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macrumors 6502
Original poster
Oct 31, 2013
I want to get a 5c soon (upgrade from ip4), but wondering if the 16g is enough for photos or if I should get the 32g. My music is in iTunes match so no space issue there but will the photos I take always be in the photo stream cloud including the camera roll?

I know a lot of the apps nowadays are quite big but I won't be editing or playing movies, so is it worth getting the 32g (I would rather not as this puts it in same price as 5s) :confused:

Looking in the apple store, the space left is only about 2g with all those demos on it ...



macrumors newbie
Jul 10, 2013
Get Flickr, set to auto upload so all pics will be uploaded there automatically. Them delete from phone. You get 1 TB for free vs iCloud's 5gb

So 16gb should be enough.


macrumors 68020
Aug 24, 2013
If it's just pictures you should be ok, the only reason I went for 32 5c is because I take a fair few pictures and I also have some music too.


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Oct 31, 2013

The other apps I want to use will be spottily, evernote, omnifocus and numbers, maybe a few podcasts too. My only concern was loading new apps or an occasional go at taking a short movie, just a minute or two and if I would run out of space.

I guess for basic use only the 16g is fine but why waste a good phone and not take advantage of the apps. Think I am talking myself into getting a larger size :)


macrumors 65816
May 6, 2013
Get the 16GB and test it out. Look after it and if you think you will need 32Gb, take it back and exchange within the return window.


macrumors regular
Jun 2, 2012
It will depend on you. I had a 64gb 4s and I had around 30gigs of photos 10gb of video. With HDR on of course. This time I went 16gb 5s and I just transfer my photos to my Mac when I hit 2-3gb, and only keep certain photos now.

I figure the photos are going to take up space somewhere anyway, might as well be somewhere I can manage them easy and space isn't a premium. Really just depends on you.


macrumors 68000
May 10, 2012
Do yourself a favor and just get the 32gb. That way you won't have to think should I have gotten the 32gb? Plus resell it will be worth more. I have all 32gb and don't have to think about storage. Since you can't use a SDCard what you get is all you will ever have.

Plus the price difference isn't that great now if you were thinking 64gb well thats a little different.


macrumors 65816
Aug 6, 2008
St. Louis
In my opinion, starting with the iPhone 4S, with its 8MP camera, 1080p video, and massive games that take advantage of the dual-core CPU and crazy graphics, the minimum size should have been 32GB.

I got a 16GB iPhone 3GS, then a 32GB iPhone 4S, and then a 32GB iPhone 5S.

My wife has a 16GB iPad 2, and with light mix of apps and media, it's almost full.

I've used an 8GB device before - that is almost unusable.

Yes, I recommend 32GB+, only.

Even if you plan on uploading every picture immediately to some cloud service, you don't want a device smaller than 32GB.


macrumors regular
Dec 2, 2012
I got a 16GB 5S. I have a 16GB iPad that is full of games and apps that I don't use (iPad HD games consume more space too) and I still have some extra space, so I figured 16GB for an iPhone is enough for me. I have iTunes match too, and I'll keep syncing my photos to my Mac's iPhoto.

It really depends on your usage.


macrumors 603
Aug 27, 2012
Average iPhone 8 mpp jpg ~ 2 MB, so lets say after ALL your other stuff you have 10 GB left for photos, that means 5,000 photos.

Now if you take that many pictures, SURELY you are backing them up somewhere because God forbid something happens to the phone and... do you really NEED to have all those photos on you phone all all times?

Just asking.


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Oct 31, 2013
I went for the 5c 32g (yellow) - still setting it up. Very happy and surprised with apple store experience, all done for me and activated, better than going to the O2 shop.

Decided not to do a restore but setup as new and pick only the apps I wanted - not bothered about losing SMS messages.

Thanks to all.
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