April 02, 2010

Reasons to go large

Now that Apple's opened up the App Store so we can go look at the iPad apps, I find I'm very, very glad I sprung for the biggest of the pads. I was thinking that 64G was way too much, but I could toss all my music on it and maybe a few movies for when I want to watch something. I mean, I've got an 8G iPhone, and while it's a bit cramped that mostly means I have to not put music I don't much care about on it. Yeah, I'm gonna put a bunch of ebooks on it, but even that won't take all that much space.

The iPad apps, it turns out, are bloody enourmous. The biggest of the lot so far is The Elements: A Visual Exploration at 1.74G (Gig! Eeesh!) but the rest of these apps are coming in at 50-70M a pop. Well, okay, Bloomberg for iPad is only 2.7M because we're just that good, but still...

Folks who bought the 3G iPad are going to find they are not going to be downloading new apps over the air. And I don't want to think about what the load on the local Starbucks WiFi networks will look like. It'll only take a couple of people going "Oh cool!" to swamp the net for an hour or more. It's a darned good thing the iGadgets seem to handle partial downloads with retry pretty well.

Posted by Dan at April 2, 2010 10:54 PM | TrackBack (0)