Why You Shouldn’t Buy the 16GB iPad Air 2

Apple’s new iPad Air 2 is out on shelves for the first time as a flagship replacement for the original iPad Air. If you’re thinking about buying the iPad Air 2 and you’re not sure which model to buy, we have some advice for you: Avoid the 16GB iPad Air 2 if you can. Here’s why you shouldn’t buy the 16GB version of Apple’s new slate.

Last week, after several months of anticipation, Apple announced its two new iPad models dubbed iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. While the company’s iPad mini 3 is a tiny refresh that brings a new gold color and Touch ID fingerprint technology, the iPad Air 2 is far more interesting and it includes some noteworthy changes that unsurprisingly have many buyers intrigued.

The new iPad Air 2 comes with some impressive set of features including Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint technology embedded in the home button, a design that’s just 6.1mm thin and less than a pound, a display that now includes several improvements including anti-reflective technology, a brand new A8x chip that delivers 64-bit support, and an improved rear camera. It also comes in three storage sizes including 16GB, 64GB and 128GB. The 32GB iPad Air 2 does not exist.

iPad Air 2 colors space gray

After a bit of a wait, the iPad Air 2 is now in stores which means that those who didn’t pre-order can now waltz into an Apple Store to try out Apple’s brand new hardware. As we’ve noted, we highly recommend going hands-on before buying the iPad Air 2. It starts at $499 and with the original iPad Air dropping to $399, it’s worth doing some research.

That research should include looking into the iPad Air 2’s three different storage options which include a $499 16GB, $599 64GB and $699 128GB. The device also comes in LTE form though that model starts much higher.

Why You Shouldn’t Buy the 16GB iPad Air 2

While we can’t make your decision for you, we can tell you that there is one particular iPad Air 2 model that we think you should avoid. The 16GB iPad Air 2 is the cheapest model which means that it, and its $500 price point, probably look pretty attractive. We’re here to tell you that if you can help it, you should go with the 64GB model instead.

You Will Run Out of Space

Last year, I bought the 16GB iPad Air. All year, I’ve been regretting that decision. See, over the past year or so, I’ve slowly filled up my iPad Air with applications and other files like photos, messages, and more. And while the iPad Air itself is great, the storage is a constant headache and a source of immense frustration.

For most of my time with the iPad Air, I’ve had no more than 1GB of available space. Most of the time I’m teetering on the edge of 16GB which means that every time a new game comes out, every time I decide to snap some video or photos, every time I want to install a new app to help with my work flow, I need to delete something. If you haven’t had to go through this, you should be thankful.

iPad Air 2 colors gold

I regret not paying the extra $100 for the 32GB model and it’s a mistake I will never make again. When Apple put the iPhone 6 up for sale, I bought the 64GB model. And if and when I buy a new iPad, it’s going to be a 64GB model, a 128GB model, or nothing. 16GB just isn’t enough for a tablet these days, not with app sizes pushing 1GB or more.

I’m not saying that you might run out of space if you buy the 16GB iPad Air 2, I’m saying that you will run out of space if you buy an iPad Air 2. It’s inevitable. It may not happen over night, it may not happen a month from now, but I guarantee within six months to a year, you’re going to be looking at that 64GB iPad Air 2 wishing you bought it.

64GB iPad Air 2

Speaking of the 64GB iPad Air 2. Apple’s killed off the 32GB iPad Air in favor of a 16GB, 64GB and 128GB lineup. I wish they would have kept the 32GB model as the base size but beggars can’t be choosers. As I’ve discovered on my iPhone 6, 64GB is going to be more than enough space for most people. I’ve filled up about half of my iPhone 6 thus far. However, that extra space will give you incredible peace of mind.

You don’t have to constantly worry about exceeding your storage. You can download at will. And that’s extremely nice on a device that’s meant to be used as a content consumer.

iPad Air 2 vs iPad mini 3

If money is an issue and for many of you it will be, I suggest taking a long hard look at the original iPad Air. The original iPad Air is still a very solid tablet, I know because I own one, and Apple’s charging just $449 for the 32GB model. 32GB isn’t as good as 64GB but it’s still a whole lot better than 16GB. Believe me, I wish I had double the space.

Even if you don’t plan to use a ton of applications, shoot a ton of photos, or download a bunch of music, I guarantee that that 16GB of internal storage on the iPad Air 2 is going to fill up a whole lot faster than you think.

So, if you have a little extra money to spend right now or even if you have to wait a few months to scrape up a few extra dollars, I think you’re going to be better off skipping 16GB model and going for the 32GB iPad Air or the 64GB iPad Air 2. For most people 128GB is going to be way too much.

The iPad isn’t a device that you upgrade every year. And for most of you, it’s a device that will stick around for two years or more. So, it’s not a device that you should just throw money at. Do your homework and you’re going to come out of this iPad Air 2 release date in a lot better shape than those that didn’t do any research at all.