03/23/2011, 10:55 AM
A buddy of mine recently managed to snag a wifi iPad2. In the weeks leading up to the release of the product, he went back and forth on which storage capacity to purchase -- 16gb or 32gb. I've thought at length about this for when I purchase my wifi TouchPad (hopefully in June). In my mind, the following things will need to be stored on the device:
1) Music. I don't really plan to make the TouchPad my primary music storage device. Whatever phone I have at the time will act as my mp3 player. 16gb on my Pre+ is plenty of room for music.
2) Video. I know I'll watch more video on the TouchPad than I do on my phone -- that much is obvious. However, if I want to watch home movies on there, I'll store them on the cloud. I will certainly watch some feature length movies on there, but how many do I really need to store on the device? It seems to me that I can store them on Dropbox and pull them down if/when I need them. Whenever I have wifi, I'll be watching Hulu or Netflix (please let them both work on the TouchPad!)
3) Apps. Yes ... apps need storage, but not THAT much.
4) Documents. I do almost no document work on my Pre+. The screen is too small and the document editing features are nearly nonexistent. The TouchPad is expected to be better at editing, and it obviously will have a bigger screen. Again, though, most documents don't take up that much room and can be stored on Dropbox.
So, as you can imagine, I've come to the conclusion that I don't really need more than the 16gb version.
My iPad2 friend, however, came to the conclusion that he needs 32gb. Why? The one reason he gave: iTunes. This didn't occur to me. Everything from iTunes is stored locally, and thus if he buys music, movies, and TV shows, that will REALLY run through his storage.
Am I missing something about why the average person would really need more than 16gb? I consider myself something of a power user, and I can't figure out why *I* need more than 16gb.