Always buy the base storage model iPhone.
Buying expanded storage capacities is dumb dumb dumb.
And the financial reasons are only part of it.
Allow me to explain.
Reason #1: You are going to hate your life in the event you have an event. Think about what happens if you
A. lose a phone with 256 GIGABYTES worth of your life on it*
Or B. think signing up for iCloud is any sort of solution to A.
Guess what high storage capacity phones encourage users to do? Store a high capacity of their life on misplaceable/droppable phones.
So we should all sign up for iCloud at 99 cents a month right?
Not so fast.
First think about the obvious – if you have the real ability to store all of your life moments easily and accessibly in the Cloud from Apple, why on earth do you also need to store it on and subsequently pay for a 256 gigabyte phone? Wouldnt you pick one or the other? Wouldnt the cloud be completely superior? Well the cloud is, but not Apple’s iCloud.
Which leads me to reason #2: Icloud is a scam. period.
Ive posted about this before. Have you ever gotten fed up and tried to stop paying for iCloud? Have you ever tried to do a mass download of your files from iCloud? (You cant- apple designed it so you have to click on each of thousands of photos to download and save them elswhere individually)
Have you fought with annoying popups and roadblocks about photos or apps not being accessible right now when trying to view them in your icloud backed up phone? Ever notice how more and more people are gettkng their cloud accounts hacked and all of their unmentionable photos leaked?
Or more importantly, hows this for an event – have you ever gotten confused by iCloud’s user undfriendly settings that only let you know that deleting pics on your phone can also delete them from the Cloud?
Remember – you paid hard earned money for this too.
Reason #3: High storage capacity iPhones are f**cking expensive. Like reeeally expensive. And since you’re also probably paying for them with those plastic loans in your wallet or paying per month, they’re going to get even MORE expensive.
An iPhone 8 with 256 gb of storage is nearly $1,000. An iPhone 8 plus with 256 gb of storage is well over $1,000. We’ll just have to have a moment of silence for your financial life if we talk about the same storage configuration for the iPhone x.
Don’t you have kids to feed and educate?
Reason #4: High storage iPhones are a resale turd. It currently costs about $150 difference between storage configurations for an iPhone 8. $100 difference for an iPhone 7. The resale premium however on craigslist for both phobes is only 30-50% of the amount you paid more. So if the base model gets one price and you paid $100 more to upgrade storage, when you resale it, expect to only get $30-$50 more.
But then whats even worse? Carriers have been allowing customers to trade in phones for discounts on new ones. When I went to T mobile and looked at the terms of their trade in program, a base model iPhone 7 received the same exact trade in credit as a 128 gb version. The rep even said, yeah its pretty pointless to pay more for on phone storage.
Reason #5: Storage strategies are better than storage capacity. Lets be real – right now you have no storage strategy, you just take a bunch of photos and videos, leave them on your phone or hope icloud stores them properly and then you dont think much more about it.
Well you should.
Smart storage strategies are all about redundancy. The best of which consist of backing up your data to multiple locations that are least accessible to loss.
This means using a base model iphone (it discourages you from keeping too many files on it before its lost or stolen) along with removable storage drives specifically designed for the iphone PLUS hard drive and dropbox accounts designed for your computer.
(*no you arent currently backing up anything the way you need to and when you lose the phone it will be that important time in between your last backup and that video you took of the dyng moments of your grandfather)
Here are some suggestions:
Step 1: Buy the base model iphone. (refurbished preferably. Google “refurbished iphone 7”)
Step 2: Buy an EXTERNAL drive for storing your iphone data that plugs directly into your iphone:
Step 3: Have a damn computer in 2018. Seriously. Not having one and living your life on an ipad and iphone combo is probably why you though iCloud was a solution in the first place. Take the data you transferred on the external iPhone drive from step 2 and transfer it to your computer to a larger backup hard drive that you store a variety of things.
Step 4: Also sign up for a dropbox “Plus” account where you use that good old redundancy I mentioned to keep your data in the real cloud as well. Easily accessible for a fair price. You can also use the email trick and keep signing up for new dropbox accounts for free, but its not worth the time for me. https://www.dropbox.com/individual/plans-comparison
Now you know. And now I won’t have to hear “i lost all my photos that were on my phone” or “I accidentally deleted all of my photos in my icloud”.
Redundancy – use it.