iPhone 4 16GB or 32GB? Is the extra $100 bucks worth it?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Cottonsworth, Jun 29, 2010.

  1. Cottonsworth macrumors regular

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    Is the extra $100 bucks worth doubling the storage capacity? I'm on the fence on which one I should order.
     
  2. NYRGirardi5 macrumors member

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    absolutely. i got the 16 and i already regret it.
     
  3. Jestered macrumors 6502

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    I say yes it's worth it. Keep in mind that you're gonna have an HD video camera in your pocket now. HD video takes up a lot of storage space. If you think you'll be using the HD cam a lot, you will probably need the space for storage until you can unload it on your computer.
     
  4. Cottonsworth thread starter macrumors regular

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    How big are the video files? Say how much storage would 5 minutes of 720p take?
     
  5. ethical macrumors 68000

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    Seriously? How the hell should we know what you need?! How much music do you have? How many photos and movies do you want to put on it? What sort of apps? If you need 32Gb then buy the 32Gb.
     
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  7. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    If you're on the fence, get the higher capacity.
     
  8. Jason B macrumors regular

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    150mb for 5 min.
     
  9. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    i have read 83MB/min and from my tests, that is accurate
     
  10. brentsg macrumors 68040

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    I'm a big believer in streaming video and music. But one thing you can't get around is the video storage space. If you're going to be using it for recording video much then I think the larger one is warranted.
     
  11. Slip Jigs macrumors 6502a

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    It's with it, if for no other reason than resale value.
     
  12. me2000 macrumors 6502

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    I personally don't have much music. Apps take up most of my space. I still have 8-9 gigs free... PLENTY of room for me. I had an 8GB 3G and only used half of that.

    So 16 GB is fine for me... it just depends on the person!
     
  13. PorterRocks macrumors 6502

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    I'd rather have too much storage than too little. I got the 32GB and after putting all my stuff in it, I've still got 19GB left over. It'll be a while before I have to start being careful with how big my files are.
     
  14. Gizmotoy macrumors 65816

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    This seems about right to me as well. The 150MB / 5 minutes quoted above seems way off. I've taken 2 30 second movies and they were both right around 43-45MB.
     
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    I got the 16GB and I'm not even using up a GB yet. I don't use my iPhone to store music because I have an iPod for that. I haven't done any videos yet and have some pics stored on mine. I'm good for the next 2 years.
     
  17. Cottonsworth thread starter macrumors regular

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    I've got an iPod so capacity for music isn't going to be that big of a deal. I know it is a hard and subjective question, but I was thinking more in lines of apps and video recording. I don't know how big a "typical" app might be.
     
  18. eneisch macrumors 6502a

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    Not only video files take up the extra space. That new 5MP camera means that picture files take up almost double the space they uswed to.

    I had a 16GB 3G and it was almost constantly full of music and apps. With the iPhone 4 I went with the 32 GB for the extra space.
     
  19. Jestered macrumors 6502

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    That really depends. Your normal apps are pretty small. If you get one of the GPS navigation apps, they're usually around 1.5 GB. If there's any question, go with the larger storage size. It's much MUCH better to have too much than not enough. You'll get it all back when you go to sell it.
     
  20. raremage macrumors 6502a

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    I've never found myself wishing I had gotten less storage.

    If you can swing it without too much pain, it's well worth it.
     
  21. Cottonsworth thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the responses people. Sounds like 32GB it is! Now, I just have to find one.....
     
  22. Jason B macrumors regular

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    Whoops, I worded that wrong. Just looked, and a .43 sec video is 54 mb. Looks like it does about 1.2mb per second.
     
  23. BadMoon macrumors 6502

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    You should hold out for the 250 gig version if you're on the fence. ;)
     
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  25. Lifesuxsbad macrumors regular

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    Space and more Space!

    I got the 32 gig and have 10gig left on it already!! I was hoping for a 64 gig model this year but didn't happen. You never know what the future holds as far as how much space you will need so I would say for only $100 get the 32 gig!! Better to be safe then sorry!!!
     

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