iPad Air (2019)

Best answer: The 256GB iPad Air is a great value for the price; however, 64GB could be enough depending on how you use your iPad.

Why is the 256GB is a great value

If you look at the difference between the two storage sizes of the new iPad Air, it's easy to see the $150 difference, which is a sizeable chunk more out of your wallet if you opt for the higher storage capacity; however, if you break it down to price per GB, you start to get a better picture of why the 256GB version is a smart choice. We did the quickly did the math to see how it breaks down.

  • The 64GB iPad Air = $499, thus 499/64 = $7.97 per GB.
  • The 256GB iPad Air = $649, thus 649/256 = $2.53 per GB

When you look at the price per GB it's easy to see you're getting a much better value per GB when you pot for the larger storage size. Of course, that's for the Wi-Fi only versions, the Wi-Fi + cellular breaks down like something like this:

  • 64GB = $629, thus 629/64 = $9.82 per GB
  • 256GB =$779 thus 729/256 = $3.04 per GB

You can see the savings per GB are even a little more in the Wi-Fi + cellular version of the new iPad Air since the difference is over $6 per GB.

Plan for the future

A big consideration when deciding how much storage you need is planning for the future because you won't be able to upgrade the storage on your new iPad Air, ever; what you buy is what you're stuck with. So while it's important to look at how you want to use your iPad Air today, remember that your needs could change in the future and over the lifetime of your iPad Air, once again, the 256GB version offers you way more room to grow and be more flexible going forward.

What takes up the most storage?

iPad Pro with Photos app open

It's paramount to know not only how you're going to use your iPad Air, but also, how much storage everything takes. Videos and photos take a lot of storage, especially if you take a lot of them.

Even though the new iPad Air only has an 8MP cameras, and can only record in 1080P for video, these files still have lots of data and will fill up your iPad Air quicker than you might think. PLus, not to mention that special photos like panoramas or Live Photos take even more space.

Another big consideration is the media you watch. If you like to download movies from iTunes or even episodes of your favorite shows from Netflix, those files are huge and will eat up your storage very fast.

Also, don't forget apps, the more apps you have the more storage you'll use. Some iOS games — especially ones that receive constant updates — can take up GBs of space over time, and if you play a lot of games that will add up to a sizeable chunk of your internal storage.

Bottom line: If you take a lot of photos and video, like to download movies, music, and other media, or are a bit of an app-o-holic, the 256GB iPad Air is going to suit you better.

Cloud storage and streaming

Onboard storage isn't the only option for your iPad Air as Apple offers iCloud Storage for a cost. Everyone with an iCloud account gets 5GB of cloud storage for free, but you can pay for additional storage if you want.

  • $0.99/month: 50GB of storage
  • $2.99/month: 200GB of storage
  • $9.99/month: 2TB of storage

Obviously, this is an ongoing monthly cost; however, to put this into perspective, if you got the 64GB and decided to get the 50GB cloud storage for a $1 per month, it would be 12.5 years before you closed the $150 gap in price between the 64GB and 256GB iPad Air.

Don't forget that streaming is a huge part of our daily lives now, and with Netflix, Apple Music, and other streaming services, the need to download media onto our devices can be minimal if you want it to be.

Our pick

256GB iPad Air

The most storage space you can get!

If you want to ensure that running low on storage is kept to a minimum and want the power to download as much media, apps, and other files as possible, the 256GB iPad Air is the way to go.

For the data conservatives

64GB iPad Air

The cheaper option for those who don't use a lot of storage

If you don't find yourself taking a lot of photos and video, you use a lot of streaming services rather than downloading media, and you don't fill up your devices with apps and games the 64GB iPad Air is an excellent way to save $150.

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