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

Discussion in 'iPad' started by dmk1974, Sep 1, 2014.


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

  1. 32 GB WiFi

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

    12 vote(s)
  1. dmk1974 macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2008
    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


    Dec 5, 2012
    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


    Apr 22, 2012
    The Left Coast
    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
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2014

    dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2008
    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 member

    Feb 20, 2014
    32gb WiFi. Tether it to your iPhone if you need cellular.
  6. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    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 macrumors 68020


    Oct 14, 2011
    Houston, Texas area
    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 604


    Mar 24, 2010
    On the silver scream
    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


    Aug 17, 2007
  10. Lachhh macrumors regular

    Aug 30, 2014
    Mainland Europe
    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

    Jan 24, 2011
    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 G4


    Apr 8, 2013
    I'd go for the higher capacity. I tether my phone to my iPad anyway.
  13. RickTaylor macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2013
    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

    May 28, 2013
    Always get the LTE version if you have the option.
  15. dmk1974 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2008
    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


    Aug 20, 2014
    NY, USA
    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 68020


    Sep 16, 2008
    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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