iPad 2 Storage: 16GB May Be Enough – Save Your Money

Everybody seems to be talking about the Apple iPad 2, which was avidly awaited and was finally announced last week. The next-generation tablet device will be out this week, (release date info here), and many of you will no doubt be hot-footing it down to your nearest store to get your hands on it but have you put any thought into how much storage you may need, 16, 32 or 64GB?

Storage options for the iPad 2 come as 16GB, 32GB or 64GB for both the Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi 3G models, but we’re wondering how many of us really need more than the 16GB version? A quick check at Apple.com reveals the prices for the Wi-Fi version are $499 for 16GB, $599 for 32GB and $699 for 64GB and remember, you can also get a white iPad 2 as well as the standard black version which costs the same. For the Wi-Fi + 3G version the prices are $629, $729 and $829 respectively for 16, 32 or 64GB.

As the prices leap up by $100 a time for the different storage options, this is a decision that you should try to come to before you’re in the store eager to splash your cash. A helpful article by Jacob Palmer over on Gizmo Crunch could help you to determine which is the model for you. Palmer makes the point that it may be worth saving your money on storage and instead spending that extra money on the Wi-Fi + 3G version. Cloud storage providers are growing in popularity so many of us may not require the level of built-in storage that may once have seemed necessary.

Another point is that MobileMe is set to expand further and make increasing use of the cloud and this may be free of charge so 16GB storage may really be enough for the majority of users. Add this to the fact that many of us are updating products more frequently and having a huge amount of storage seems less and less necessary.

Are you heading out to buy an iPad 2 next week and do you think 16GB storage is enough for you? Maybe you still feel you need the 32 or even 64GB storage? Let us know by sending us your comments.

  • Arnold Ziffel

    Yep, we're going from 64 GB wifi only iPad "1" to a 16 GB 3G + wifi iPad 2.

  • Paul

    One of the biggest killer of old computers is lack of memory, sure they may be slower, but if your app cannot fit – game over.
    Also, as flash storage approaches being full, it's writing speed starts to suffer as the controller has less and less room to play. >> Internally, flash cannot change a single byte, the whole block, with the change has to be written into a fresh chunk of flash, and the old released as 'free' (this action is handled internally, invisible to the user) This now free chunk can be 'flashed' – erased back to all zero's.
    So for performance & long life (flash has a limited number of writes) make sure you have a generous amount of spare storage. eg. If you know you need to store 12Gig, buy a 32G ipad.

  • John Pugh

    16GB Wi-Fi – We waited for a year for v2. We'll buy one and wait for v3 to buy the other. A friend purchased a 32GB Wi-Fi + 3G last year and said he hardly used the 3G. He does not plan to but 3G this time. We have 16GB iPod touch and we hardly used the 16GB of memory. Apps are small, music does not use much space, video may take up space but we usually rent movies so I'll stick with the $500 deal. We have an Apple 1GHZ wireless router in the house with an "Express" in the shed that boosts the signal out there so I think we'll be good.

  • Steve

    Thinking of 16GB Wifi+3G. Used to have a 64GB Wi-fi. Needed at maximum 30GB of space on it. Some applications just take up 1-2 GB. So think about what you're going to put on it before you buy it.

  • ViewRoyal

    If you already have an iPhone, and are planning on buying an iPad, you can save a lot of money by purchasing the Wi-Fi version rather than the Wi-Fi + 3G version. The iOS 4.3 update includes a "Personal Hotspot" feature, so that you can use you iPhone as a Wi-Fi access point for up to three devices.

    Going with Wi-Fi only will save you $130 plus the monthly data fees for a second mobile account.

  • ViewRoyal

    The thing about scrimping on internal storage to use "cloud" storage is that it will be more expensive to do this.

    Data rates are not cheap.

    If you travel and want to watch some 720p movies and carry a good selection of music, or if you just use a lot of data for other types of files, that $200 for an extra 48GB of storage (64GB – 16GB = 48GB) is well-worth the price.

    Imagine how much it would cost to download those 48GB each month using your data plan. In addition, streaming media over 3G is slower and uses more battery life than streaming from the internal flash drive.

  • Tim

    I'm happy to get a 16 GB model. I have a Clear Spot that I can use with it.

    The only hesitation I have in not getting a 3G model is the GPS. That would sure be nice to have… I wish Apple would just standardize that in all models.

    My biggest thought right now is color. Thought black would be an easy winner, but I really like the photos of the white ones. Hopefully I'll have a second in the store to see them in person to decide before someone behind me knocks me over.

  • Mundu

    Had the 64gb wifi, now only getting the 32gb wifi, just movies take up too much space