Advice - 8GB or 16GB
I'm going to make the big move and buy an iPhone to replace my Centro this week. Having been a Palm user since the first Plam Pilot this is a big move. My use of the iPhone will be primarily business as opposed to music. I will load a fair number of apps, but I have no idea how large the typical iPhone apps are. So...do I buy the 8GB or the 16 GB? Opinions and advice please.
- 11-02-2008, 02:46 PM #2
- 11-02-2008, 03:02 PM #3
I also migrated from a Treo. Most iPhone apps are small, typically around 1 MB or so. For example, SplashID is 700KB. (SplashID was also a favorite on my Treo, and I was able to migrate the data to the iPhone version.)
To give you an idea, I have an iPhone 8GB with about 500 songs, 10 apps, and 76 ebooks. I don't have anything else loaded. Right now, I have 4.8GB free. I'm hoping for a turn-by-turn GPS app in the future. I figure if I load the entire U.S. map, I'll give up another GB (assuming it's similar to TomTom for Palm). That still leaves 3.8GB for more songs, videos, and anything else.
So... I think 8GB is plenty of space, unless you load up tons of videos.
- 11-02-2008, 04:08 PM #4iPhone Newbie
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Currently I have 57 apps installed, including a couple dictionaries and games which are 50+ MB each (Texas HoldEm is 129MB!). All the apps are about 600MB in total. Add to that a couple movies, my music, podcasts, and photos, and I still have over 4GB free space on my 8GB iPhone.
- 11-02-2008, 05:24 PM #5
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- 11-10-2008, 09:21 AM #13
My 1st gen was 8Gb but I opted for the 16Gb 3G so that I'd have plenty of room. The apps themselves don't take up much room but I often need lots of space for video and photos. The extra memory also allows me to record long sessions without worrying about running out of space. It's always better to have too much space than not enough!
- 11-10-2008, 09:31 AM #14
I'd rather purchase more storage than I think I'll need and have flexibility later, than spend serious money on something that I'll outgrow. My history proves as time goes on I use more and more data space, not less. That'll only increase.
- 11-10-2008, 10:15 AM #15
- 11-10-2008, 10:18 AM #16
id go with the 8gb, its got plenty of space. I bought mine as my regular 40gb ipod was stolen. I havnt had a problem with space, have lots of music that I actually listen to along with 2 movies and 6pgs worth of apps and I still have plenty of space to spare.
just my .02 cents
- 11-10-2008, 10:39 AM #17
I guess it really depends on which apps you're going to use. For example, I use iTalk as a recorder and the length of the recording is only limited by how much free space I've got. I also use several different productivity/utility apps so I like to know that there's plenty of storage space on my phone for all the data.
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- 11-11-2008, 01:13 AM #21iPhone Newbie
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I sprung for the 16 and struggled to fill it (I did it in about a week though) then I scaled back to just what I needed and have 6 gb left that's about 9gb used with 1179 songs 121 videos and 3326 photos and 40+ apps but I could really see being able to deal with 8gb if music and video was not important especially with pandora and other Internet radio.... Hope that helps
- 11-11-2008, 04:24 AM #22iPhone Nanite
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If you can buy the 16GB one ... go for it, you never know what's gonna happen in a near future with the appstore. It's quiet now but who knows...
Once you pay the extra 60-70$(I bought it in Spain and 8GB was 60€ cheaper) you won't regret it and within few weeks you won't even miss that money. What if you suddendly start working far from home and want to store tons of songs? No one else than you knows better what are you going to do with your phone but having doubling from 8Gb to 16Gb is a big jump for only 60-70$. Good luck with your final choice, whatever you do you won't regret paying for an iphone .
As I began this thread I appreciate all the help. I went for a 1st gen 8 Gig and so far so good. I don't anticipate being a huge packrat with photos and videos so this is fine for now. When AT&T is ready to allow me to buy at the upgrade price (2009 late) I'll look at my usage and consider the 16 or whatever is available then. The 8 gig is great an my "beginner iPhone" and I live well outside the 3G footprint so I'm missing nothing and enjoying a cheaper data package at $20-/mo including 200 ntext messages.
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