What iPad should I buy?
Mar 5, 2013 by Tracy
Apple recently released a 128GB version of their iPad Retina model doubling the storage capacity from their previous 64GB model. In their press release, Apple says:
Companies regularly utilizing large amounts of data such as 3D CAD files, X-rays, film edits, music tracks, project blueprints, training videos and service manuals all benefit from having a greater choice of storage options for iPad.
The obvious money words are: “Project Blueprints and 3D CAD files”. 128GB is far too much storage for the average iPad user; Apple most definitely made it for the AEC market. With iPads taking off in construction (I know you’ve all read those ENR articles) and Apple featuring PlanGrid, one of the only construction apps in their business section, Apple’s finally noticing you, yes you, and taking special interest in the construction industry.
But 128GB is a lot of storage and not everyone needs a $1000 iPad.
Here is our mobile device recommendation for usage with PlanGrid:
|Storage||PlanGrid Plan||Project and Durations|
|16GB||Hammer, Nailgun||Small residential, quick TIs and renovations.|
|32GB||Nailgun, Dozer||Small - Medium sized projects with duration of 2 years or less.|
|64GB||Dozer, Infinite Plan||Medium - Large projects (+10M)
User managing lots of projects.
Any project over 2 years.
|128GB||Infinite Plan||Hospital Projects and other large projects (you know who you are).
Any project over 3 years.
The iPad mini is really sufficient as a blueprint rendering device. It has all the features of an iPad 3 and tucks perfectly away in a vest pocket.
Cellular and Data: It’s always a good idea to have the power of cellular and data in the palm of your hands. At PlanGrid we share a family plan so we can be connected to our users even when we’re eating meals.