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Discussion in 'iPad General Discussions' started by forkyfork, Jun 13, 2011.

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    Hello everyone. The other day, I won an iPad (yaaay!). It's a 16GB wifi white. But, like a true gadget geek, I'm seriously contemplating upgrading my purchase. As you're about to find out, I'm very undecided about every possible option.

    First, I'm really torn on whether or not to get a Verizon model, or not. I know 3G is an option, but I was planning on buying from Best Buy, who only sells Verizon, unless AT&T is much better. I'm unsure whether a cell phone plan is necessary, or if wifi will suffice. I already have an iPhone, and I don't like the idea of spending extra money a month for data. It would definitely be nice to have, though, especially for car trips and such. I'm also considering resale value, and thinking that the iPad will retain it's value better if I buy that feature. But I'm just unsure how much I would use it myself. Then again, I said "who needs internet on their cell phone?", and now look where I am!

    Second, I'm undecided about the space. I plan to put a lot of apps on, and maybe a few movies, but not my whole collection. I also listen to podcasts and music, although I can download those to my phone as well. It really seemed like the sweet spot for me was 32GB, but in my experience from Best Buy, 32's are hard to come by and 16's and 64's are a bit easier to find. If that's the case, should I bite the bullet and go for the extra space at 64? Or should I cut costs and go down to 16?

    And third - and probably the thing I'm most confident about - is color choice. I'm pretty sure I want a black one, even though it seems white ones are much easier to come by (because I guess they aren't selling as well). I was reading the white ones get dirtier easier and don't offer as much contrast for watching movies. Does anyone who has a white want to defend the color?

    Thank you for all your help. I sometimes wish Apple didn't have quite so many options.
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    I have a White 64GB Wi-Fi only model. I prefer the white over the black as i do a lot of reading and the white just seems to disappear. It also disappears when watching videos/movies, playing games..it's much less distracting than black IMO, plus white also fits more of the smart cover colors. To me, black would be restricted to red, black or grey smart cover because every other color is too bright and cheery for such a dull, lifeless color as black.
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    How is the white color with dirt?
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    I've had it for about a month to a month and a half and the white is as bright as day 1. The aluminum back is dirtier than the white will probably ever get.
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    Best Buy sells AT&T models. I've bought two from there. Don't know about Verizon models.
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    seems like the 32 gb may jsut be the right size for u. give it some time. and i would go with the white.
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    Any reason you are recommending the white?
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    U sound like me. I won a 16g. I sold it on eBay and got near retail price. I then bought a black 32g wifi only. I probably won't use even 8g in space. I just felt better having extra-just in case.

    In my opinion 3G depends on what phone device u hv. If AT&T, tethering is impossible. U hv to buy a separate data plan. I'm w veizon. I hv iPhone 4 with easy to use hotspot feature. So iPad is wifi only. When I don't hv wifi I just use the phones hotspot feature.
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    Any reason you didn't just take it to the store if you planned to upgrade?

    Why is tethering so difficult on AT&T? Couldn't I jailbreak and use it as a wifi hotspot? I'm on AT&T now, but considering switching to Verizon.
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    I won it right when they were released. I may have gotten a tad better than retail by selling it. I'm in Atlanta. We got them pretty quickly. I did good selling it. If there was a jailbreak for ipad2 then no problem on tethering. Even then, however, tethering is a pain. In my area, Verizon has better reception. Also...their 3G is faster than AT&T 3G. I was with AT&T before. I switched. Since their antenna system is much newer than AT&T, their 4g shud be faster and better too.
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    I can tell you my boss bought a white ipad2 because that was all that was available at the time. I then bought a black one and after comparing the two rather extensively side by side, he took his back and exchanged it for a black one.
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    I originally had a 32GB White 3G and decided that I preferred the black and it would be handy to have the extra space on it. I probably won't use up the entire memory but the option is there should I need it. I also figured that the resale value would be good as it's black, 64GB's and has 3G!
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    I got the small 16gb White iPad 2. I let most of my data live on Dropbox and don't need tons of local storage. Also I want to be able to upgrade to the iPad 3 guilt-free. It's easier to do when you buy the cheaper model. :)
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    What guilt? Lol.

    My iPad 1 and 2 are 64GB 3G, and my next one will be, too, unless Android tablet makers seriously step up their game, or iPads start selling with a lot more storage.
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    I have an android tablet... lol they have a LONG way to go before they can compare to the ipad, android tablets just seems like large phones. iPads actually seem like tablets, to me anyways.

    I'm in a debate if I want the 32GB or 64GB 3G ipad 2. I don't know if I'll ever use 64GB but it's only around 100 more for twice the space...
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    In your case, I think it makese sense to get the 64GB. Worst case scenario is you don't use it like you think you would. But it would be far worse to get the 32GB and realize later on that you wish you would have gotten more space.

    Also, didn't harddrives that were a whole 100 MB sound really big at one point? :p
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    Color: Purely a personal choice and I would want black. I liked your thought with movies - just like in the HT. Black surrounding the screen is a must... :)

    3G: Many a thought and opinion here yet I believe most of why folks don't get it is availability and/or cost. Personally, I don't like the tethering option due to I want my iPad to be completely independent. I don't even carry my phone half the time given I text off the iPad if need be etc. Paying for a separate data plan bothers many... I just skip two lunch outings a month and it's paid for. I think the best would be to have a 4G phone that I could tether to when in a 4G area, yet I would still want the 3G on the iPad due to my use being iPad solo and no phone etc.
    Depending on your area, resale could be a wash - however, many buying used are looking for the cheaper ones, w/3G. IE, what I see is the 16gb 3Gs sell very fast. That brings us to "memory".

    GB's: We have a 16 and two 32 GB iPads in the house. My daughter now uses the 16 with an enormous amount of game apps and about 4 movies at any given time - and a hundred songs or so..... She has/does max out the 16. Wife and I have the 32's (3G) and don't even come close to using half of the memory. I thought we would yet within a month realized I/we just didnt need to carry that much "stuff" around at all times. Apps easily come and go and movies I load just before I head out on the road or to the airport etc Now, if you do want a library of music, books and movies then definitely get the 32 or 64. Double digit movies and a 1000 or so songs can easily kill 32 let alone a 64....
    My decision for the 32's was purely the fact it was the middle of the pack and they were available, with 3G. If two 16GB/3G models would have been in front of me I probably would have just purchased those etc. Now, if money wasnt a factor and you're already thinking 32GB then yes, $100 more to jump to 64 is justified. And given the cost, 64GB models, 3G or not, are typically easier to come by.


    Cheers
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    Agreed. Part of the problem is Android's eco system falling short and being fractured by comparison. I love my iPad, but I'd rather see more real competition.

    With more and more businesses, schools and other institutions going with iPad, investments will go into iOS-specific content development. That kind of momentum is hard to challenge.
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    I also first bought the white 16g 3g, but coming from the ipad 1 with 64g 3g no way i could fit all my media in there.

    So i gave it the white to my mom and got me a black 64g 3g ipad 2. Now i can breath :p

    So buy the bigest you can afford. Its nice to have huge storage room. You dont know when you might need it ;)
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    I suggest you go with 64gb if you can afford it. I went with wifi only since, like you, I already have an iPhone. There is enough wifi around that I didn't think another $30 data plan was worth it. My son and I have black and my wife has white. My take is that video is best with black and e-books are better in white.

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