Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Does it make sense to buy a phone with 32GB of "ROM" over a 16GB phone?

Of course, more memory is better than less memory, no question about that but does it really make sense having to pay the extra money for it?

Depending on the kind of phone, in most cases I would say: NO!

If the phone supports memory expansion by tf-card, in my opinion the extra memory is not worth the extra money.

Why is that? A lot of people are simply not aware of the memory structure of most Android phones. They think that a 32GB "ROM" device gives them more space for installing apps but this is not the case! You'll have to take a closer look at the memory structure of the device in question. Here's a good example of two Zopo phones, on the left is a ZP998 with 16GB, on the right is a ZP980+ with 32GB:

As you can see, the internal storage of these two phones are IDENTICAL in size and that is exactly the part of the memory where you apps are being installed.

Besides the internal storage there is also the phone storage, it could be called a "file storage".This file storage is useful if you DON'T have a tf-card but if you do, most additional app data, your music, photos, movies, documents, etc. will be stored on your tf-card anyway, so it's basically a "waste" of memory.

I found a nice explanation here: SOURCE

Apps and data storage:
Apps are installed to this storage, labeled as Internal storage in your phone settings. It also stores data such as your text messages, contacts you created or synchronized to your phone, account settings, and more. This storage is managed and carefully guarded by your phone since it contains your private information. When you connect your phone to your computer, this storage is not accessible from your computer. Storage contents will be erased when you do a factory reset. Make sure to back up your data before starting a factory reset. Some apps allow you to back up to your storage card, such as People.

File storage:
This is another built-in storage, labeled as Phone storage in your phone settings. This is where you can store your files. When you connect your phone to your computer, this storage is accessible and you can copy files between them. When you do a factory reset, you can choose whether to keep or erase the storage contents. 

Anyway, I just wanted to point out that buying a phone with more internal memory doesn't necessarily mean that you get more free space for installing apps, you ALWAYS need to take a closer look at the phone's memory structure.

1 comment:

  1. Unless your phone is a Samsung, which (by default, unless you root and hack the phone) store data from apps on the internal sdcard and treat the external as storage for media files (camera photos, music, etc.). In such phones internal memory size does matter.