What do people do with more than 16 GB of storage space?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by motulist, Sep 22, 2014.

  1. motulist, Sep 22, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2014

    motulist macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003
    I'm very well aware of how much space you CAN fill up by loading your phone with 50,000 songs, or 10,000 high res photos, or several seasons worth of tv episodes, etc. The question is why do you store all that stuff locally on your device instead of just having a few of those items stored locally for the rare occasions when you don't have net access to stream them? Even out in the country where I am, pretty much everyone has DSL with wifi, and in town you even get some cell data. So for the vast majority of the population you're going to have net connectivity that's at least as good as that, and usually much better.

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    I've had a 16 GB iPad for 3 years and a 16 GB iPhone for a year, and I've almost never had a problem of too little available space. I have many many apps installed, including a couple of big games, I keep about 10 music albums and a few podcasts stored for those rare occasion when I don't have cell or wifi net access available, each week I take about 30 pictures and a couple of short videos, I'm running iOS 8 which supposedly eats up over 1 GB more than 7, I only sync with my computer to offload the pics and videos every couple of months, and even with all of that I still have like 4 GB of space free. What are other people storing that eats up so much more space that it requires 32 or 64 GB of space?
  2. yanki01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 28, 2009
    videos, movies, shows. all of which take up the storage.
  3. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040


    Jul 19, 2013
    I think for most 'normal' users, 16gb is plenty. That's why Apple still offers the free iPhone with 8gb of storage.
  4. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    Infinity Blade is 3GB.

    A decent movie is 2GB.

    A TV show about 600MB.

    So, games, movies, pictures, songs, videos, apps.
  5. kungxpao macrumors 6502


    Sep 10, 2014
    Photos, apps, videos, music, and group texting takes up a good amount.
  6. channelinspire macrumors member


    Jun 23, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    I have a lot of audio books and podcasts on my phone. I hate needing the space and not having it so I spend the extra $100-$200 up from to make sure that I don't have a regret in 18 months.
  7. Iphoneness macrumors 6502


    Mar 19, 2010
    Raleigh, North Carolina
    I have about 13GB of photos, all taken with the 5s and copied them over to my 6+. Add on a few movies, games and a few GB worth of iMessages, it adds up quickly.
  8. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

    Jan 26, 2008
    I keep all of my pictures and videos on my iPhone and iPad (synced from iPhoto) so I need 128gb of space on both. Also, text messages with pictures can add up as well. I love this technology because I can carry an entire bookcase of photo albums in the palm of my hand.
  9. zorinlynx macrumors 603


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    I can similarly ask "how do people survive with only 16GB?"

    It's all a matter of differing use cases, which is why there are different capacities.

    EDIT: holy crap I can't type today.
  10. Escher2112 macrumors member

    Jul 25, 2011
    - Lossless format music (at least 30 gig or more)
    - 2 kids and lots of pics / video's
    - large apps

    I just upgraded to 128Gb 6 from 32gb 5... I was constantly deleting older music and swapping songs around. That gets old fast. And I dont have that extensive of a collection, but I'm moving more toward .wav and lossless which takes up a lot more space.
  11. TWO2SEVEN macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2010
    Plano, TX
    I take a lot of picutres (I have an 8 month old baby) and I listen to a lot of podcasts. I made it by just fine on my 32gb phone, with about 4 gb left to spare. I would have kept the 32gb had it been offered for the 6.

    I have a 16gb rMini and it is fine for my iPad usage. It is used mostly for social media and forum browsing. The occaisional iBook doesn't use up much space either.

    My wife has always had 16gb phones (and a 16gb iPad Mini) and has never had a problem with storage.
  12. DigitalJMD macrumors newbie


    Jun 15, 2014
    Well a lot of pictures,games,apps and a lot of music too.16GB isnt enough storage for me
  13. motulist thread starter macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003
    OP here. I think I need to clarify the question.

    As I stated in my original post, I have a few albums and podcasts and a couple of tv shows etc. for those rare occasions when I have no net connection, but those times are *exceedingly* rare. I'm in the country right now, like literally farms are here country, and pretty much everyone here has DSL w. wifi, and in town I even get some cell data. So I pretty much always just stream music and tv right from pandora/Amazon prime/Netflix/etc. So if this is the case for me in the country, then that means the vaaast majority of people will have at least as much net connectivity as I get. - So why store any more than a few pieces of audio or video on your device?
  14. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    Because connectivity availability and performance is not guaranteed.

    Local storage availability and performance is guaranteed.
  15. shaunmed macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2010
  16. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    I have over 18GB of Honeymooners episodes. None of that includes my apps, the OS and any of my data. 10+GB is sitting up in Google Play, so if I put that on my device there would also be that.

    But with over 18GB just in video there's no way a 16GB device would work for me.
  17. motulist thread starter macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003
    Right, that's what I just described, which is why for those rare occasions I have a few albums and a couple of tv episodes stored locally. But 10 albums, 10 podcasts, and 5 good quality tv episodes altogether don't take up more than 5 GB at max.
  18. tgi macrumors 65816


    Aug 29, 2012
    Can't beat the quality of an HD movie playing off your phones storage. No buffering issues / frame rate drops ever. While you can stream everything nowadays, I still like storing media on my phone.
  19. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    And that's great. 100 albums, 100 podcasts, and 50 TV shows don't.

    Why would I leave myself at the mercy of connectivity performance and availability when I can have it locally? :confused:
  20. motulist thread starter macrumors 601


    Dec 2, 2003
    I understand that videos take up space. But you haven't answered my question, which is why do you need several seasons worth of tv shows stored on your phone at all times?
  21. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    the OTA for iOS 8 required something like 6GB free, I know you can update via USB, but the way things are trending 16GB fills up fast

    and dont forget a 16GB device is really closer to 11GB
  22. CoilTap macrumors regular

    Sep 19, 2014
    ~5 GB iOS
    ~8 GB Music
    ~4 GB Photos

    Totals 17GB. And that's pretending the 16GB model has 16GB of actual storage once formatted and converted to base 2. I'm not anywhere near a power user, but I don't want to have to delete and re-add music every other day, and my photos aren't much good if I don't have them around to show people.

    Frankly, I don't know how anyone manages to get by these days with *only* 16GB.
  23. Razeus macrumors 603

    Jul 11, 2008
  24. corlando465 macrumors member

    Sep 17, 2014
    I have ALL of my music on my device. Never know what I'll be in the mood to listen to.
  25. CEmajr macrumors 601

    Dec 18, 2012
    Charlotte, NC
    I like taking a lot of pictures and recording video. That's pretty much the extent of my need for device storage.

    I deleted all music from my phone since I got iTunes Match and that freed up a ton of space. Can now listen to my entire iTunes Library without having to waste my device storage on it. So I use a 32GB 5S.

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