How much storage have you used on your iPad 2?
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If you're unsure how to spend that ~$100, DEFINITELY get the 3G. That is a must-have. (I addressed a lot of that stuff in my review here: gdgt.com/apple/ipad/2/review/5yp/ )
If you already have a phone that lets you tether your iPad that’s great save the money but don’t forget that it will add a drain to the phones battery. I do think the 3G model is the way to go if you are going to be out and about with the device.
The other big chunk is probably photos -- I often import photos directly from my cameras to the iPad when I'm traveling (and then proceed to forget to remove them when I'm done).
Kind of crazy!
Granted, I don't have a lot of music (mostly podcasts iTunes deletes once I listen to), but I do own a bunch of games. However, I do need to delete apps once in a while, specially since I began to download video reviews, video podcasts, and gaming trailers. I now keep only the apps and games I am currently playing, to leave a bunch of space for unwatched videos/podcasts.
If you are into music and videos, I suggest the 32GB iPad. Seems to be enough space for whatever you want without the need to delete a couple of apps to keep space for future stuff. And, to be honest, you'll probably end up with a bunch of apps (and videos or music) you'll rarely use, so try to keep your device clean and you'll never have to deal with space limits.
Copying RAW photos from your DSLR using the camera connection kit? More memory!
Wanna edit videos in iMovie for iOS? Even more memory!
Fortunately for me, I do none of those things. ^_^
Unfortunately for me, my 16GB iPad 1.0 has less than 2GB free space left. v_v
But it has been like that for a few months, so my usage has probably plateaued. xD
Since you want to do the whole magazines thing, you'd probably be better off buying the 32GB version, or 64GB if you plan on having lots of past issues stored on your iPad. Remember, these subscriptions generally don't work on non-iOS devices. I'm not even sure if you can archive them via iTunes.
The only reason I'd get the 3G version is for GPS navigation (clue: it's a whole new world). I don't want another bill from my wireless carrier.
Also remember if you travel a lot, it is nice to have the extra space to put some more movies on there ;)
With an fast enough Internet connection at home and abroad, this becomes a non-issue. A plethora of streaming and cloud based services/apps/companies render local storage on the iPad virtually useless. Look up Air Video, Plex, Slacker Radio, Simplenote, Dropbox, and Goodreader. It will give you a good idea of what is out there. I am not affiliated with nor promoting any of these apps/companies. They just have solutions/apps that work.
As far as everyone who recommended the 3G iPad version, they are not in the know. If you have an iPhone and are willing to legally jailbreak your iPhone, meaning do what the almighty Apple Co. and its investors do not want you to do, you do not require an additional data connection and associated monthly service charge. Apple and its investors lose out on their delicious piece of [insert name of carrier]'s high margin pie.
Using simple software like MyWi allows your iPhone to act as a wireless connection for your iPad. It also passes along the GPS data for Maps and other GPS/Location aware apps.
16GB Black WiFi iPad 2 it is then. White causes visual issues with letterbox movies.
I probably would've bought a 128Gb model had one been available.
That being said, I'm currently purging unused apps and all the music so I can fit as many movies as possible for a 3 week trip to Asia. But I'm still happy with 16GB. I don't feel I would have gotten enough use out of a larger storage model to justify the price difference.
However, I typically have about 8 unabridged audio books (~0.1 GB), 4 or 5 full length movies (~ 1 GB each as MP4, so ~5 GB), 302 of my most commonly used apps (~15 GB and way overkill for me), about 2000 songs and podcasts (`10GB), about 200 photos (~1.6 GB) and 0.5 GB of something dubbed other (OS?) for a grand total of approximately 33 GB. That being said, I could probably get by with a 32 GB iPad if I absolutely needed while 16 GB would require too much self-policing for my taste. As for general iPad usage, besides for free time, I travel for work a few times a year and have begun taking the iPad instead of a laptop on business trips with great success.
Keep in mind two things:
1) as an iPad 1 owner, I have no camera with which to shoot video and pictures, though I'm not sure I'd use personally them. If you are one who would do so very heavily, I'd suggest going the 64 GB version for plenty of headroom, and the same for people sharing an iPad and/or with kids to keep the peace.
2) the advent of iCloud will now make it easy to retrieve music, apps, books, tv shows, and possibly movies (see iTunes Replay rumors) when away from your main computer. Therefore, less worrying about whether you might need something on the road and always carrying all your files with you. I think that will make the 16 GB iPad even more palatable to people (though I'd still lean at least 32 GB to be safe).
I also like keeping my entire music library on my iPad, unlike what some other people have suggested. The iPad is a far superior device for a lot of activities that I do every day and it's nice to be able to read the news or catch up on Twitter while listening to music without having to get another device involved.