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How much memory is enough?

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Jan 30, 2013 9:40 AM

I am a current user of neither iphones or ipads. I am due to replace my 4 year old flip phone with something new. I am considering moving to a smartphone, probably iphone 5. I am also considering a tablet. Does a person really need or have use for both a smart phone and a tablet? If so then how much memory is necessary in an ipad especially considering the new 128GB that is available now? What uses the memory? My desktops and laptops have always been MS OS so be gentle. Thanks for any help.


  • Skydiver119 Level 7 Level 7 (20,285 points)
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    Jan 30, 2013 9:49 AM (in response to tsqair)

    I have a 16 gig iPad and I get along with it just fine. I have a couple albums, 3 movies, hundreds of documents and dozens of apps. Having 16 gig does mean I can't data hoard. I only have a finite amount of room.


    I also have a 32 gig iPod touch that's about half empty. I have more movies on it and more music and pretty much teh same apps and documents.


    What chews room is music and movies and data hoarding. So if you're a person to collect and keep data then you'll want more room (and you have to remember that i devices aren't expandable, what you buy them with is what they have.)


    Do you need both a smart phone and tablet.....there's no right answer. All depends on what you do iwth it and how you use it. Do you plan to watch a lot of movies? Or play a lot of games? That's probably what you're going to want to do on the iPad.


    If I were buying for you, (having no idea of your budget of course), I'd go for a 16 gig phone and 16 or 32 gig ipad.

    You're also going to want to factor in the possibility of a keyboard. many can use the ipad's on screen keyboard just fine, but I know when i'm typing more than just a few lines I want a normal one. Case and keyboard will set ya back about $100 depending on the model.


    that 128 gig iPad, honestly? unless you just must hoard a dozen movies or have every album known to mankind on your iPad I don't knwo why the average person would need the room.

    Don't get me wrong, when my 16 gig iPad dies it will be replaced with something bigger, but 128 gig may be just a bit too big.

  • PegasusTenma Level 2 Level 2 (280 points)
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    Jan 30, 2013 10:06 AM (in response to tsqair)

    To make a long answer short, an Ipad or tablet won't replace a mobile phone. An Iphone yes. Is a phone after all. And basically everything you can do on an Ipad you can do on an Iphone, just with a dramatic screen size change.

  • PegasusTenma Level 2 Level 2 (280 points)
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    Jan 30, 2013 10:10 AM (in response to PegasusTenma)

    And about the memory depending on your usage and files you want to save in your devices, I'll recommend a 32 gb device.

  • dwb Level 6 Level 6 (19,695 points)
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    Jan 30, 2013 10:15 AM (in response to tsqair)

    iPhones and iPads use the memory to store programs, music, movies & TV shows, pictures, books, and other data. More memory lets you store more stuff. I have a large varied music collection and like carrying a lot of it with me so I have a 64GB iPhone. Prior to this one, I'd owned 32GB iPhones and swapped my music out more often. Thanks to iTunes Match I will probably go back to 32GB in the future.


    My first iPad was a 16GB model because I didn't think I'd keep much music on it. I was right but I didn't count on how many different apps I would use so when I replaced it I bought the 32GB model. I'll probably get a 64GB one in a year. When I travel I take several movies with me and things get a bit tight.

  • Rudegar Level 6 Level 6 (18,435 points)
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    Jan 30, 2013 10:17 AM (in response to tsqair)

    games and movies use a lot of space both my iphone 16GB is close to full and my ipad 64GB is getting there think I have 8GB free on the ipad 1GB on the iphone

  • ejpre Level 3 Level 3 (780 points)
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    Jan 30, 2013 10:31 AM (in response to tsqair)

    As pegasusTenma said, an iPad won't replace a phone.  Until recently, I had an iPhone and a MacBook Pro, and always said "It's silly to get an iPad, because for anything I can't do on my phone, I'll just grab my laptop".  Then I started playing with my girlfriend's iPad, and almost immediately bought one myself.  Now I use all three.  Do I *need* all three? No, I had a happy life before any of these things existed, but I do use them.


    You only need memory for music and movies.  If you have an iPod now, you know how much music you have, and can probably estimate how much you'll ever buy.  If you have a CD collection, 128 kbs MP3s are about 1 Mb/minute, so it's around 50 Mb/CD in round numbers. Now that disk is cheap, people like to rip things to higher fidelity than they can possibly hear, so maybe double that.


    If your music collection doesn't fit, you can

    (a) re-sync it to change the music you listen to (kind of a pain)

    (b) sign up for Match, which will allow you to listen to all your music with the minimum memory.  Each bump in memory will pay for 4 years of Match service, by which time you'll probably want to buy a new device anyway.


    Now we get to videos.  A video will be about 700 Mb for SD and double that for HD, so they burn your memory *really* fast (and Match doesn't do videos yet).  In most cases, you can keep your library on a computer, and just transfer the ones you want to watch.  If you travel a lot, you may want to keep a pretty big library locally.


    This is long way of saying

    - If you don't have a huge music collection and don't travel a lot, 16 Gb is probably enough, but

    - Most people end up deciding that 32 Gb is "just right"


    In my case, I conviced myself I needed 64, but  I found that not paying attention at all, I tend to fill it "about half" with videos and local music (I do have Match), so 32 would have been plenty (and I travel a lot).  If I didn't have Match, it would take 64 just to hold my Music library.

  • ejpre Level 3 Level 3 (780 points)
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    Jan 30, 2013 1:07 PM (in response to tsqair)

    You *can* produce those documents, but they're teeny compared to music and videos.  The typical Excel or Word file is tens to hundres of kB, maybe up to a couple of meg if there are a lot of graphics.  Completely irrelevant  to the memory discussion. 

  • Texas Mac Man Level 8 Level 8 (44,220 points)
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    Jan 30, 2013 1:15 PM (in response to tsqair)

    16GB vs 32GB vs 64GB: Which new iPad storage capacity should you get?


    How much content will fit on my iPod or iPhone?


    Chosing Between the iPad 4 and the iPad Mini


     Cheers, Tom


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