1. Are you ready for the Galaxy S20? Here is everything we know so far!

8gb or 16gb?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by p-bOt, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. p-bOt

    p-bOt Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    The Million dollar question. Here is the deal. I don't keep any music, movies, or very many pictures on my phone. I have a Galaxy Nexus right now and I have between 50 and 60 apps installed at any given time. I just want to know if I can get away with the 8gb version? Just asking to see what the experiences are for the people who have 8gb version?

  2. andruoid

    andruoid Android Expert

    Check the storage setting on you Nexus to see how much memory your current apps are using. Then you can decide if 8 or 16GB will be enough for future apps, etc.
  3. sean76

    sean76 Android Expert

    16GB...more is always better, especially when the difference is only $50 Bucks...
  4. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood

    I'd go for the 16. More is better, especially since 8 is so few
  5. daffyduck

    daffyduck Guest

    Experience hearing about those that got the 8gb Nexus 7 is that eventually, the 8gb may slow down as it gets fuller and with less available space.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk HD
  6. chrlswltrs

    chrlswltrs Extreme Android User

    I don't keep movies, music, pictures, files, etc on my phone, I heavily rely on the cloud.

    I do rent the occasional movie which is on my phone until I watch it, and I play games. This phone is capable of running some great games, but those games take up space.

    I have 100 apps on my phone right now, 1 movie, and I have less than 2gb free on my phone. (Mine is 16gb)

    It's always better to have the extra incase you want it, especially at such a difference in price since you can't add more.
  7. MartinS

    MartinS Android Expert

    I thought Android (Linux) was supposed to work just as smoothly no matter the amount of free space?
  8. BigCiX

    BigCiX Android Expert

    $50 more.....get the 16gig!
  9. p-bOt

    p-bOt Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    Haha well I guess I am sold! 16gb it is lol
  10. NeXuS4

    NeXuS4 Android Enthusiast

    There is no slow down on the 8GB model. End of story.
  11. sean76

    sean76 Android Expert

    That's a questionable thing, my first Nexus 7 was a 8GB model and after 2 weeks of using it and having all my apps on it slowed it down compared to how zippy it was out of the box.

    Returned it for a 16GB model and couldn't have made a better decision, still as fast as it was out of the box months later.
  12. daffyduck

    daffyduck Guest

    That's pretty much what I had heard about the 8gb, but I think it could also maybe something with 4.2.1

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk HD
  13. MT Rotor

    MT Rotor Android Enthusiast

    Anything 8gb shouldn't exist, 16gb should be standard for anything
  14. andrews317

    andrews317 Android Enthusiast

    I think it should be a desicion based on money and usage. In my case, I don't carry music or videos on my phone. I do take a lot of pictures (not videos), but 8 gb is a lot for pictures. I play heavy games on my iPad, so on my phone I just carry on-the-go games like fruit ninja, angry birds or temple run for example. 8 gb version would be ok for me. The thing is that I had those 50 extra bucks, so that's the only reason I went for the 16 gb version.

    This is the kind of decision you have to take.
  15. JunBringer

    JunBringer Android Expert

    Agreed, and I have the 8GB lol. I only got the 8GB because the 16 wouldn't go through on launch day, what a mess lol. It works great for me though and I'm sure I have like at least 70 apps or so. Just as fast as ever.
  16. yfan

    yfan Well-Known Member

    I think not. I had the 16 GB Galaxy Nexus, but got the 8GB Nexus 4, and I am perfectly satisfied with it. Yes, the difference is only $50 (plus tax), but $50+tax is almost two months' worth of phone bills for me (I have the T-mobile $30 5 gb 4G data plan). I have all my music on Google Music (cloud), all my pictures are automatically uploaded to dropbox/instant upload on G+ (so I don't need to keep them on the phone locally), I use apps but not 100 of them. Before I decided to go for the 8GB model, I too thought I needed a 16 gb phone. But it turns out not only do I not need it, I wasn't even using more than half the space on my GN.

    Choices are a good thing. If you want the space just in case, there's nothing wrong with that. But I would rather have the choice.
  17. acp

    acp Android Expert

    I can easily survive with 8gb with all the cloud storage available these days. I have more crap than I need right now and I haven't even used 2gb.
  18. zenicanin

    zenicanin Member

    Depends how much storage you need. I got the 8 GB because I didn't want to pay more for a phone and I don't use much space. Had a 32 GB SD card in my old phone and it still had like 29 GB space free. lol
  19. If you have money - buy 16, if you don't 8!
    Anywai is OK.
  20. p-bOt

    p-bOt Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    So how much ACTUAL USABLE space does the 8gb have? I know the ROM takes up a little chunk of that 8gb. How much is left?
  21. hstroph

    hstroph Android Enthusiast

    Judging solely by available space after rooting and CWM on the 16GB version, subtract 3.03GB.
  22. SiempreTuna

    SiempreTuna Android Expert

    I think you'd be happy with either, the question really is: can you spare the extra $50.

    I only had 4GB on my last phone and it was fine, though it did involve a bit of careful management. Since I could spare the extra $50 however, with the N4 I went for the 16GB.

    It's also easier to get a 16GB version as the 8GB is - understandably - way more popular because it's that bit cheaper. Here in the UK, after the second batch of phones was made available (when I got mine) the 8GB was showing as sold out in about an hour while the 16GB could still ordered the next morning.
  23. Sak01

    Sak01 Android Expert

    I'm easily making do with the 8GB version. I don't store movies or music on my phone. I do take pictures but I don't need them on my phone so I'm happy to keep them in the cloud.

    And while I don't have that many apps at the moment, I usually had about 200 on my old phone with an 8GB sd card and that was more then enough. The only area where it becomes limiting is with games as some titles can take up over 1Gb of space. I don't play many games but I like to have a selection on my phone for my nephew. For this reason only I slightly regret not getting the 16GB version but it's no biggy.
  24. andrews317

    andrews317 Android Enthusiast

    In case you buy the 8gb version, you can subscribe for Google Drive's 100gb plan paying $5 a month. I found it really cheap compared to Amazon an Dropbox. That means $30 a year that's half than the extra $50+taxes for the 16gb version. I have instant upload of my pictures to G+ photos and once a month I delete a lot of pictures from my phone releasing a lot of space. I've been doing this for a few months and my storage is still 20/100 gb.
  25. SiempreTuna

    SiempreTuna Android Expert

    If you decide to go the cloud (Google Drive / Dropbox etc) route, just make sure you have a contract with a big internet allowance otherwise the $5 won't be all you end up paying!

Nexus 4 Forum

The Nexus 4 release date was November 2012. Features and Specs include a 4.7" inch screen, 8MP camera, 2GB RAM, Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, and 2100mAh battery.

November 2012
Release Date

Share This Page