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How much storage do you need on your phone?

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.

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)


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