All iPads Is 16GB enough space for apps/books, if I am streaming music?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by e5volcano, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. e5volcano macrumors regular

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    Hi all,
    going to get a new ipad, undecided between 32gb or 16gb.

    I am mainly going to use the iPad for books,apps including games, web browsing, reading my own documents (PDFs and Spread sheets) and email.For music listening, I have itunes match so all my music is streamed from the cloud.

    is 16GB enough space or should I go 32 GB route?
     
  2. crzdcolombian macrumors 6502a

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    I have a 32gb one. It has a ton of of space left. Tho I have a macbook air and iPhone. The iPhone is 16gb and feel the space gets eaten up pretty quickly. The iPad is mostly for comics(50-100 at a time), books(20-30 at a time) and streaming video. I don't really have any music on it because i have iCloud. Movie wise I have 40+ movies on iCloud so no need to have them on there. When I go on a trip I load a couple movies as I have the wifi iPad.

    It really depends how much stuff you have on iTunes.
     
  3. mateo124 macrumors regular

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    16gb shouldn't even be an option anymore, its just so miniscule. Definitely want to go for 32gb if you can spare the extra $100
     
  4. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    If you can afford it, get 32GB. Why? Because you're not worried about holding 32GB. You're worried about being able to hold 14.5GB.

    I had a 16GB iPhone 4S for a couple of years after two 32GB models. It still sounds like a lot, but it's not. Use Photo Stream? There goes 1GB. Many decent games are 1GB. Want to play just that one HD movie? There goes another 4GB. Got a magazine subscription and want to keep four issues on the device? That could be another 2GB.

    Had you not said "apps," I may say you could get by on 16GB. But I just wouldn't recommend that to anyone who isn't like my parents and just does Web browsing and Words with Friends.
     
  5. bobright macrumors 601

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    16GB gets filled up really fast, constantly deleting/syncing stuff is no fun.

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    Very true and well said
     
  6. Tony78228 macrumors regular

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    I had the ipad 3 16gb, and I wasn't happy. always checking to see how big an app was because I didn't want to fill my ipad up. luckily I've ran into a bit of cash, and it's perfect timing, I'll probably get the 64gb iPad air, but 16gb shouldn't be an option. go for 32gb
     
  7. THFourteen macrumors 6502

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    some of the bigger release games like XCOM need you to have quite a lot of free space just to do the install.

    I'd say 32GB is the minimum thesedays if you are going to use apps. Surfing, ebooks etc, 16GB would be fine.

    I had a 32GB mini last year, think i'll upgrade to a 64GB retina mini this year.
     
  8. mlovergaard macrumors 6502

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    I made the mistake of getting the iPad Mini in 16 Gb and must admit I have regretted it ever since. If you can afford the bigger version then get it.
     
  9. Aucun Express macrumors regular

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    If you do not store your music library, 16GB is more than enough.
     
  10. Epiphron macrumors regular

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    Depends if you want to install apps. I also regretted getting the ipad 4 16gb. Seems like any high profile retina app will eat up 1 gig. Which means about 10 big apps and you're completely full. That's not even counting music photos movies books etc. That 100$ savings was not worth the hassle.. But if you're broke you'll learn to suffer and get by :/
     
  11. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    I had my 32GB iPhone 5S filled up in about 10 seconds. I *only* put 14GB of music on it to begin with. I threw the iWork apps on there, got some of my games back on there. Before I knew it, I had filled it up. So I just took off a lot of the music to get to about 6GB free. I like to have a cushion in case I want to shoot some video. I think that would give me enough space for 45 minutes.

    When Apple starts making iPhones that record UHD/4K video, anybody who buys a 16GB model and plans on shooting any video is N-V-T-S nuts.
     

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