Purchasing iPad for the first time: Which iPad version should I get

Discussion in 'iPad' started by hasanahmad, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. hasanahmad macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2009
    Here is what I do:

    I already have an iPhone with AT&T
    I will use the iPad in the office and at home
    I will take it most places I visit and travel
    I already have a gps in the car and in the iPhone
    I play games on iPhone and plan to on iPad but don't install too many. I uninstall them a while later when I am bored
    I like to create content on my iPhone and plan to do the same on my iPhone
    I like the consume content a lot. Use a lot of apps like Feedly and Flipboard
    I don't really do facebook but use twitter, google+ and pinterest a lot
    I always try out the latest and greatest apps.
    I do a lot of photography and if the software is powerful enough I will do it on iPad but I like to use lightroom for my DSLR photos
    I don't have a lot of MP3 files I use streaming software, same goes for Movies
    I love comic books and have a lot of CBR files (action comics, archie, old school, asterix, tintin)
    I did not buy a Kindle but I have alot of pdf files I want to read. Most are online, some are offline

    here are my options:

    16 gb wifi (already have this, will cancel if needed)
    32 gb wifi
    16 gb 4G

    Price cuts me off of 32 gb 4G
  2. eclipseblur954 macrumors regular

    Mar 19, 2011
    I had a 32gb ipad 2 but very rarely went past 15gb, mainly from photos and applications. some of these photos were from my DSLR though thats why they were so large. This time around i decided to save the 100$ because now with icloud i never save anything directly to the ipad

    For the average user, 16gb is enough, the only reason i can see you needing more is for those RAW images
  3. MBPLurker macrumors member

    Feb 17, 2010
    I got the 32 when I bought the iPad 1, 2, and now for the 3rd gen I ordered. Seems to be the sweet spot for me. I store more things in dropbox or other cloud based apps, but it is nice to have the space to put a season of a show or something on it when I am traveling out of wifi coverage. Also, with the 1080p video and higher rez camera files they will be taking up a bit more space if you're planning on using them frequently.
  4. Actual Size macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2011
    Just from the photography point of view I'd say get the 32gb Wi-Fi. It's better to have too much room than not enough. IMO
  5. rainking macrumors 6502


    Aug 12, 2011
    Johnson City, NY
    I was going to get the 16GB but with the retina display, higher resolution movies mean more space needed. So I went with 32GB since after iOS is installed, you are only really left with 14GB or so.
  6. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    I say go into debt and get a 64GB LTE. You live only once... :D
  7. mszpara macrumors regular

    Jun 21, 2010
    This being my first iPad as well, I went for the 32GB Wi-Fi model.
    16 seemed like not enough, 64 seemed like overkill, and I didn't like how the $750 price tag looked in the cart :D
  8. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    Get as much storage as you can afford first. IMO, 16 GB, especially as you plan to use it, will be a major headache. Remember, you don't have access to the full amount so that limits you even further. I'm not a huge app hoarder but do have quite a bit, including a few larger games (bought on sale for a rainy day ;)) and I've used 20 GB just for apps. Now I have a 64 GB model so I can just leave 'em on my iPad but having to constantly shuffle apps based on available memory will get tiresome fast.
  9. j o s h macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2011
    The places you visit, do they have wi-fi? Or, how long will you be out of wi-fi? I have a 32gb wifi iPad2 (which has 28.5gb usable space btw) and an iPhone 4s; I travel quite often but have wi-fi in the hotel, workplace, etc. I load up/sync content the morning before I head out and do the same when wi-fi is available. The times I wish my iPad had 3G is less than the $130 upgrade is worth for me.

    Use Dropbox and get LogMeIn. Dropbox lets you "favorite" files that will stay downloaded on the iPad; LogMeIn will allow you to connect to your computer when on wi-fi.

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