What storage capacity should I get on the ipad 3?

I'm a College student entering the medical field. I'm planning on using the iPad for school and to use for fun. First off I'm going to be taking notes on the iPad during my classes. Second I'm going to be doing a lot of reading so I defiantly want the retina display. Third, along with getting medical apps I'm going to get some games and some other fun apps to use during my free time. And lastly I'm going to watch a movie here and there. After I sync the movie and finish watching it I'll take it off the iPad and keep it on my macbook. Money will not be an issue because I'm saving up.

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  • Best Answer:

    I would at least go for the 32GB. With the 16GB version you will probably run to the max very soon. Why not the 64GB, well if money isn't a problem you can consider that. But when you're going to sync to you're MacBook you can use that as a container and switch some files or apps when you need them. Keeping some space free on you're iPad. So consider what has to be on the iPad al the time, and what items will be temporary.

    • Answered by Jeroen R
    • 24-Oct-2012
  • Based on what you required, I can recommend either 32Gb or 64Gb. As you will be downloading lots of reading materials related to medical, they will be a lot of diagrams and they will eat up lots of storage. Lets take an example, 15 medical reference materials, 2 movies, 25 music albums of 1 hour of music per album, at least 25 apps for entertainment, travel or productivity. Assuming 500Mb per medical materials, 4Gb per movie, 4Mb per song and average 150Mb per other apps. That adds approximate about 20.5Gb. If you get at least a 32Gb - 20.5Gb - 4Gb for system = Available left about 7.5Gb for other misc data, like photos. If you don't think enough, then go for 64Gb.


    • Answered by Beh K from -
    • 24-Oct-2012
  • If money is not an issue, I would definitely go for the 64 GB version. While your notes and books won't take up too much room, the games and videos definitely will. You will be surprised by how many games/apps you will download once you start looking at the app store. And videos, due to their nature, will take up the most room. And, since you're unable to expand memory in an iPad, it's better to err on the side of too much memory rather than too little.

    One other note for videos. You didn't mention where you're getting the movies from. If you are downloading from iTunes, you will have the option to rent or buy. Renting is cheaper (some as cheap as .99 with the average price being $2.99 or $3.99 for new releases) but they only last for 30 days. After that time, it's automatically deleted from your iPad. And, once you start watching the movie, you have 24 hours to finish it. After that, it's deleted.

    As for purchasing, you own the movie forever and can rewatch it whenever you like. The reason I mention this is that, once you download the purchased movie or TV show, it's stored in the cloud and you can redownload it at no charge any time in the future. I've done this with various series that I bought years ago and felt the desire to watch again. Thus, you won't have to archive it on your macbook because Apple will do it for you.

    • Answered by Steven Y from Cuyahoga Falls
    • 24-Oct-2012
  • Do you plan to have a lot of apps, music, and video stored in your ipad? For me, I am going to have a lot of apps, music, and pictures, so I am buying the 64GB version. Since you will not be storing your videos in your ipad, just buy the 16gb perhaps. Yeah, as long as you don't have too much storage-hungry apps, you should be fine with the 16. I hope this helps. Have a nice day.

    • Answered by Trisin R from Ely
    • 24-Oct-2012
  • Hi Ines, personally I'd rather too much memory than too little. I'd recommend the 64GB model. That way you can carry all of your notes, films and apps, without having to worry about moving to them to a Mac or deleting them.

    • Answered by Joe C
    • 24-Oct-2012