I’ve been asked a lot today which iPad model I reserved and why. I didn’t think anyone would care, but apparently you do, so thanks I guess, and here’s what you asked for:
I’m getting the 16 GB, WiFi-only model.
Why only 16 GB?
I opted for “only” the 16 GB iPhone 3GS as well last summer, and it has proven to be a good idea for me, given:
- Due to my developer responsibility and my gadget addiction, I will probably be buying every version of these devices, so I’m really only buying it for ~1 year.
- I never watch video on anything but my TV, so I don’t store much (if any) video on portable devices.
- I don’t sync my whole music collection, and I can fit as much as I could possibly want on-the-go or on a trip within about 8-10 GB.
So I figure the 16 GB model is a safe bet, and I can save the $100 for next year’s iPad.
- I really need it ASAP for Instapaper development.
- I’ll be using it mostly at home, where I have WiFi, and on trips, during which I’m often on airplanes, outside of cellular reception areas, or on other WiFi networks anyway.
- I have a Verizon USB EVDO modem that I’m very happy with. Its contract is about to expire, and I’m probably going to replace it with a contract-less MiFi, which I can get for only a bit more than the AT&T iPad’s $130 price premium. Verizon’s service costs a lot more, but it really is that much better for data, especially in the New York area, that it’s worth the cost.
- Any light mobile data needs can be served by my iPhone.
Obviously, your needs will vary from mine, so you might decide differently.