Better to have high capacity iPhone or iPad?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by mnsportsgeek, Aug 3, 2014.

  1. mnsportsgeek macrumors 65816

    Feb 24, 2009
    For those of you who own an iPad and an iPhone?

    Do you find one device to need more storage than the other? If I had to choose one device to get 64gb and one to get 32gb? Which should it be?
  2. Paddle1 macrumors 68040

    May 1, 2013
    iPad files can take up more space, but it really depends on how you want use each device and what you put on it.
  3. carjakester macrumors 68020


    Oct 21, 2013
  4. mnsportsgeek thread starter macrumors 65816

    Feb 24, 2009
    That was my initial thoughts.

    The phone is on my person at all times. The iPad would probably only travel with me out of town and stay at home for the most part.
  5. CEmajr macrumors 601

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    Agree. I have a 16GB iPad Mini and since I don't always use it, I just remove the videos that I don't want to watch and add the ones I do want to watch when I take it out somewhere. iPhone is 32GB and I have a lot more apps and pictures loaded onto it.
  6. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040


    Jul 19, 2013
    I've found that I've wanted more space on my iPhone than my iPad. That being said my iPad is always at home and only used for reading and web browsing. It's all about how you use each device.
  7. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    As others have mentioned, it really depends on how you use them.

    Personally, I require more space on the iPad than I do on the iPhone. It's not even because I bring both with me daily. It's just that the things I do on my iPad tend to require more local storage than the things I do on my phone.

    I've got a 32GB (27GB) iPhone and right now, I'm using around 22GB primarily due to photos and videos taken with the camera. If I delete the videos (which are backed up to my computer anyway), I'd only be using 10-15GB.

    I've got a 128GB (115GB) iPad around 85GB of which is used by comics (favorites+TBR) and magazines. I can make do with 64GB but that will require much more frequent content management of my TBR pile.
  8. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I think for my needs, the iPhone needs more storage and horse power. I always have my phone with me, where as the iPad supplements my usage.
  9. chabig macrumors 601

    Sep 6, 2002
    For me, the iPad has larger capacity because that's where I keep video media. My iPhone is more for on the go apps and music, and my music is in iCloud.
  10. 1rottenapple macrumors 68000

    Apr 21, 2004
    Phone. I'm traveling right now and I like to watch shows on my iphone while going on the internet on my ipad at the same time
  11. chupachup macrumors 6502

    Sep 1, 2013
    Depends what sort of files are taking up the most storage.

    Music- iPhone
    Movies - iPad
    Documents - iPad

  12. dumastudetto macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2013
    For me you want to max out both the iPhone and iPad in terms of storage. You can never have enough space.
  13. sunking101 macrumors 604


    Sep 19, 2013
    Horses for courses, it all depends on *your* needs. I'd have a 32GB iPad and a 32GB (or higher) iPhone, but they're just my own requirements.
  14. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012

    This is my usage as well. And since I have a wifi iPad I need to store the videos to watch when traveling.
  15. Mechayoshi macrumors regular


    Feb 7, 2014
    The Mushroom Kingdom
    I would like both, but really it depends I'm if you have an unlimited data plan or not. Since the ipad is wifi only it needs more local storage. My phone always has internet though so it matters less.
  16. imlovinit macrumors 6502a


    Feb 8, 2012
    For me, I need higher capacity for my phone. It's always with me and because of that I "need" more storage. The ipad is only ever at home for just basic email, browsing, and streaming with little to no need to really store anything on it so I'm good with just basic capacity.
  17. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    I have a 16 GB iPhone and a 32 GB Nexus 7 tablet. To me, it makes more sense to have higher capacity on the tablet as it's the one with the larger screen for watching media, and the one that's used more like a computer.
  18. duaneu macrumors 6502a

    Jun 19, 2010
    Bellevue, WA
    I have a 32 GB iPad now, but I may get 64 the next time I upgrade - it would be nice to be able to have more movies to watch on the plane when I travel.

    I have about 8 GB free on my 32 GB iPhone, even with using it as my primary camera, so I think I'm good there.
  19. mnsportsgeek thread starter macrumors 65816

    Feb 24, 2009
    I'm having a hard time deciding if both need to be the same size or if one can be 32gb.

    I have a 64gb iPhone right now and while there is only 8gb of free space. I have maybe listened to 5 songs on the thing while there is 32gb of music on it. Decisions. Decisions.
  20. kurzz macrumors 6502


    May 18, 2007
    I have a 128gb iPad and I put a lot of movies and TV shows on there. I love the room so I'll probably stick with 128 for the iPad.

    I have 32 on the iPhone 5s and I think I will upgrade to a 64gb one next time. I take more pictures and videos and that takes a lot more room than I anticipated. I rarely store any music on the phone (thanks to free spotify and unlimited data).
  21. Uofmtiger macrumors 68000


    Dec 11, 2010
    If I had to choose, I would get more on the iPad. The larger screen craves more space for magazines, video, and photos. I could get by with less on the iPhone. I would just have to stay on top if moving photos to the cloud... Pretty much everything else is streamed.
  22. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2013
    Kansas, USA
    Right now both are 16gb. My iPhone is more full because of apps and music (no locally stored videos). I'd rather have a 32gb iPad though because then I wouldn't have to pick and choose as much with apps and movies. I also wouldn't have to bring the external drive to watch movies on my laptop!
  23. juanrp macrumors 6502a


    Jun 14, 2014
    I'd say it's better to have an iPad and an iPhone with the same capacity.
    32GB is the sweet spot.
  24. sixxmum macrumors 6502a


    Aug 15, 2010
    On a related note, how do you backup? I stopped using iTunes for my backup because it kept eating files and switched to the cloud. But, now the issue is that my devices have more space than my iCloud account does, and I don't really feel like paying for extra.
  25. willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
    iPhone bc it's with me more and is also my MP3 player.

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