How much internal memory do you really need on your smartphone?

How much internal memory do you really need on your smartphone?

The amount of internal memory varies from device to device. In some cases, it is possible to use a microSD slot, but this is not always possible. How much memory do we really need on our smartphone? Well, it depends on how you use it.

The options on the market: what to choose?

There are a large variety of Android-based devices, all of which come with different internal memory and RAM. Depending on the price range, the options change, but it's easy to see how far manufacturers have come in using this technology compared to a few years ago, especially in the mid-range where 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory are now the norm. Because of this, life is easier for Android users than for iPhone users.

How much RAM does a smartphone need?

Manufacturers release devices with 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256 and 512GB of internal memory. In fact, in 2019 it is even possible to buy a 1TB smartphone. At least, that's what we see written on the smartphone packaging, but these figures don't necessarily reflect the amount of space at your disposal. Part of this is occupied by the system itself and the bloatware.

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Is 16 GB of internal memory enough for the low-end?

Smartphones with just 8GB are pretty rare now, and for good reason: only files received on WhatsApp and a few photos are enough to cause the system to run slow with such limited storage space. Personally, I would recommend never choosing this option. 

You can almost survive on 16 GB, but follow this advice: you will need to make sure you clean your smartphone of unnecessary apps and take advantage of, for example, cloud services like Google Photos. 

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Heavy multitasking play and demanding games are a clear no, so your experience is limited to general web browsing, emails, WhatsApp, and not much else. At the moment, some low-end smartphones still offer 16GB of storage, including Samsung's popular J line (J3 2017, J5 2017 and J7 2017).

32 or 64 GB are more comfortable

32GB is reasonable, unless you're used to taking a lot of photos and the cloud is still a world you don't know. Either way, this is a good solution for those who don't need a top-of-the-line device and don't use a lot of apps. Another example is Samsung with the Galaxy A6 2018. 

64GB is a decent choice. This option allows you to have enough space for apps, photos and other files, and you won't have to face constant system slowdown while gaming or multitasking.

Fans of mobile games with good graphics, which can often take several GB per game, should start at 64GB.

The Razer Phone 2 has a nice combination of 64GB of memory and 8GB of RAM, both of which are fast and roomy enough for a library of games with PUBG Mobile, Fortnite, Darkness Rises, and so on on board. The Samsung Galaxy S9, still a great phone now cheaper than ever, comes with 64GB as standard.

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128GB and above - You don't have to worry about storage anymore

128 and 256 GB are two options no longer reserved for the main flagships. Mid-high ranks like the Samsung Galaxy A9 can boast an amount of 128GB, and even high-end devices from budget brands like the Honor View20 can pack a lot of storage, which can go up to 256GB. OnePlus 6T and the new Samsung Galaxy S10e are also available with these configurations.

But if you want to aim high in 2019 then you need 512GB of memory. A number previously unthinkable on a smartphone, but as we know, the numbers continue to rise and rise. The Xiaomi Mi MIX 3, among its other interesting qualities, is released with 128GB-512GB depending on the configuration. Samsung's new Galaxy S10 can hold up to 512GB, and the Galaxy S10 Plus can hold up to an absurd 1TB or 1.000GB!

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There is no definitive answer

Your budget and how you use your smartphone are the two factors to consider when choosing the best memory option that suits your needs. 

Media files take up a lot of space and one way to solve this problem is to reduce the quality of the photos in the camera settings. 

However, this isn't ideal if you are an avid photographer, so forget about devices with 16 or 32GB.

As for apps, you can enjoy music and TV shows using streaming services like Spotify and Netflix, but for games it's different. 

For gamers, there is no compromise, you need a lot of space. As for other users who like to play occasionally, you need to make sure that you clean up unused apps and any other types of unwanted files.

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