iPhone SE 16GB or 64GB?

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  1. iphonefreak450 macrumors regular

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    I am in a dilemma here, and I hope you guys can give me some suggestions or some guidance.
    My local GSM shop guy called me that they only have the iPhone SE in the 16GB storage version only. He just cannot get the 64Gb version from ANY of the distributors that he usually get these phones from.
    So he called me that he only can get me the 16GB ones. Actually he had one 64GB version but that was only in the Rose Gold and White color only. But I want the Space Grey color.

    As far space is concerned, I don't download ANY apps at all. I don't download any music or store large amounts of data. Still have 10.6GB available storage on my current 5s phone.

    What should I do?
    Should I wait or just keep my iPhone 5S in the meantime until he gets the 64GB iPhone SE?
    Or, should I get the iPhone SE 16GB instead, since I don't install any apps?

    There's nothing wrong with my current 5S phone, running 9.3.1 and no lag. Its actually snappy. Battery life is good.

    I need the suggestions please.

    Thanks
     
  2. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Well, if you don't use up space for pretty much anything, then it sounds like 16 GB should be just fine if you want an SE.
     
  3. cola79 macrumors regular

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    If you don't need the space, why do you ask?

    I have the 16gb version and there is the same free space around 10 gb left like on your 5.

    Plus you get 5 gb iCloud and if you need more you could download google drive and get another 10gb free, or order 50gb iCloud for a dollar per month.

    The phone is the same, question is only if you don't want to use cloud services.

    For me 16 is more than enough, I rarely install apps, mostly I use calls, whatsapp, Safari and google music streaming.

    If you don't need to install many big apps, 16 plus cloud should be perfect. Only for apps a bigger storage is needed nowadays.
     
  4. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    There's no shortage of 16GB vs. 64GB threads.

    Take your pick:
    http://forums.macrumors.com/threads/plus-6-16gb-vs-64gb.1943090/

    http://forums.macrumors.com/threads...-surving-with-16-or-switched-to-64gb.1941844/

    http://forums.macrumors.com/threads/iphone-6-64gb-or-iphone-6s-16gb.1918995/

    http://forums.macrumors.com/threads/16gb-or-64gb.1913797/

    http://forums.macrumors.com/threads/iphone-6-16gb-vs-64gb.1813681/

    http://forums.macrumors.com/threads/64gb-iphone-6-vs-16gb-iphone-6.1789183/

    http://forums.macrumors.com/threads/iphone-6-16gb-vs-64gb-silver-vs-space-grey.1785474/
     
  5. dave006 macrumors 68020

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    Well since you asked us, what storage is your current iPhone 5S since you have just over 10GB free?

    If you have an extra ~$100.00 burning a hole in your pocket, then I would say go for it. If however you don't plan to change your usage pattern, I would suggest you just get the same storage you currently have since it seems to be meeting your current usage needs.

    Dave
     
  6. electronicsguy macrumors 6502a

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    I think some people just get off by asking such questions, to which they already know the answer or the question itself is moot.
     
  7. mildocjr macrumors 65816

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    If you want to take more than 10 pictures get the 64 GB. (exaggerated but not by much) The OS takes approximately 2 GB plus the recovery is ~2GB then you have third party apps which take up some space. Essentially, once you get into the App ecosystem, you're going to have a hard time just enjoying the phone.
     
  8. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Seems like the OP doesn't really do apps and it would take a LOT of pictures to fill up the 10 GB that the OP seems to have free.
     
  9. dictoresno macrumors 601

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    as far as I'm concerned, apple should've got rid of the stupid 16GB option a long time ago. its downright silly and actually a waste of money for us consumers. look at the storage options that are available to us in other products. offering a 16GB, non expandable memory phone in 2016 is an insult.

    go bigger, get the 64.
     
  10. Mernak macrumors 6502

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    If you plan to keep the phone for a while, it might be worth getting the 64 GB because the tendency for apps in general to get larger. Plus, an often overlooked part of the storage consideration is how flash storage degrades over time, and flash performance is already gets pretty poor with close to full storage, so when you get both at the same time, it can be pretty painful.

    It's pretty much the only reason that I wound up upgrading from my iPhone 4 last year, it was at the point where the flash store degraded to the point where I needed ~6-8GB to get acceptable performance from UI and general loading, whereas before I only needed 1-2GB, so I wound up having to delete more and more to maintain the same user experience (it's still great, as long as no much is installed on it)
     
  11. electronicsguy macrumors 6502a

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    so why do you spend money on a company that insults you n wastes your money?
     
  12. William Wales macrumors member

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    Think about the long term, definitely I think you should choose iPhone SE 16 GB, it has enough space for you to download more apps.
     
  13. dictoresno macrumors 601

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    i buy the larger options so it doesn't effect me. but i, and many others, agree the 16GB option is pointless and the 32GB should be the entry device size.
     
  14. electronicsguy macrumors 6502a

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    well it affects you in the sense everytime you touch it, use it - apple's minions are laughing at your stupidity of paying them after being insulted everyday. see how you'd feel if say walmart insulted you to your face every time you walked in :) ... "Hey fool, we jack up prices. so pay us more" is playing at Walmart's door. would you shop there?
     
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  16. dictoresno macrumors 601

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    what are you offended by my responses or something? android fan trolling an apple site?

    i merely stated that 16GB is a crappy starting point for entry level devices and people looking in that price point i think are getting screwed. I'm content paying what i am for what i need. so they aren't insulting me. sooooo i could care less, but can still have my opinion.
     
  17. electronicsguy macrumors 6502a

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    lol no. i love my iphone. i was just wondering why someone who's insulted by apple everytime he touches their phone would keeping paying them. but that's me. after all you would have paid lesser for the 32gb. if you are indeed content, you wouldn't find the 16gb insulting in the first place.
     
  18. \-V-/ Suspended

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    You're not even filling up your storage now ... so you're not going to fill it up with 64 GB. Just get the 16 GB phone. Or just keep your 5S if it's doing what you need it to do.
     
  19. dictoresno macrumors 601

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    im not insulted, i never said i was. its an insult to the consumer in general, offering 16GB, then 64 with no 32 option. apple does a lot to stay ahead of the competition and also a lot of dumb crap thats always behind the competition. but they can do that because they are apple and people will pay for their products regardless.

    i buy the larger sized memory since thats what i need and i can afford it. however, if all i can afford was the 16GB price point, i would be pissed that all i was getting was 16GB for the price. their new price tiers aren't proportionate at that level to the size you're getting.
     
  20. trifid macrumors 65816

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    I tried the 5SE and for many tasks it feels about the same speed as the 5s. The 5s is still an awesome phone, performs really well with 9.3.1. If you don't install a lot of apps and just do modest Safari, Mail, etc, why waste money on it? I'd rather save the money and wait for a better iPhone.
     
  21. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Why spend more money for something that isn't needed?
     
  22. dictoresno macrumors 601

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    I've always been fine with 32GB in the past. kept few pics/videos, no music and not a lot of apps. but now, with the larger room, I've changed my mind and I'm glad i chose the larger sized device. now i have a ton of apps, all my music on my phone and no longer need my iPod in my car as well as my phone. you never know what you may eventually need. so even though i was content with 32GB, filled to about 24GB at the time, now i have a 128GB filled with almost 70GB of stuff. so my rationale is get more than what you may need now, just in case. theres no way to change it. i have a 16 GB iPad mini and i find myself having to keep things to a bare minimum on it just to survive. wish i got the 32.
     
  23. Ladybug macrumors 65816

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    There is two ways to look at this the way I see it...

    1. Buy the storage size you need based on your usage (16gb) and put away that extra $100 for your next upgrade
    ... Or
    2. Buy extra storage now because you plan to keep this phone longer to future proof yourself for a bit.

    There is no wrong answer, just buy what works for you.

    Since I personally can get by on a 16 based on my usage, I elected to save the $100 towards my next upgrade. My last iPhone never got past 5gb of usage. I have an iPod and a iPad that I use all the time so 16 gb works for me.. YMMV
     
  24. Reno Raines macrumors 6502a

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    I have a 16 gb gold se and I do the same thing as you in terms of not putting music or a lot of apps on it. For me it works as I use it for texting, calling, and a few apps.
     
  25. Gudi macrumors 68020

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    Obviously he is set on an iPhone SE 64GB Space Gray, because otherwise this wouldn't be a dilemma for him. He could get a 16GB Space Gray or 64GB Rose Gold right now, but skipped the opportunity.
    Yes. And you're doing it already.
     

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