You're Probably Paying Too Much For Storage Space You Don't Need

Many of us grab the bigger hard drive models of iPads, iPhones and other non-upgradeable devices because we feel like we'll need that space later on. However, as Slate points out, most of never will, and we're wasting money on overpriced upgrades.

It's no secret that companies want you to buy the more expensive models because they make more money from them. In a report released by iSuppli, they note that the cost difference between the 8GB and the 16GB model of Google's Nexus 7 tablet is about $US7.50. This means the profit margin is way larger for the 16GB.

Profit margins aside, Slate raises another important issue: do we really need that space? For most of us, the answer is probably no:

The 8GB of storage that come with the Nexus 7's entry-level tablet doesn't sound like a lot, but I suspect it's enough for most people. The 16GB of storage available on the cheapest iPad, meanwhile, should be more than plenty. You'll almost always use these devices when they're connected to a broadband line-when you're at home, work, or a coffee shop-or when you're in between those locations. This means you'll always be pretty close to virtually unlimited online storage-the splendors of Dropbox, Netflix, Spotify, iCloud, Flickr, Facebook, et al-so you won't need to keep all of your media on your tablet.

Of course, everyone has different needs, and certain people do need the extra space. Still, as Slate points out, most of us are probably fine with the low-end models on our portable devices. Don't talk yourself into a memory upgrade unless you plan on really using it.

Storage Suckers [Slate]


    I definitely did that when I got my iPhone 4. I didn't end up using more than 16gb until the last few months I had the phone.

    It is a pain in the a55 to get anything on or off an iPad because of the walled garden. It's not practical to continually copy things on and off IOS devices. However, there is one way to work around these small storage sizes - streaming. There are apps for IOS that stream audio and video onto your iPad, which reduces the burden. It also means you can use the formats you like, not the very limited range that IOS supports.

    8GB is nowhere near enough, but 16GB seems to be suiting me fine and I rarely stream anything.

    This is then down to how you use it.

    I don't have a significant data plan for my phone. And say I increased my monthly fee by ten dollars, the increase in data allowance would still not be enough for my streaming.

    Ten dollars over two years is over two hundred dollars. So I feel save money by having all my audio on board and selectively choosing what video I want to store.

    I've purchased the lowest capacity devices in the past mainly because nothing out there (iPhone) has the storage to take everything I want anyway, I have 80GB of music that I want on my iPhone with me, but since I cant get that much storage, I just keep using my good ol 120GB iPod classic and 16GB iPhone 4..... iPhone 5 please be 128GB!! Please!!

      I'm with you Todd. I keep heaps of music and podcasts on my iPhone. I got the 32 GB version and find that I have to delete podcasts continuously to make room for new ones. I have purged music from my phone I haven't listed to for a while, but then I found I missed it (I listed to a lot of tracks of shuffle). I'm using Spotify now at home which is great but I I don't want the 3G data charges when out and about so I need to download tracks for offline mode anyway.

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