16 GB vs 32 GB

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

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    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!
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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.
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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
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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...
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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.
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    Have you tried "One ping and one ping only" :)
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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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    I saw a 900mb app the other day in the app store. I am sure it will not be the last or even the largest. Get what you can afford, but I would recommend the 32gb.

    I was surprised how fast I filled up 12 of my 32gb and I have only had the ipad for a month :)

    My wife's is a 16gb model, but she is a low tech user. She basically has a $500 Angry Birds and FlightControl box. ( I noticed she had landed 1200 planes in that game the other day. I am lucky if I make it to 100!!! )
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    I think there are two types of users for the iPad. The first group (of which I include myself) uses the iPad around the house mainly for media consumption and the occasional game. I don't need much in the way of local storage because I can count on my various PCs to do the heavy lifting for me. It is easier to stream music and videos than to go through the hassle of using iTunes to transfer everything to my device. I also have an iPod Touch which is a much superior music device for me because I can strap it to my arm or put it in my pocket. I can use my Ipod at work but trying to use an iPad would probably be one step too far.

    The second group uses the iPad as an "on-the-go" device, so local storage is much more important. You can't count on streaming from your home PC reliably on the road, and video files in particular eat up space quickly. There are of course other options for media storage if you are willing to jailbreak, but that is for another topic.

    So, decide on how you are planning to use the device and buy accordingly.
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    Good analysis, Dave.
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    I have a 16gb 3G and it's enough space for me. I have about 1800 pictures, 500 songs, and have about 10gb left. It's too big for audio I think. Pefect for everything else.

    Next time around I'm going with 32gb as my photo collection grows (got a puppy a few months ago)
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    Personally, I'd go with the 64GB unit straight away..
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    16gb or 32gb... this is the issue that's been vexing me more than any other.

    If I'm not much of a music downloader and I only want to upload (or hire) the odd film for a weekend away then I'd imagine that the 16gb should be enough?
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    I have always been a believer in buying as much storage/processor speed as is available, as this will tend to extend the realistic useful life of your hardware. With the iPad, our only option is the storage component. I bought the 64gb wifi version and received it on launch day and two days later I ordered the 64 gb 3G version. I find my self rarely using the 3G functionality, but it provides flexibility.
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    Personally I would go with the 32gb. Especially if you're someone who upgrades yearly or bi-annually, 16gb is going to be a tough sell when the apps start getting bigger and bigger. It really does depend on the user though, and I think Dave above hit the nail on the head. How you plan to use it should determine how much space you think you'll need.
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    I thank everyone that posted a reply. Your insights were very helpful. As I mentioned I have a MacBookPro that is almost a year old (4 GB ram & 250 GB HD). It is a fantastic device and I use it the entire day.

    Now that I know I can transfer/swap eBooks and movies, I believe I will go with the 32 GB.

    I'll let you know how things go.

    Mike
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    I'm not even sure I need to keep my entire music library with me at all times. I have songs that get repeated listening and ones which I haven't listened to in years. Same with pictures, asides from a few special pics do you really need 1,000 pictures on your Ipad, which will get looked at, what, once every several months( if that)?

    It's nice to have your entire library with you at all times, but realistically, if you're smart about your storage space usage you 'could' conceivably get away with 16gb, unless this is a device that will be more on the road usage then in-home. It truly is about the individual user.

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