Most smartphones these days sacrifice memory expandability for slimmer, sleeker and a more premium design. Examples include the newly announced Note 5, S6 Edge/Edge+, S6, OnePlus 2, iPhone 6 and so on. This trend will only seem to grow due to demand for a slimmer design and a premium feel.

But this narrows your memory options to mostly 3 variations: 16 GB(in the case of an iPhone)/32Gb, 64GB and 128GB with each variation increasing in price. But if you’re not sure which one to get for your next smartphone, here’s a few things you should consider before you make your purchase.

Memory is one of the most important components of a smartphone. Some things you should consider are:

  • How many years do you intend to use your smartphone?
  • Will it be your daily driver?
  • Your budget


These three simple questions should help you understand the type of consumer you are which will help you choose the right variation of memory for your device.

  • For general consumers, those who don’t use your phones all that much other than social media, photos, browsing, mail, watching videos and playing a few games, going for the 32 GB option to should be good enough where available. In the case of the iPhone however, 16 GB is simply to less for what I have mentioned above (You get only about 12 GB to use). Apple should hopefully replace this with a 32 GB memory variation as standard. It is also the best option if your on a budget looking for the cheapest variation of a device.
  • For those who are more avid photographers and intend to have a reasonable amount of media such as music stored on your device along with a decent selection of games and apps, 64 GB should be good choice. For iPhone 6/6+ users, 64GB is recommended.
  • Those who are serious photographers, love to store a large collection of photos and videos, travel a lot, keep a large collection of music, love to have multiple games and applications the 128 GB is as high as you can get and should suit most needs out there. This however is the most expensive option out of the 3.


So there you are! Hopefully you fall in either one of these categories and are able to decide what memory capacity will be the right choice for you.