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It’s time for 16GB smartphones to die once and for all

Published Jan 12th, 2015 9:14AM EST
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We’ve mentioned before that 16GB of storage just isn’t enough space for many modern smartphone users, especially now that so many phones now let us film incredible 4K videos that inevitably clog up space. Android Central’s Russell Holly makes a compelling case that smartphone buyers need to make it clear that 16GB smartphones are no longer an acceptable option and should insist that companies make 32GB or 64GB the baseline option for mobile devices.

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“The best all-around solution is for manufacturers to ditch 16GB of storage as their cheapest model for flagship phones in 2015,” he writes. “HTC, LG, Motorola, Samsung, and anyone else who makes a phone whose unlocked or off contract price is above $500 should make 32GB the standard and work up from there.”

Android fans aren’t the only ones to gripe about the continued existence of 16GB phones either — Apple fans have also expressed displeasure about having 16GB as the baseline option for both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. In fact, a recent survey conducted by iOS camera app IceCream found that many iPhone users are finding that 16GB of space isn’t anywhere near enough to meet their needs because “8% of iPhone users run out of storage every single day” and “22% of survey respondents said they run out of space at least once a month.”

The good news is that it seems that some companies are listening to user’s concerns — Samsung, for example, set 32GB as the baseline storage option for the Galaxy Note 4 and we’re hearing rumors that the company might up its game for the upcoming Galaxy S6 as well.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.