32GB vs. 64GB iPhone 5S: Which Did You Buy and Why?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by zer06ame, Sep 25, 2013.

  1. zer06ame macrumors member

    Aug 28, 2010
    I picked up a 32GB Space Grey 5S from VZW on Friday and am struggling with determining if I should return it for a 64GB model.

    I upgraded from a 16GB 4S which I absolutely hated dealing with. I didn’t keep my music on it because I found resyncing every other day to be annoying and I felt pretty constrained. Since I have unlimited LTE I’m aware I can stream all of my music, but don’t know how well this works in theory.

    To upgrade I’ll essentially be paying $141 total ($100 for model, $35 restocking fee, and 6% sales tax) but am having a hard time rationalizing it without knowing for a fact I’ll use over 32GB (reasonably; I could fill the 64GB if I wanted to but don’t need movies on the go).

    So, which model did you purchase and what was your reasoning?
  2. bidwalj macrumors 65816

    Feb 16, 2007
    i picked up a 32 this time. I had a 64gb iphone 5. the extra space I had was filled with movies I never watched, pics I never looked at. I did a cleaning and was well below 32gb. The resale of the 64 isnt that great either.

    Unless you need the space and can fill it with stuff you will actually use, I don't see why you need to upgrade to the 64.
  3. Ajones330 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 9, 2008
    SEC Country
    Got another 64 because I have a tone of movies and video I record on the phone... :cool:
  4. deraj090 macrumors regular

    Feb 18, 2010
    See, I'm the opposite. I picked up the 16GB having come from the 64GB 4s. I only did this because of availability. I kept very limited music on mine, and stream most of my content -- but I realized quickly that 16GB isn't remotely enough. Working on exchanging it for a 32GB, at Best Buy -- having limited luck.

    I may return, and wait for more inventory, but I feel that may be a hassle too -- especially since I already sold my 4s 64GB ($359), so I'd be going back to like a Samsung Captivate or something along those lines, in the meantime.

    Is there a $35 restocking fee everywhere?
  5. zer06ame thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 28, 2010
    I'm sure other carriers have their own restocking fees (I think AT&T is $36?) but VZW specifically is $35.

    I don't think Best Buy has a restocking fee since they removed them across their departments about two years ago. They receive a monthly kickback from the carrier on your monthly plan for upgrading/activating which is why they're so heavily focused on mobile now (I think 1% of your bill).

    I've found the 64GB easy to find in my area but I also have 3 VZWs within 5 miles of my house and two Apple Stores within 15 miles :)
  6. OVERTASK macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2013
    I got the 64 simply because it was the only one in stock. I am using 6gb on my 16 now so I don't really need the space.
  7. Blueline29 macrumors 68020


    Jun 16, 2009
    Indian Rocks Beach, FL
    64. I take a lot of photos and like to carry a decent-sized music library with me, so 64 is about the minimum I want to have. I was actually hoping for a 128 this time around, but 64 will do in the meantime.
  8. billycuth macrumors 6502a

    Jul 31, 2010
    I finally got a 64GB.

    I was on a 16GB, and I had to compress all of my music and even then it didn't fit. So I had to pick a small selection to keep on hand at all times. And forget having all of my apps on it at the same time.

    I have 2 little boys and 1 was in school last year. I couldn't even record events because I had no room for it., even though I religiously dump pics/vids previously taken.

    Right now I have 20 GB left with my music uncompressed and all of my apps back. That should be plenty of room for me to grow into. The 5s has to last me at least a few years so I wanted to make sure I had space.
  9. Jimmy James macrumors 68040

    Jimmy James

    Oct 26, 2008
    Why? The only reason would be evaluate more storage space was wanted.
  10. billycuth macrumors 6502a

    Jul 31, 2010
    I think more people would own 64GB phones if it weren't for the ridiculous price point.
  11. joeybuckets macrumors regular


    Jan 13, 2008
    had 64gb iphone 5, got the 64gb 5S... i take a ton of pics and love having extra room
  12. rml4uk macrumors member

    Jun 3, 2008
    I got a 64gb Space Gray because our AT&T business rep put a 64gb on hold for me instead of the 32gb I requested. They gave me a $100 credit though because of their "mistake". I'm not complaining :)
  13. Kariya macrumors 68000


    Nov 3, 2010
    32GB. Came from a 16GB 5 and got fed up having to manage my syncing and dumping heavy games and movies. To me 64GB isn't worth it unless you get a good deal for it. Its resale value is also terrible. 32GB is the sweet spot IMHO.
  14. juliainor macrumors member

    Sep 12, 2009
    I had a 32 GB 5 and got a 64 GB 5s. Honestly, I was planning to get the 32 GB but they didn't have any in stock and I decided to go ahead and get the 64 GB instead of waiting. I know, I know.

    But I'm actually really glad I did. My phone was never *quite* full before, but I couldn't put all the music on that I wanted. Now I added a good amount of my older music and I'm enjoying having so much more musical variety with me all the time.

    Since they gave me $325 for the 32 GB iPhone 5 I was trading in, it made bumping up to the 64 GB all the more tempting.
  15. Namji macrumors 6502a


    Aug 13, 2010
    I don't have a 5S yet but when I do I will get a 64gb.. I went to all the local VZW and they only had a 32 gb space grey when I asked for a 64 gb space grey.. I have 1,000 + music and I love to take pictures and keep them on me everywhere I go... my current iPhone 4 with 32 gb has 6 gb left of storage.. so I plan to get the 64 gb..
  16. phillyphill macrumors 6502


    Apr 23, 2010
    I had the 16g vzw iPhone 5 traded that in today and got the 5s 32gb. A great deal since they give you $300 for an iPhone and a 32g iPhone 5 is $300 and i have unlimited data still. I figured id take more pictures with this phone or at least attempt to.
  17. afinch1992 macrumors 6502


    Sep 13, 2012
    Dallas, Tx
    Got the 64 because of availability and the fact I filled my 16gb 5 in less than 3 months. Extrapolate that through a year to the 6 and the 64gb was much easier to accept.
  18. wickerman1893 macrumors 6502


    Dec 16, 2008
    The 64GB was the only one availably on launch day. It was purely an impulse buy at the moment, however I WILL be able to find a use for all the space. I already have about half of it taken up. It will also have a higher resale value.
  19. Statusnone88 macrumors 65816

    Jun 19, 2010
    32 because I have only 10GB of music and I watch all my movies on Netflix so I really had no need for so much space.
  20. Eallan macrumors 6502

    Sep 12, 2007
    32 with about 14 GB available. I stream all my music. It's pretty much photos and apps. I've never watched a movie on my phone.
  21. OafTobark macrumors 6502


    Oct 24, 2011
    I was pressed into getting a 64gb, as that's all they had in GOLD (#2 in line)

    With iTunes Match, Spotify, and Dropbox... my media does not take up much room. The only reason that justifies is that I will be able to shoot and hold onto a lot more HD video, and the room for future 64-bit apps.
  22. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

    Clix Pix

    Oct 9, 2005
    8 miles from the Apple Store at Tysons (VA)
    Last year when I was in line to get the iPhone 5 I wanted the 64 GB, as I'd always had the maximum capacity, but it was unavailable by the time they got to me. I'd been hanging out in line for hours by that point and did not want to go home empty-handed, so compromised and took a 32 GB. Although it was fine throughout this past year I still had to do some adjusting periodically in order to make space when I wanted to add something new. This year, although I hadn't really intended to do so, I did find myself buying an iPhone 5S and indeed it was the 64 GB this time. No more compromising!
  23. Melodeath macrumors 6502a

    Dec 9, 2009
    I have a 32GB 4s, and even though it is completely filled up to the point where I can't even update to iOS7 (you need 3.1GB free), I decided to get the 5s as 32GB for a couple of reasons. 1) Price. 2) Over half of the space on my phone is taken up by audio recordings I've made, which i will just not bring over to the 5s. Or rather, I will restore from backup on the 5s, but then delete the recordings since they're on my 4s anyway.
  24. gentlefury macrumors 68030

    Jul 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
  25. Arnezie macrumors 65816


    Oct 10, 2011

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