What is the better storage capacity for a smartphone: 4GB or 8GB?

La S June 2, 2014

What is the better storage for a smartphone? 4GB or 8GB? Explain the differences between the two.

    June 4, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    In this case, more is better.....In an 8 GBs with android installed, it only leaves you with 5.1 GB free space. That means if you install many apps, you will not have a lot of space left if you only have 4 GBs.

  2. Susendeep D
    June 4, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    8 GB is must as you never know when your data storage demand will increase.Any smartphone OS will occupy internal storage space in GBs size and hence it would be better to get high capacity ones so that you can install many apps and store much more data and the device will be useful for you in long term.

  3. Ben S
    June 3, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Always go for the bigger size if you can afford it. Also, 4 GB is next to nothing these days; if you're going to have this phone for a while, you should definitely get the bigger size to "future-proof."

  4. Dalsan M
    June 3, 2014 at 11:47 am

    It depends on your storage usage, how many apps you install, and if you expect to store media files like pictures, videos, and music. 4GB, especially for Android 4.0.4 and up and Windows Phone 8.1, will fill up quickly. Android is worse as almost 1GB would be used for the operating system and pre-installed apps, and then about 1GB or so would be partitioned for internal storage and the rest would be used for SD storage. If the internal storage falls below a certain amount, usually about 300-400MB free space, then the system would lose some functionality, such as camera picture taking ability, until more storage space can be freed up. It doesn't matter how much fee space the SD storage space is, whether internal SD or external micro SD, what matters is the internal storage partition for installing apps and storing data.

    You wouldn't be able to move installed apps to the other partition or external SD card. 8GB would be the recommended minimum for Android in order to reduce these issues, and should be minimum for Windows Phone as well to reduce the chances of any storage issue. I didn't mention iOS since the minimum storage you can get is 8GB for the iPhone, but the higher the storage, the better if you like to install many apps, take photos and videos, and like to store music on the device.

  5. Alyce C
    June 3, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Completely depends on your storage usage....

  6. Hovsep A
    June 3, 2014 at 12:41 am

    if you just use the phone to make calls then 4GB is enough but for storing files, installing games....then 8 GB as Rajaa C

  7. Rajaa C
    June 2, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    Obviously 8GB is better for storage than 4GB in a smartphone, as it practically provides double the storage (actually more). We have to assume some constant for explaining this, like let u say assume that the brand model and the smartphone OS are same. Now let us say that the OS itself takes up 1GB. Then in a 4GB model, you will be left with 3GB to install your apps, and store your data like documents, photos, music, videos, etc. Similarly in a 8GB, models this storage capacity instead of 3GB, will be 7GB available to you.

    OS size and space taken up may vary between WP, Android, iOS, etc. and that may marginally change the available storage for you depending on how much the OS take up. Also most of the smartphones nowadays provides an external storage bay to plugin a SD storage card to provide extra storage capacity to keep your data like documents, photos, music, videos, etc.

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