What Do You Do With Your 256GB?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by rhyzome, Nov 4, 2016.

  1. rhyzome macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2012
    One not over-emphasized aspect of the iPhone 7 is Its being the first iPhone to offer 256GB storage. When I bought mine the sales guy actually encouraged me to get the 128GB because he couldn't imagine anyone needing 256 on their iPhone (or maybe he wanted me to have to rely on data as a crutch later...)

    Anyway: how are you enjoying your 256GB? What do you use the space for?

    For me, the iPhone was really meant to replace my old iPod...I was really content with the release of the 7 256GB because it is the first model I've owned that has enough storage for my entire iTunes library! I love finally being able to realize my iPod-phone hybrid dream!

    Why is 256GB on the iPhone important to you?
  2. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    I don't have the 7/7+, but I can tell you that every iPhone I have owned has had the maximum capacity available.

    32GB iPhone 3GS
    64GB iPhone 5
    128GB iPhone 6+
    128GB iPhone 6s+

    I just want the satisfaction of knowing it's there if I ever need it. That said, I use Google Play Music for my music (none of it is on my iPhone) and Dropbox. I don't use my iPhone as a substitute for a computer so my storage is pretty light.

    Except for 18GB in Honeymooner's episodes. For viewing when I'm going to be some place for a while. :)
  3. Elwots macrumors regular


    Aug 8, 2016
    TBH, the only reason I went with 256GB is because I got it a month earlier than I would've gotten the 128GB. However, it is nice knowing that I can put whatever I want on it and never need to worry about storage. I've always refused to download offline playlists from Spotify, always have gone through my apps about once a month and uninstalled the ones I don't really need, etc. No need for that anymore. It's very liberating.
  4. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    I wouldn't know what do do with all that space:)
    Maybe copy and transfer every single picture, video and audio file I have on my computer.
  5. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I have never heard anyone say, "I wish I had less space." Most always wish they had More. I like your analogy.
  6. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    I actually don't know how much space I'm using on my iPhone right now. All I know is I have yet to receive any messages about not being able to update apps because there's not enough free space. Personally, that's worth the $4-8 more per month on Next for the 256GB over lower capacity models. :)
  7. blaine07 macrumors 68000

    Nov 14, 2014

    If I had 256gb I would sit back and be thrilled my phone wasn't "full"

    Seriously though, can't figure out why I delete pics on phone. I sync and they just come back
  8. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
  9. MCube74 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 22, 2010
    Hong Kong
    I can tell you that it has been 5 weeks now since I got my iPhone 7 Plus 256gb jet black. As of last night I have about 130gb storage space left in my phone.

    I have plenty of pictures, videos, MP3 songs, programs and games.
    I still have 10 more months to enjoy the phone until iPhone 8 releases. I believe 130gb should be enough.
  10. MrInquestador macrumors regular


    Nov 14, 2015
    Well my 128gb 6s almost ran out when my music library reached 112 gb. I also store in movies because I always travel and needed some form of entertainment while waiting for my flight which can take a while from where I live. And as someone said above, it feels good to know that I can put anything I want.
  11. AppleB macrumors 6502a


    Oct 18, 2011
    The 256 just gives some flexibility. If I want to load more music or vids I can or not.
  12. pika2000 macrumors 601

    Jun 22, 2007
    I have 256GB on my MacBook Air, and it's not even filled that much (including VMs).
  13. akash.nu macrumors 603


    May 26, 2016
    I'm on 64GB iPhone 6 and have never come even close to filling up the storage.
  14. BigDO macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2012
    Pity that now we have the space, syncing with music libraries with iTunes has become a PITA.
  15. MCube74 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 22, 2010
    Hong Kong
    You are forgetting that with iPhones you can't insert a microSd card like some of the Google phones in the market. Many insert a 128gb card in their phones and therefore with the standard 32gb or 64gb plus the 128gb microsd card we are looking at just about the storage (actually slightly more) with the 256gb iphone7 plus.

    Some people don't care about storing photos and songs in their phones and use the phone as just a phone or just for apps. Some use it for everything and for those people, more storage is needed.
  16. starbot macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2005
    I got 256 to never see the "Storage full" notification when I go to snap a photo!
  17. Channan macrumors 68030


    Mar 7, 2012
    New Orleans
    It's not about wishing you had less space. More "I wish I had the extra $100." That's me.

    I bought a 64GB iPhone SE and even that has plenty of space left. When I bought an iPhone 7, I only wanted jet black so I had to get 128GB. It's a shame, because I could very easily manage with 32GB. I downloaded tons of videos and a few apps I don't really need on my phone since I have the extra space anyway and I still have just under 74GB available. It's going to be a VERY long time before I need 256GB on an iPhone.
  18. Tom G. macrumors 68010

    Tom G.

    Jun 16, 2009
    Champaign/Urbana Illinois
    Whatever I want because I have the room to do it. :rolleyes:
  19. Ghost31 macrumors 68020


    Jun 9, 2015
    Wowwww @ that camera roll. It's backed up though right?!
  20. Mr.C macrumors 601

    Apr 3, 2011
    London, UK.
    I don't like to manage my storage plus I also like to have everything on my phone so what ever my mood fancies it there whether it be an app, a song, a movie etc. Since you cant expand the storage on an iPhone I always get the highest capacity available to reduce my chances of running out of space. I have 137.12 GB currently available on my 256 GB iphone but I'm sure between now and when the next iPhone is released more more of my storage will fill up.
  21. simonmet macrumors 68000


    Sep 9, 2012
    256 GB is deliciously extravagent. Coming from a 64 GB 5s it still kind of blows my mind.

    What I can do for the first time is tick the "Sync your entire library" box and then sit back and relax and not have to waste time with selections or picking and choosing. Most of my music is lossless or better so I can't even stream it at the same quality with the 1-year complimentary Apple Music subscription they gave me.

    Likewise videos. I have approximately 105 GB music and 40 GB movies currently but more movies not yet synced.

    More so it's about future proofing. Judging by my last phone I'll have it for at least 3-4 years in which the free space will no doubt come in very handy. I can't see myself ever needing more than 256 GB in a pocketable phone, but never say never!

    It's great to not have to stress about taking stuff off in order to fit something else on!
    --- Post Merged, Nov 5, 2016 ---
    Hey, at least it's another backup!
  22. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Agree to disagree.

    I agree about the iPhone Jet Black 128 GB. I initially was going to pre-order the iPhone 7 jet black, when I realized it was only available in 128 and 256. Ultimately, I ordered an iPhone 7 Plus in gold (32GB). Unfortunately, I don't require 128 GB of memory for an iPhone and I was debunked from wanting the Jet Black color due to price point and memory I wouldn't require. And I also agree the 64 GB would have been tempting, if it still existed.

    And I understand Apple's marking technique was to have those upgrade to 128, being certain individuals would flock to the latest jet black color, which is why I went with Gold and received my order relatively quickly.

    Where I disagree, like you previously stated, is no one is going to say "Gee, I wish I had less space for all these Live photos, videos, applications, software updates." Which more and more are consuming the memory on these iPhones. If you had the choice between less memory and more memory for the same
    Price point, you naturally would take the larger storage.

    But if you properly manage your storage and understand how you use your iPhone's memory, then a lower storage isn't an issue for the time being. Some purchase the lower storage iPhone "Because it was the cheapest one they had." When in reality, the nostalgia wears off when they maxed out their storage and they are thinking "Perhaps I should have invested in the larger storage", which puts the customer in a corner.

    On A sidenote, I feel these software updates are growing in capacity, 4K videos, Live Photos and applications are really dampening the iPhone storage. Ultimately, a larger storage would be future proofing your iPhone and is a "Safe Bet." I upgrade annually, but for those who don't, it makes complete sense.

    And Let's not forget, after the iPhone it initializes after set up, you truly are not getting the "32 GB." It realistically is approximately 28GB of storage.
  23. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    I just went to the 256 GB from 16. The reason for the change is so I could have all my music and movies on the phone since I moved you rural Alaska and now have much lower internet caps so streaming (which was needed to make 16GB work) isn't a practical option for me anymore.
  24. bigjnyc macrumors 603


    Apr 10, 2008
    Don't really need 256 but I needed a phone fast since I had a note 7, and 256 was the only option in black in stores near me

    Attached Files:

  25. Gathomblipoob macrumors 601


    Mar 18, 2009
    I've bought every 64GB and 128GB iPhone since they came out and still end up only using about 32GB of storage total. Go figure.

Share This Page