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    Default 32GB or 16GB + MicroSD

    Hello, I am currently in the process of buying the Nexus 5 and trying to decide between the 16GB or 32GB models. Although I could afford the 32GB version, I am currently swaying towards the 16GB one. The reason is I have a MicroSD card that holds all my music in mp3 format (about 27GB). I know the Nexus 5 doesn't have a MicroSD slot, but I was planning to get the Meenova adapter so I could connect the card. I have a mini MP3 player which I use for the gym etc and it would be convenient to share the card between that and the Nexus 5, rather than installing the same audio files on both devices.

    I guess my question is should I still air on the side of caution and get the 32GB version? I have a 128GB iPad and so I wouldn't be loading the Nexus 5 with a lot of films and games; just some apps like PlayerPro and Whatsapp. Is it possible that the Meenova adapter will stop working with the Nexus 5 in a future firmware update? Any advice or opinions would be appreciated, as I am new to Android and not sure how much storage space is really necessary.
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    I remember reading that it was a better idea to get the 32GB for the small increase in price and I can't say I disagree. Plus, I think the 32GB may have better resale value.
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    I agree with Haalcyon. Plus, after you start putting big games on they'll gradually eat up more space and the phone runs better (maybe that's just in my head) with space to spare.

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    As was said in the above post, it is a much safer and perhaps better value decision than the long run unless you are 100% certain that 16GB enough (you could spend the extra money on a good case and a wireless charger.) Also note that you stated your options are 32GB or 16+SD card with 27GB music - the 32GB version only has 26.7 GB storage so you will need the SD card anyway.

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    The 32gb doesn't even have 27 gigs free. I'm holding mine now. Total available space 26.76 gb

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    Quote Originally Posted by draconianchaos View Post
    The 32gb doesn't even have 27 gigs free. I'm holding mine now. Total available space 26.76 gb

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    26.76 vs. 27GB may be worth noting to some. To me that's so neglible as to be almost irrelevant...almost.

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    For the minute increase in price I would go with the 32 for sure. You're future proofing your phone and adding resale. Lol I'd pay even more if I could get a 64 gig version

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    26.76Gb vs 32Gb is a non-trivial difference, however. I'd assume the same 5Gb is used up on a 16Gb phone, so the choices are really 11Gb vs 27Gb of usable storage.
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    I would go for the 32 GB version. Who knows if they might remove support in a future update.

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    Get the 32 if possible. As suggested above you'll future proofing it memory wise. If you really don't need that much memory then the smaller version would suffice.

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    The only way I'd think the 16 would be OK is someone who isn't a power user. Just texts, email, maybe shopping apps, and calls. Any data intensive activity, you want the peace of mind of extra (or adequate) space.

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