Target this week (100 dollars off plus Cartwheel discount).
 
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dgruhn

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Jul 1, 2015
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I also just purchased a 16GB Space Grey iPad Air 2 from Target with the $100 discount and the additional 10% off Cartwheel coupon.
 
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Shanghaichica

macrumors G5
Apr 8, 2013
12,674
10,013
UK
I have a 128GB iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. My first iPad was the original iPad mini and it was only 16GB. It was no where near enough space and I was constantly running out of space and I had to delete things all the time. It really spoiled my enjoyment of the device. Next time I got a 32GB iPad Air. It was better but still not enough space. This time I went for 128GB models and I don't regret it one bit. It's great that I don't have to worry about space and store everything that I want on my devices.
 
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Trickhot3102

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Dec 21, 2013
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I have a 128GB iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. My first iPad was the original iOS mini and it was only 16GB. It was no where near enough space and I was constantly running out of space and I had to delete things all the time. It really spoiled my enjoyment of the device. Next time I got a 32GB iPad Air. It was better but still not enough space. This time I went for 128GB models and I don't regret it one bit. It's great that I don't have to worry about space and store everything that I want on my devices.


I hear ya! I have a 32gb mini, but I notice I always worry about running out of space. My next iPad (I'm waiting for the Air 3) will be 128. I want 128 so I don't even have to check how much space I have because I know I'll always have plenty!
 
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driftless

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Sep 2, 2011
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Chicago-area
I have 128gb on my iPad but will go higher if more is available when the new model comes out. For me it is not music but all of the iTunes U videos that I have on my "to watch" list plus a couple of movies if I am traveling.
 
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itsOver9000

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Mar 29, 2013
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64 on my Air 2. About 27gb free. I think I could get by with 16. I don't really need to store every single game I own nor keep a ton of videos on it. I've had it pretty full a few times just because. I thought I'd be using that storage space a lot more when I bought it. At least I got it for the same price as a 16gb during BF last year so that's okay.
 
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Traverse

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Mar 11, 2013
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I got a 64 GB iPad because that was the largest capacity offered at the time. One of the big draws towards the iPad initialing with having a mobile TV. I have over 150 GB of movies and TV shows that I like to keep on my iPad.

So when/if i get another one it will be 128GB. Now I have 14 GB of music, all those videos, and almost 20 GB of apps comprised mostly of games.
 
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M. Gustave

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Jun 6, 2015
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16GB Air, and I've never once regretted it. I don't rely on local storage in any device I own. If you update the way you work/play on the iPad to something from this decade, it's not an issue.

I use cloud services, web apps, and keep my photos and videos on a wireless sd card reader (RavPower Filehub), it was dirt cheap and works flawlessly.
 
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driftless

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Sep 2, 2011
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Chicago-area
16GB Air, and I've never once regretted it. I don't rely on local storage in any device I own. If you update the way you work/play on the iPad to something from this decade, it's not an issue.

I use cloud services, web apps, and keep my photos and videos on a wireless sd card reader (RavPower Filehub), it was dirt cheap and works flawlessly.

Of course, unless you go off grid.
 
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