iPhone Life magazine

16GB, 32GB, 64GB… Why Storage Capacity No Longer Matters

The newest iPhones (5s and 5c) are available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB versions. The iPad Air and the iPad Mini with Retina are available in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB.  

But the question is:

How much storage do you REALLY need?

I would argue that with the ever-present cloud following you wherever your travels take you, you don’t really need a lot of storage capacity on your iDevice. Of course, a side benefit to having less capacity is the reduced cost of the unit.

On my iPhone, where I only have 16GB, I am using SugarSync (5GB free, paid plans start at $75/year for 60GB) for my cloud storage. This allows me to sync anything from my desktop with any other device I own. This is particularly useful when it comes to keeping the storage space on my iPhone free. When I take pictures or videos on my iPhone, I will upload them to my SugarSync account so that I can access them on my desktop or share them with family and friends via email or social media.

SugarSync, like many cloud apps, allows you to sync over cellular or Wi-Fi networks. This is a very important feature. Because when you are traveling outside your country or to a place with spotty or no cellular coverage, you still have access to your cloud accounts via Wi-Fi.

Memory is expensive

When I first converted to Apple, I thought I would get the iDevice with the largest memory. But thanks to apps like SugarSync, this is no longer necessary.

When it comes to music, there’s Apple’s iTunes Match program. For just $25 a year, you can listen to every song you have on your desktop anywhere there is a cellular or Wi-Fi connection. And if you don’t have a large (or unlimited) data plan, iTunes Match is great because you can download songs from your iTunes account to your iDevice and then remove them when you are finished listening to them and download other music.

Your turn

How much storage capacity do you have on your iDevice?  Do you get the smallest capacity and use the cloud for your additional storage? Or do you have more storage on your iDeviceand why?

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