16 GB vs 32 GB

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  1. mwhartman

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    I plan on purchasing and iPad within the next few weeks. Primary usage
    Web, Yahoo cards, games, photos, music, and e books. I'm trying to decide how much memory I need to purchase.

    If I understand correctly, the internal memory is similar to a thumb drive/jump stick.

    When I had my iPhone, I was able to move photos and music on and off the phone.

    Once I purchases a book can the book be moved and stored on my MBP?
    Can paid songs/albums be moved to and from iPad to MBP?

    Thoughts and suggestions greatly appreciated.

    Mike
     
  2. DaveSt

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    The iPad works just like your iPhone did (it is pretty much just an iPod touch with a bigger screen after all). You can move music from iTunes to the iPad and you can move books from iTunes to your iPad. There is no need to keep everything on the iPad if you don't want to (or don't have room to).

    I have the 16GB model and I probably have 12GB free still (owned about two months). But, I don't have any music on it and only a couple of videos. Most of my media is streamed to the device.
     
  3. iPadCharlie

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    Here is a graphical representation of my 16gb iPad --

    [​IMG]

    My "inventory" consists of:

    823 songs, some of which are full symphonies so they take up a lot more room than an "average" pop song. If I played all the music on my iPad non-stop, it would take over 3 days!

    7 videos, only 1 of which is a full length feature film (The Hunt for Red October if you must know!) and the rest are short YouTube Videos and 1 half hour TV show. As you can see, videos take up A LOT of room!

    635 photos

    64 apps

    45 books

    ...and I still have 5.6gb left!

    As far as music, I have a lot more music that this in my iTunes library. You don't have to put all of it on your iPad and you can add or delete music from your iPad as often as you want and still keep it in your library. The same holds true for videos.

    As far as books, they take up very little room to begin with. For books, I use the Kindle app and buy books from Amazon. The nice thing is that Amazon keeps a "library" for you so that if you delete a book off your iPad and want to read it again, you simply download it from your Amazon library so you won't have to pay for it again. I think the Barnes&Noble, Borders and iBooks system works the same way.

    Hope this helps!
     
  4. mwhartman

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    Thanks Dave and 1991! Your comments do help. I had not realized that Amazon and perhaps others kept a "library" for customers. It appears that I should go with the 16GB and use the savings to purchase a case, book, and movies :)

    Mike

    BTW The Hunt for Red October is a favorite of mine as well.
     
  5. tap50

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    I always say get as much memory as you can afford. 16Gb may be good for now, but as apps progress then you may need more. I have a 16Gb version, but I would have gone with a 32 or 64 if I could have afforded one.

    Todd
     
  6. GiPad

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    I've got a 64GB, and I've gotta say, it's more than I need. I have it seriously loaded down with music and MANY full feature films...while it is nice not having to sync it to iTunes very often (your biggest benefit to more storage), you can get away with a lot less...especially if on a budget. I personally think that 32GB is the sweet spot...I think 16 is too little...but like anything, it all depends on you as the user...
     
  7. iPadCharlie

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    My wife swears she will kill me if she ever hears me say (in my best Scottish-Russian accent), "Hey Ryan, be careful what you shoot at. Most things in here don't react too well to bullets!"

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    I am thinking of getting an iPad too as one of businesses here in Edmonton requires that I have a portfolio with me at al times. An iPad may be expensive but will serve me best in the long run.
     
  9. mwhartman

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    Have you tried "One ping and one ping only" :)
     
  10. wrecklass

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    I have a 64gb model and was happy I went with my usual philosophy of buying the biggest available. I have about 24gb of free space and will use that for some movies I watch. 16gb is Apples way of getting people hooked, and then selling those people another iPad when they discover the limitations.
     

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