Which iPad Should I Get?

question-markIn addition to being the pastor of a wonderful church, I’ve also turned into the resident tech guru. So, whether it’s buying a new laptop or trying to figure out how to get onto the church’s wifi, I’m kind of the default person to ask. One of the most common questions that I get in the tech-arena is which iPad is the best one to get. So, in an effort to cut down on my work load I’ve decided to simply write a blog post that I can direct people to when they’re thinking about taking the leap.

I should begin by saying that the question is a very difficult one because the answer is different for everyone but here are a few principles that might help guide you to the right decision.

  1. Always get the latest version. It’s temping to save some money by getting last year’s version but I promise that you will regret it. As software progresses the older versions end up slowing down and you end up getting frustrated. It’s always best to get the latest version so that you can get the maximum amount of enjoyment out of it before you have to upgrade. On a side note, remember that technology today is very disposable. You will end up having to replace your home PC every 3 – 5 years, your phone every 2 years and your tablet every 2 – 3 years (although the jury is still out on that one). We can bemoan this situation and the loss of quality products that would last a lifetime, but this is just the way that the industry works. Also, don’t forget that every time you upgrade you get something that is so much massively better than what you had (because of the pace that technology is advancing today), it really does make the investment worth it.
  2. If you have an iPhone or other smart phone, I would get the wifi only model of the iPad. Maybe it’s just me, but I just can’t imagine myself paying for a data package on my phone and another one on my iPad. That just seems ridiculous! Although, if the cellular companies do end up going to a system where you can share your data package with different devices that might change the equation enough to make it worth getting the 3G option.
  3. On the other hand, if you don’t have a smartphone with a data package I would get the 3G enabled (or 4G now?) version, because it will make it such a useful tool when you’re out on vacation away from your home network and any other stable internet connection.
  4. I recommend getting the 16GB version, because it seems to be more than enough space for most people. What takes up most of the space on your device is movies and apps. So if you’re the kind of person who likes to have tons of movies and music on your device or if you like to have lots and lots of apps (most of which you probably don’t use) than you might want to get a bigger hard drive, but otherwise 16GB seems to be more than enough.
  5. As far as getting a case goes. I recommend getting one of the smart covers from Apple and then a plastic clam shell for the back of iPad to protect it against drops, accidents, etc. I would also recommend getting some sort of a sleeve for transportation.

I should finish this post up by mentioning how much I love my iPad. I use it constantly throughout the day for reading, counseling presentations, e-mail and a host of other things. If you’re looking to get a full powered tablet, I think the iPad is the only choice. On the other hand, if you’re just looking for a simple device that will let you read books, play some games, and do some light web browsing than I would definitely take a look at the Kindle Fire for just $200. It’s not the same experience as an iPad, but for a light user it’s perfect and more than $300 less.


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May 28 2012 04:00 am | Digital Pastor

One Response to “Which iPad Should I Get?”

  1. Heidi Bylsma on 28 May 2012 at 5:23 am #

    I love my iPad and can’t figure out what I did before I had it! Great article!