Would 16gb have been enough?


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Jan 13, 2003
I splurged and got the 64gb...but I spent close to $800! I keep wondering if I should have saved the $200 and gone smaller...


macrumors member
Oct 18, 2007
It's funny you say that. I got the 64GB too, filled it with everything I could think of (including 20 hours of medium to high res video) and I still have 30GB free. If I took out all that video, I'd be under 16GB. (I use my iPhone as my iPod so it's always close to full but I only put a subset that music on my iPad for obvious reasons.)

You know what though? I have room for all that video. And PDFs. And many more photos, etc. The iPad is a perfect media consumption device and it needs space.

Would 16GB work for most people? Absolutely, especially if they have iPods for iPhones for music listening.

Is 64GB a waste though? Not if you're going to load it up.


macrumors 6502a
Dec 10, 2008
Chicago, IL
I bought the 32 thinking that I could always use the expansion. I only have a few gigs on my iPod touch, but I figured it was just easier to spend the extra hundred now than figure out what to do once I ran out of space later.


macrumors 6502
Jun 16, 2009
Louisville, KY
I will be buying one here in a couple of weeks and am still trying to decide on which one I want.

I have a 16gb iPhone 3G right now and most of the time I'm struggling to keep free space on it.

BUT I doubt I'll be keeping music on my iPad since I have my iPhone so it may not be an issue.

Maybe I'll just get the 32gb or go all the way to the 64gb.


macrumors newbie
Dec 13, 2007
Austin, TX
Depends on where you are going to use it.

If you travel and want to carry all your TV shows, music, documents and movies around with you then the bigger (64 GB) one would seem to be better.

However, we are using it as our handy device for emails, google searches and photo album around the house and the 16 GB is fine. Also, in the mode we intend to use it, Wi Fi is fine and you do not need the 3G cellular connection, which is handy since you cannot buy it today!! Overall we are happy with our choice of the 16 GB Wi Fi only version, but that happens to suite the way we want to use it.


macrumors 6502a
Apr 2, 2010
I don't believe I have much on here, doesn't seem like it - and I have 28 free of the 64. So I'm glad I went big.


macrumors 68000
Jan 29, 2008
I reserve the 16gb model but switched to 32 last minute. I figure this way I will be able to put all 9gb of my music on there, as well as some tv shows and all my iPhoto albums. Now i have around 9 gigs free and that should be perfect if I wanna download some movies for a trip or load up any other documents or big applications.

Going 32 gigs ensures you will have plenty of space for media, upcoming large applications, and that you will be able to find a buyer should you want to sell it a year down the road when 32 will probably be the entry level model.


macrumors member
Apr 3, 2010
It's a matter of convenience or saving money. Which do you value more?

With the 64GB model, for most people, they won't be forced to choose what to delete to make room other stuff.

With the 16GB, you would definitely have to make sacrifices but you're $200 richer.

I think the 32GB model is the perfect sweet spot between the two extremes.


macrumors 68030
Nov 27, 2007
I got the 16 GB model, partly because I want to save money, and partly because I'll always have my Macbook with me when traveling. I can load/unload stuff on the go.


macrumors 6502a
Jun 8, 2007
Orange County, CA
I got the 16GB cause I was trying to be good and save money...thinking that another model is eventually gonna come out that I'll want and the new iPhone this summer.

I was really debating between 16 and 32 but I think 16's gonna work out well for my needs.


macrumors 603
Oct 19, 2005
Got the 16 and I'm happy with it. All music goes on the iPhone. Just need a vid here and there and some apps


macrumors Penryn
Jul 11, 2003
I was going to get the 32GB (ended up with 16) but I thought, why? I have an iPhone that has a lot of my music on it. Also have iPod in car with most of library so music on the iPad isn't important. I ended up putting only 2 playlists on it.

As for media, I see the iPad as a temporary place to store unwatched content. After watching it, I don't need it on iPad.


macrumors 65816
Jul 17, 2007
Tokyo, Japan
Stick with it. Remember that the real iPad apps aren't out yet. In a few months you're going to be seeing some might powerful (and big) apps. 16GB might just not be enough.


macrumors 65816
Apr 10, 2007
The new Sherlock Holmes movie from iTunes HD, 4.3G. Big.
But if you are like me, you rent the movies or if you buy, you erase it from iPad when you are done. I am very happy i picked 16 GB because i was very worried before. I'd go bigger only of you plan on doing a lot of gaming because those take up lots of space (the very graphics heavy games).


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Jan 13, 2003
I just hope Ipad version 2 takes a while to come out so I don't feel the need to upgrade


macrumors member
Jul 30, 2009
I bought a 32gb and I would've had more than enough room with a 16gb. That being said, I'm happy with my purchase. :)


macrumors 68000
Sep 19, 2006
Millis, Massachusetts
It will be a while for me as money is a little tight at the moment but when I do buy one it will be the 64GB one or (down the road here) the 128GB one. You can never have too much memory and sometimes you don't know all the ways you will use your iPad until you accually get one.


macrumors 6502
Jun 22, 2009
New York
I have no need to put media on it, if I'm on the go I have my iphone with my music collection and home I obviously have my macs. Also I have no need to watch videos on the go, it gives me a headache to watch movies for an extended period of time on a small screen (ipad or iphone) lol. So for me 16gb is perfect.


macrumors 65816
Aug 10, 2006
I orderd the 3G with the full 64 because I remembered when I told myself that 20GB was fine on my computer, than 250GB, than 500GB. Now at home I have 4TB on my desktop and another 4 in backup externals. If you can afford it, always go for the most storage if you can't add it yourself. I'm not even going to put much music on it, only my favorites which is about 5GB out of 300G of songs on my MacPro. I love pictures so I'll put about 5k of them also. I have a ton of PDF and EPUB books and comics and magazines. After I load my ebooks and Zinio collection, I have National Geo, Natl Geo Traveler, Country Home, Elle, Esquire, MacWorld, Tatoo Magazine.....and comics Star Trek collection, MAD comics, Rolling Stone, Marvel, Archie...that's going to take up 20Gs. I'm going to have to rotate my favorite movies. I have ripped over 500 at about 2G each and way too many TV shows which I'll hold back on because of Hulu and the others but TRUE BLOOD is going on the Pad and some of my concert albums. My problem is I have a few hundred music videos, thank God they don't take up much space. I don't even want to think about my Disney Shorts collection or things like Ren & Stimpy, Invader Zim, etc.


macrumors 65816
Oct 2, 2007
Rhode Island
16GB is enough for me... between 1-2 movies on the iPad physically, Netflix, and Air Video (Stream ANY video from your computer and they convert it on the fly... oh and the iPad version has been submitted), I am good


macrumors 6502
Dec 28, 2008
I filled mine with 16GB worth of media within an hour. Videos are running 3-5 GB each. One app I purchased (The Elements, which I love) is over 1.2 GB itself.

I had reserved the 16GB but upgraded to the 32GB in the store. I'm glad I did. Give yourself some cushion. 64GB seems like overkill.


macrumors 65816
Jun 11, 2007
Virginia Beach
Maybe. Video takes the most room up for me. With the amount of online streaming content available on this thing, an argument could be made that 16gb is good.

We still have not seen truly powerful apps though. Developers are charging an arm and a leg, but most just made the app bigger with an extra menu here and there. As time goes by, apps may be getting a lot bigger.