16GB of storage on a phone isn’t nearly enough. This is a post I’ve been thinking about writing forever but never got around to because I kept reading rumors that the next version of the iPhone wouldn’t have a 16GB model to choose from. But now I’m seeing rumors that the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus might have 16GB starter models. So here we go.
Like many people in the world who want an awesome new phone, I’ve bought a few 16GB iPhone models in the past. The reason is simple: I wanted the best new phone and, since phones are expensive, I went with the cheapest option.
That changed when I bought my most recent phone: the iPhone 6 Plus. I made sure to get a 64GB model which had 4 times the amount of storage as my last iPhone (a 16GB model). And guess what… I’m wishing I had gotten the 128GB model!
Now I realize that for plenty of people there simply isn’t an option. You’ve gotta go with whatever you’ve got the money to spend. Fine. Proceed. But IF you have an option I highly recommend going for a phone model with more storage than 64GB. Even a jump to 32GB in your phone can be a luxurious upgrade in comparison. Actually, I really believe phones — especially iPhones — shouldn’t be sold with models having less than 64GB of storage.
The reason is simple. Phones like the iPhone are beasts. They do more than ever and that only means we’re going to need more storage than ever. When the iPhone 6 Plus came out it I loved it’s upgraded camera and I took WAY more photos and videos, for instance, than I did with my previous iPhone. Even with 64GB of space it only took me a couple of months to eat through it. I can only imagine how quickly storage space will be used on the upcoming iPhones which are rumored to feature 4K video and a big jump in pixels/sensor quality for photos. In the back of my mind I keep thinking about the poor saps who might buy an iPhone 6S with only 16GB of storage…
Well, you might be thinking, why would Apple or any other phone company make models with such a low, unusable amount of storage space? The reasons are actually pretty obvious.
First they want to be able to show a cheaper version of their phone to the world when it launches to make it seem more attainable. A phone with 16GB of storage is going to cost quite a bit less than a phone with 128GB.
Second, Apple wouldn’t mind if you turned into a paying iCloud subscriber in order to help fix your iPhone storage problems. Now I like iCloud — and I am a paying subscriber — but I know a lot of people don’t want to pay for it, even if it’s only a few bucks per month. Over time, you’ll end up paying far more than if you had upgraded to a phone with more storage in the first place. And you’ll be hooked into Apple’s ecosystem (which I admit isn’t a bad thing at this point, at least for me).
So please take it from me. Don’t ever buy a 16GB iPhone or Android phone if you can help it — especially an iPhone 6S, iPhone 7 or (please tell me they won’t make it) an iPhone 8 with a puny 16GB. You’ll regret it, it will be annoying and I’ll say I told you so.