iPad mini Which retina iPad Mini - 32 GB WiFi or 16 GB LTE?

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Which retina iPad Mini - 32 GB WiFi or 16 GB LTE?

  1. 32 GB WiFi

    21 vote(s)
    63.6%
  2. 16 GB LTE (T-Mobile unlocked)

    12 vote(s)
    36.4%
  1. dmk1974 macrumors 68000

    dmk1974

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    #1
    If given the choice for the same price, which retina iPad Mini would you rather have? Thx!

    A.) 32 GB WiFi

    B.) 16 GB LTE (T-Mobile unlocked)
     
  2. taptic macrumors 65816

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    I don't think having a media-oriented device on a service plan is a very great idea (although it could be pretty useful for work/email stuff)... I'd go with 32gb wifi.
     
  3. AxoNeuron macrumors 65816

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    32GB Wi-Fi. I had a cellular data first Gen ipad and I never actually used the cellular data. And more importantly, 16GB is just too small on a tablet.
     
  4. dmk1974, Sep 1, 2014
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    dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

    dmk1974

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    The features I like about the LTE versions are:
    1.) 200 mb free data/month (just in case in a pinch)
    2.) GPS

    Though, realistically, I'll always have my iPhone with me as well if not in the house or at work (both of which have WiFi). And my T-Mobile plan does have 3 GB of tethering I can do from my iPhone. However, while I don't store that much on my current iPad, extra storage is nice to have.
     
  5. teralpar macrumors newbie

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    32gb WiFi. Tether it to your iPhone if you need cellular.
     
  6. Badrottie Suspended

    Badrottie

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    I should have gone with wifi when I still have a mobile hotspot with unlimited data plan but I just bought iPad Air with cellular for GPS. :apple:
     
  7. ron7624 Contributor

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    I've had data iPads always. I use them no matter where I am. Having the wifi only model will limit your pleasure. Period. Tethering is a hassle and incoming phone calls breaks the connection, and drains your battery severely.
    Although 16 gb is a limitation of a different kind, I would certainly go with the data model.
     
  8. kazmac macrumors 601

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    32gb WiFi for me. OP sounds like you wouldn't mind more storage.

    More storage is good and you've got WiFi/carrier options already.
     
  9. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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  10. Lachhh macrumors regular

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    This. I use the web on my iPad outside a lot via tethering and it works like a dream. Why get two contracts when one is perfectly sufficient.
    Also, I'm not an appaholic, but even I need more space than 16 gigs. I'd roll with the 32 gig wifi version.
     
  11. Acronyc macrumors 6502a

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    I had a wifi iPad 3 for two years and it was a great device but I was tired of constantly tethering. When I moved from a MacBook Air to a MacBook Pro I was taking my iPad around with me more, so when I upgraded to the retina mini I didn't think twice about getting the LTE version. I have absolutely no regrets and while I have 64GB, I would take the LTE and GPS over the storage any day. The convenience factor is worth more to me than extra storage.
     
  12. Shanghaichica macrumors 603

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    I'd go for the higher capacity. I tether my phone to my iPad anyway.
     
  13. RickTaylor macrumors 6502a

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    That is a tough call, but I'd go with the LTE model. I have a horrible sense of direction, and use the gps all the time. I could work around the memory limitation. Still, I'm glad I didn't have to choose, and was able to get a LTE model with 32 GB.
     
  14. Apple Trees macrumors 6502

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    Always get the LTE version if you have the option.
     
  15. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

    dmk1974

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    If money was no object, then yes, I'd get the 32 GB LTE model. But I really do need to choose from the two I listed.
     
  16. XTheLancerX macrumors 68000

    XTheLancerX

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    I personally think a cellular iPad would be awesome. I hate being strapped to the closest WiFi network, which in my area, is usually kind of hard to find at times. I can deal with 16GB on an iPad because I'm not taking pictures on it really, and am not a huge app person. I am comfortably sitting at 5.3GB available on my 16GB retina mini.

    I would be more tempted to get a higher storage iPhone than a higher storage iPad. I like taking pictures. Just not on iPads.
     
  17. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68000

    dmk1974

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    Well, the 32GB WiFi retina Mini that I ordered arrived yesterday, but I didn't open it just yet. Thinking if I should wait until Tuesday or not. Can return it to Best Buy either way. Hmmmm....
     

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