Compare a modern smartphone with one from five years ago, it’s easy to see how manufacturers like Samsung and Apple are pushing the boundaries of onboard storage on their flagship offerings, with 512GB being the new limit. Screens panels have gone from mere 4-inches to large 6-inch+ edge-to-edge screens, with phones sporting more than just one camera to get highly impressive photos.

When shopping for a smartphone — you need to decide on several key decisions like; the physical size, type of screen, processor power, memory, and the amount of storage. This last one can be tricky because, along with the model of smartphone you actually buy, storage capacity can drastically impact price. The idea of having more storage can be tempting; however, it does beg a question — how much storage is enough for you? How much extra are you willing to spend on your preferred smartphone model?

Look At Your Usage

Buying a smartphone involves making several key decisions to make sure that you get the right device for your needs.

For Photographer

The size of a photo depends on the camera resolutions, the settings used, and the detail of the photos you have taken. For a rough estimate, most photos on modern-day devices can reach up to  12MB in size. Hence, if you like taking photos, you need a phone that has at least 64GB of storage.

For Those Who Listen to Offline Music

A good quality mp3 file can consume at least 10MB of space and storing at least a few thousand songs would require some considerable storage space. Hence, you need a smartphone with at least 128GB of internal storage so that can have enough space left for system files and other kinds of files. It’s fashionable and convenient now to stream music on the go from apps such as Spotify and Apple Music. However, it’s always nice to have some storage space lined up for when streaming music is not an option.

For Office Users

For most office users, their phones are required to hold loads of documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and pdf files. Therefore, a bare minimum of 64GB is recommended so as to prevent your phone from running out of storage.

For Mobile Gamers

Mobile gaming is now being recognized as a serious business and gaming studios are producing games with unmatchable graphics as well incredible physics systems that translate into game files spanning several gigabytes. Online games like PUBG mobile requires to keep rolling add-ons and updates that can easily expand by a GB or two. Hence, a 128GB mobile phone is required.

Other Storage Options

With high-speed internet becoming easily available for cheap prices, it is beneficial to rely on cloud storage for storing your files. Cloud storage, where your data is stored on remote servers accessed from the internet allows you access to your data remotely as long as you are online. Apple iCloud service is the best option for iPhone users as it’s targeted at apple users. The first 5GB is free and then it costs $1.49 a month for 50GB and $4.49 a month for 200GB. Google Drive on the other hand can be used with Apple and Android devices, it also offers 15GB of free storage.