Do you need 128GB in a phone?
Bill Gates may or may not have said this statement. And also, it wasn't about memory, but storage capacity. That won't stop Dave from making a similar statement about phones though!
64GB ought to be enough for anybody. Right?
As Apple's fall event approaches, there's no rumor about a new iPhone that tech news websites won't consider. Titanium oxide earbuds? Sure! Optical retina scanners? Why not? Solar powered kinetic pedometers? I don't even think that's a real thing but okay.
One of the more recent (and probably more reasonable) rumors is that the new iPhones will offer up to 128GB of storage capacity. As our phones have become more powerful and act like a central hub in our lives (and with the most recent iPhones offering up to 64GB of storage), it's not too surprising to hear this change.
That said, do you think you could use a phone with this much space? 128GB is equal to the capacity of some recent computers! It probably isn't that hard to imagine though, as the onboard cameras have gotten better and better apps / games have been built. (Of course, where are we going to store all these awesome photos? On the hard drives of our computers? In the cloud?)
My current iPhone has 64GB of space, of which 20.1GB is free. I'm obviously not taking full advantage of the space, but you know what? I really do want a 128GB phone. I could take more photos, store more music (then again, I stream most stuff), and potentially download even more awesome apps (haha, because 12 weather apps isn't enough).
Would you want a phone with this much space or is it kind of unreasonable?
Bring on the 128gb phones with expandable storage! I'd love to not even consider cloud services because you never know when you'll find your carrier's dead-zones.
@Samsung There's no reason to keep your "flagship" phone's base storage stagnant at 16gb for 3 years!
And you wonder why GS5 sales are down.
Is it necessary for most users? No. The iPod touch which maxes out at 64gb (and I do own one as I wanted it to be more 'future proof') is selling great. The iPod Classic at 160gb is not selling nearly as well.
Also, having a lot of storage on my phone means I need to offload data to my NAS less frequently, instead of once a week as I do now. I generate approximately 2GB data per week on my phone, mostly photos and videos.
In addition, because of the dismal state of connectivity outside the house, I can't use Google Maps in most places and have to resort to offline navigation using TomTom. The maps data take up a few GB of storage.
Depends on price point. Hard drive space is an easy way to up sell consumers. With increased cloud support and faster internet connections, do you really need a large harddrive at all? You could take millions of photos and store them on the cloud.
It's like saying, here you can get this laptop, nothing is upgradeable, it only has a 6gb SSD but you can use USB 1.0 to expand storage out to 4TB. Oh and programs cannot be installed onto USB storage unless you void your warranty.
I do think 128Gb WILL be needed as people put more and more apps on their smartphones. Some of the new apps/games are large (1Gb+) and getting larger.
I have a 16GB 5S, and just couldn't choke down the $100-300 price jump for the convenience of more onboard storage. If a 128GB option was something other than just another $100 upgrade, and acutally meant that base storage levels would increase, I would welcome the move. Otherwise, it would make no difference for me.
As for the microSD option... no. It just never works as well as having dedicated, seamless integrated storage.
I can use my phone to listen to music the same way I used to do with my old harddrive based MP3 players, plus add pictures, movies, and comics in it.
That's great, and I don't need to worry about 3G connectivity, DATA caps, or batery drain for just listening to music !
I always take care to keep at least 10 GB of space on it, so it double as a usb stick when in need to retrieve data from friends or colleagues...
And now that the 256 GB SDXC cards are becoming more accessible (~100 $) I might jump to this size soon !
The problem with devices such as the iphone, is that they use the excuse of no microsd reader to sell you overpriced internal memory, I just hate that... the difference of price between a 16 GB model and a 64 model, is nowhere near the price of a single 128 GB microsd card nowadays (apparently more than 180 € of difference, when the 128 GB microSD card cost around 90 €...) !
Plus, I value the unified storage provided by SD-less devices.
we want to experience on our devices. The MP on our cameras for instance uses so much more memory than we ever thought we needed. The new, and (exciting), programs that are becoming available are also going to require much more memory. I have learned from experience, that when you purchase any new device, you go for the most you can afford at that time. Trust me, we will be soon saying I really need that 500GB of memory as well as that 500mhz to do what I want.