6 Replies Latest reply: Nov 24, 2008 6:20 PM by Lawrence Finch
Gerianne Carillo Level 1 Level 1
I'm planning to purchase an iPhone and I wondered: which size to get, 8 or 16 GB? Any words of wisdom out there? My fear is that my apps will slow down the function of the phone. I will have photos (no feature films), some music, and a birding software with hundreds of bird photos and calls.

Thanks for any input you might have!

iMac G5, Mac OS X (10.5.2), Power PC
  • neuroanatomist Level 7 Level 7
    For what you describe, it sounds like the 8 GB would be fine. It's really the videos which take up space. Keep in mind that you cannot add more data capacity later, but even some of the larger references apps are less than 100 MB. Personally, I have over 1000 songs, ~350 photos, and about 700 MB of apps, and I've only used 5.2 GB on my 16 GB iPhone (actual capacities of the 8/16 GB iPhones are 7.3/14.6 GB).
  • ride1992 Level 2 Level 2
    It's easy to spend someone else's money but I would go with 16gb.
    The price difference is not that great, again someone else's money, but the larger version will pretty much assure that you don't run out of space.
  • Lawrence Finch Level 8 Level 8
    Mac OS X
    You can never be too rich, too thin, or have too much memory on your computing devices
  • jayegan2 Level 1 Level 1
    I have 2241 songs, 10 short vids (all less than 5mins), 109 photos and 48 apps (none bigger than 25MB) and I'm using around 9GB.

    I had an 8GB iPhone at first and i had to make sure i didn't sync all my music. Soon as the 3G came out i went to the 16GB.

    Hope this helps
  • Gerianne Carillo Level 1 Level 1
    Thank you and the others for your thoughtful responses. i would imagine, like with a computer, the closer I come to filling the space provided, the slower the whole system operates. I would also imagine that, like all other gadgets, if I enjoy it, I will likely put more on it than I thought I would! One other question: does iPhone take video, or just still photos?

    Thank you once again!
  • Lawrence Finch Level 8 Level 8
    Mac OS X
    Not really; on a computer that's true because of disk latency - the time required to move the read/write heads to the proper track and wait for the disk to rotate. The iPhone has flash memory, which has the same access time regardless of address. So you can fill up memory as far as you want to, as long as you leave about a half a gigabyte for temporary storage.