How much storage do you want on your phone in 2018? Here is the sweet spot

How much storage do you want on your phone in 2018? Here is the sweet spot
How much storage do you want to have on your phone, right now in 2018?

Users' requirements have changed: yes, you can stream music and videos, so you don't need to save everything locally on your phone, but after all, this is your most personal device that you will probably use for around two years or so. And while at first it might seem that you can do with little storage, we have witnessed opinions shift towards higher-storage devices, a trend that culminates this year with the rumored 512GB Samsung Galaxy Note 9. That's more storage than what you get on your average laptop!



Of course with storage more is always better, but there is a cost associated to it, so we are looking for the sweet spot.

And that's what we asked of you when we started this survey last week: what are your wants and needs?

The results are now in, take a look:

2018 Phone Storage Poll

How much storage do you need on your phone?

8GB
0.29%
16GB
0.33%
32GB
3.12%
64GB
22.37%
128GB
36.43%
256GB
17.08%
512GB
7.68%
Even more!
12.71%

And we are in for a surprise: most of our readers, a convincing 36.4%, would most prefer to have 128GB of on-board storage. That's double the amount of storage that most flagships offer today, so phone makers should definitely rethink their storage strategy.

The second most popular option is 64GB with 22.4% of the votes, but then something interesting happens. The third vote goes to a whopping 256GB of on-board storage and fourth is the group of people that would not mind having more than 512GB of storage on their phone. So yes, bring on that terrabyte storage phone!

Looking back at history, you can see clearly how opinions have changed. About a year ago, we asked you the same question and got totally different results:

2017 Phone Storage Poll

How much storage do you realistically need on your phone?

I can do with 8 GB
0.42%
16 GB is doable
2.5%
32 GB is fine for me
18.41%
64 GB is just right
43.55%
128 GB, just in case
24.82%
256 GB is barely enough, amirite?
5.61%
Even more!
4.69%

It's extremely interesting to see how just a year ago, many more people would be happy with just 32GB of storage and how very few would wish for 256 gigs or more.

With 4K video and more of our lives stored on our phones, we are entering new times when hopefully, users will never have to see that "you ran out of storage" notification again.

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19 Comments

1. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

32GB works for me although 64GB is more like it.

14. libra89

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Exactly this for me.

2. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

512GB is enough for me now, I'll take 2TB from next year.

10. Avieshek unregistered

With the rise of iPhone prices with reliability also present, my present choices would be to look furher into the future as well.

3. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

64 for my X and 128 for my 7+

4. ijuanp03

Posts: 655; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

64gb is enough for phones with expandable storage. Otherwise, 128gb FTW.

6. cocoy

Posts: 464; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

The storage requirement increased due to 2k or 4k video capability of phone devices these days plus the increased storage requirement for games. Had it not been because of that 32 gb internal storage is more than enough.

9. Avieshek unregistered

4K with 60fps and further 120fps with both Dolby Vision (or 12-bit Rec.2100) HDR & Dolby Atmos Audio, this is nothing. Companies are also looking ahead to support 8K since the requirement is 36MP being possible. Apps would also be getting larger with newer standards of everything, like 12-bit Rec.2100 colour standards or Audio, or Useless AI-VR etc. If Apple brings things like ProMotion display, 120Hz is another thing. Things just can't be calculated linearly, unexpected things come in between.

7. NinoH

Posts: 133; Member since: Feb 09, 2018

64GB on my iphone X is more then enough, but i shot my Videos in 1080p 60fps so maybe if i start to shot in 4K that would be different but for now this is more then enough.

11. AronWunarso

Posts: 244; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Well, for me minimum is 16 GB, 32 GB is enough, 64 GB is perfect. But, 128 & 256 are bit too much for me.

12. Arthurhkt

Posts: 727; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Minimally, Yottabyte

13. gd761

Posts: 215; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

I'll Gladly Purchase the 512GB version. When there will eventually be a 1TB version, I Will Purchase that one as an Upgrade.

15. BullaBoss

Posts: 141; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

64gb is great. I stil only used 16GB so far. Lots of headroom.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31598; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

At least 64gb internal, if it also has sd. If no sd, give me 128gb. In case of the Note 9, I’ll gladly take 128, with a 512 sd card (I already have a 256 Samsung Pro).

20. fyah_king unregistered

I have 256GB of storage in my phone and I'm only using 19GB.lol Most of my pictures are in Google photos.

21. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I am good with 64 +SD I still have almost 40 GB left on my note 8 and still have not put a SD care in it.

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 31598; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Did you get one as a free gift from Samsung?

22. p51d007

Posts: 705; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

I've got 64 on my phone, and BARELY use 1/2 of that. Most everything I do is on flicr, Facebook, spotify that I use. I don't "download/store" anything any more.

25. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I love how 256GB went from 159 votes to 465 votes in just 1 year

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