Anyone regret getting 128gb and not 256gb?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by memo90061, Sep 19, 2016.

  1. memo90061 macrumors 6502

    Jan 2, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    With 4K video I'm wondering if I should have gotten 256gb. Anyone else thinking the same? I still have 50gb free though.
  2. CaptOblivious macrumors member

    Sep 29, 2014
    how much video are you planning on recording. Also how much of that are you planning on retaining on your PC?
  3. Dave245 macrumors 604


    Sep 15, 2013
    I've thought the same, with the new dual lens camera and Live Photos, I wonder how much it will take up on the 128GB 7 Plus I've ordered. But 256GB could be over kill for me I'm not sure.
  4. Rafterman macrumors 68020

    Apr 23, 2010
    Well, put it this way - you always have the problem of "not enough storage," but never have the problem of "too much storage."
  5. zorinlynx macrumors 603


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    That's the other thing. I'm sure most of us aren't going to want the 4K videos we take to end up in our iCloud photo libraries, or we're going to have to pay for the 2TB tier in no time.

    Are there any good apps that can take 4K video and store it in a separate location that doesn't get backed up to iCloud? This way we can take as much 4K video as we want, transfer it to the computer, edit and maybe keep a lower resolution version in iCloud in the end.
  6. CaptOblivious macrumors member

    Sep 29, 2014
    Lots of people take pics/video but have no intention of actually doing anything with them. Unless you have kids in which case you plan on archiving it for future. Too much storage = too much crap. (my opinion only)
  7. meyer1131 macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2008
    I originally bought the 128 but when I found the only ones apple had in stock was the 258, I made moves :)
  8. mjjferreira macrumors member

    Sep 17, 2016
    I am getting 32gb. Ahahahahah

    It all depends on what you do with the phone and how frequency you perform your backups. (I dont like to have tons of videos and photos on the phone, i regulary copy them to my backup harddrive)

    And, i prefer 1080p 60fps to 4K. I know 4k has more quality, but i prefer the smoothness of the 60fps. Call me crazy.
    Only my tv can reproduce 4K content.
  9. Young Spade macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2011
    Tallahassee, Florida
    I got the 128 but maintain my media library similar to yours. Back everything up through Google Drive and then delete the photos off of the phone. Unless it's a personal picture or one with the significant other, it goes to the laptop for editing and storage in Photos.
    --- Post Merged, Sep 19, 2016 ---
    Why does it need to be in the cloud? Just grab an external HDD and store them there. Regardless of where you go, unless you're streaming on a local network 4k not going to be a good time.
  10. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    I plan on getting the 128gb model.

    For the year I've had a 6S I never in once recorded a video in 4K. However if that was a big thing for me I'd consider the 256gb model. Or maybe if I wanted to keep more of my iTunes library on my phone. 256gb still isn't enough for me when it comes to that so I'll always be micromanaging it.

    I feel we need to be living in a world where h265 is commonplace with ALL devices before the average user needs 4K on their smartphone. Not saying their isn't a place for it today but it can be more of a hinderance when comparing quality vs storage requirements.
  11. Peter K. macrumors 6502a

    Peter K.

    Nov 6, 2012
    SoCal / Philly
    I always get the maximum storage available; no "hemming and hawing" every time.
  12. jbachandouris macrumors 601


    Aug 18, 2009
    Upstate NY
    Yes, but only because it appeared that the 256GB were shipping quicker which is apparently not true.
  13. flyinmac macrumors 68040


    Sep 2, 2006
    United States
    Pondering this, as I sit here with my 16 GB iPhone 5. Hmmm.... think I could easily manage with 128 GB.
  14. sekazi macrumors 6502

    Jan 12, 2012
    I was in the process of checking out with the 128GB but then changed my mind to go with the 256GB. This caused my order to take longer to place and not get anything close to launch day.

    I currently have 64GB and having space issues. I would think 128GB is more than enough but I said that when going from 16GB to 32GB and then 32GB to 64GB.
  15. CaptMarvel macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2014
    North Carolina
    I similarly thought first instinct was go big or go home as I'm a file hoarder and like things with me. I had the iPhone 6 Plus and had 128 as well. I had probably gotten as close to 12GB free but never in the single digits. It's wasn't until the release of the iPhone 7 Plus that I actually starting clearing out files and things just sitting there. It can be very easy to forget to Airdrop files over if you have a Mac/MacBook and I was guilty of that. In preparing for the new phone I cleared up 50GB+ of free space :eek:

    Even with 4K video and Live Photos I think 128GB should suffice as long as you manage your files accordingly.
  16. Oridus macrumors 6502a


    Oct 8, 2012
  17. areyes163 macrumors 6502


    Jun 15, 2012
    I got the 256 myself as I currently have 23 go left on my 6s plus. I don't want to have to manage anything. I just want to download and keep whatever I want. I enjoy keeping movies on my device for when I'm away also.
  18. Kiimora macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2014
    London UK
    Absolutely not , got more than I bargained for with the imposed 128gb:rolleyes:
  19. DesertSilver macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2011
    Portland, OR
    Something to consider is that you could go with extra iCloud storage to use for iCloud Photo Library (iPL). You can get 200GB for $5/month, which comes out to $60/yr. $40 less that the bump up to the next storage tier. If you upgrade phones annually, you'll come out a bit ahead and just get bigger storage phone next year.

    iPL isn't a perfect solution but it will backup full resolution photos and videos, and even the Live Photos.

    I sold my 128GB 6S before I got the 7 this year and temporarily used a 64GB phone. I had over 70GB in photos on it so I couldn't do a standard restore to the smaller capacity phone. What I did is purchased the 200GB iCloud plan, uploaded everything to iPL using the 6S. Then restored backup and had the 64GB phone set to "optimize photo storage".

    Then when I got my 128GB 7, restored backup again, had iPL download full res photos, then cancelled 200GB iCloud plan. So my use-case could be a scenario where, if you need more storage, you could "temporarily" use the 128GB phone with upgrade iCloud storage until next year.
  20. Taco1933 macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2014
    I got the 256 and will never in a million years fill it up. I guess it'll be nice for trips to have my entire iTunes movie library on my phone. Other than that, will never use it all. Probably should have gone for a giant iPad instead. On a semi-unrelated note, it would be awesome if I could stream from the phone to the iPad. That's not possible, is it?
  21. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    Depends. Some apps (e.g. Plex) will let you do it.
  22. adamjackson macrumors 68000

    Jul 9, 2008
    I won't be happy until there's a 1 terabyte iPhone. Every year, I buy the largest size. My iCloud Photos Library is almost 600 GB, I take videos in 4K every day and back those up to my iMac (and remove from iCloud Photos for space reasons) and I have over 160 gigabytes of music.

    As soon as my iPhone finishes the setup process, it quickly is maxed out on storage even with everything set to optimize / store on the cloud.
  23. Shanghaichica macrumors G4


    Apr 8, 2013
    I've never recorded a video in 4K anyway. I've had 128GB for 2 years running so I got it again. I pay for 200GB of iCloud storage and that takes care of all my photos and videos anyway and I can store all my music and videos on my phone.
  24. zorinlynx macrumors 603


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    That's my point, you DON'T want the 4K version of the video in the cloud. Just the edited down, more sanely sized version.
  25. cdmoore74 macrumors 68020

    Jun 24, 2010
    Funny as it sounds I went for the 256GB 7 Plus only because I noticed a poll on 9to5mac the day before pre-ordering showing that most people wanted the 128GB MB model. Seeing that I wanted a black front ASAP my educated choice was to go for a 256GB MB. Seeing how my delivery date is tomorrow I made the right choice.
    And the irony is that I have yet to fill my 64GB iPhone or iPad. So that's going to be my new challenge.:)

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