Should I buy a 16gb or 32gb S4?

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How much memory do I need? I plan to email (work and personal), text, make phone calls, web browsing, take photos and video (which i would store on sd card) and use basic apps - groupwise, yelp, flixster, social media, news apps, ny times, westlaw, Evernote, calendar and conact apps and web browsing, I might play a couple of simple games like angry birds or scrabble type games. I can't imagine watching movies on the galaxy. Do I need 32 gb or should I save some money by buying a 16 gb and maybe a new card? TIA.
 

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How much memory do I need? I plan to email (work and personal), text, make phone calls, web browsing, take photos and video (which i would store on sd card) and use basic apps - groupwise, yelp, flixster, social media, news apps, ny times, westlaw, Evernote, calendar and conact apps and web browsing, I might play a couple of simple games like angry birds or scrabble type games. I can't imagine watching movies on the galaxy. Do I need 32 gb or should I save some money by buying a 16 gb and maybe a new card? TIA.

I would say if you can afford to spring for the 32gb it's definitely worth it. Remember, with all phones the advertised space is not actually usable. If you go with the 16gb you only end up with around 9.6gb but if you go 32gb, you will have 25ish left. Certain things like Google Music,games and app data can only be stored internally so if you can, get the 32gb especially if you plan on keeping the phone for a while.
 

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Based upon your description, you'd never need more than 16GB and your money is better spent on fast, large SD card for your pictures and video. I believe if you go with 32GB, you not only pay more but you might have troubles getting it replaced with warranty/insurance, and you have to order it online. I feel like I've installed so much stuff yet have 6.25GB left without moving any apps to the SD card. The only consideration might be if you want to use Google music and cache a lot of music, I hear it doesn't support use of the SD card. I'm a Spotify user and it supports the SD card so I'm all set.
 
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Are we talking physical memory, or the size of the SD card? I ask, because Samsung phones don't support moving apps to the SD card like some phones do. Which means if you tend to run a lot of apps, the more physical storage space on the phone, the better. The SD card only stores media files.

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I have the 16GB version and don't really need more, that's what my SD card is for! ;)

Now, those who said Samsung phones don't let you send apps to the SD card are wrong! :rolleyes:
It's actually Google who doesn't want you to do it! :banghead::mad:

Anyway, after the last update, the Galaxy S4 is able to move apps to the SD card.

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I have the 16GB version and don't really need more, that's what my SD card is for! ;)

Now, those who said Samsung phones don't let you send apps to the SD card are wrong! :rolleyes:
It's actually Google who doesn't want you to do it! :banghead::mad:

Anyway, after the last update, the Galaxy S4 is able to move apps to the SD card.

Sent From a Galaxy S4 Away!

Must be something in the newer versions of Android, because my old HTC G2 did it.

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Yes I think it was from android version 4.0 and upwards where transferring apps to the SD card was stopped. I could do it on my galaxy note which started it's life with gingerbread, but can't do it with my galaxy tab 2 10.1 which launched with ICS.

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How much memory do I need? I plan to email (work and personal), text, make phone calls, web browsing, take photos and video (which i would store on sd card) and use basic apps - groupwise, yelp, flixster, social media, news apps, ny times, westlaw, Evernote, calendar and conact apps and web browsing, I might play a couple of simple games like angry birds or scrabble type games. I can't imagine watching movies on the galaxy. Do I need 32 gb or should I save some money by buying a 16 gb and maybe a new card? TIA.
For the uses you report, 16gb should be fine.

If you are easy with the added cost, I would buy 32 on principle because who knows what the future will bring in terms of change of usage patterns, but it is principally (a) media files and (b) intensive games, that are likely to take up huge chunks of space. The media files (videos, mp3s) can go on the SD card. You're not playing intensive games. You should be fine with 16.
 

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I would go with 16gb. Unless you play a lot of high end games, you won't ever fill 16gb (or even the 9 usable gb) with regular apps. Spend the money on a 64gb SD card to store all your photos and music.

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That's about how I use my phone and 16GB internal is plenty. Unless you're playing graphic intensive games, want to pin songs using Google Music or plan on taking a lot (or long) videos and really need the extra space you'll be fine with "only" 9GB internal memory. I have a little over 100 apps and I still have over 7GB left internally.
 

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For the uses you report, 16gb should be fine.

If you are easy with the added cost, I would buy 32 on principle because who knows what the future will bring in terms of change of usage patterns, but it is principally (a) media files and (b) intensive games, that are likely to take up huge chunks of space. The media files (videos, mp3s) can go on the SD card. You're not playing intensive games. You should be fine with 16.

This. +1

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I got the 16GB version since it supports a 64GB micro SD card. And my S4 (ATT version) allows most apps to be moved to the SD card, though it's dependent on the developer.

Still, even though I haven't had any problems with storage, I think I'd get the 32GB version if I was buying again. It's always nice to have more memory.
 

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I got the 16GB version since it supports a 64GB micro SD card. And my S4 (ATT version) allows most apps to be moved to the SD card, though it's dependent on the developer.

Still, even though I haven't had any problems with storage, I think I'd get the 32GB version if I was buying again. It's always nice to have more memory.

Totally agree. No such thing as too much memory, especially if is within budget.

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