Do you really need 16GB ? Will 8GB users be happy?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Rybold, Aug 4, 2008.

  1. Rybold macrumors 6502a


    Jun 23, 2008
    California, USA
    For people that ALREADY own an iPhone 3G, how full is your memory? Based on what you have already loaded onto your phone, do you think you will easily surpass 8GB, or do you anticipate you will never surpass 8GB?
    How much memory do the Apps that you have downloaded occupy?

    (Feel free to post screen shots of memory reading)

    Thanks :)
  2. Trajectory macrumors 6502a

    Nov 13, 2005
    It is very easy to surpass 8gig with music or video alone. I find 16 gig way too limiting, maybe because I have an 80 gig iPod (which is full).
  3. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    I don't use my phone as an iPod. Can't spare the battery life.

    I have lots of apps and have an ocean of room left on my 8GB.
  4. TwinCities Dan macrumors 603

    TwinCities Dan

    May 19, 2008
    Double Parked out front of the Courthouse
    Even though you underlined the important parts of your question, I'm still going to say that an 8gb user will be happy until they reach 8gb! ;) :p :D
  5. elgrecomac macrumors 65816


    Jan 15, 2008
    San Diego
    Already at 8gb. Glad I have 8 more to go

    With software and music, I am already half way there. Glad I have room to spare.
    BTW, one of the reasons I bought a 16gb was to get rid of my much sheet can one man carry? I have a car charger and I plug in my iphone to my Mac so battery life from use is not an issue.
  6. synagence macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2008
    I will be happy when they launch a 32Gb model .... 16Gb is just too much of a pain to manage.
  7. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    Got 300mb free on my 16GB 3G. 16GB is for me the absolute minimum size that makes things almost manageable: I still have to be very selective over what goes onto the phone (my iTunes library is almost 500GB) but with 16GB I can put most of my favourite music and enough video that I only have to re-organise things once a week or so
  8. Rybold thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jun 23, 2008
    California, USA
    How many GB does a full-length movie from iTunes occupy? I'm going to be traveling soon, and I am considering purchasing a movie from iTunes so that I can watch it on the plane. :cool:
  9. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    A 1 1/2 hour movie is just over 1GB - longer movies will obviously be bigger
  10. Rybold thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jun 23, 2008
    California, USA
    Thank you. Can you selectively load and offload whatever content from iTunes that you want on the iPhone? I have an old iPod and when I sync it with my computer, it automatically downloads EVERYTHING that I have on my computer. With iPhone, can you select what you want on it and what you don't want on it?
  11. Macjames macrumors 6502a

    Dec 12, 2007
    Yorkshire, England
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    I have the 8gb 3g and manage my iTunes with playlists so there is never more than 4-5gb of music on. I have loads of games from the app store on and I have about 2gb of space left. I find 8gb plenty of room.
  12. stevearm macrumors 6502a

    Nov 15, 2007
    I convert my own DVDs to .m4v files, and a two hour movie can take about 350mb, with a bit of compression.
  13. daflake macrumors 6502a

    Apr 8, 2008
    8 Gig user here and I have to say that it is plenty for me. I have started creating smart playlists that help me manage my songs. I have 200 Gigs of music and making sure the tags are right helps to manage it.
  14. crazyitalian198 macrumors regular

    Jan 19, 2006
    I had 8 gigs on my first iphone and it was a pain in the ass. I would want to listen to a song and then be disappointed that it was not on there. Granted, if you only listen to certain songs from your music databse, or you have less than 8 gigs of music and video, then 8 would be fine.

    But i have about 14 gigs of music. This allows me to put everything on as well as applications. I think it was a ****** move on apple's part by not releasing models in 8, 16, & 32. 32 will give them an excuse to make more money at the end of this year or early next year.
  15. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    I have about 14.6 GB of stuff on my phone. (3.3 GB free)

    That's with only 3 movies, though. I have many more, but tend to rotate them in and out as I watch them. I don't need them all at once.

    There's only 6 GB of music on the phone (out of my 30 GB iTunes Library) but that's fine by me. It's the stuff I listen to the most.

    The rest is mostly Photos. I have 3,000 on the phone out of the 22,000 in iPhoto. I use smart playlists to manage them, such as "Everything in the last 4 months" and "4+ Stars." This way I don't have to decide what to put on the phone. It does it for me, and it's always a good sampling.

    So yes, there's a lot of stuff I don't have, but plenty I do. I'm not sitting around waiting for 32 GB or anything. I'm perfectly happy with 16. But yes, I think 8 would feel cramped to me.
  16. mciarlo macrumors 6502


    Jan 7, 2008
    New York City

    How does one collect over 100,000 songs?

    I thought libraries of 120GB were a lot...

    I'm content with my 15GB of music: I listen to it all and is easy to manage. :D
  17. vrflyer macrumors 6502


    Jul 15, 2008
    I'm guessing if you are living out of your iPhone then the 16gb(or more) makes sense... :p
  18. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

    Apple Ink

    Mar 7, 2008
    Considering tha I rip my DVDs (Sorry:eek:) in H.264.... even 16GB sounds a joke to me..... alas! <sigh>
  19. Vegan TJ macrumors regular

    Vegan TJ

    Jun 3, 2008
    i need 16gb because i alreday have 9 gb used..
  20. ayzee macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2008
    I can easily fill up 16GB with stuff I will use. Basically new iPhone customers will go for the 8GB becasue they think it will be enough. I reckon most of the previous iPhone owners have now realized that its best to have the 16GB.

    Thats why im sure I heard the 16GB is selling more than the 8GB?
  21. skye12 macrumors 65816


    Nov 11, 2006
    Austin, Tx
    8gb is more than enough for me...but then I don't listen to that much music.
  22. CharQuake macrumors member

    Jul 29, 2008
    don't know how people delt with the 4gig 1g what can you do with 4gigs I wipe with 4gigs... Long story short buy the 16gig
  23. oclor macrumors regular

    Jan 14, 2006
    Personally, I think 8gb is the way to go. I can't justify spending 50% extra just for more memory. Also, I think that it's just inspires laziness as well. You're probably plugging your iPhone into your computer everyday so why not swap out the old stuff for some new stuff now and then? I have 234 days worth of music on my laptop, and that's still just 5.91gb.
  24. phannon666 macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2008
    Bucks, UK
    The iPhone is 100% my iPod replacement, that's the whole reason why I got it, so I've got both devices on me at all times. I would never have gone for 8GB, 16GB is enough though, I have 8GB music, and the rest is for the odd movie, apps, photos etc. Perfect.
  25. Wildog27 macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2008
    16 gig is great for me.

    I've got 10 apps, 410 songs, 10 movies (LOTR Extendeds, Incredibles, Batman Begins, Casino Royale, Raiders of the Lost Ark), and 28 pics.

    The songs are basically all my 4 and 5 stars and I'll rotate out the movies as I need to. Would 32 gig be great? Sure, but 16 is very manageable.

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