How much storage do you want to have on your phone?

How much storage do you want to have on your phone?
How much storage do you need on your phone?

With higher quality, 4K video and higher Internet speeds, we can download much more on our phones and it seems that we are storing more and more on our devices. So is there a limit?

The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 9 already sets a new standard: its base model will come with 128GB of on-board storage and there will be another model with 512GB of built-in storage. That's more than what we have on our laptops!


And most recently, big companies like Apple have started offering more built-in storage in their iPhones. From the shockingly low 16GB that the company offered in basic phones, it has doubled the storage to 32GB and then to 64GB, so now we have the iPhone X and iPhone 8 series with a 64GB base version and a 256GB model.

And then others like OnePlus for years have now shipped phones with at least 64GB of storage and up to 128GB.

With all this in mind, let's see what you think: how much storage do you want and need on your phone? Vote below and feel free to explain why you need what you need in the comments section.

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%

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102 Comments

1. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

What I need: At least 64GB + microSD slot What I want: OVER 9000 TB!!!

3. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

SD Card in 2018?? Really?

5. tokuzumi

Posts: 1962; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I store photos, media, and downloads on SD cards. When I get a new phone, I just pop in the SD card, and my files are right there. No transferring of data via cables, dongles, software wizards.

12. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Its even better with the cloud. No need to even deal with an SD card.

16. mahima

Posts: 744; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

But with cloud...

19. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

...your files and pictures are stored on the internet for an eternity.

80. sirohunter

Posts: 215; Member since: Sep 23, 2017

Or you can just backup to your computer if you don't wanna deal with clouds :) easy! SD cards are slowwwwww

27. andrewc31394

Posts: 304; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

with the cloud you dont have to worry about corrupted SD cards which happens regardless of how good of a card you get

47. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

I purchased a Sandisk 200GB card when they first came out. Several years later I am still using the same one. Downside to the cloud? The owner is found to be doing illegal stuff, and the service is shutdown. What happens if you travel and have limited or zero access? Like a reporter in the Middle East in a desert recording huge movies and photos. What access is he gonna have in the desert? What happens on a plane where you might have zero internet access? You don't have to worry about sdcards getting corrupted. You can actually get them completely wet and dry them and plug them in and they work. The only thing that can really corrupt one is excessive heat and billions of read/writes.

65. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

You just made a valid point in regards to the downfall of SD cards. You have a limited number of read/writes. #EpicFail

70. domfonusr

Posts: 1094; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

I've been using the same 16GB class-2 microSD card since my grandmother bought it for me in 2011. It still works just fine for my needs, and it is the last gift she bought for me before she passed, so it is kind of special to me. Some day it will corrupt or fail in some other way, it is inevitable, but that is why all of my files are backed up on my computer and in Google Drive. If any one of my methods fails, the other two are available to replace and restore the bad copy at any time. 32GB class-10 microSD cards are now cheap, anyway, so replacement, when it becomes absolutely necessary, will be no problem.

38. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Exactly, its the cloud #Amazing

91. matistight

Posts: 1031; Member since: May 13, 2009

TO THE CLOUD!

29. JCASS889

Posts: 630; Member since: May 18, 2018

But what if you are offline?

43. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

False. The cloud is only a benefit for smaller files. What about photographers who have full length wedding recordings that could be 20GB in size? You wanna waste a data plan on uploading or downloading one file? and even on unlimited considering most upload speeds in the US hover around 5mbps, it would literally take hours to upload. Is that smart computing? People who trash talk sdcards, simply because they don't have a use for them; never consider the conditions where their usage is of a better benefit. Typicla fan mentality. if I don't need something, then no body does. having alternative solutions, doesn't mean they are the best solution. Its like wireless headphones vs wired ones. Its an alternative solution, not the best one.

50. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Here a question? Why on earth are you transferring full length wedding videos to your phone. Have you never heard of streaming? You try and put a 20GB file on an SD card and play it on a Samsung, it'll crash and probably won't ever turn back on... Also, its 2018 where data plans are pretty much unlimited (in the UK, not sure about what stupid things the USA is doing these days with data plans...) I use SD card to transfer videos to and from my DSLR camera and my laptop, but transferring them to a phone is pure lunacy! I don't deny having alternatives is the best option, but my role as a troll is to rile people up, which I would say have been a thriving success on this comment section. Good day sir.

62. zackh121556

Posts: 133; Member since: Feb 01, 2012

Keep in mind.....using the cloud limits file size/quality

64. zackh121556

Posts: 133; Member since: Feb 01, 2012

Kepe in mind, using the Cloud limits Size/Quality

67. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

What service are you using? SD cards have limits too FYI

73. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

The Cloud is slower & it can be hacked. What else you got?

74. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

And have your s**t leak like the iCloud leaks for celebrities. You dimb af. You can't just upload whatever you want on a cloud. And I went camping recently, no service in the wilderness. My 200GB of MP3s on my 256GB MicroSD save the party.

107. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Why you having a temper tantrum. Put your dummy back in and calm down first. Also, you're wrong, you are able to upload anything you want to iCloud from your phone/Macbook/PC etc. Get your information right before looking like a complete and utter fool! iPhone has that much storage on the phone anyway, so download the tracks you want to the phone. DUH! You have to remember you fool, the phone has internal storage too. Your stupidity is almost laughable at this point!

108. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Oh and the story about iCloud hacking, you may want to read up on that properly instead of listening to hear-say comments about it. But then again that is what you fools like doing best....

78. Cicero

Posts: 1149; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Android have it both: SD card and clouds storage. What about Apple?

101. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Apple don't use inferior technology for phones. Only the best for Apple and its users.

81. baldilocks

Posts: 1545; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

I'd rather keep my files MY files. No cloud storage.

106. skalamanga

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 05, 2017

I spend a lot of time in areas without cell or wifi signals, primarily because either the services haven't been installed yet, or that the area is restricted for wireless communications. Cloud reliance is not an option for me. I need physical storage offline before I transfer it to the cloud when I get off site.

110. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

You do know that phones have internal storage too, right?

66. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Exactly If I have a choice I will take SD card over no SD every time.

109. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

In that case I have to say you are a complete and utter fool, like many of the small minority who use Android devices....

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