9 Replies Latest reply: Jan 1, 2011 3:15 PM by horsegoer
horsegoer Level 1 (0 points)

I am buying the Ipad today but am not sure if I need the 16g or 32g. I know it depends on what I will be using it for so I will give an overview and maybe people can give their advice. Yes I know the $$$ difference is not that much but we need to watch every $$. Thank very much for the input.

I will mostly use it to browse the internet and study some PDF's on the train that I will on there. The pdf's are about 600-700 kb each and I might have about 5-10 on there at a time. I might want to store about 50-100 songs and really no photos or movies at all. That is really it. Thanks again.

MBP, Mac OS X (10.5.7), PC @ work
  • Level 8 (41,745 points)
    Hi and Happy New Year.

    The 16 GB will probably serve you very well considering your planned usage.

    You can always sync materials back and forth with your computer if you start pushing the storage limits.

    I have gotten by very well since August with 16 GB.
  • horsegoer Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks a lot Ralph. I appreciate the input. I also have a MBP so the sync would be a nice option.
  • horsegoer Level 1 (0 points)
    What would the best way be for me to save/open pdf files. Thanks.
  • Level 8 (41,745 points)
    You have a lot of options, Safari does pdf files, iBooks will read pdf files, and you can check the apps store for apps that run independently. I am sure others will jump in here on the subject of pdfs with a lot of other suggestions and ideas.

    iPads do pdfs very well.
  • horsegoer Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks again. Gonna hit the treadmill now for an hour then off to the store. HNY
  • Spanky D. Rascal Level 1 (90 points)
    (Short answer) Welcome. If you're just going to read PDF's, your new iPad will do that without any additional software. Like Ralph pointed out, there are several solutions built into the iPad. iBooks is quickly becoming a better solution without having to purchase a third party app if you only want to read PDF's. With the recent update, you can now create collections to make sorting and find your PDF's easier. With the size of your PDF's being so small, you can keep hundreds on the device along with your music.
    (Long answer) If you find you want to eventually fill in, mark up, or draw on your PDF's there are several great solutions available. I use Form Tools PDF because I have several forms I fill out repeatedly and this allows me to fill the form out, save it, and then pull up a blank form ready to fill out again. I can also draw on, hight light, and sign my PDF's with this app.
    On a personal note, keep one thing in mind, once you find how productive you can become with the iPad, you may want to keep more and more things on it. I bought the 64GB model because I wanted to keep a bunch of work documents and reference material on mine, and I have only 4.8GB of room left. Additionally, I've only needed to print two (2) pieces of paper since getting my iPad on April 3rd and those were for DMV. But like I said, it's a personal thing. I just want others to know that if you understand the functional limitations of the iPad, and how to work around them, this device can not only replace a laptop for your day to day computing, but it's a fantastic business tool. I've used mine daily since getting it and my colleagues are amazed by the iPad's capabilities, and it's only getting better.
    PS Don't be surprised if the iPad starts making you sound like a Mac fanboy
  • horsegoer Level 1 (0 points)
    Spanky, great post. Well I just bought the 16GB and I'm a little nervous based on what you said that I'll need more space than 16GB but we'll see. I must say it is really responsive to the touch. I have literally used it only five minutes so far. I plugged it into my MBP and set it up. I'm looking forward to exploring it tonight. Thanks Spanky.
  • drsailer Level 4 (1,495 points)
    For your purposes, the 16Gb should be just fine. There are plenty of cloud storage solutions that will enable you to save items online and only download them to the iPad if/when necessary.

    I have a 16 Gb iPad with ~200 songs, ~100 pdf files, tons of apps, and ~1000 photos, and it's barely 1/2 full. I use it routinely to write documents with Pages and manage a number of spreadsheets in Numbers. I keep items I don't need immediate access to on Dropbox for rapid retrieval if necessary.
  • horsegoer Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks drsailor. I feel beeter about the storage. Sounds like I'll have a little less. I'm gonna get into it now. Done helping fiancee with dinner.