Re: Did I buy the wrong storage capacity?
When buying the iPhone 5 there are a lot of options to consider. After you figure out which carrier to use you have to decide how much storage space the new iPhone will need, and the answer will vary by person.
Like the iPhone 4S before it, the iPhone 5 comes in three different storage models: a 16GB model for $199, a 32GB model for $299, and a 64GB model for $399. The prices are the same as last year.
The size is important to consider largely because there’s no Micro SD card slot or any other way to expand the storage space on the iPhone.
Which Size iPhone 5 Should I Buy?
Based on how much media users store on their device the iPhone 5 size they need will vary. Hopefully these use cases will help you determine what size iPhone 5 you need.
How to pick the right iPhone 5 Size.
Basic User: 16GB
Although Apple says the average user has 100 apps on their iPhone, we doubt those apps are huge 3D games that require a lot of space. The average user who only has a few apps, or a number of small apps, and rarely listens to music on their iPhone won’t need that much space. The perfect example is an older user who uses the iPhone mostly as a feature phone with few extra bells and whistles (and maybe some apps).
Heavy Streamer: 16GB
This is the person who uses Spotify or Rdio as their main source of music, or who stores all their music in iTunes Match instead of on the phone. They use Netflix, YouTube, and Hulu Plus for video. This user probably also has an unlimited data plan, or doesn’t care about data caps. They can use what storage space they have for apps, photos, and video from the camera and they likely won’t have to worry about space.
Moderate User: 32GB
The moderate user doesn’t like to stream media, or is very conscious about their data caps. They might have a few movies and games on their phone, as well as significant portion of their music library. They need 32GB to have the extra space for photos, videos, and more apps.
With a few games and 15GB of music, a moderate user will still have plenty of space left for photos, videos, and just more media in general.
Power User/User Who Wants Everything Local: 64GB
This is the user who wants most, if not all of their iTunes music library on their device, along with a number of movies, TV shows, and 3D games. This user doesn’t want to run the risk on not having something when they want it, and they probably prefer to have media local instead of streaming.
A power user is also someone who will take a lot of photos and video with their iPhone 5. This is for amateur photographers and videographers who use their iPhone for their work/hobby.