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is 64gb still enough to buy nowadays ? i'm looking to buy an iphone 11 pro max ,but the price difference between 64 and 256 is insane

i'd have the battery replaced anyway so add 75 bucks on top of that

64gb = 425e

256gb= 600

is it rly worth 175e more ? i recall when i had a 12 pro max with 256gb,safari was taking up 20gb of space

usage: calls,notes,goodnotes (heard it takes a **** lot of storage) , pictures,videos . ill be careful not to get over 10gb of pics and vids
 

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is 64gb still enough to buy nowadays ? i'm looking to buy an iphone 11 pro max ,but the price difference between 64 and 256 is insane

i'd have the battery replaced anyway so add 75 bucks on top of that

64gb = 425e

256gb= 600

is it rly worth 175e more ? i recall when i had a 12 pro max with 256gb,safari was taking up 20gb of space

usage: calls,notes,goodnotes (heard it takes a **** lot of storage) , pictures,videos . ill be careful not to get over 10gb of pics and vids

Just upgrade from i7 32GB to SE 2020 64GB.
And I have 50GB icloud storage.
That's enough for me.
 

ian87w

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is 64gb still enough to buy nowadays ? i'm looking to buy an iphone 11 pro max ,but the price difference between 64 and 256 is insane

i'd have the battery replaced anyway so add 75 bucks on top of that

64gb = 425e

256gb= 600

is it rly worth 175e more ? i recall when i had a 12 pro max with 256gb,safari was taking up 20gb of space

usage: calls,notes,goodnotes (heard it takes a **** lot of storage) , pictures,videos . ill be careful not to get over 10gb of pics and vids
It depends.
What storage size do you have right now, and how much storage do you use?

Photos and Videos can be mitigated with iCloud Photos and optimize storage. You should probably consider 99c a month for the 50GB iCloud tier.

The problem is apps and games. If you know you will be downloading many apps and games, I would get the higher storage right now so you'll be covered for the next few years.

Without apps, 64GB would work for me. But now, everybody has their own apps. From banks, government services, etc they all require their own apps. Add on various e-wallet, restaurants, grocery stores, public transport, it's insane. I'm now using 100+GB of storage, yet I don't even take many pictures/videos, so even 128GB might not meet my needs if I want to keep the phone for long.
 
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It depends.
What storage size do you have right now, and how much storage do you use?

Photos and Videos can be mitigated with iCloud Photos and optimize storage. You should probably consider 99c a month for the 50GB iCloud tier.

The problem is apps and games. If you know you will be downloading many apps and games, I would get the higher storage right now so you'll be covered for the next few years.

Without apps, 64GB would work for me. But now, everybody has their own apps. From banks, government services, etc they all require their own apps. Add on various e-wallet, restaurants, grocery stores, public transport, it's insane. I'm now using 100+GB of storage, yet I don't even take many pictures/videos, so even 128GB might not meet my needs if I want to keep the phone for long.
samsung s20fe 128gb 95gb used

i just bought the 99c/m plan darling !

i dont game . i do download a lot of apps but on the iphone i know i most likely wont .and 20gb of my storage is downloaded youtube videos but ig i can live without it

thing is ,whatsapp,telegram,safari,and GOODNOTES seem to take a lot of space...

i do wanna be covered for the years to come but i wonder if a 87% battery for 600 is worth nowadays,given the phone is 4 years old and that battery should be replaced soon i believe (btw how come most iphone 11 pro i found were 87% ?lol)

oh wow 100gb of apps ? with cache and stuff ?
 

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It depends.
What storage size do you have right now, and how much storage do you use?

Photos and Videos can be mitigated with iCloud Photos and optimize storage. You should probably consider 99c a month for the 50GB iCloud tier.

The problem is apps and games. If you know you will be downloading many apps and games, I would get the higher storage right now so you'll be covered for the next few years.

Without apps, 64GB would work for me. But now, everybody has their own apps. From banks, government services, etc they all require their own apps. Add on various e-wallet, restaurants, grocery stores, public transport, it's insane. I'm now using 100+GB of storage, yet I don't even take many pictures/videos, so even 128GB might not meet my needs if I want to keep the phone for long.
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my bad i actually have 56gb of apps lol.guess i wont use as much in the iphne but yeah...prob around 25gb of apps minimum ig ,given whatsapp and telegram cache and data .

+5gb of pdf
+10/15gb of pics (but i could store them in the cloud ig ?)
+the fact that iphone storage is sandboxed so each file copied for each app...hmmm

on the other hand 600....or +175euros ,for just storage..its a lot
 

ian87w

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samsung s20fe 128gb 95gb used

i just bought the 99c/m plan darling !

i dont game . i do download a lot of apps but on the iphone i know i most likely wont .and 20gb of my storage is downloaded youtube videos but ig i can live without it

thing is ,whatsapp,telegram,safari,and GOODNOTES seem to take a lot of space...

i do wanna be covered for the years to come but i wonder if a 87% battery for 600 is worth nowadays,given the phone is 4 years old and that battery should be replaced soon i believe (btw how come most iphone 11 pro i found were 87% ?lol)

oh wow 100gb of apps ? with cache and stuff ?
In that case, 64GB won't be enough for you. I'm afraid you just have to get 256GB.

Yeah, 100GB of apps... I use my phone for work, so it must have all productivity stuff on it (G Suite apps, MS Office apps, etc). And yeah, every institutions in my country have their own apps, even government institutions. Applying for a passport? You have to install the app. Renewing my driver license? Another app. Getting on public transport? Yeah, another app. Making appointment with a doctor in a hospital? Another app. My car insurance? Yup, they require an app to report accidents. Going into office/malls? Another app for contact tracing. Going to supermarket A, if you want the discounts, you have to install the app. Supermarket B and C are no different. Ordering food? Another app. And don't forget all the banks and financial institutions. It's insane.... o_O

One of the major banks itself already have like 3 apps minimum for consumers. 1 for banking, 1 for investing, and 1 for its customer support... :D Heaven forbid they consolidate those into one app...
 
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In that case, 64GB won't be enough for you. I'm afraid you just have to get 256GB.

Yeah, 100GB of apps... I use my phone for work, so it must have all productivity stuff on it (G Suite apps, MS Office apps, etc). And yeah, every institutions in my country have their own apps, even government institutions. Applying for a passport? You have to install the app. Renewing my driver license? Another app. Getting on public transport? Yeah, another app. Making appointment with a doctor in a hospital? Another app. My car insurance? Yup, they require an app to report accidents. Going into office/malls? Another app for contact tracing. Going to supermarket A, if you want the discounts, you have to install the app. Supermarket B and C are no different. Ordering food? Another app. And don't forget all the banks and financial institutions. It's insane.... o_O
just curious ,where do you live ?

hmm yeah but still small apps can be around 50mb so 10 apps would take half a gigabyte ..
 

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In that case, 64GB won't be enough for you. I'm afraid you just have to get 256GB.

Yeah, 100GB of apps... I use my phone for work, so it must have all productivity stuff on it (G Suite apps, MS Office apps, etc). And yeah, every institutions in my country have their own apps, even government institutions. Applying for a passport? You have to install the app. Renewing my driver license? Another app. Getting on public transport? Yeah, another app. Making appointment with a doctor in a hospital? Another app. My car insurance? Yup, they require an app to report accidents. Going into office/malls? Another app for contact tracing. Going to supermarket A, if you want the discounts, you have to install the app. Supermarket B and C are no different. Ordering food? Another app. And don't forget all the banks and financial institutions. It's insane.... o_O

One of the major banks itself already have like 3 apps minimum for consumers. 1 for banking, 1 for investing, and 1 for its customer support... :D Heaven forbid they consolidate those into one app...
lmao the bank thing hahaha

as an aside,is it worth replacing the battery on a 87% battery or nah ?

main reason i buy the 11 pro max instead of newer phones is battery
 

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just curious ,where do you live ?

hmm yeah but still small apps can be around 50mb so 10 apps would take half a gigabyte ..
I'm in Indonesia. Even buying petrol in the future will require an app.... (the government is in the process of implementing it, for real...)

And those apps are not small. A banking app can be like 500MB at least. Most of them are hundreds in megabytes, not tens.
 

ian87w

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lmao the bank thing hahaha

as an aside,is it worth replacing the battery on a 87% battery or nah ?

main reason i buy the 11 pro max instead of newer phones is battery
Oh, 87% battery? Imo it would still be okay, but you might need to consider the battery replacement cost as part of the total cost of the device as you might need to replace it in a year or two (depends on usage, of course).
 

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OP, I think it depends how much of a pack rat you are.

If you don’t download too many games at once, are happy to keep your files/content in the cloud & using music / video streaming services, I think that 64GB should be fine.

I’m using 33GB of 64GB in my XR with iCloud library and Spotify etc. No games or videos downloaded but quite a lot of utility apps such as banking etc etc

The only caveat is the mysterious bug/evil plan to get people to upgrade, where Apple’s own ‘system data’ category can mysteriously get quite big.
 

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OP, I think it depends how much of a pack rat you are.

If you don’t download too many games at once, are happy to keep your files/content in the cloud & using music / video streaming services, I think that 64GB should be fine.

I’m using 33GB of 64GB in my XR with iCloud library and Spotify etc. No games or videos downloaded but quite a lot of utility apps such as banking etc etc

The only caveat is the mysterious bug/evil plan to get people to upgrade, where Apple’s own ‘system data’ category can mysteriously get quite big.
main source of anxiety is app cache/data whcih cant be uploaded to cloud

otherwise yeah i dont mind having pics in cloud ig

maps offline plans might be handy tho so idk
 

aevan

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main source of anxiety is app cache/data whcih cant be uploaded to cloud

otherwise yeah i dont mind having pics in cloud ig

maps offline plans might be handy tho so idk

Depends on your usage, but 64Gb should be fine, if you have access to the cloud. iOS is quite smart in managing your storage space, and most of it is spent on photos and videos, which are handled very nicely if you have iCloud storage for them.
 

progx

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is 64gb still enough to buy nowadays ? i'm looking to buy an iphone 11 pro max ,but the price difference between 64 and 256 is insane

i'd have the battery replaced anyway so add 75 bucks on top of that

64gb = 425e

256gb= 600

is it rly worth 175e more ? i recall when i had a 12 pro max with 256gb,safari was taking up 20gb of space

A common word you’ve been hearing, it depends.

I’ve been running 256GB since the iPhone 11 Pro because I download my music library to my phone. Next time, I’ll probably go 512GB for better quality, but this works out well for me.

My music library, then my photo library and messages are the top 3 taking up storage on my phone. Music is over 150GB, Photos is under 10GB and Messages is about 6GB (I’m just too lazy to clean it out). I take a lot of pictures and videos (mainly at concerts), so I’m glad I have the extra storage.

If your usage is pretty minimum, you can get by with 64GB. If you’re heavy on the apps, you’ll probably want more space onboard for flexibility. 128GB and 256GB are safe storage places to fall.

Safari doesn’t take up more than 200MB on my iPhone, Chrome takes up much more and I haven’t launched it in a month. So, I’m not sure what you’re doing with yours…

Also, I wouldn’t recommend the iPhone 11 Pro. I switched to the 13 Pro Max and I’m glad I did. My 11 Pro was just struggling after one year of having it, but it was still better than my iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 6. Never could figure out why apps would open slowly, Safari would chug and sometimes Music would stutter. Almost had my 13 Pro Max for a year and it hasn’t skipped a beat. If you can, the iPhone 12 or 13 Pro Max are fine pieces of pocket tech.

I have iCloud as well, so there are things (minus Music and Messages) that just sync over to it.
 

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A common word you’ve been hearing, it depends.

I’ve been running 256GB since the iPhone 11 Pro because I download my music library to my phone. Next time, I’ll probably go 512GB for better quality, but this works out well for me.

My music library, then my photo library and messages are the top 3 taking up storage on my phone. Music is over 150GB, Photos is under 10GB and Messages is about 6GB (I’m just too lazy to clean it out). I take a lot of pictures and videos (mainly at concerts), so I’m glad I have the extra storage.

If your usage is pretty minimum, you can get by with 64GB. If you’re heavy on the apps, you’ll probably want more space onboard for flexibility. 128GB and 256GB are safe storage places to fall.

Safari doesn’t take up more than 200MB on my iPhone, Chrome takes up much more and I haven’t launched it in a month. So, I’m not sure what you’re doing with yours…

Also, I wouldn’t recommend the iPhone 11 Pro. I switched to the 13 Pro Max and I’m glad I did. My 11 Pro was just struggling after one year of having it, but it was still better than my iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 6. Never could figure out why apps would open slowly, Safari would chug and sometimes Music would stutter. Almost had my 13 Pro Max for a year and it hasn’t skipped a beat. If you can, the iPhone 12 or 13 Pro Max are fine pieces of pocket tech.

I have iCloud as well, so there are things (minus Music and Messages) that just sync over to it.
thanks for input

oh wow thats weird ,the consensus seems to be that the 11 pro is still very powerful to this day ,at least ive read so on reddit and macrumors
 
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A common word you’ve been hearing, it depends.

I’ve been running 256GB since the iPhone 11 Pro because I download my music library to my phone. Next time, I’ll probably go 512GB for better quality, but this works out well for me.

My music library, then my photo library and messages are the top 3 taking up storage on my phone. Music is over 150GB, Photos is under 10GB and Messages is about 6GB (I’m just too lazy to clean it out). I take a lot of pictures and videos (mainly at concerts), so I’m glad I have the extra storage.

If your usage is pretty minimum, you can get by with 64GB. If you’re heavy on the apps, you’ll probably want more space onboard for flexibility. 128GB and 256GB are safe storage places to fall.

Safari doesn’t take up more than 200MB on my iPhone, Chrome takes up much more and I haven’t launched it in a month. So, I’m not sure what you’re doing with yours…

Also, I wouldn’t recommend the iPhone 11 Pro. I switched to the 13 Pro Max and I’m glad I did. My 11 Pro was just struggling after one year of having it, but it was still better than my iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 6. Never could figure out why apps would open slowly, Safari would chug and sometimes Music would stutter. Almost had my 13 Pro Max for a year and it hasn’t skipped a beat. If you can, the iPhone 12 or 13 Pro Max are fine pieces of pocket tech.

I have iCloud as well, so there are things (minus Music and Messages) that just sync over to it.
the 12 pro max is way too big

12 pro screen isn't rly big enough and besides square edges make it do hard to hold

also the 12 pro battery is much much worse than 11 pro max apparently

13 would be nice but I freaking hate the way it over sharpens pics
 

progx

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thanks for input

oh wow thats weird ,the consensus seems to be that the 11 pro is still very powerful to this day ,at least ive read so on reddit and macrumors

I’m sure there’s people who prefer the 11 Pro, but jumping to the 13 Pro Max was worth it. I didn’t think it would’ve been worth it either.

Anyhow, I hope this helps with your storage predicament and good luck!
 

progx

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the 12 pro max is way too big

12 pro screen isn't rly big enough and besides square edges make it do hard to hold

also the 12 pro battery is much much worse than 11 pro max apparently

13 would be nice but I freaking hate the way it over sharpens pics

I didn’t care for the 12 Pro, but I didn’t have my 11 Pro that long, so I wasn’t in phone buying mode then. Plus, I had my 8 Plus for almost 3 years until Apple sweetened the trade deals in 2020.

I jumped to the 11 Pro. It was great, but it just struggled about 6 months later. Restarts were the norm for me, it was weird. It wasn’t unusable, it would just have fits. While I didn’t have an 11 Pro Max, it’s roughly the same except a smaller battery in the 11 Pro. If you want one, just get it and enjoy!
 

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Im running out of storage for my 256GB of iPhone because my photo library is now 120GB in size. Topped by apps, games, other random stuff, 256GB is no longer enough.

My experience aside, I strongly suggest you consider going for 256GB. The upfront cost is high, but the trouble you’d otherwise encounter due to low storage could be worse. Micromanaging storage I believe should be the last thing you want to do on a daily basis.

Oh and someone mentions system data, which can grow substantially and you cannot do anything about it. Resetting may not even help, depending on how bad it is.
 

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128GB is the sweet spot and, in my experience, more than enough for nearly anyone.

Since that's not an option for you, I'd pick the 256GB.

With 64GB, I always found myself needing 10-40GB more in certain use cases. iOS is good at managing local storage and off-loading to the cloud or by deleting the app but not the app data.

But having to re-download and be conservative with local files is time consuming and not worth the money you save over getting a 128GB iPhone or more. Streaming everything or downloading from the cloud also drains a ton of battery even if you have a good plan.
 

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is 64gb still enough to buy nowadays ? i'm looking to buy an iphone 11 pro max ,but the price difference between 64 and 256 is insane

i'd have the battery replaced anyway so add 75 bucks on top of that

64gb = 425e

256gb= 600

is it rly worth 175e more ? i recall when i had a 12 pro max with 256gb,safari was taking up 20gb of space

usage: calls,notes,goodnotes (heard it takes a **** lot of storage) , pictures,videos . ill be careful not to get over 10gb of pics and vids
64GB is enough for some but not many. For me 128GB is enough.
 

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128GB is the sweet spot and, in my experience, more than enough for nearly anyone.

Since that's not an option for you, I'd pick the 256GB.

With 64GB, I always found myself needing 10-40GB more in certain use cases. iOS is good at managing local storage and off-loading to the cloud or by deleting the app but not the app data.

But having to re-download and be conservative with local files is time consuming and not worth the money you save over getting a 128GB iPhone or more. Streaming everything or downloading from the cloud also drains a ton of battery even if you have a good plan.
i would definitely grab a 128gb model,thats what i have in my current samsung phone and its truly enough !

since the iphone 11 pro max is kinda old now,i feel like spending 175euros just for storage might be rather silly,am i wrong ?

yeah exactly

i could also get an iphone 13 for 600 bucks ,128gb,but i hate 13 series overprocessing in pics.also not sure if battery wont be wrose

ohohoh good point about streaming and battery ,i hadnt even thought about that ,good point!

my carrier is terrible and the network is quite bad so it would definitely drain a local sereking for signal at all time
 

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The battery can be replaced at a later date but memory cannot. My battery has been below 87% for the last year and isn’t a problem so, in your situation, I’d go for 256 GB and wait until your battery becomes a problem before replacing it (it could be a year or more).
 
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