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    What Size IPAD should I buy?

    I've looked at and actually downloaded a few apps already (24) waiting for my local store to restock the IPAD. I have 11 Gig of music on my Cowon J3 player. I was planning on getting a 16 G Ipad but now I am worried it may be too small. How much room does a Movie take on Itunes? Does itunes compress music and video? I also want GPS are those maps optimized for size. Just looking for a comment on weather my apps,GPS and a movie or two will fit in 5 gig.

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    The 32 gig seems to be very popular
    It's better to have and not need than need it and not have it
    As far as music, though I used to carry lots of gb worth on my phone I didn't listen to over half so I just keep what I use and switch. Same with my Zen music player. I've only got 1 song on this iPad and no desire to put more on.I save my 16 gb for stuff I use


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    Quote Originally Posted by zipur View Post
    I've looked at and actually downloaded a few apps already (24) waiting for my local store to restock the IPAD. I have 11 Gig of music on my Cowon J3 player. I was planning on getting a 16 G Ipad but now I am worried it may be too small. How much room does a Movie take on Itunes? Does itunes compress music and video? I also want GPS are those maps optimized for size. Just looking for a comment on weather my apps,GPS and a movie or two will fit in 5 gig.
    Depending on whether you watch SD or HD movies will make quite a difference. Yes, movies are compressed and SD ones are about 600-800 MB and HD about 2-3 GB. Clearly this depends on the length of the movie! I guess, if you are able to afford it, the extra storage will always be useful! If you find youíre running out of storage you canít upgrade, like you could on a PC. Itís that 11 GB of music! Also, if Iím not mistaken (I usually am, as other Forum members can testify!), iOS is resident in the iPadís main Flash memory area, as are the apps. Anyone know how much iOS takes?

    Whatever you decide, you wonít regret purchasing an iPad! Itís addictive and, Iíve found, invaluable in most all applications - business or entertainment!

    Have fun - and enjoy your iPad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountainbikermark View Post
    It's better to have and not need than need it and not have it


    Exactly. That is why I went with the 64 wifi and 3G. I know me.
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    you can never have too much. having too little is a pain in the ass. as mentioned, 32 gb seems popular.

    you can compress movies to your own levels. personally for me, a non HD 2 hour movie (at 1024 pxls) is around 1-1.25 gb.

    i have an 8gb Touch, which is always completely blocked for space, just with apps alone. with the ipad i'll personally be going to a 64 gb unit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim SPRACKLEN View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by zipur View Post
    I've looked at and actually downloaded a few apps already (24) waiting for my local store to restock the IPAD. I have 11 Gig of music on my Cowon J3 player. I was planning on getting a 16 G Ipad but now I am worried it may be too small. How much room does a Movie take on Itunes? Does itunes compress music and video? I also want GPS are those maps optimized for size. Just looking for a comment on weather my apps,GPS and a movie or two will fit in 5 gig.
    Depending on whether you watch SD or HD movies will make quite a difference. Yes, movies are compressed and SD ones are about 600-800 MB and HD about 2-3 GB. Clearly this depends on the length of the movie! I guess, if you are able to afford it, the extra storage will always be useful! If you find you’re running out of storage you can’t upgrade, like you could on a PC. It’s that 11 GB of music! Also, if I’m not mistaken (I usually am, as other Forum members can testify!), iOS is resident in the iPad’s main Flash memory area, as are the apps. Anyone know how much iOS takes?

    Whatever you decide, you won’t regret purchasing an iPad! It’s addictive and, I’ve found, invaluable in most all applications - business or entertainment!

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    When my iPad was right out of the box it showed 14.0 usable memory so my guess is the just under 2 gig is the os. It showed on my desktop that the factory apps made it 13.05 before I added anything.
    Doesn't iTunes compress music file sizes? So if the files are 11gb in mp3 format won't they be smaller on iTunes?


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    itunes wont compress anything. you must do that.

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    32 is a must . Just apps alone you looking at 10 gb alone. Come up with the xtra for 32 gb

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    My rule when buying a device that I can't add memory to later is to buy it with the maximum already in it. In this case, that'd be 64gb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountainbikermark View Post
    It's better to have and not need than need it and not have it
    HA...very true. This reminded me of a movie quote...."It's better to be dead and cool, than alive and uncool."

    I picked up a 32GB WIFI...for me, I don't travel that much and when I do I can use my phone to tether to my iPad. 16GB is a little small for me and why pick up a 3G version when I can use my phone to do it. Although it doesn't have the A-GPS chip in it, I really don't need one anyway...
    Last edited by mfldmike; 03-15-2011 at 10:14 AM.


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