16GB or 32GB?

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    I was all set to replace my original iPad with a new 4th gen. 16GB has always been enough storage for me. After the announcement of the 128GB today, I am wondering if it would be a bad move to buy a 16GB. Three years from now when I go to unload the 16GB will it have no value because 16GB device will be ancient history?
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    I think the question is will YOU use the 32 GB effectively or not. Three-year old mobile devices will not fetch top dollar anyway. If you don't need more than 16GB, then that is what I would get.

    Now for me, I will effectively use just about any amount of storage space they can fit inside an iPad. I would NEVER buy the 16GB version. But that's me, not you or any of a zillion folks who are happy with a 16GB model. Keep in mind that Apple doesn't seem to be getting rid of the 16GB model, though I personally think they should.
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    I feel a lot better with the 32gig. I had a 16 a gig iPad 2, but deleting apps and re downloading became a pain.
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    I always go big or go home. But that's me. Never met a mobile device that had too much storage. That 128GB Apple announced today put a twinkle in my eye.
    ;)

    And I agree with AQ. A purchase of a computer or tablet ought to be based on needs / wants vs., resale value.

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    Just ordered the 32GB. Took the plunge!
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    I had the ipad 2 32gb and to be honest I never came close to filling the thing with 16 gb of stuff, so after selling that I bought the 16gb ipad 4.
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    I have a 32 gb iPad and it fits my needs. I don't have to worry about storage as I do with my 16gb iPhone. I wish I would have listened to the advice of others and went with the 32 Gb on my phone. I am now constantly checking storage to make sure I am not over.

    So bottom line, always buy a little more in a device even though you may not used it now...but may in the future.

    Enjoy your new iPad!

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    Good move!
    You won't regret it IMHO......a bunch of apps and a 16GB can fill up very fast.

    Even my wife upped her iPad 4 to 32GB and she's not a media connoisseur.
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    Rock on!! As others said you wont be disappointed. Plus if you want to upgrade to the next new iPad in the future you'll get more money back in the long run. Then if you've decided that 32gig is too much you'll be in great shape on the future 16gig.
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    Buy as much as you can afford. Bigger is almost always better. I have the 32 GB iPad 4 model. I will definitely be getting the iPad 5 possibly the 128 GB WiFi model. Hope new Ipad comes out this Spring.
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    I got my son this one to help teach him to talk and learn more. I got the 64GB cause I didn't expect apple to allow memory upgrades. So far after nearly two months, we are down to 45.8GB free, so we have already passed by the 16 gig point in less than 60 days !

    I got it used for pretty good price and have no regrets missing out paying full retail for 128 gigs.

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    I've struggled with this dilemma for a long time. I finally pulled the trigger and bought iPad 4 16Gb Wifi-only. I haven't yet opened the box as I'm waiting for the accessories to arrive.

    I've read through dozens of threads about this question. Unfortunately, it is my feeling that many answers are misleading. Not all of us want to store the sama data in every device. Not all of us have huge music and video collection. Not all of us keep apps that they don't really even use (I mean who uses 5-10 pages of apps regularly). The problem here is that when people who are so-called datahoards are answering to questions posted by those who do not necessarily store that much data in the iPad, the latter group thinks that even a 32Gb-model is too modest.

    Let's think about this from my own pespective. A 16Gb iPad will have 13-14Gb of actual space. If you aren't into hardcore Retina apps and don't have time or will to use dozens of apps regulary, you will struggle using more than 2Gb for them. The first apps I'm going to download will be Quickoffice Pro HD (under 50Mb) and two Monkey Island -games (357Mt/game). That's about 800 Mb. If you add a dozen more apps, have only 1-3 games at a time, it's hard to get beyond 2Gb. Next, photos. Well, I would probably test the iPad's photo abilities and use the Retina-display to view other phots, but I doubt I would ever have over 50 JPEG photos in there. Music? Nope, I use my phone for that. So we are still at about 2-2.5Gb used. I know people are saying that some apps will bloat in size in the future, but that is not going to mean that 2Gb will turn to 4Gb. We're most likely talking about games and speciality apps (such as iMovie). Finally, videos, and we have 13-14Gb - 2-2.5Gb = 10.5-12Gb of space left in the iPad. Videos do take a lot of space. I recently Handbraked a 1.5-hour movie with "Apple TV 2" preset with stereo-audio only and lowered the bitrate/quality to 1400 which was still okey for SD/DVD according to a couple threads. The file size was 1.25Gb. In other words, I could still fit about six SD movies in there. Of course one is tempted to use the iPad's HD Camera to shoot 1080p video, but from what I've understood, you need to shoot a long clip before megabytes turn into gigabytes. I'm not into filming that much as I'd probably just shoot 2-3 clips of 0.5-2 minutes a year.

    I think I've made a pretty good case for the iPad 16Gb. You do need to manage files (delete games you don't play and movies you've just watched). On the other hand, it just seems a bit much to pay Apple $100 for the 32Gb when I know that I would never be beyond 20Gb usage even if I tried. Moreover, I bought the iPad as a secondary device that I'd use when writing my university papers on the go and surfing/playing/watching movies modestly when I travel. I can also use iCloud and DropBox although in my country Wifi isn't everywhere.

    Still, I must admit the 32Gb tempts me a bit. I just know that I wouldn't be happy if I constantly saw "20Gb of free space" in the settings.
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    You can put it anyway you want............
    But, the fact remains I'd rather have extra memory sitting there being unused than to be constantly slamming up against the "out of memory" brick wall.

    Figure it out for yourself what you will need then purchase the next size bigger.........you won't regret it. :thumbs:
    Having to constantly shuffle apps, music, photos, videos, etc to conserve space is a PIA.........$100 is cheap in comparison IMHO.
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    I have the 16GB ipad.. and even with my music on it and all the apps i plan on using I still have 5 gigs left.. all depends on what you intend to use it for
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    Same here. 8gb left with nothing left to put on it. That's why I went for the 16gb.
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    I agree with the above posters. I have had my 16gb for over a year, loads of photographs, PDFs, etc. and I still have 10gb.
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    How much video do you consume through your iPad and is it rented or purchased?

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    Well if the iPad came with an sd card slot then all these arguments are futile....it's a lovely game apple is playing with us.
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    I have a 64 GB iPad and have just under 10 GB free. Needless to say, I am happy with my decision of purchasing the 64 GB over the 32 GB, which I was also considering, and the 16 GB, which I decided against immediately. As I accumulate more and more apps, videos, photos, and music, I may have to start (gasp) purging my old content, so I'm starting to wish maybe I waited for the iPad 4 with 128 GB storage, but being that that day is far off into the future, as much of my photography content is old screenshots, I am pleased for the moment. Of course, it all comes down to what YOU the buyer will be using the device for, but personally, I prefer to have a little more than I need just in case, rather than go too small and regret it the rest of my life.

    Regards.
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    Nobody is forcing anyone to play the "game" as you say......... :rolleyes:
    No arguements either........just poeple stating their reasons for why they purchased what they did. No answer is correct for everyone.

    I have 12GB left on my 64GB iPad4.
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