Is 16 gb enough?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by kmac007, Mar 21, 2016.

  1. kmac007 macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2016
    Hey everyone,

    New to the forums and looking forward to meeting and interacting with all the great people on here. I'm in the market for my first i phone (SE).

    I don't know which SE model to go with 16 or 64. I'm learning towards 16 because it's cheaper and my needs are as follows;

    -Run 10-12 apps
    -Little to no games
    - Couple of gigs of music (2-4)
    - Like taking pictures

    Will 16 gb be enough for my needs?
  2. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    dont be cheap, pay a little bit more to get the 64gb. it's more future proof. you can earn $100 by working your ass off a week, but you can't upgrade your 16gb to 64gb without a big loss of money.
  3. Azzurro macrumors regular

    Sep 21, 2015
  4. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Pics will take up 5-10mb a piece give or take. Of you're the person who keeps all of their pics you will want more than 16gb. Of you frequently backup your pics and delete them you can absolutely get by with 16. There are even apps and service that do this for you. I use Flickr as NY backup source. Automatically backs everything up on WiFi.
  5. kmac007 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2016
    Good point.
  6. AliMacs macrumors 6502

    Oct 8, 2014
    I can't believe they did not bring back an iPhone 5S cough cough iPHone SE with 8GB space. I don't need 16GB. /s
  7. Savor Suspended


    Jun 18, 2010
    No. 64.

    Apple doesn't let you change the resolution of your photos. Each photo can be as high as 4 MB. Unless you don't record videos that much or taking photos in 12 MP, still get 64 GB for more future proofing it with memory. Better to have much more than to have a little less and you need to keep adding and deleting files.Sucks Apple likes to charge $100 more when a 64 GB micro-sd cost as little as $20 these days, but don't get jipped by 16 GB when you take about 1000 photos and your memory space is running out. Don't cut it close.

    The 16 GB is bait to get more suckers into getting the 64 GB with that $100 cash grab. But you will end up being a bigger sucker if you buy only 16 and start banging your head for not getting bigger storage. We live in the era of 4K video recording, be wise here for 2016. This isn't 2009 anymore.
  8. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    Speaking as someone who only buys what he wants (and not what he needs) and therefore only the largest capacity Apple offers when it comes to the iPhone - go with the 64GB.

    You'll never regret having too much space - as much as it drives those who only purchase what they need crazy.
  9. Zenithal macrumors 604

    Sep 10, 2009
    16 GB is fine and dandy for business consumers who won't be taking pictures or video often if at all. These customers will also use Drive, Dropbox, iCloud, et al for their storage needs. The same with individuals purchasing the lower end model.

    As an S6 owner myself, I went for the largest model, and will be upgrading to the S7 soon, with a fat mSDHC by Samsung. I like my pictures and videos. That and I never realized how many pictures I took in general until my kids were born. Suffice to say, prior to that, I'd go through my camera roll log maybe once every three months.

    I also send them off to printing in addition to traditional camera images.
  10. macrumors regular

    Nov 25, 2015
  11. jafingi macrumors 65816


    Apr 3, 2009
    I've never had anything else than 16GB and it works perfectly. Right now I have about 5GB available. And I have 60 apps installed.

    But I also embrace the cloud:
    - Using Google Photos to sync all photos to the cloud, so I don't store them physically on the phone
    - Using Spotify for music. When I'm abroad with no cellular data I just enable some play lists for offline use

    I take A LOT of pictures, but what's the problem syncing them to the cloud so you don't need to store then on your phone?
  12. konicky macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2012
    16GB is enough if you use the Optimise iPhone Storage setting which uploads the originals to the cloud and stores lower resolution pictures on the phone. A 4" display is a bit small for viewing photos anyway but in the cloud they can be viewed ( and downloaded ) at full resolution on an iPad.

    You have to factor in the iCloud storage costs but 50GB is only $0.99 / month.
  13. morgoanie macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2016
  14. Applefan4 macrumors 6502

    May 6, 2013
    Get the 64 gig so you can just store everything on your phone. Way more convenient
  15. youinc macrumors newbie


    Mar 13, 2016
    16GB is not enough. Think about this, why Apple discontinued the popular 32GB iPhone? If you are a person who only use basic function of iPhone or you change your phone every few months, you can go with 16GB. If not, 64GB is a better choice.
  16. bchreng macrumors 65816


    Jul 26, 2005
    16 will not be enough. Spend the extra money and get 64gb.
  17. konicky macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2012
    Why do you need full resolution photos stored on your phone ?
  18. Noble Actual macrumors 6502a

    Sep 10, 2014
    Because no one carries a camera around anymore. Also because apparently the camera on the iPhone is really good?

    Idk, I don't take a lot of photos, I don't even know which format the photos are set as by default. It doesn't matter though when you have space.
  19. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Looks like Apple is deliberately out to make you mad.
  20. stringent macrumors 6502


    Jan 27, 2011
    It will be surprising how much space the little things chomp through. Get the 64GB and you won't have to worry about it.
  21. Applefan4 macrumors 6502

    May 6, 2013
    Why not? I have my all my photos on me at all times and can show them to friends/family because I always have my phone with me. Plus I hate dealing with iTunes.
  22. konicky macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2012
    The photos will all still be on your phone just at a lower resolution which won't be noticeable on a 4" screen! Plus iCloud is a separate thing to iTunes.
  23. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    16GB is the new 8GB - meaning its not going to be enough for most people. Just bite the bullet and get the 64GB model.
  24. willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
    Your usage sounds very similar to both my wife's and my mom's usage/needs, and 16GB suits both of them fine. If you're 100% sure, save your money.

    However, that being said, if you aren't 100% sure, spend the little extra and triple your storage. I predict you'll be taking more photos and videos when you see the quality your phone produces. That way, you'll have the peace of mind and not always be uploading/downloading for more space.
  25. BeeGood macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2013
    Lot 23E. Somewhere in Georgia.
    I've had an iPhone since 2007. I've had each one except the 5 and 5c. All of them have been the smallest capacity available. But, You have to be diligent about managing your content and using cloud services.

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