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Which iPad Is Right For You?

written by: Donny Yankellow•edited by: Christian Cawley•updated: 4/2/2010

Planning on buying an iPad but you not sure which one is right for you? This article will help you make a decision.

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    What Size iPad Should I Buy?

    So you want an iPad but you don't know which one to buy. If you have the budget needed, there a few options to consider in making your decision.

    Let’s start with size. The iPad is available in 16gb, 32gb, and 64gb. Which one is right for you? This depends on how you plan on using your iPad.

    Are you going to fill the iPad with as much music and/or videos as you can? What about photos? Are you going to use the iPad camera connector kit and constantly be downloading photos in the iPad from your camera? The answer to these questions will mean a lot in determining what size iPad you want.

    If you plan on using the iPad like an iPod and keep a lot of music and videos on it then the 32gb or 64gb model is probably the way to go. Should you keep your iPad free of music and videos you will probably be fine with the 16gb model.

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    Using iPad Apps

    Steve Jobs unveils the Apple iPad The same thinking applies to photos. If you are planning on downloading photos to your iPad on a regular basis without the intention of transferring them to a desktop computer you will want the larger sized iPad for more storage space. Personally, I would be using the camera connector kit when I travel and immediately empty the iPad into my computer when I got home.

    You might ask about iPad apps next. Generally, apps do not take up a large portion of space. With that said, if you are a gamer and like games you might want to go with the 32gb model. Games tend to take up more space, especially the big games like FIFA soccer, for example. If you want to load the iPad with games and other apps, in addition to music and videos and photos, go for what you can afford.

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    Should I Buy a 3G iPad or WIFI iPad?

    You’ve decided on an iPad size, but what about 3G? Do you need the 3G model? Well, that depends on how you are going to use the Internet on your iPad. If you are always going to be using it in an area with wifi connections there is not need to spend money on the 3G model. However, if you think there will be times you want an Internet connection but will be out of a wifi area, you might want the 3G model.

    For example, traveling is a great reason for the 3G model. If you go away and are staying someplace without wifi you can connect with your 3G iPad. The great thing about the 3G iPad is there is no contract. You can purchase one month of 3G service for the time you will be away and then cancel after that month.

    If you have an iPhone or another device capable of 3G connections (like a MiFi) you might want to pass on the 3G iPad. Why pay for 3G service twice?

    In the end picking the right iPad depends on you and how you use it. I suggest making a chart and figuring out your priorities and what you can afford. Maybe you want more space, but want 3G also. The 32gb + 3G might be the one for you.

    For my needs the 16gb 3G is the right one. I don’t need much storage space, but I would like the ability to connect to the 3G network when I travel and don’t have internet.

    Of course, if money is no object I would go for broke and get the 64GB with 3G.

    So, have you made a decision? Post it in the comments below and let us know what iPad is the right one for you.