Is 8gb enough storage for your smartphone?

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  1. ManSnake

    ManSnake Diamond Member

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    The newest phones come with 16gb of storage. But the likes of Evo come with 8gb. Do you find you run out of space with 8gb storage?
     
  2. rudeguy

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    my Vibrant has 16 internal

    /epeener


    I used an 8 gig class 6 SD for a long time on my myTouch. I stream more music than I store, so it was no issue. Now I find myself keeping more junk on my phone since I now have 24 gigs at my disposal.

    Maybe I should clean it out right now.
     
  3. Anubis

    Anubis No Lifer

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    to use as a phone: YES

    to replace my MP3 player: no

    A smart phone would have to have over 100 gigs of storage before it could replace a PMP for me
     
  4. rudeguy

    rudeguy Lifer

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    have you tried streaming?

    I find that I like the randomness of the streaming apps. Slacker has passed Pandora as my favorite but I have both installed on my phone. Of course I keep a few playlists with 50 or so songs on each for when I know what I want to listen to.
     
  5. MrX8503

    MrX8503 Diamond Member

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    If you use it as just a phone, I think 8GB is enough. Otherwise 16GB is kind of a necessity.

    Also remember that Apps cannot be installed on the external memory, it has to be internal. But I think Froyo fixes this issue.
     
  6. tdawg

    tdawg Platinum Member

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    My phone is an all-in-one device, so 16gb is a minimum necessity for me. I'd love to have more storage in order to keep more music and movies loaded on the phone for travelling and such. I can't wait for reasonably-priced 32gb microSD cards to arrive.
     
  7. rudeguy

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    I'm starting to think that Cloud Streaming will be a reality before that happens....
     
  8. jpeyton

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    No Android phone has "just" 8GB, since they all have MicroSD slots. I have a pile of 16GB cards on my desk.
     
  9. gorcorps

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    It's plenty for apps and light video, but that's it. I'm struggling with 16gig because it's having to serve mp3 player duties as well.
     
  10. mmntech

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    I haven't found 8gb limiting for just music and a few apps. A lot of Android phones also have microSD slots to expand storage if you need more. Videos are what take up the biggest chunk of space.
     
  11. yh125d

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    16GB isn't quite enough for all my music, but I can make do with only ~14gb of my 18gb library so I have a bit left over for misc whatever. 32gb in a microSD though is way too expensive for my tastes. WTB like a 24gb card
     
  12. pm

    pm Elite Member <br> Super Moderator<br>Mobile Device
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    8GB was too small for me - that fits my music and photos, but not the occassional movie that I wanted to load up. 16GB is just about the right size now, although what I think is "just right" is a moving target that steadily shifts upwards. My next phone will likely be a 32GB.
     
  13. ChAoTiCpInOy

    ChAoTiCpInOy Diamond Member

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    If you only have 8GB you could make it work. But it's better to have some cushion. 16GB i think is the sweet spot.
     
  14. olds

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    I haven't come close to the 8gb my phone has because I don't plan to use it as an MP3 player.
     
  15. zerocool84

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    No music at all? I have music and I will switch out movies every other week on my phone.
     
  16. AznAnarchy99

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    I stream almost all of mine. I kinda like the randomness of streaming but ill keep some tracks that I like on the card.
     
  17. boomhower

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    Not for me and I am a very very light user. I have around four gigs of music so there's half. With the way I encode a one hour episode of TV goes around 500MB's. It fills up fast. A 16 card is in my future.
     
  18. Anubis

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    yes i use slacker and last, however having a massive music collection at your fingers is far greater then any streaming service
     
  19. olds

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    I have an mp3 player that is tiny and serves me well.
    I will also shoot myself if I ever try to watch a movie on the 4.3" screen.
    But that's just me.
     
  20. rudeguy

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    How much would I have to pay you to watch Super Troopers on it?
     
  21. Pliablemoose

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    It's not that bad, actually... I imagine if you had a long commute on public transportation, airplane, ride in a car, you'd feel differently.
     
  22. Raduque

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    I have a vibrant also with an 8gb card installed.

    I have 6.5gb free of the 16gb(13gb actual) available internal, and 5.6 of my 8gb(7.6gb actual). I moved like 3gb of stuff onto my internal storage, including my music, which is only about 2gb.

    I don't like streaming crap 'cause i don't seem to get very good signal strength and the stream always cuts out and stops after a while. I don't keep movies or tv shows on the phone either, I watch and then delete them.

    I WANT a bigger SD card, but I don't NEED one.
     
  23. olds

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    Answer my GD PM.
     
  24. AstroManLuca

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    My phone only came with a 2 GB SD card. Haven't had any storage issues so far (well except for one time when I couldn't take pictures because another app had cached data out of control). I don't use my phone as a music player though.
     
  25. olds

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    For airplanes, we have an audio splitter and we set the laptop up for movies.
    For music, I prefer my mp3 player.
    But the biggest reason I don't want to use the phone for music or movies, is battery life. That and I know how pissed I would get if I was watching a movie and lost part of the plot because I couldn't see something on the screen.
    I am sure the phone is fine for others for music/movies.
    <--- Reads this on his 50" monitor as he types...

    EDIT
    But that being said, as soon as 32GB class 6 cards come down in price, I'll get one for my phone.
     
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