Help me decide which iPad to buy
November 20, 2010 1:32 AM Subscribe
How much memory do I need, to accommodate my uses for an iPad?
posted by jcdill to Computers & Internet (10 answers total)
I'm looking to buy an iPad in the next few months. I'm trying to figure out my use cases for an iPad, and thus how much storage memory I will need. I know I'll be using it for at least the 3 following things:
1) To show photos to customers (portfolio or gallery review). These will be jpegs, and most of them (gallery review) will only stay on the iPad for a limited time. The total number of portfolio jpegs will never top 1000 photos.
2) To use as a live streaming photo display device. Again, these will be jpeg photos only, and again they will live on the iPad for a limited time (during the photo session, perhaps for a few days after for photo review).
3) To use when I'm working out at the gym - to read blogs, to read email, etc. Perhaps to watch a movie or TV show. I'm not a big movie/TV viewer and don't anticipate storing many on the iPad.
Based on these use cases, it doesn't look like I'll need a whole lot of memory. But I haven't actually USED an iPad yet. So that's where you guys come in.
What I'd really love to learn is the following:
A) How much memory you have in your iPad.
B) How much free memory remains in your iPad.
C) Are you using more or less memory than you initially thought?
D) Do you think you bought more or less memory than you really need?
E) Where are the unexpected memory uses you have encountered?
And based on the above, what would you recommend for my purposes?
The media leaks about the next-gen iPad are very enticing - possibly a front-facing camera, possibly a world-model (that works on cell systems all around the world) etc. I might end up buying a used iPad off of craigslist and using it for a few months until the next-gen iPad is out, then getting the model I really need and selling the older model back out on CL (likely at a loss, but hopefully not as big of a loss as if I bought a new one now).