Stor­age – how much is enough?

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Thankfully, the days of 16GB iPhones are be­hind us – Ap­ple held on to that stor­age op­tion for far too long. These days you get much more gen­er­ous ca­pac­ity choices for your iPhone, but you still need to know which is right for you.

The iPhone 6s right through to the iPhone 7 Plus (in­clud­ing the SE) let you choose be­tween 32GB and 128GB of stor­age space. For the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X, those op­tions have been dou­bled to 64GB and 256GB.

Stor­age wars

If you’re a light user, don’t store much mu­sic or pho­tos on your phone, and make use of cloud stor­age, 32GB may well be enough. How­ever, we’d rec­om­mend get­ting at least 64GB of stor­age on your iPhone.

That’s be­cause apps and games are get­ting big­ger all the time as they be­come more com­plex and graph­i­cally im­pres­sive. And let’s not for­get Ap­ple’s push to­wards aug­mented re­al­ity – if you want to enjoy AR ex­pe­ri­ences on your iPhone, you may end up pay­ing the stor­age space price.

As iPhones get more ca­pa­ble of record­ing high qual­ity videos, the space taken up by your footage will also in­crease. Con­sider the iPhone 8: Even a short 4K video clip recorded at 60fps could eat up gi­ga­bytes of space, as can a su­per slow mo­tion clip cap­tured at 240fps.

That said, be sen­si­ble. Don’t over­pay for stor­age you’re never likely to use. Think about how you use your cur­rent phone and how much space you’re us­ing at the mo­ment, and use that as a guide­line.

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