Pixel Phone and storage

Going to bite the bullet and get a Pixel XL phone.  However, only the 32 GB model is available with no expandable memory.  This got me thinking, with Google Photos unlimited full resolution backup is it necessary to have that much storage.  If you back routinely to the cloud is there a reason to get more storage if, like me, you only use a handful of apps.  Anyone think of a reason more storage might come into play outside of photos before I pull the trigger on a cheaper phone?

Conversation 4 comments

  • jimchamplin

    Premium Member
    11 March, 2017 - 8:40 am

    <p>Problem I always have with the concept of, "Don't care about storage, there's the cloud!" is that I've never seen anyone attempt to make having local and remote data feel consistent and seamless. Pretty much, if you want to do anything with that stuff, gotta have it locally.</p><p>I honestly would advise you to wait and get one of the larger capacity models.</p>

  • rameshthanikodi

    11 March, 2017 - 10:04 pm

    <p>I personally think 32gb is enough for anyone but the most prolific user of smartphones. Because you say you don't use many apps, I think you should be fine. Even if you have a large music collection, or like me, have a large playlist on Spotify that you want to take offline, I still find it more than enough. Even if you take lots of photos, I doubt you'll fill up the 32gb. Even better if you upload everything to the cloud.</p><p>The only time I ever ran out space on my phone was when I was on vacation and taking lots of videos – which actually included 2 long timelapses. If you're taking short clips at normal (1080p) quality, it still should be fine. What really kills the storage are 4k footage, 60fps footage, and long vidoes; full movies. Outside of these scenarios, I <em>never </em>reached the upper limits of 32gb.</p>

  • Polycrastinator

    13 March, 2017 - 1:42 pm

    <p>Depends on usage. 32GB has been fine for me. My most recent phone is a 128GB iPhone, and all that happened is I filled it up with music and video which I probably could have streamed off the internet anyway.</p>

  • Chris_Kez

    Premium Member
    14 March, 2017 - 9:00 am

    <p>32GB will be fine. Until it's not. Seriously you're probably okay. Even if you do fill it up you can easily erase all the local pics since they'll be backed up anyway. I recommend using a second cloud storage provider just in case.</p>


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