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

    May 11, 2008
    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

    Jun 22, 2010
    Long Island
    absolutely. i got the 16 and i already regret it.
  3. Jestered macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2005
    Austin, Texas
    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

    May 11, 2008
    How big are the video files? Say how much storage would 5 minutes of 720p take?
  5. ethical macrumors 68000

    Dec 22, 2007
    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.
  6. kuaiyouming, Jun 29, 2010
    Last edited: Mar 24, 2013
  7. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    If you're on the fence, get the higher capacity.
  8. Jason B macrumors 6502

    May 21, 2010
    150mb for 5 min.
  9. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    i have read 83MB/min and from my tests, that is accurate
  10. brentsg macrumors 68040

    Oct 15, 2008
    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

    Feb 18, 2008
    It's with it, if for no other reason than resale value.
  12. me2000 macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2008
    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


    Jan 31, 2010
    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


    Nov 6, 2003
    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.
  15. spyda macrumors 6502a


    Jun 30, 2009
  16. djransom macrumors 68040


    May 14, 2008
    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

    May 11, 2008
    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

    Jul 11, 2008
    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

    Oct 13, 2005
    Austin, Texas
    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

    Nov 21, 2005
    Orlando, Florida
    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

    May 11, 2008
    Thanks for the responses people. Sounds like 32GB it is! Now, I just have to find one.....
  22. Jason B macrumors 6502

    May 21, 2010
    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

    Jun 21, 2010
    You should hold out for the 250 gig version if you're on the fence. ;)
  24. TroyBoy30 macrumors 68020


    Jun 9, 2009
    Atlanta GA
  25. Lifesuxsbad macrumors regular


    Jun 15, 2010
    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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