Apple’s latest tablet version, the iPad 2 has received great reviews for its design, performance, and user-friendly interface. With an app store delivering more than 140,000 applications, users are presented with virtually unlimited options for entertainment and productivity.
With such a large volume of content being consumerd, a common challenge for users is how to get the most out of the iPad 2 storage capacity.
Space savers and fillers
The iPad 2 is available in 16 GB, 32 GB, and 64 GB variants with the 64 GB variant costing nearly $200 or 40% more than the 16 GB model. From a user’s perspective, it is important to understand what causes low space on the iPad.
Photographs – The iPad is capable of managing photograph file size remarkably well. Hundreds of photographs tend to only occupy less than a gigabyte of space. An occasional backup to a computer or a cloud service can free up space on the iPad.
Video – Video files are the largest space fillers on an iPad. An average movie in standard definition takes about 700 MB to 1 GB of space while high-definition movies may occupy 3-6 GB each. One way to increase iPad storage capacity is to keep only one or two movies at a time for viewing or if connected, stream them from the internet.
Audio – After video, audio files take the most storage space. We certainly love our music. If you have an extensive audio library, whether it be music, audiobooks or podcasts, try to sync only audio that you want to listen to through your iTunes library.
EBooks and Documents – These types of files take negligible amounts of space and really is a minor concern in comparison to video and audio files.
Apps – Apps and other software loaded on the device are optimized for the device and do not take up significant amounts of space. Like audio and video, managing your iTunes account is the best way to go. Deselect apps that you are not using. The good thing about this approach is that you won’t lose purchased apps and are still there if you decide to use them at a later date.
External storage hardware
One option for increasing capacity is to had external storage. For example, the Seagate GoFlex Satellite Mobile drive offers 500 GB of storage for around $180. The cool thing about this product is that it can stream media to your iPad wirelessly. In addition, it can stream 3 movies to three different iPads simultaneously.
When considering the price difference between the 16 GB version and the 64 GB model, adding an external drive may be the better option in terms of cost and flexibility.
Of course there is always the option of using cloud storage and Apple offers their own flavor with iCloud. iCloud allows you to store your files and push to multiples devices if need be.
The need for storage space is expected to increase and with the increasing quality of digital media, users will probably need to consider external devices and cloud storage to maximize their iPad 2 capabilities at some point.
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