16 or 32 iPhone 4 (HD video storage)

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  1. safetyobc macrumors 6502

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    I know no one knows for sure, but how much space is the HD video going to take up?

    I currently have a 16GB iPhone 3GS and will be upgrading to the iPhone 4. My 3GS has 1.7 GB free memory and I have very little music, etc. on it. Mostly apps and a couple movies. I am thinking of dropping the extra $100 for the 32GB. Do you think it is a worthy upgrade for the money?

    Thanks!
     
  2. treyjustice macrumors 65816

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    probably I mean you will be able to sell it for more in the long run too
     
  3. Figbash Acrobat macrumors 6502a

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    Isn't that what everyone says, everytime. "Resale will be higher"
    No offense, dude. Just sayin'... But most people buy what they can afford in this economy, and everyone except apple fanatics buy what they can justify or consider a value. We know what fanboys opt for though, don't we?

    I'm somewhere in between. Hence a 32GB iPad. Just had to have that middle option. I would love the extra space for HD content in iPhone 4, but after the iPad purchase (and an airport extreme) I might just have to get the 16. That and my girlfriend may physically harm me (or worse) if I spend the xtra $$. :D
     
  4. Goaliegeek macrumors 6502a

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    I still have about 1.5GB left on my 8GB 3G lol, so I'm gonna save myself $$ and get a 16GB. You might as well upgrade if your running short on 16GB.

    Well, if the HD video on the iPhone 4 uses AVCHD or h.264 encoding, then it wont use up that much. maybe like ~30mb for a minute video?
     
  5. wrkactjob macrumors 65816

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    If you buy the 32 you will never regret not buying the 16.

    If you buy the 16.....well

    32GB will be right for you.
     
  6. Darwing macrumors 6502

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    if you had any good apps, tom tom is 1.5 GIG alone.. I use up the full 16 GB on my 3gs with music and over 50 games and apps
     
  7. xi mezmerize ix macrumors 6502a

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    This seems kind of obvious to me: If you are going to be storing HD vidz, get the one with more storage.
     
  8. sarcosis macrumors 6502a

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    I think the point of the OP is to figure out how much space an HD video takes up as that would drive what one they get. It's the same struggle i'm going though right now. I know I want the White one. But as for which size, it's up for grabs. The pictures look pretty darn nice and if the 720p video will look comparable, I'll be taking a lot of video. I'm not likely to put a lot of music on the phone so the trade off is there, but the question begs, is 16 GB enough?
     
  9. Hellishness macrumors 65816

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    Actually, I think for resale value, the higher storage version generally doesn't get enough over the lower one for it to be worth it. You could save money now by getting the cheaper one, and get relatively similar money (compared to the 32GB) when you're selling it.
     
  10. dizzy13 macrumors 6502

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    Confirmed in the thread above that it will be about 83 MB / min.
     
  11. ItsThatKush macrumors regular

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    isn't it funny that $100 bucks only gets you 16 more GB? I just paid $100 for an external 1TB HD.

    But ya, I went for the 32GB cuz I'll get all my money back when I sell it next year for iPhone5. Just like i got the 3GS 32GB for $299 and selling for $399. These apple products are fun toys AND great investments. I've had every iPhone and actually MADE money
     
  12. Rookie1986 macrumors 6502

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    I'll be getting the 32Gb to future proof it as I will most likely skip the next iPhone upgrade unless its something like the change from last years 3Gs to this years iPhone 4.
     
  13. dizzy13 macrumors 6502

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    This is flash, not standard storage, but yeah technically pretty expensive for an extra 16GB.

    But like you said you will sell it in a year anyway. I already got mine listed on eBay with bidding to end on Thursday night.
     
  14. Figbash Acrobat macrumors 6502a

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    Same here. I got the 8Gb 3G that was always full, skipped 3Gs, now not hesitating too much to get the 32Gb. Now just to wait and SEE the white ver in person before I buy. I've waited this long, why not?
     
  15. jcharm macrumors newbie

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    FWIW, the video linked on the front page is 9 seconds long and 12.5 mb. It's 1280x720p and it puts you around 83 mb for a minute of video. So approximately 5 gigs for an hour of HD. If you want to shoot video, you should get the 32 gig version, but I think that was obvious from the get-go.
     
  16. dizzy13 macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, I covered this a few post up in this thread.

    Funny thinking back now to all the people that told me I was crazy and that my estimate was "way too high" when I calculated a range of 79 MB / min to 118 MB / min a week ago.
     
  17. huskerchad macrumors regular

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    I have a 16gb touch and the 16gb 3G iPad. I'm fine with both and even with several full-length movies on the iPad, I have not filled up its space. I cannot put all of my music and certainly not all videos on these machines--but then I couldn't have done that with 32gb nor in fact even with 64gb either.

    There are two reasons I went for the 32gb iPhone 4. First, capturing video + iMovie. I think if you run the numbers, you can expect ~2gb per hour of video. We'll have to wait and see what the real world numbers are though.

    Second, I'm much more likely to manage the phone differently than the iPad. I don't have the iPad with me all day, every day. I don't mind re-organizing what's synced to the iPad if I am going on a trip or something. I don't want to have to do that with the phone. I'd like a permanent sync set that includes most of my music, some key videos, and enough free space to shoot a bunch of video when I'm on vacation and not worry about it until I get back.

    If you have the extra $100 and won't miss it much, go for 32gb.
     
  18. dizzy13 macrumors 6502

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    We got the real world numbers. As jcharm has just reiterated, ~83 MB / min or 4.8 GB / hour.
     
  19. iMacDragon macrumors 68000

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    considering the 3Gs records at ~4mbps, it was going to be pretty obvious that 4 would be in 8-12mbps range, considering the size of video frame is more than doubled, and they have to keep a reasonably high bitrate to counteract the poorer encoding of a fast hardware encoder, vs doing it with brute calculation power on a cpu, so I'd say it being at ~10.5mbps is right on expectations for me. and why I ordered a 32gb. despite the extra cost being unjustifiable high additional profit margin.
     
  20. safetyobc thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I went with the 32 GB simply because of the HD video. I plan to use it quite a bit and wanted the extra space.
     
  21. iphone1105 macrumors 68020

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    I went w/ the 16gb. I use Pandora for Music, I usually keep TV shows and apps. I suspect I wont take much HD video, since I have a dedicated HD Cam, so I went w/ 16gb. Saves me $100, and no mattelr how you slice it, $100 is $100 and 16gb should be fine for me. :) I just want me new phone, my 3G was hitting the skids!
     
  22. naths macrumors 6502

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    im going to get 16gb in white (whenever they decide to appear!),currently got a 32gb 3gs,could afford a 32gb iphone 4 but i just wont use it...worked out although it says 32gb capacity you have around 29gb useable space.....iv used 9gb..all my music i lsten to,photos,apps even casino royale!...so if i had this on a 16gb model id still have 7gb left,more than enough for me thank you...cant see myself suddenly filling it up just because its a iphone 4.....if i do record any HD video will only transfer it to imovie on my macbookpro anyway...
     
  23. Figbash Acrobat macrumors 6502a

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    I'm in it for the HD video as well. Will need the space. And keep in mind a big draw of iPhone is it's unlimited potential facilitated by the app store. No one knows what apps will be developed and how large they will be. But I also want the space because it serves as my automobile iPod. Prefer to have one device in my pocket, not two.
     
  24. M87 macrumors 65816

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    My Flip HD camcorder records about an hour of 720p video on 4 GB of storage. I think most people will be fine with one or two GB of free space to record on. I've never recorded much more than an hour over the course of a day on my Flip.
     

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