How much storage do you need on your phone?
posted by Victor H. / Nov 22, 2016, 4:12 AM
Innovation is marching at a steady pace and you cannot complain about the tech industry being slow in adopting new features, but there are certain moments when it feels that a certain feature should have come earlier.
One such 'finally' moment was the storage upgrade on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 6s series that Apple brought this fall, doubling the storage for all models. Finally, the base iPhone model starts at 32GB model of storage, but also we now have a 128GB and 256GB versions that offer both fast and plentiful storage.
Is there a limit to how much storage you need on your phone?The rather new category of "$400 flagships" has trumped that: devices like the OnePlus 3T and ZTE Axon 7 have a base model that ships with 64GB of storage.
With all this great new 'finally' moments in storage, we started wondering: how much storage does one actually need? These days, most phones shoot 4K video that takes a ton of space, and if you sync your whole music library to your phone, and even the average user could end up requiring a lot of storage on their phone. How much? Let us know your storage preferences and the ways in which you use that storage right below.
How much storage do you need on a phone?
16GB or less (if this helps get price super low)
512GB or more (currently, no such phones are available)
Happy with 64gb. I honestly think that if I had more storage - I'd be extremely disorganized - this forces me to offload all the photos and videos periodically, and clean up the storage - and I like that. FYI: I use PhotoSync App to offload and load movies, videos, and images to and from my devices. Best $3 I ever spent.
posted on Nov 22, 2016, 4:21 AM 0
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As far as the storage is concerned, More is always better...... Because 4K videos are becoming the standard resolution these days.
posted on Nov 22, 2016, 4:28 AM 6
You're right I didn't think about shooting 4K video - partly because I do think about space. I do shoot a lot of slo-mo 240fps videos. For that, yes I would prefer more space. But the poll asked: "How much storage do you NEED...?" - Not Storage I WANT!
posted on Nov 22, 2016, 12:05 PM 0
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Interesting thought on the messiness. I had similar experience with 64GB, but recently I have transferred my Spotify library offline and with a few 4K videos on my device, I now have 2GB of storage only. And that's with all my pictures synced to Google Photos, so from recently I've joined the 128GB camp.
posted on Nov 22, 2016, 5:44 AM 7
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I've got 128GB on my Nexus 6P, right now, I have 55GB used up on the device. While I can currently get by with 64GB, I find it quite liberating to not have to worry about storage as I've gotten in the habit of downloading all sorts of digital media, from my library of Google Play music purchases, various movies, and audio books. I could possibly get away with only having the files I'm most likely to listen to or view to save a significant amount of space, but it's nice to have it all stored locally in the event that I want to access it on a whim and not worry about data usage while not on wifi.
posted on Nov 22, 2016, 7:19 AM 3
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Ppl voted for 512GB - GIGIA childish childs Ppl voted for 256GB - MEGA childish boys Ppl voted for 64GB - childish boys Ppl voted for 32GB - reasonable ppl Ppl voted for 16GB - normal pppl (I have 16GB)
posted on Nov 22, 2016, 8:27 AM 1
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I've never owned a phone since 2010 with less than 32 gb. Most manufacturers don't even make phones that small. My current phone has 64 gb and that feels tight. What year are you living in? Or do you only use your smartphone for making phone calls and texts?
posted on Nov 22, 2016, 2:49 PM 1
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64GB... That's what I have and it's half empty. The only thing that keeps growing are music files and pictures and movies that come in and go from time to time. I don't click videos much, even if I do, I sort and delete most of them and keep those which are necessary.
posted on Nov 22, 2016, 4:45 AM 0
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If the phone does not have expandable storage 64gb is the sweet spot for me. Just enough not to fill up over a couple months and enough to transfer over to something else if it does get filled. With expandable storage, 32gb is just fine. I like that LG's V series has both.
posted on Nov 22, 2016, 5:13 AM 3
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I like to keep 1080p movies about 3-4 gb each(never bothered converting), games are getting big some are 1-2 gb, emulators and the roms take up 1-2 gb, 4k video is gonna take up a ton, some music but mostly stream. Luckily not much of a photo taker. So in all estimation, I would like 64 + sd slot! lol. Crap really adds up!
posted on Nov 22, 2016, 5:26 AM 1
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