We all know how frustrating it can be to run out of memory space as soon as you go on holiday or your favourite band starts playing. So what’s the answer? Should you delete some of your kids’ first birthday party photos? Get rid of that app you’ve never really used?

As our phones become more and more like mini laptops and we use them for almost every aspect of our lives, storage space has become an important feature to consider when buying a new phone. But which phone is best? How much memory do I need? Here’s some good news! we’ve put together a simple explanation of how memory space works and a few checkpoints that should help you decide which phone to go for.

Internal vs. external

The first thing to understand is the difference between internal and external memory. Internal memory is the storage space that comes built-in with the phone (usually 16GB, 32GB or 64GB) and cannot be changed by the user. The operating system, software and pre-installed apps will be stored on this memory and you can never really get this space back.

External memory refers to a removable card, like the Lexar MicroSD cards that come in various sizes, which can be inserted additionally with some phones. The phone will then have a card slot where this can be inserted. iPhone, for example, has never allowed users to be able to do this. While this is a nice extra to be able to use, some things cannot be stored on this, so never depend on external memory only.

 

What to consider

  1. Music lover

Do you love listening to music or being the person that takes pics of every single thing? Then the first thing to think about is how much music, photos and videos you will be storing on your phone. If you know that you often use your phone as a camera and your phone is also your MP3 player, then you shouldn’t go smaller than a 32GB smartphone.

If you’d like to do this without constantly having to remove media files from your phone, then 64GB or bigger should be your choice. Of course, this all depends on the quality of the files that you’ll want to store; but if you’re big on music and photos, anything under 64GB is bound to catch up with you at some point. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is ideal for this.

  1. Appy and you know it

Whether it’s shopping online, keeping track of your calories, editing pics or staying up to date with all social media platforms, if you’re that person that has an app for anything, this is a big factor to consider when buying a new phone. Firstly, keep in mind that all smartphones come with some pre-installed apps, so make sure you need all of those and find out which ones you can delete. What you’ll be able to delete depends on the phone itself. If you know that you’ll be downloading lots of games and apps, opt for 64GB or more.

If you’re not that into gaming and apps aren’t a big thing for you, then 32GB of internal storage should do the trick. If you don’t have a lot of money to spend but you need some space, the Samsung Z4 or Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime Plus don’t have a lot of memory, but it has everything you need, comes at a great price and can take a microSD card for external memory.

  1. Up in the clouds

Once you’ve decided what you’ll mostly be using your smartphone for, think about whether you want to keep all files on your phone or whether you’re going to transfer them to another device – such as a hard drive or laptop.

If you don’t mind transferring files, a popular solution will be to make use of cloud storage. For Apple users, iCloud is very easy to use, and for Android there are many alternatives, the most popular one being Dropbox. While this is a nice option, bear in mind that not all data (such as apps) can be saved on cloud storage.

Now that you have a better idea of how phone memory works, you’ll be able to choose the smartphone that best suits your needs. However, we know that it can become overwhelming when there are so many options, so if you’re still unsure, don’t hesitate to visit one of our stores or contact us for advice.