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FOR MANY of us Pinoys, gadgets are a big investment. That’s why we research diligently and consult our friends and other reliable sources like tech blogs before making a decision. We all want to get the most bang for our buck after all. And when it comes to tablets, there’s arguably nothing more “sulit” than the Apple iPad, especially when it comes to performance and the variety of useful apps.

However, even if you’ve already decided that you want to buy an iPad, it may still not be as easy to choose. Do you go with the 32GB model or go full throttle with 128GB of storage? Is it better to get the smallest one or is the iPad Pro the better choice?

Here’s a quick list of tips from Poundit, the Philippines’ premier online shopping platform for gadgets and electronics, for buying an iPad.

Evaluate Your Usage

The first thing you have to determine is the kind of user you are. If you are going to be using your iPad for browsing social media, basic communications like emailing and messaging through apps, and maybe a little gaming on the side, then you’re better off choosing the iPad Mini. It has a decent enough processor and actually has the best pixel density among the other iPad models considering its size, so you can still watch videos and play games with crystal clarity.

If you’re trying to be a bit more productive on the go, you might want to choose the base model iPad with a 9.7-inch display. The extra real estate is better for typing and editing documents and spreadsheets, without putting too much strain on your eyes and your fingers. If you’re more comfortable working with an external keyboard and mouse, it’s also easier to find such accessories for the base model iPad.

Finally, if you’re a power user and are looking for a more compact laptop alternative (or a secondary screen for your Mac), the iPad Pro is the way to go. If you like to multi-task, the bigger screen and the much better processing power of the iPad Pro are heaven-sent. Simply put, the iPad Pro has the best of everything, including the camera: a 12-megapixel shooter with optical image stabilization and a quad-LED True Tone flash. The iPad Pro’s camera can also shoot 4K video.

Evaluate Your Storage Needs

Are you going to store a lot of photos, videos, and other large files in your iPad? It’s best get the 128GB model. Otherwise, the 32GB or 64GB models will be more than enough, especially since there are a lot of free cloud storage services you can use nowadays. All new users also get free 5GB of storage from iCloud — it’s not very much but every single gig helps, especially if you’re just a moderate user who don’t have much use for HD photos and files, anyway.

Evaluate Your Budget

It’s easier to lock down your budget requirements when you already know what kind of iPad you need based on the two factors mentioned above. The iPad Mini is obviously the cheapest of the lot and the iPad Pro the most expensive. The price also goes up with the internal storage capacity — for example, the 9.7-inch iPad WiFi costs P18,615 for the 32GB model and P24,245 for the 128GB one. If you’re willing to shell out more for the extra gigs of space, then by all means go for it!

One last tip is to always buy from a trusted seller. With Poundit, you’re guaranteed to receive authorized, authentic, and brand new iPads with full manufacturers warranty. This is especially important for brands like Apple, which have stricter rules when it comes to replacements and repairs.

Are you ready to finally buy an iPad? Visit for a wide range of Apple products and other gadgets and accessories. (Mindanao Examiner)


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