8 Replies Latest reply: Nov 23, 2012 10:20 AM by BlackTZ
bunnyzilla.carrot Level 1 (0 points)

I need to decide if I should get the 16GB or the 32GB iPad, I'm not sure if it's worth it to shell out another $100 for the extra space! Here's some info:


  • I only have about 1gb of music and pictures on it.
  • I will only have 1 movie or 2-3 episodes on it at one time, for travelling occasions only.
  • I plan on storing around 20 books on it, and eventually more.
  • I'm going to have a lot of apps. And I mean, a lot.


So, I'm mainly going to be using it for apps, books, and web surfing. Will 16GB be enough? (Also, do you think the white color will turn yellowish and fade over time, or stay white?)


Thank you,


iPad 2, iOS 4.3.2
  • Roosevelt Jones Level 2 (380 points)

    The discussion at https://discussions.apple.com/message/11730638#11730638 looks like it has useful information but I suspect I have botched the link. Try searching for "16 mb" or it may even be in the "more like this" navigation section to the right.

  • Dah•veed Level 7 (33,640 points)

    I say always go for as much as you can afford. You may find that once you have it in your hands, your uses for the magical device that is an iPad may change and you might wish you had gotten the one with more capacity.

  • Martin_UK Level 2 (150 points)

    I got the 16GB iPad and ran out of space so ended up paying out again for the 32GB iPad 2. Probably best to get the larger model if you can afford it.

  • Elizabeth Ingraham Level 6 (12,310 points)

    It's a personal decision, but here's my thinking and why I decided to get the 16 GB WiFi:


    • I was on a budget. And for the extra $100, I bought the Smart Cover and two years of accidental damage protection from Square Trade. Protecting my iPad from the rigors of my studio and classroom and travel was more important to me than extra storage space to keep things I don't need to access.
    • I am consciously trying to work more and store work more in the cloud. I have MobileMe and DropBox for document and photo storage. (And FLICKR). I don't need or want to store a lot of photos on my iPad.
    • I have a laptop with an external hard drive with--I don't know, 300 GB or so?--of music and movies. I feed my iPod regularly. I don't need to carry around a ton of music. I just keep the stuff I'm currently listening to on my iPad.
    • Most of my audiobooks are accessible from Audible. My digital books are accessible from Amazon/Kindle. I don't need to carry around all of my audiobooks or digital books.
    • I knew that I wanted to play around with A TON of drawing and notebook and related creative apps.


    So here I am with a lot of apps (the main component of my iPad's capacity), a couple of movies, a couple of TV episdoes, some music, some photos, a LOT of digital books (accessibility to Amazon notwithstanding) and I still have 8 GB free. So, for me I made the right choice.


    Also, I figure that if and when I want a higher capacity iPad, there will be a lovely new version, and I can easily sell this one and upgrade.


    (Also, do you think the white color will turn yellowish and fade over time, or stay white?)


    The white will most definitely stay white. It's completely encased under the glass screen material, which goes all the way to the edges.

  • bunnyzilla.carrot Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks, that was really helpful! I know for sure to get the 16GB one, and I appreciate you noted that about the white. Thank you!!

  • Elizabeth Ingraham Level 6 (12,310 points)

    You're welcome! My white iPad has hardly been out of my hands since I got it on March 16. It's the most enjoyable--and surprisingly useful--piece of technology I've ever owned.

  • Daniel1895 Level 1 (0 points)

    Go for 16GB iPad.Anyway's thats your personal decision.As far as the white colour is concerned Apple products won't wear off easily if they are properly maintained.

  • BlackTZ Level 1 (0 points)

    I wiould go with the 32GB.  It seems to be the sweet spot between the 16gb and 64gb.  I think if offers the best value.  Don't take my word for it though.  Plenty of other opinions out there...