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Old Sep 18th, 2012, 11:26 PM   #1
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Why would one need more than a 16GB iPhone if one was going to rely on iCloud to store music/photos/movies? Are we not at a point yet that we can count on iCloud being stable? It is going to be my first iPhone, just trying to figure out which one to buy. Thanks in advance.
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Old Sep 18th, 2012, 11:43 PM   #2
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I asked myself the same thing when selecting my iPhone 5 last week at 3:00 am on the 12th. I figured that I would using the camera and video a lot. 1080p videos can eat through memory pretty quick. With that said, I ordered the 64 GB in slate black.
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Old Sep 19th, 2012, 12:18 AM   #3
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64GB if you have kids.. you will have to record the videos and pictures.. not to mention when you organize your iPhotos and music you will want to take it with you..
Remember, what if you are traveling outside of the country or somewhere where internet [3g] is horrible ( Atlantic Canada is spotty or upper Canada )Trust me not everywhere is there wifi, nor are you willing to pay for wifi so you can be connected on the cloud all the time.

Even in the GTA the internet is dodgy at best... Niagara Falls drives me batty, my phone is always showing AT&T, when I am deep on our Canadian side, its just a sad fact, the cloud is great if you are using it for work [wifi/wired-LAN] but not for your iphone.. [not just yet]
that is just my experience.. [yes I do travel with my iphone a lot.. but been lucky to have wifi where I go, but I can not rely on hopes there will be wifi or reliable 3G so I can have access to my info ]
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Old Sep 19th, 2012, 03:47 AM   #4
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I'd second the previous comments regarding photos and videos, and I don't even have kids. On a recent 3 week vacation I took nearly 13GB worth of pictures and videos, and had to go through and manually remove some tv shows, movies, and apps to free up space a couple times on the trip to be able to take more. Photo's on the 4S generally take 2-4 MB each, and 1080p video runs around 100MB per min.

As for using iCloud for storage, yes you can (for stuff purchased (or matched) from iTunes), but unless you have a LOT of data usage I wouldn't recommend it, even then local storage is still much faster than going over the network.

Also many apps are getting pretty big, with games generally being the biggest (I have a few over 1GB, and many in the 100's of MB).

All that to say I would go 64GB, I find my 32GB iPad cramped at times, and am even slightly disappointed storage capacities didn't get a bump this time around. I fully realize I'm in the minority, but I could easily see filling 128GB...
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Old Sep 19th, 2012, 06:33 AM   #5
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64GB, storage for work related apps. I'm stuck dealing with a large number of PDF files which work seems to think that we can go to the manufactures websites to get them constantly. With a smartphone and a PDF/File management app I can have near instant access to them.


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Old Sep 19th, 2012, 07:33 AM   #6
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my own personal experience is that 32 is just about enough.. 16 is kinda small, 64 might be too much.
so start the thinking process with 32 in mind and see which way you want to go..
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Old Sep 19th, 2012, 08:02 AM   #7
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Why would one need more than a 16GB iPhone if one was going to rely on iCloud to store music/photos/movies? Are we not at a point yet that we can count on iCloud being stable? It is going to be my first iPhone, just trying to figure out which one to buy. Thanks in advance.
It is not about iCloud being stable. It is about having to download everything you want to do. If you keep everything in the cloud you will easily go over any data cap you purchase from your provider. I have 64gb and I am full because of music, apps, photos and videos.

It's is all about how you are going to use it. My Fiancee has a 16gb iPhone 4s and has a 500mb plan, which works for her because she doesn't uses it as a phone and thats it.
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Old Sep 19th, 2012, 09:49 AM   #8
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Why would one need more than a 16GB iPhone if one was going to rely on iCloud to store music/photos/movies? Are we not at a point yet that we can count on iCloud being stable? It is going to be my first iPhone, just trying to figure out which one to buy. Thanks in advance.
Videos. I use it as an entertainment system for my kid while travelling. Well, less and less since I got an iPad, but when we visit friends who don't have kids his age he gets bored mid-evening, and watches a movie on the iPhone.

I'd have a 16Gb otherwise.
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Old Sep 19th, 2012, 11:14 AM   #9
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Agreed with most posts here. Taking HD video quickly eats up space, and with a 7-month-old, I'm taking a lot of video. I don't always want to transfer and delete my videos - I like to have them to show to family members and such. That right there means the 16gb is out for me.

In addition, though I love using iCloud and iTunes Match for my music, I cannot count on having a wifi connection (and sometimes 3G), so I do have a stable of albums that I keep on my phone. Again, the 16gb model is pushing for this.

So, 32gb it is for me. It seems to be the sweet spot. Big enough that I can have the videos, photos, and music I want on it at all times, but not so big that I just let it fill up with things I don't really need on there. Keeps me on my toes just enough haha.

I ordered a 32gb iPhone 5 as well.
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Old Sep 19th, 2012, 01:18 PM   #10
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my own personal experience is that 32 is just about enough.. 16 is kinda small, 64 might be too much.
so start the thinking process with 32 in mind and see which way you want to go..
I agree. I've had my 32GB iPhone 4 for 2 years now and have had no problems with space. My previous 3G and 3GS felt a bit too small at 16GB. 32 leaves enough room for music/movies when you need them and all the pictures/video you can think of. Not to mention some bigger Apps can take up a decent amount of space (games).
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