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How Big???

How Big???
by Gary Woods

A lot of my friends are getting iPads these days and the question that always comes up is how much RAM should I get? For the iPad 2s I've always recommended the 16GB model but now with the New iPad because of the increased screen resolution I'm going with the 32GB version. Unlike a computer where you tend to accumulate a lot of stuff and need a lot of room, the iPad tends to have stuff put on and taken off so a huge storage capacity isn't all that important.

But, and you knew that word was coming, there are times when you'd like to have a lot of storage space available for High Def Movies, your massive Music Catalogue and those thousands of pictures you've archived. If you're one of those folks with those kinds of storage needs check out the sleek Seagate GoFlex

The GoFlex Satellite is a wireless hard drive built with the multimedia-overloaded in mind. Its 500 GB capacity will store tons of movies and music without ever impending on the limited space of the iPad. Plus, the unit has a 5 up-to-five-hour battery capacity but comes with a car charger to keep you cruising.

The GoFlex works as a WiFi network, not Bluetooth, so any iOS or Android phone or tablet can potentially hook up to it. And, since the unit is wireless up to 3 users can stream different content simultaneously.

The downside is that when using the GoFlex Satellite, you can't be connected to any other networks so unless you have cellular data built-in that means no internet while you're using the device. The other kind cumbersome feature is that to view movies you don't use the iPads Movie App; you view them through the Safari Browser using Quicktime. The quality is still great but it's a little weird.

If you're feeling a little claustrophobic with your iPad check out the Seagate GoFlex Satellite, for $200 it a good workable solution.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc