iPhone SE 16GB - is memory adequate?

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So DW's phone died this week- older model Samsung, which she liked due to small size. It was her first smart phone, and was generally pleased with it. DW is not a techie, and will only use the phone mostly for calls, texts, some email, pictures, and occasional Google search. App use is virtually non existent, though she is starting to see the light on their use.

Anyways, contemplating the IPhone SE, as it seems to be a good combo of being a newer IPhone model that is moderately priced, and smaller. Wife won't be using phone to store music.

Based on the above, will 16 GB of memory be adequate over the next 3-4 years of use, given that I don't exact many apps to be downloaded.

Other phone considering is a refurbished Samsung S5.

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I don't think it is sufficient. Fills up with photos/video too quickly.
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16GB is more than adequate for the way you say she will use her phone no matter which phone you decide.
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I would recommend the IPhone SE with 64 GB of storage if she just does not want to fiddle with things to save space. The higher picture quality means that she is more likely to want to take pictures and that each picture takes more storage space. You can reduce storage required for photos by changing defaults to store only lower quality image and no 4K video, but this seems like a poor plan for most. And you can not add storage. SSo your only option is to store everything in the cloud (and potentially pay a monthly fee and data charges) or to move things off the phone to another storage option in your home. It does not sound like she would want to do this.

Also remember that the 16 GB is not all available to you. I think you start out with about 11 GB before you have taken a single picture or downloaded a single app. For a phone that will be used 3 to 4 years, I strongly recommend 64 GB.
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If she is not a techie, then a 16 gb phone will be fine. I am a techie and a 16 gb phone is fine. It pretty depends on who you ask. One consequence of getting a higher capacity phone is that you will get used to it and always need the higher pay extra for more capacity.
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Pictures will eat space up faster than you might think. If you can work it where she stores her pics in the cloud, then 16 Gb should be enough.
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Thanks for replies so far. I forgot the iPhone memory isn't expandable. Any estimate of how much memory the OS chews up on the phone?
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No 16GB it is not enough memory for an Iphone. Get the 64GB model as a minimum. My wife has the 64Gb Iphone 6 Plus version and she is running out of space. She is looking for an external drive to hold her music and picture collection so she has room enough for more APPs. She does not want her personal stuff in the cloud.

Or better yet get a Android phone where you can add memory cards and swap them out as needed for extra memory. This is what I do with my phone.

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I'm tempted to say, get a new Android with a MicroSD card, but the key is that she's never had an iphone before. She should. They're rock solid.
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See previous post. Out of box, the 16 GB has only 11.5 GB available. A photo taken with the default settings ends up storing 4 files for an estimate of 13 MB. And default video is 4k so also lots of space.
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No it is not enough even for the most basic use. Apps and the OS use considerably more space than they did 2-3 years ago.
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I think 16gb is plenty, especially for her situation. I've always bought the 16gb versions. I have google drive so I just back up my photos and videos to that. I get 17gb of free storage on that, which is more than enough.
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No-contract iPhone SE is $399 for 16GB, $449 for 64GB. Seems to be worth an extra $50 to quadruple the memory.
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My wife has the 64GB iPhone SE and is really happy with it. I have a 32GB iPhone 5S and am running low on space. My next phone with be the 64GB SE. 16GB is not adequate in IMO. For an extra $50, go for the 64GB model.
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linenfort wrote:I'm tempted to say, get a new Android with a MicroSD card, but the key is that she's never had an iphone before. She should. They're rock solid.
If she had a samsung before and is used to Android, is there a reason she needs to switch to iPhone? I wish I never had; despite people telling me the iPhone was so nice, I really miss my old samsung. Regarding memory, 16GB is probably enough IF you use something like Google Photo to store them on the web or have a microSD card to store the photos. For the iPhone, with no card, I'd go for 64gb.
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I had 16GB phones for years and it was never a problem for me but just switched this week to the 64GB 5SE. I'd just go ahead and get the phone with the greater memory so she never needs to worry about it.
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I have a 16gb iPhone 6. The OS uses about 4gb. I've had it for 2 yrs, am relatively conservative with what I do with it, it has 380 photo's on it and has about 1gb remaining.

My wife takes a lot of photo's. I wanted to get her 64gb but she didn't want to pay for the extra memory. She is now pretty much outta space. The big memory chewer seems to be movies. If she stuck to photo's only it probably would not be too bad.

While researching what to do about her lack of space I discovered that photo's are mirrored to iCloud acct. That seems all well & good BUT, if you delete a photo from either the phone or iCloud (this is so counter-intuitive!) then it deletes from both.

So if you want to make room on the phone, you need to copy photo's to some other place (different folder, maybe dropbox?, or put on dvd). Then you can delete the photo from the phone to free up space.

If you want to jump through those hoops then 16gb is probably ok. If you are planning on keeping the same phone more than the typical 2 yrs, play it safe, get more memory. Finally, be aware that the battery cannot be changed by the user (well, it can but you better know what you are doing) and they seem to wear out between 2-3 yrs. So maybe you will be getting a new phone again in that period of time.
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Nope, in my experience you need 32Gb or else you'll be constantly in the process of deleting one thing to download another
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I'm glad I saved the money when I purchased a used 16GB iPhone 6. I originally thought it might be inadequate but now I hardly ever think about it. Evidently I have ~3.5GB free right now.

My usage level is definitely on the low end. I frequently toss my phone in a corner or leave it home to intentionally ignore its presence. The majority of iPhone owners would probably find 16GB to be quite limiting.
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My wife uses a 16gb SE and the usage is similar to what you described. Main storage problem is photos, so we set up Google photos to automatically back everything up for free.
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I actually made the mistake of buying a 16 GB iPhone SE for my wife, and it was not sufficient -- she quickly filled it with pictures and was constantly fooling with backing up the photos. More than once she missed a photo op of our kids because the memory filled up. I bit the bullet and traded it in for the 64 GB model. I won major husband points with that move.
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Thanks for all the replies... My takeaways are

1) 16GB SE seems to be ok for some of you (and probably for DW), but for an extra $50, can quadruple the storage of the phone- this seems worth it to me, so I don't have mess with the phone down the line if there is a storage issue.
2) Someone mentioned why not stay with Android platform. I'm wrestling with this as well, as it is what I use, and since I'm my wife's phone consultant, it easier for me to figure out her phone questions. I was contemplating the switch to IOS, as I have an IPad, and am familiar with the platform,

The above being said, I happened to call T Mobile (our carrier) last night to talk with their tech specialist to confirm nothing could be done with existing phone (confirmed). The tech person offered to replace the phone for free due to being a long term customer. New phone is Samsung Galaxy On5. Basic Smartphone with only 8 GB memory (but expandable if needed to 32 GB). We plan to try the free phone given DW's limited use of a Smartphones capabilities, and the fact the phone she was using only had 8 GB memory, which she had no issue with. If DW ends up not liking the phone we will look further into an upgrade then.
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Bought our daughter a iPhone SE 64GB for HS graduation gift. Extra on-board storage is nice though she backs it up on iCloud & her laptop.

Reasons: for 64GB?
- She keeps most of her music on the phone so she isn't using data to stream it.
- Higher trade in value.
- Insurance for future iOS upgrade bloat

The iPhone is MUCH MUCH MUCH better phone than the Galaxy On5. (And I'm NOT an Apple guy).
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Taz wrote:Bought our daughter a iPhone SE 64GB for HS graduation gift. Extra on-board storage is nice though she backs it up on iCloud & her laptop.

Reasons: for 64GB?
- She keeps most of her music on the phone so she isn't using data to stream it.
- Higher trade in value.
- Insurance for future iOS upgrade bloat

The iPhone is MUCH MUCH MUCH better phone than the Galaxy On5. (And I'm NOT an Apple guy).
Taz, agree about the SE being a much better phone. My DW though will never use the SE to anywhere near its capability (see original post), so am inclined to try the free phone for now, and see how it goes. My DW used a flip phone until 2 years ago (and was very happy with it), and primarily upgraded to a smartphone to text easier, and respond to an occasional email.

Spending 100's of dollars on a phone that would seem to be underutilized, seems to be a waste...
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chw: Fully understand your reasoning. People do get comfortable with the iPhone's functionality & ease of use which makes it tough for some to go backwards.

We were using $35 Palm Pixi's until a few years ago. The price jump was painful.
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dumbbunny wrote:16GB is more than adequate for the way you say she will use her phone no matter which phone you decide.
I agree. Photos and videos would fill it up quickly like Edge above pointed out but these can easily be offloaded and transferred to iTunes on a frequent basis if this is an issue.

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Not at all, no.

Text messages take up memory. Photos and videos. Text photos, text videos, and Gmail all fill up a phone very quickly

Bare in mind, the OS takes up several gigabytes from the get-go.

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I've always had 16 GB iPhone. You just need to keep uploading the pics/videos to your favorite cloud service/YouTube etc. Depending upon your usage there could be fair amount of upkeep needed to keep the memory free.

although I'm getting lazy now and will probably buy a bigger memory next time.
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I have 8GB on my phone but only plan on using banking apps and talking. Will I be alright?
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The danger with 16GB is what if the owner discovers podcasts, audiobooks, etc. which will eat through 16GB quickly.
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Whakamole wrote:The danger with 16GB is what if the owner discovers podcasts, audiobooks, etc. which will eat through 16GB quickly.
This is unlikely with my DW- she would not know what a podcast is (probably a fishing term), and no way on audiobooks- is a hardcore reader of the paper variety (we debate the virtues of my Kindle on a regular basis).
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No, emphatically no, 16GB is not enough.
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CHW. You may be surprised how fast your wife learns to use the new capabilities of a good smart phone. These gals like these phones and really use them. They discover apps you and I never heard of. They install them. They love music. Photos. Recipes. Training routines. Dance stuff. Kid stuff. Grand kid stuff. Facebook stuff. Etc.. My wife is not a techie either. She just discovered how easy it is to take pictures and listen to music and do recipes etc.. She finds Apps for stuff. Over the last 5 years she has gone from a simple flip phone to a IPhone 3 to a 64GB IPhone 6s. And now that is running out of memory and horse power. She really uses it a lot. She really enjoys doing things with her phone.

So beware. Your wife will use the extra features. Get her a nice Andriod phone with a 64GB memory card and watch her learn and add stuff.

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16GB is more than enough. Confidently proceed with the purchase.
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rec7 wrote:I have 8GB on my phone but only plan on using banking apps and talking. Will I be alright?
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btenny wrote:CHW. You may be surprised how fast your wife learns to use the new capabilities of a good smart phone. These gals like these phones and really use them. They discover apps you and I never heard of. They install them. They love music. Photos. Recipes. Training routines. Dance stuff. Kid stuff. Grand kid stuff. Facebook stuff. Etc.. My wife is not a techie either. She just discovered how easy it is to take pictures and listen to music and do recipes etc.. She finds Apps for stuff. Over the last 5 years she has gone from a simple flip phone to a IPhone 3 to a 64GB IPhone 6s. And now that is running out of memory and horse power. She really uses it a lot. She really enjoys doing things with her phone.

So beware. Your wife will use the extra features. Get her a nice Andriod phone with a 64GB memory card and watch her learn and add stuff.

Good Luck.
Good feedback btenny. However... Been married 30 years to this great gal, and have found that almost any product I've purchased with some sort of advanced feature/design, she either doesn't use it, or will use the product/gadget for its most basic features. Not a fault of hers, it's a fault of mine (and perhaps of society) that we tend to overbuy features we think we need (or may use for short time periods), but don't really need in the long run. I'm not condemning smart phone use, just stating that the features just don't matter to some of us older folk, and that we get on with life just fine.

That being said, if my DW doesn't like the new phone for some reason (we have no skin in the game- it's free), will likely opt for the SE with expanded memory, as the larger memory doesn't seem to add much to the cost.
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rec7 wrote:I have 8GB on my phone but only plan on using banking apps and talking. Will I be alright?
Yes.
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sandramjet wrote:
linenfort wrote:I'm tempted to say, get a new Android with a MicroSD card, but the key is that she's never had an iphone before. She should. They're rock solid.
If she had a samsung before and is used to Android, is there a reason she needs to switch to iPhone?
You can see that most of the answers in this thread are -
Yes it's enough.
No, it's not enough.
Yes, it's enough.
No it's not enough.

What useful feedback! :D

The reason I suggested trying an iphone is because
1) the OP said,
contemplating the IPhone SE, as it seems to be a good combo of being a newer IPhone model that is moderately priced, and smaller.
2) If the wife tries an iPhone and finds she dislikes it, she won't be locked into it for life. From this point on, she'll know which phone/OS she prefers. Until she tries an iPhone, she'll be like that woman whose family ate chicken for every meal and didn't know other food existed (at home) or that other people ate something besides chicken.
3) While I'm not an Apple fanboy -- I'm using a Samsung siii right now because I wanted to try Android -- do think iPhones are a quality product. They're simple, the battery life is far superior to that of Android phones, and so on.

Just my two cents.
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chw wrote:meone mentioned why not stay with Android platform. I'm wrestling with this as well, as it is what I use, and since I'm my wife's phone consultant, it easier for me to figure out her phone questions. I was contemplating the switch to IOS, as I have an IPad, and am familiar with the platform
I did the opposite - went from iOS to Android (Moto G4 -$150 Cnet Editor's Choice). You can add an micro card if you need more storage.
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The difference between the 16g and 64G Iphone SE is only $50 when purchasing outright. The fact that you cannot add an external SD card is even more the reason to go with the 64G.

My vote is go with the 64Gig.
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I have a 16gb iPhone and iPad that were so low on storage I could not take a picture! I worked with the Apple help line and did all kinds of stuff to get more space. Nothing worked, until I did a full restore on each device. That allowed me 4gb space available on each device, more than I will need. BTW, Apple will now help you for free if you are out of warranty. I now think 16gb is adequate for most of us
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Yes it's enough, no it's not enough... this will go on forever.

If you can spare an extra $100 or less get the 64GB and you are good for until the next upgrade.
If not, based on what you wrote 16GB is enough too, specially with the free iCloud or Google storage.
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I got the 64 GB SE when it came out. I was always just pushing the limit of the earlier generation 16 GB phone and getting those annoying messages that my memory was full. It takes great pictures, to boot. I'd spend the very modest amount for the 64GB and never have to worry.
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Thanks all for the more recent replies. As stated earlier, along the way TMobille offered my DW a free Samsung smartphone. She intends to see how it goes with it. Given her limited use of most of a smart phone's capabilities, she thinks it will be adequate.

If the new phone doesn't work out, will probably go with SE 64GB given the small price differential. It seems as though she could be ok with 16GB, nut why deal with the hassle of it turns out not to be.
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