Which iPad To Buy? Get the 32GB iPad With Wi-Fi + 3G. Here’s Why.

Which iPad To Buy? Get the 32GB iPad With Wi-Fi + 3G. Here’s Why.

If you’re in the market for an iPad — and you know you are, because it’s killer — you’re probably wondering which model to buy.

Naturally, you’re looking at the cheapest $499 iPad, which has Wi-Fi only, but you’re thinking you might also want 3G. After all, you can pay-as-you-go for data, and who knows when you might need it? And what about storage?

I’ve though it through, and concluded that most people should buy the 32GB iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G, including the wireless keyboard. Here’s why:


1. You’ll Need 32GB: The cheapest $499 Wi-Fi iPad looks like it’ll do, but in a few months you’ll wish you had more storage. Sporting 16GB, the $499 model will be good for a modest music collection, a couple of movies, a bunch of files and some podcasts. But you’re going to spending like crazy on all kinds of crazy iPad media that will be coming out, and that 16GB will dwindle fast. Do you need 64GB though? As a general rule, you should always get as much storage as you can afford — and 64GB offers some future proofing. But practically, I’m pretty sure 32GB wil do for most people. I’ve yet to fill up my 32GB iPhone 3GS. Plus, you can use your Mac as a external storage device. Put your iTunes music and movies on the Mac, and share it wirelessly over your home network. Better yet, invest your money in a NAS (Network Attached Storage Device) and put all your media on that for the whole household to share. The Synology Disk Station DS209 is great; and so is the StorCenter ix2-200 from Iomega. If you already have a big external drive, put it on the network with a Pogoplug or Iomega’s new iConnect Wireless Data Station.

2. 3G: You may not want the 3G now, but you will. It’s an investment in the future. I guarantee there will come a time when you when you’re out and about, miles from a Wi-Fi hotspot, and you’re kicking yourself for not getting the 3G. You don’t have to use it if you don;t want to, and you can pay-as-you-go when you do.

3. GPS: Same with GPS. The 3G models have built-in GPS, which the Wi-Fi only models do not. Think of those killer, big-screen navigation apps that will be coming out in a few months. Plus all the location-aware features Facebook, Yelp and others will be building for the iPad.

4. Accessories: You’ll want the wireless keyboard. No brainer. I’m predicting that you may not actually use it very much, but best to have it handy in case you need it. There probably are going to be occasions when you’ll want to quickly bang out a bunch of text. Best be prepared. The carrying case also is a serious consideration. It acts as a stand, and you’ll want it for watching movies. And if you get the case, you can safely ignore the desktop dock. But consider the desktop dock for a future purchase. Give yourself a week or two using the iPad to see if you really need it. Same with the extended charging cable.

So all in all, the best bet is to get the 32GB iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G. After all, the $499 iPads are likely to sell out.

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  • Angie_nkj

    It is so true. But I have already ordered the 16GB iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G. I should do a research before I bought it. Sigh.

  • had_it_with_LOL

    I don’t listen to computer geeks online. I go to my computer geeks calls sons , they looked at my present HP laptop, assessed what I do and what I store and they said get the 16G, and yes the keypad is essential since I do not do idiotic computer shorthand sttle test on Facebook and for the love of all that is holy I wouldn’t tweet or get a twitter account if I was paid. Since my reasons for getting it are Google, Facebook, internet research, shopping and skype…a 32G is just too much. Absolutely do your homework first, but first assess…why am I getting this? I will use my laptop for storing pictures and the book I am writing. Besides….they are all on an internet site so it uses no space on my computer. Use your skills in storing documents in other places that are accessible and more secure than your computer….things like Dropbox. Sorry I sound so upptight, but texting and tweeting and shorthand are the dumbing of the universe. My teenage grandkids can barely put together a legible sentence. The iPod is for fun and that is all it should be for.

  • G-man

    if you haven’t received it, the Apple Support lady told me that you can cancell your order, and do the 32 gig instead. :-)

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  • Nick

    I used to agree re: Twitter – but not any more. Of course, mindless tweeting is exactly that: mindless. But it’s a great tool for getting your news etc. Now, rather than trawling tech sites for news when I’m bored, all the headlines and main articles come straight to my iPhone via Twitter. I don’t tweet, I just read. I highly recommend following companies, content providers etc that interest you.

  • Taylor

    It sounds like you’re just posting what YOU would need or want, not what would be best for the majority of people. I know people who have filled up 64′s no problem, and never complain about not having 3G when they’re out and about. It’s an iPad for goodness sake, not your life. You don’t have to be on it every minute of the day.

  • jjaxx

    It’s so funny how he has written that all the 16GB will sell out faster not the case!! But I will agree that all 32GB products is a good move for all. I once bought a cheaper version of a Mac & now regret as I’ve had to spend a fortune on upgrades and that ends up using all your memory so now I always go mediocre

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  • Sahanatrymytech

    i Think 32 Gb with wi-fi is best optin..apart from the Battery Issue..

    i dont know other models are good or not..i think other models must have better battery backup

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  • Philwinfield

    Get wifi not 3G. Why? 3G has all sorts of restrictions such as not being permitted to downloading more than 20mb podcast and BBC iplayer doesn’t work over 3G. Poor, had mine a week and going to take it back

  • JJ

    It appears you skipped your spelling classes…

  • lissa.

    …said Shababaoo.

  • Just Joshin03

    If you already have an iPhone you don’t need the 3G version. Just turn on the HotSpot feature on your iPhone and connect to that with your iPad via bluetooth.

  • Alsamont

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  • Bob Park

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  • bzerklyrich

    I have enjoyed my 32G WiFi to the fullest.  However what is missing is the GPS used by Urbanspoon, Google Maps, Weather, etc. I am now contemplating on either returning my Ipad in exchange for a 16G 3G or purchasing an external GPS unit.  Downgrading to a 16G with a 3G is an additional $39 plus return shipping costs, adding an external GPS would be $ 99.  Got any suggestions?

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  • notmormon

    GET OFF MY LAWN!!!!!!!!!

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    gross.

  • Kjaven

    Wow, you sound so confident that the rest of the world has EXACTLY your needs! I know you are just trying to help, but seriously, you really need to look outside yourself when you are making a recommendation! You also sound a little like either you are being paid to get people to buy stuff they don’t really need, or you could do with some good outdoor hiking to get back to reality!
    I almost found your article funny, in a sad sort of way.

    I myself am getting the 64GB. Why? Because MY needs are for my work, and storage availability is important to me. I want something small, convenient and simple with a lot of storage for music and documents. Pages and i Tunes with the 64 give me these capabilities. I really believe its not what you can afford, but what you NEED (or for some fluffy folks, what you think you need.)

  • Yawn

    Twat

  • Johnoon

    I see you signed up for the obama ebonics class..  good for you!  I hope mcdonalds can afford to pay you through your 85th birthday!  

  • trevorjerue

    I would agree with you if one didn’t have a smartphone, but if you have the iPhone or an Android running device, jailbreak/root it and use MyWi (iOS) or Barnacle Wifi Tether (Android). I’m still not sure which size to get, but I do have a 32GB iPhone 4, and since my iPad would be a gift, I may have to go with 16GB (but I’ll ask for 32)

  • Diegoh420

    yeeeah no

  • Tawnya

    How does Ebonics equal Obama? You’re clearly a racist ass.

  • JRtheProfessor

    yelp! the day after televisions, automobiles and eating goes out of style.

  • NotGeek

    Can I connect an iPad to my Android running phone with Pda Net (an APP)? If so, I would not need to get the 3/4 G model…just WiFI

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Leander KahneyLeander Kahney is the editor and publisher of Cult of Mac. He is the NYT bestselling author of Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple's Greatest Products; Inside Steve’s Brain; Cult of Mac; and Cult of iPod. Leander has written for Wired, MacWeek, Scientific American, and The Guardian in London. Follow Leander on Twitter @lkahney and Facebook.

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