What GB I5?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by setty7, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2012
    Is the 16gb I5 enough memory for normal use? I am not into games but mainly ESPN apps and a few others. I am going to use Spotify or MOG for music. I just dont want to get a 16gb and a month or two later run out of memory?? Thanks for yalls input.
  2. macrumors 6502a

    SnowLeopard OSX

    Dec 5, 2012
    Huntington Beach, California
    If you stream music, you'd definitely be better off with a 16GB iP5. If you're not gaming or storing a lot of pictures/videos on your iPhone, 16GB should be good enough.
  3. macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2010
    16 GB sounds like enough for you. Unless you take a lot of pictures/videos in addition to what you said you should be fine. A few apps should have no problem fitting in 16 GB.
  4. macrumors regular

    Sep 29, 2012
    The Netherlands
    I've got an iPhone with a capacity of 13.5GB free ( 16 GB ) model and I've got quite a bit music, a few games and no videos.
    If you do not want to have like 100+ apps or a big bunch of videos & your whole music library I do prefer getting the 16GB model as it suits your needs perfectly without paying too much for unused storage on your device.

  5. macrumors 68040


    Jul 7, 2010
    Bay Area
    If you don't plan on storing music or lots of photos and videos on your phone then 16gb sounds right for you.
  6. macrumors regular

    Dec 6, 2012
    Orchard Park, NY
    Sounds like 16gb is fine for you.

    I got the 16gb. I have only used 3.9gb in two months of usage. The most usage I have is from music and that is 587mb. Most of the apps you use aren't that big, unless they are gaming apps. I also take a lot of pictures, but I also just download themn to my PC and then back them up on an external hard drive.

    16gb is plenty for me.
  7. macrumors 65816

    Mar 1, 2011
    A 16gb iPhone is plenty of space for most people, including myself. I decided to get the 32gb version though just to play it safe. I'm planning on keeping the iPhone 5 for at least two years(which I never do) and feel better having the extra space.

    One thing I saw that helped me make the decision. One hour of HD video shot on the iPhone 5 takes up 10gb's of storage.
  8. macrumors G5


    Aug 17, 2007
    Like others have said, if you don't have a lot of video or apps then 16GB should be fine.
  9. thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2012
    thanks for yalls replys guys! If for whatever reason I do end up going over the amount given for the 16gb how much is extra memory?
  10. macrumors 6502a

    SnowLeopard OSX

    Dec 5, 2012
    Huntington Beach, California
    You can't add memory to your iPhone. You'd have to return/sell your iPhone and upgrade to a higher capacity (32GB).
  11. macrumors 68030

    From A Buick 8

    Sep 16, 2010
    Ky Close to CinCinnati
    it is $100, but you have to do it now before you buy the phone :D

    Your really should be ok though, i had the 16gb on my 4 and except for not being able to load all of the videos i wanted i was fine.

    i am going with the 32gb on my 5, but only so i can load videos and all of my music (allthough i might go with itunes match).
  12. thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2012
    Well my girlfriends friend adds memory to hers she says? She does it thru her provider??

    So if I had about 2000 songs max plus about 500 pics and 20 short vides(2:00) max plus let's say 15 apps. Would the 16gb have enough space? If so about how much would I have free?
  13. macrumors 65816


    May 23, 2010

    Never mind, got it.
  14. macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2011
    I'm gonna say no.... 16GB won't be enough.

    You only get like 13GB once the OS and "other" have eaten their share.

    I have:
    Songs: 2002
    Videos: 2 (short)
    Photos: 603*
    Applications: 46

    Capacity: 57.3GB
    Available: 38.3GB

    (so I've used roughly 19GB between me and the OS/other)

    *Mind you, just last week I cleared off ALL pics/vids and started over. The 600 some pics that are on there are no dobut from photostream etc. Camera roll is at 23 and photo library is at 52 total -- so not very many pics.

    I think you'd really be pushing it with a 16GB like I was with my 4s. So frustrating taking a video just for it to quit and say you've run out of space.
  15. thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2012
    You have 46 apps so perhaps this takes up a majority of your memory? I just don't know if I want justify spending an extra 100 bucks when I may not need the extra memory??
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Feed Me

    Jan 7, 2012
    Location Location
    2000 songs? I think you'll be filling most of that 16gb up there. I would personally get 32gb.

    And your girlfriend's friend has misunderstood you, or is mentally deficient, or is pulling your leg.
  17. thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2012
    so 2000 songs is alot of gigs?
  18. macrumors member

    Mar 6, 2011
    I bought the 32, just because id rather pay the extra 100 now, and not unse it, than run out of memory and be screwed. right now im at 287 songs and its at 2.0 gigs used for music. so yes 2000 will take up a bunch of space.....
  19. takeshi74, Dec 19, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2012

    macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    "Normal" doesn't mean anything. Everyone thinks that their usage is "normal". As with any question of usage you need to look at your current usage and allow for room for growth. Keep in mind that storage isn't expandable as pointed out above.

    Depends on the encoding and the size of the apps. Songs aren't all the same length. Videos aren't all the same length or resolution. Apps aren't all the same size.

    FWIW I have 2,630 songs using about 15GB of space.
  20. macrumors 68030

    From A Buick 8

    Sep 16, 2010
    Ky Close to CinCinnati
    Your gf's friend is talking about her data allowence. The storage capicity on the iPhone is fixed, you pick the size you need when you buy the phone.

    Based on what you want to do , sounds like you should get the 32gb phone.

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