Should I Get An IPad 8th Gen (2020) 32GB Or A 128GB?

Have you been asking “Should I get an iPd 8th Gen (2020) 32GB or a 128 GB?” Here’s the short answer: not the 32 GB, unless you’re sure you’ll have a fast high quality internet connection for the rest of your life and you plan to store all your pictures, movies and documents out on the Cloud. But there’s more you should know, and some important questions you should ask yourself before you pull the trigger and make that purchase. First off, why are you buying an iPad 8th generation at all? 

A Furthers Look: Which iPad Should You Buy?

You don’t need an iPad Pro, bundled together with a fancy iPad Pro Case unless you expect to tap into that extra processing power in a serious way. But if you’re iPad shopping, why aren’t you looking at the 9th generation (2021?) The 2021 model has two storage options, 64 GB and 256 GB, both of which are much more suited to today’s world than the measly 32 GB that came with the 2020 base model.

If you’ve got your eye on a refurbished or used model of the 32 GB 8th generation iPad and it comes with a very significant discount, it could potentially be a good purchase. But it would need to be a very significant discount, and you’ll want to keep in mind that the newer 2021 9th generation is available new from Apple with a very reasonable price tag of $329, and it’s got double the memory. 

However you look at it, 32 GB just isn’t very much. It won’t take you very long to fill it up with notes, pictures, downloads, and apps. Rather than pay a premium for a 128 GB tablet, why not upgrade to a 2021 model and get either the 64 GB or 256 GB model, depending on your needs? 

64 or 256 GB: Which is Better

Have I convinced you to try the newer model, and get a 2021 iPad (9th generation). If so, there’s probably another question you are faced with: 64GB or 256 GB? 

Either one would be a good buy. 64 GB isn’t a whole lot, but it is enough causal use, and to keep some things on the iPad. If you’d like

If you’re buying an iPad for a child who won’t have much to store, for an older person who won’t make full use of the device, or for yourself, as a basic media consumption device, 64 GB is great. You’ll be able to do anything you might want to, and stick on it all the apps you would like. There’s plenty of room for any pictures you’re likely to take, and .

If you want your iPad to be more of a creativity machine and you’re looking forward to video editing, drawing, and copious note taking, why not go with the 256? It’s more expensive, sure, but you get what you pay for. 

Here are some stats to keep in mind as you make your decision between the 64 and 256 GB:

  • Two hours of  standard HD video (think a few episodes of your favorite drama, or a full two hour feature film) uses about 6 gigabytes. A video with poorer resolution might be only one or two gigabytes. If you’re going with 4K or 8K your file will be much bigger, but who watches 8K movies on an iPad? There’s a reason why not: it’d take a full 72 GB.
  • Every gigabyte of space can fit around 300 songs. This assumes your songs are between 3 and 4 MB in size, and about three and a half minutes in length.
  • Each gigabyte of space can fit about 350 digital pictures, assuming they are 3 MB in size on average
  • One gigabyte of space can also fit almost  900,000 pages of plain text, so if that’s how you’re taking notes you’re not going to run into storage problems with any iPad.

Many apps that you’d use regularly have a fairly small footprint. Messenger is just about 100 MB, and Gmail  slightly over 400 MB.  But games are heftier, often in the 1-4 GB range. You can fit a few  of those into the iPad with the smallest memory, no problem. But if you’re a serious gamer and want to download them all, a generous memory allowance might be a good idea. 

Making the Most of Minimal Storage

So maybe you’d like a 128 GB 8th generation iPad— or a 256 model, if you’re going with the 9th generation. You aren’t asking Santa for an iPad Pro with an iPad Pro 12.9 case, but you’d love a little extra memory on the basic iPad. But the budget can’t always be stretched, and maybe you end up with the smaller iPad anyway. 

Don’t let it get you down. An iPad is a cutting-edge device, no matter how much storage it has. And in these days of omnipresent internet connections and cheap cloud storage, there’s no absolute necessity of having actual serious memory on your device.  You’ll just have to structure your iPad usage to make the most of what you have. Here are some tips:

  • Set up your photos to sync automatically with your choice of photo storage. We recommend either Apple’s iCloud or Google Photos. 
  • Upload Notability notes directly to the cloud
  • Offload apps you don’t use regularly. They’ll still be part of your app library, and you can download them (in minutes) when you need to use them again.
  • Save files to iCloud or your alternate Cloud storage option instead of to your device

While a 32 GB  iPad may not be anyone’s ideal in 2022, it’s still perfect for light use and— with robust cloud subscriptions— can do good service for anyone, creative or not. So get your backup and syncs in order and start having fun with that iPad!

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