Which iPad Pro storage capacity should you buy — 32 GB or 128 GB?

BY Kelly Hodgkins

Published 10 Nov 2015

iPad Pro - heroColor is not the only consideration when you are deciding which iPad Pro model to buy. One of the most important, but often overlooked factor, is storage capacity. Choose wrong and you will find yourself constantly deleting files every time there’s an update or a new app you want to install. Here’s a guide to help you decide which storage capacity to choose so you can avoid this buying mistake.

Models and Capacity

If you are purchasing the iPad Pro with cellular support, your buying decision already has been made for you. The iPad Pro WiFi + Cellular model is available in one capacity and one capacity only. Customers purchasing this model can only choose the 128GB version, which provides more than enough storage space for even the power users. Unlike the iPad Pro WiFi + Cellular, customers who prefer the WiFi-only model can select from either a 32GB or 128GB version.

Capacity and Pricing

There’s no getting around the fact that if you want additional storage, you have to pay more for that extra space. How much more does this extra capacity cost? As it turns out, not very much.You can purchase the base 32GB iPad Pro model for $799, while the 128GB version will set you back $949. This extra $150 will net you a whopping 96GB of storage space. On a per gigabyte basis, the 32GB iPad Pro costs $25 per gigabyte, while the 128GB model costs $7 per gigabyte.

32GB or 128GB?

Do you download a lot of music, watch a lot of movies, try out a lot of apps or take a lot of photos and videos? If you answered yes to one or more of those questions, then you could use the extra capacity afforded in a 128GB device. Don’t skimp on the capacity — you’re already paying $799 for a 32GB device, so why not pay an extra $150 to get the additional storage space?

You won’t regret purchasing the extra space as 32GB is on the smaller size, especially if you plan to use the iPad Pro for an media editing. Yes, you can get by with 32GB, but it could be a lesson in frustration when you try to download a video you need to edit and don’t have enough space.

Heed my advice and be realistic about how you will use your device. Don’t underestimate your usage when deciding whether to buy a 32GB or 128GB device. Go for the bigger capacity always. It will save you a lot of headache later on.

Who should buy the 32GB model?

The 32GB device is only recommend for casual users who want an iPad Pro to test it out, but have no real plans to use the device as a desktop replacement. These customers plan to use the iPad Pro for a few key activities that benefit from a large screen, but don’t necessarily require storage space on the device. For example, the smaller capacity model may work for real estate agents who want an iPad Pro to showcase a house they are selling or artists who will use it to demonstrate a slideshow of their greatest work.

Who should buy the 128GB model?

The 128GB version is the one we recommend for most users. It gives you plenty of space for photos, music and apps. You can use your device for its lifetime without deleting a file and still have room to spare. This model also is recommended for power users who plant to use the iPad Pro to the maximum. If you are unsure what capacity to buy, then buy the 128GB model if you can afford it. You won’t regret it.

Which model do you plan on purchasing?

Are you purchasing an iPad Pro? Which capacity will you choose? Please let us know in the comments.

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