Choose a new iPhone with smaller storage after purchasing iCloud storage plan?

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  1. tonileung macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,

    My wife and I are currently using iPhone 5s 32Gb. Our phone storage got full (mostly photos) and so we have subscribed iCloud 50Gb plan, and enabled iCloud Photo Library with "Optimize iphone Storage" on.

    My wife had >20Gb photos (and videos actually) and a few Gbs apps before. After subscribing the 50Gb plan, photos storage in the phone is largely reduced, leaving her a very nice ~10Gb free space. Although my phone has a different distribution of storage of photos and apps, the iCloud subscription also leaves me ~10Gb free space. So I guess "Optimize iphone Storage" would target at a certain level of free space. Is this correct?

    My question is, we are now thinking to buy a new iPhone for each of us. I am wondering what would happen if we buy the 16Gb model? Would "Optimize iphone Storage" further reduce the photo storage inside the phone in order to keep the free space at a certain level? If so, how much free space would it be?

    Sorry for my poor English. Thanks for reading!
     
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  3. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    I would never get a 16GB phone, even though many can do fine with it. 64GB is a better choice and I have always done the 128GB models as I do not depend on the cloud except for DropBox which keeps all of my company files.

    If you choose to depend on the cloud you likely could get by with 16GB.
     
  4. tonileung thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Certainly it would be better.

    Just that we are going to buy two new phones at the same time (actually three as my mother-in-law will need a new one too), we would like to control the budget as much as possible.
     
  5. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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    I can't blame you, three phone at one time!:eek:

    The Cloud will be a good choice to store your data.:)
     
  6. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    No. The optimization process just reduces the quality of the photos, so the space required is dependent on the number and quality of the photos.
    No, it would take up the same space as before. So unless you plan on not taking anymore photos, I would get the 64GB model.
     
  7. Mercenary macrumors 6502a

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    The 16GB model wouldn't hold all my apps, let alone anything else and I don't have that many apps (20 or less). Also don't forget, while things will be stored int he cloud and an optimised version stored on your phone you still need that space initially for capturing.

    The 64GB is the same price as the old 32GB model.
     
  8. tworth23 macrumors regular

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    Don't be cheap, get the 64gb so you don't have got worry. I'm sure if you buying two or three iPhones, an extra couple of hundred dollars is not going to make or break you.
     
  9. Patriks7 macrumors 65816

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    I just spent the last 3 years with a 16GB iPhone 5 and I set up iCloud Photo Library as soon as it was available. While it certainly did help the situation, I would never buy a 16GB phone ever again. Spent more time micro-managing my storage than actually using the phone.
     
  10. alent1234 macrumors 603

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    i would spend more money on a device i use daily over cloud services any day
     
  11. Patriks7 macrumors 65816

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    That's exactly what I did when I ordered a 64GB 6s. When I ordered the 5 I was a bit cash-strapped so decided to save the 100$ or however much it was. I still plan on using iCloud Photos, but at least I don't think I'll ever have to micro-manage.
     
  12. Broadus macrumors 6502a

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    If money is already tight, $300 can surely make a difference in a budget. It would mine. Just convincing myself to stay with iPhone instead of going with a mid-range Android has been hard, but I think the iPhone is a better value over the long haul.

    That said, I believe I would rather have 64GB phone storage and forego the extra iCloud storage if budget is tight. Perhaps you can find free cloud storage should you need additional.
     
  13. Orien macrumors regular

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    That's not my experience. The optimize setting doesn't even download the actual images if you have little space left. It just has thumbnails and starts the download when you actually click on the photo. So this actually saves a lot of space.
     
  14. joygo macrumors newbie

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    It's better to have extra space than to be running out. My friends who have 16 gigs regret it because that space barely houses their apps and gives them very little space for pictures. If you don't have the budget for two 64 gigs now, maybe you should wait until you do.
     
  15. alent1234 macrumors 603

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    if you buy on NEXT or one of the payment plans you might as well get 128GB because the difference is only a few dollars a month
     
  16. kevroc macrumors 6502

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    Couldn't agree with this more. The 16gb phone is really bad. I have one as a backup and have literally 5, just 5, apps on it outside of the pre-installed stuff and that gives me enough room to download updates. I will never buy a 16gb iPhone again.
     
  17. tonileung thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for all of your input.

    Certainly I know how limited a 16GB iPhone is. That's why we purchased the 32GB version of 5s two years ago.

    And when our 32GB became full, we purchased the 50GB iCloud plan. And it works very well to free ~10GB space in the phone, and seems like it keeps working to maintain the free space size at ~10GB.

    Therefore my question is, how much free space would it keeps in a 16GB phone?

    And I just found someone saying this from a website:
     
  18. MICHAELSD macrumors 68040

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    Don't limit yourself with a 16GB iPhone, even with an iCloud plan. I had to delete Facebook because it was caching almost a gigabyte of data.

    Unless you're using stock apps only, that is. Not even social media.
     
  19. tonileung thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes likely I'll buy the 64GB iPhone(s). Very much agree that the Facebook app caches up a lot of space. I also deleted it when my phone was full.
     
  20. mlemonds macrumors 6502a

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    My theory was the same as yours for the iPhone 6. I regretted it. Get the 64. I hated waiting for photos and videos to load.
     

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