Which iPad to go for?


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Nov 15, 2018
I've decided to get myself a tablet and after a bit of early research, I think I'm going to go for an iPad (I'm not really an Apple person, but Samsung is so expensive) but I'm really stuck on which one to go for, so I was hoping some more experienced users could help point me in the right direction!

After I first looked around, I definitely though I'd go for the 2018 9.7" 32GB - I didn't really want the mini on a size basis and I don't think there's any point in getting a cellular one. But I did a bit of reading and it seems there are a fair few conflicting opinions when it comes to picking size

I'm a university student and there's no one reason why I'm looking to buy, but I suppose it's mainly a combination of convenience compared to either a phone/laptop for browsing and surfing and ability to do productivity bits & bobs - I'd primarily (I think) be using it to do a lot of the browsing/social media stuff I do now (Twitter, Facebook, News, Browsing etc) but I'd also probably use it a fair bit for university work, certainly no gaming or video editing.

I don't plan on storing anything but tiny amounts of photos/music, a few documents and maybe TV/film downloads when I go on a journey. I get the impression 32GB would be fine for this but that it a) wouldn't leave me much spare and b) if I ever changed the purpose of use, I'd be scuppered. I wouldn't be totally averse to spending the extra £90 going up to the 128GB version but I'd want to justify it to myself and it really feels like overkill?! Obviously the mini has this 128GB storage and I can get it at a cheaper price than the 32GB 9.7" but I've seen that the mini isn't recommended on here and also feel like I'm partly negating the point of a tablet with such a small screen.

Does anyone who's used the 32GB 9.7" for a similar general purpose have a recommendation either way? I've tried both in store and although I didn't have a problem with the Mini's screen size per se, I just can't help but feel after a couple of weeks, I'll regret the smaller size



macrumors 6502a
Dec 20, 2009
Bc Canada
If you plan to keep your iPad for a long time then I would go to the larger storage, even the little things add up over time. For your usage, the 6th gen iPad sounds like a great fit, I use mine for browsing, social media and Netflix, very fast little machine, plays most games on high as well.

I wouldn’t go mini because of how outdated the hardware is inside it, I don’t even know why it’s still being sold with those specs, definitely getting closer to the end of it life cycle. And honestly, I went from an 8 inch tablet to this iPad and I find this size to be way more useful, I stopped using the smaller tablet well before getting this iPad because I didn’t feel it offered a much better experience then just using my phone, where as this size it’s more like using a laptop for browsing and shows.


macrumors 603
Jan 6, 2005
32GB will be tight. After you download a few apps and a few pictures and videos you will be pretty much out of space.

You can probably find a used iPad Pro for not a whole lot more than a new 9.7”.


macrumors regular
Aug 8, 2009
I feel the extra storage space (128), is well worth the additional cost over the useful life of the device.


macrumors newbie
Nov 16, 2018
I've always had the 32g or smaller. I have a 32g now. I have about 3g of photos, 2 movies, apps etc and am using 23.7g of 32. I have never ran out of space yet. After watching the movies they will be deleted, I really don't need the pics so I would delete them if I run low on space. All my pics are also on my pc or phone.