Experiment over: 64 GB of storage is OK, but doesn't provide enough headroom

Experiment over: 64 GB of storage is OK, but doesn't provide enough headroom
Smartphone storage is sometimes a touchy subject. With our handsets being capable of shooting 4K (some can even do 60 FPS!) resolution clips, the days when 16 GB was "enough" are long gone. Couple that with the fact that people do like to carry around actual movies or even their personal music library on their phones, and those precious gigabytes might melt away rather quickly.

It's a hot topic to discuss how much is "enough", but thankfully, even Apple has budged in the past couple of years and steadily improved the storage capacities of its bottom tier devices. The cheapest 2018 iPhone — the iPhone XR — starts off with 64 GB of storage and upgrading that to 128 GB is only $50 more.

Android manufacturers, as always, go super-generous with their options, with Samsung even going as far as adding a 512 GB storage option Note 9, which supports expansion via an additional 512 GB microSD card. Now, that's a ton of storage!

We decided to ask you — how much of your phone's storage are you using right now, in an attempt to see if 64 GB is "enough" and find some sort of golden middle we all agree upon.

Most voters claimed to have less than 64 GB of data on their smartphones right now, which tells us that it's certainly a storage amount one can "live with". However, about 30% say they are between the 64 GB and 128 GB thresholds. And that makes sense — we'd say that's a pretty good golden middle to strive for when picking your next smartphone. Just to make sure it'll hold your clips, apps, and media, for the years it's going to be with you before you inevitably upgrade.

How much storage are you using right now?

Less than 64 GB
48.91%
Between 64 GB and 128 GB
34.25%
Between 128 GB and 256 GB
12.49%
More than 256 GB
4.34%

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14 Comments

1. el33t626

Posts: 27; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

For me, 64gb on my 8 plus is only not enough if i'm not backing up my photos and videos to the cloud.

2. logicsdude

Posts: 77; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

This is such a misleading title: 1. A poll is not an experiment 2. You can't draw the conclusion that there's not enough headroom just based on a poll, especially when half of people who responded said they were using less than that

3. phoneclash

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 18, 2018

I’m using the moto z2 force with 64gb internal and a 64gb memory card. I’m good, that’s enough for me.

4. OneLove123

Posts: 657; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

If you have an iPhone with 64GB. It's not ok at all, because they don't have micro sd card like most android phones. That's why I love my Note 9 with over 800GB of total storage.

9. rouyal

Posts: 1550; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Doing great here. Only 18gb used out of 64gb.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 30681; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

768 on my Note 9, and 256 on my Max. I'm set.

6. Seanetta

Posts: 28; Member since: Oct 23, 2018

Everyone is different, I barely fill 3 to 4 gig of my 64 gig with apps. Never do gaming cos it doesn't interest me. Not everyone needs 64 gig storage but I agree 32 isn't alot these days when half is taken up by the OS

7. MrMalignance

Posts: 49; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Apps and games are constantly increasing in size, slowly bloating the more we use them. Storage seems to be more about future proofing the phone, especially with the data potential 5g can offer. Some people don't need more than a few gb of free space and some fill up to the top. I would like to see more options for all carriers and models. 64gb does seem to be bare minimum for phones, currently, but that will quickly be chewed through.

8. Venom

Posts: 2838; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

And this is why I said the Nokia 6.1 was a no sell for me. 32GB isn't enough storage. 64GB is still very much passable and should be the standard.

10. Vogue1985

Posts: 318; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Use my note 8 and other devices extensively for work and everything else. 64gb is what I have and it's a hustle consistently have to use Google drive to backup items and then delete and review what on my know. Will definitely be getting a SD (lol many don't even know what that it lol ehehe). But next phone a good 512gb

11. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

I have 768GB of storage with my 512GB internal + 256GB micros card. But I've already used up 60% But I just need to offload some 4K videos from summer and holidays. But for what flagships cost and that is all of them, they all should be doing what Samsung is and that is offering 128GB of base storage. Especially on any phone that coats $1000 or more anywhere in the world. This is a trend everyone needs to follow.

13. JC557

Posts: 1914; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Google should definitely do this with their Pixel phones instead of ttying to force us onto the cloud (which becomes limited after a year or two unless you pay a premium). Even Apple has decent storage size options for the price per gig compared to the Pixel (in my case the Pixel 2 XL)

12. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1130; Member since: May 01, 2017

People who continue to run out of storage are a bunch of idiots. My Pixel 3 only has 64gb but yet I know how to use technology and have a lot of stuff backed up on a 2TB external drive...

14. syntaxlord

Posts: 239; Member since: Oct 01, 2018

"the days when 16 GB was 'enough' are long gone" *LG K8* *Moto E5 Play* *Samsung Galaxy J3 & J7*

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