n the last couple of years, we have witnessed tremendous evolution in the world of smartphones. Compare a modern smartphone with one from five years ago, it’s easy to see the magnitude of the change. Mobile chipsets have become incredibly capable. Screens have gone from small 4-inch panels to large 6-inch+ edge-to-edge screens, with foldable ones looming on the horizon. Smartphones are also sporting more than just one camera to get highly impressive photos. While these are some features that people across various budget categories will eventually adopt, one feature that can affect the price of a smartphone is storage.
Manufacturers like Samsung and Apple are pushing the boundaries of onboard storage on their flagship offerings, with 512GB becoming the new limit. Therefore, consumers get attracted to buy the variants with higher storage so as to store all their goodies that they care about without worrying about storage space.
While the idea of having more storage is thoughtful, it does beg a question – how much storage is enough for you? Does spending extra on your preferred smartphone model make sense? After all, different types of consumers have varied kind of usage scenarios. Let’s try to answer some of that.
How much storage is good enough for you?
To decide on the amount of storage, we need to figure out the requirements a particular kind of user requires.
For the shutterbug:
There’s no doubt that people are taking more photos than they used to previously – thanks to incredible cameras on smartphones. Photos can easily reach up to 12MB in size for shots that hold a lot of detail. Therefore, if you like clicking lots of photos, you need a phone that has at least 64GB of storage. Whether you are using an Android phone or iPhone, Google’s cloud storage can help by offloading some of your precious photos to its servers. If your phone has expandable storage, it’s better to keep at least a 32GB of expandable memory.
For those who store songs:
While it’s fashionable and convenient to stream music from apps such as Gaana and JioSaavn, audiophiles prefer certain types of audio formats and hence end up downloading audio tracks on their devices. A good quality .aac or even a .mp3 file at least consume 10MB of space and storing at least a few hundred albums does require some considerable storage space. Therefore, at least 128GB of internal storage is required to keep some space spare for system files and other kinds of files.
What if you are a corporate user:
For most corporate users, their phones are required to hold chunks of documents, spreadsheets, presentations, .pdf files and others. Therefore, a bare minimum of 64GB is suggested so as to prevent bothering about storage management.
What if you game hard:
Mobile gaming is now a serious business and gaming studios are excelling with unmatchable graphics as well incredible physics system. This translates into game files spanning several gigabytes. For example, Asphalt 9, PUBG MOBILE, Codemasters’ Grid Autosport and Modern Combat 5 have an average weight of 2.5GB. Consider the add-ons and updates that developers keep on rolling and it could easily expand by a GB or two. Therefore, 128GB is at least required. If you have noticed, Asus’ first gaming phone– ROG Phone, features 128GB of storage as standard.
What if you aren’t interested in any of the above?
Well, considering the limited number of occasional photos, certain basic apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Paytm, a music streaming app and a few casual games, 32GB should be good enough for you. However, do keep in mind that creating a backup of your precious files on cloud storage is necessary to always have some additional space for future system updates.
A clever tip for everyone
With the high-speed Internet becoming extremely cheap, it is beneficial in a lot of ways to rely on cloud storage. Google provides an almost unlimited storage solution in the form of Drive and Photos. Even if you invest a little, the rewards are greater. Wonder how? Even if your phone is lost or stolen, you will always have access to your files from any computer in the world.
Also, keep in mind that smartphones do require some buffer space to download and install updates. Occasionally, you may need to use your phone’s storage as a portable drive. Therefore, it is always beneficial to gauge your requirements and choose a variant that gives you the extra buffer space.
And don’t forget WhatsApp:
By default, WhatsApp wants to you see all incoming media, whether it be photos or videos. Therefore, all the photos or GIFs or videos that you receive on WhatsApp are downloaded and stored on your phone. If you are popular in your social circle, then your WhatsApp media is bound to weigh at least a few gigabytes over the course of a few months. Therefore, it is suggested that your phone should ideally contain 64GB of storage, even if you have opted out of the auto download option for media over mobile data and Wi-Fi. If you are on Android, then it is advisable to get the Files app by Google that uses AI to clear up the junk.