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    this ipad will be for a 5 year old who will use educational apps, youtube, stream movies from netflix, etc. do I need 16 or 32 gb?
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    I would say go with the 32GB if you can afford it. This way your child can grow into it. If not the 16GB will work depending on how large the educational apps are. Netflix and YouTube will take up virtually no room at all if your child is streaming directly from them. If they are downloading for viewing later it will take up considerably more. So just a couple things to consider when making your decision. Pictures, videos & music will always take up the most room.
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    You probably should go with the 16GB unless you're planning on downloading a lot of apps. If you want the iPad to last for a few years, I'd recommend getting the 32GB version.
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    16 GB should be more than enough for a 5 year old, in my opinion.
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    We have a 32GB and have a few larger games on it (LEGO, for example). We do stream YouTube and Netflix.

    Went on vacation and we could load a few movies from iTunes, but not enough to last the whole vacation for the road trips. Times like that I wished we had larger ones but otherwise the 32gb is sufficient.
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    I find that even a child can blow through 16 GB pretty quickly. I would aim for 32 GB or more, but get what you can afford.
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    Here is another way to think about it: Do you want to put your money into a hard drive or a data plan? If you are going to be downloading a lot of really big apps, even 32GB is not big enough over the long term. There is something to be said about being very selective. A few great educational apps are better than a bunch of lousy ones.

    You are going to be doing a lot on the web and streaming. How much traveling will you be doing? If the iPad will mainly be used at home, go with the hard drive. If it will be an important part of mobile adventures, go with the data plan.
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    Just saw this but if you have not purchased an iPad as of yet then I'd strongly suggest at least 32 gb, even for a child. iOS takes up roughly 9 gb of storage on the device so you're looking at only 7 or so gb to play around with.

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    32gb would be the sweet spot, although 16gb should be plenty enough.
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    32GB should be the min for any user tbh.

    My 2yo has my old 32GB iPad Air and it's full of games and CBEEBIES shows on iPlayer app. Great for long trips in the car

    Just got our 6yo a iPad Mini which was 32GB too.
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    32gb the kids APps ar so big full of Videos, animations
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    I think 16 is great enough for a kid. Just to start. They are not going to take a lot of photos and videos and use social medias app that store data and stuff. I'm my opinion the 16GB is great but if you can afford an iPad with more storage go for the 32. More is better and you don't have to worry
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    16 GB would be fine with moderation. 32 will allow more flexibility. Like others have said, sometimes you may not want to rely on data plans. So storing locally may come in handy. For instance, I took my wife and kids on a road trip a while back. When my daughter got restless we let her watch a movie on the iPad that I downloaded to the device prior to the trip. Having that extra space allowed that. Things like that would be tough with 16 GB once you have the other apps and things on there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goober84 View Post
    Just saw this but if you have not purchased an iPad as of yet then I'd strongly suggest at least 32 gb, even for a child. iOS takes up roughly 9 gb of storage on the device so you're looking at only 7 or so gb to play around with.

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    On the 16GB version, iOS takes around 5GB. So ~11GB left, which is plenty for a 5 year old.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwitchyPuppy View Post
    On the 16GB version, iOS takes around 5GB. So ~11GB left, which is plenty for a 5 year old.
    It depends. 16 GB works just fine until you try to put movies on it. Once that happens more storage goes a long way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan Romcy View Post
    More is better and you don't have to worry
    It depends how you see it
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    It depends. 16 GB works just fine until you try to put movies on it. Once that happens more storage goes a long way.
    Yep! However, it changes nothing to the initial storage capacity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iMore Question View Post
    this ipad will be for a 5 year old who will use educational apps, youtube, stream movies from netflix, etc. do I need 16 or 32 gb?
    Probable none. I never needed one and I was fine. For a boy some building blocks, toy soldiers, maybe a chalk board.

    For a girl. Dolls, play dish set, colouring book.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Honey Beagle View Post
    Probable none. I never needed one and I was fine. For a boy some building blocks, toy soldiers, maybe a chalk board.

    For a girl. Dolls, play dish set, colouring book.
    That's like saying "Nobody needs a car. My great, great grandfather got along just fine riding a horse."

    My son had an iPad when he was five years old. We limited his time and filled it with educational apps. Schools do the same thing today because they realize that there's educational value in iPads as long as they're loaded with the right content.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Phillips View Post
    That's like saying "Nobody needs a car. My great, great grandfather got along just fine riding a horse."

    My son had an iPad when he was five years old. We limited his time and filled it with educational apps. Schools do the same thing today because they realize that there's educational value in iPads as long as they're loaded with the right content.
    True. Horses would be better than cars. I agree with you. Chalk boards worked great in school.
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    This is all said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan Romcy View Post
    This is all said.
    Actually wrote never said anything.

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