iPhone 4: 16GB vs 32GB?

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  1. macrumors 6502

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    I currently own a 16GB 3GS and have the following memory breakdown:

    1.25 GB Audio
    600 MB Video
    400 MB Photos
    6.25 GB Apps
    8 GB Free

    I was originally thinking that I'd just get a 16 GB iPhone 4 but then I got to wondering whether, with the higher resolution display, the video & apps would be significantly larger size files. For instance, will TomTom be 2.5GB instead of 1.25GB? And HD videos?

    Any thoughts on this?
     
  2. macrumors 65816

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    If you can afford, always go for the best available. I am also in your situation, but will be getting the 16GB version since I do not need the extra space. Would be nice to have, but not a necessity.
     
  3. macrumors member

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    I would go with the 32GB model. You can always deal with having too much memory but not too little. With HD video coming and a better camera I assume the file sizes will increase. To be on the safe side get the 32GB. The reason why I always get the one with more momory is because of the increased resale value. People are always more willing to pay more for a iPhone that has more memory. When you decide to sell it, it will be a lot easier and you will get a lot more money for it. That's my take.
     
  4. macrumors 6502

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    I got the highest capacity model for the past three generations. But that changed when I got the iPad 16gb. I think ill do the same for the iphone 4. I'm realizing I'm always streaming music and movies so I really don't use local storage space.
     
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    uiop.

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    Get the 32GB. You won't ever sit back and regret it.
     
  6. macrumors newbie

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    My take

    I think it depends on what you really plan on using it for. What I mean is that if you use it a for business then you might want the 32GB. I'm getting 32GB because I can keep documents and promo videos on the device to show clients and don't have to worry about internet/network problems to access the documents that I use alot. I also have a fair amount of apps.

    The 32GB also alleviates the concern that so many Apple consumers have, that their device will be obsolete in 6 months. The 32GB gives you growing room. So if you can afford it, I say go for the 32GB, if not then I think 16GB will be fine for you.
     
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    DiamondMac

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    Pretty much

    I use a lot of it on audio/video and other things

    If you are unsure, go big.....I doubt anyone will regret going too big
     
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    Chupa Chupa

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    W/ 8GB free on your current phone you should be fine w/ the 16GB model. 8GB of video will yield about 1:30 of video. Do you plan on making a video for that length of time? Photos will be a 500KB or so larger. GPS apps on the iPad are not significantly larger than their iPhone counterparts so that should be a good indication that size won't be a factor if they uprez future updates.

    Can't lose either way. If you continue your same usage pattern then you'll be fine.
     
  9. macrumors member

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    That's a good point. I was just going to pre order the 16GB but now that you point out that the files will be bigger, I'll get the 32GB.
     
  10. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for this helpful response. I hadn't thought of looking at the sizes of iPad apps, photos, etc as a way to project how much space might be occupied by higher-res apps, photos and video. Anyone else with comparisons from an iPad that might be helpful? I'm on the fence between the 16GB & 32GB because of (1) the potential differences in size of apps/videos/photos due to higher resolution [even without any change in the way that I use it] and (2) I probably will be shooting more photos and video now that I can do so in lower light situations in which I don't even bother now
     
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    lorenwade

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    Best advice on here.
     
  12. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm getting one for both my wife and I (and she's not eligible for the upgrade so hers will be 399/499), so the $200 is non-trivial in my book.
     
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    Mystikal

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    Its THIS simple:

    Do you have an extra $100 to spend? Yes? Then do it.
     
  14. macrumors 6502

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    It's a lot easier to be in a situation where you have more than enough storage than not enough storage.
     
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    lorenwade

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    Exactly... and if you don't have the extra money... then don't. It's a personal decision.
     
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    uberamd

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    Get the 16GB one and stream your movies with an app like Air Video. Problem solved, $100 saved. I have 500MB of space used on my 16GB 3GS because I can stream everything I want to watch easily.
     
  17. macrumors regular

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    I always bought the highest capacity iPhones (2G,3G,3GS) etc. I never ever used more than 10GB.

    My wife has 1st gen 8GB and when I checked recently, she still has 4GB+ available.

    I am going to get 16GB for her and may be 32GB for me.:p
     
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