If you are outgrowing the factory-provided storage space of your current smartphone, tablet or other mobile device, you may be considering upgrading the memory or even upgrading the device itself. To make sure you don’t end up feeling too cramped too soon, here is some valuable information to help you decide just how much room you really need.
What are you storing?
Think about what kind of things you will want to store on your device. Consider photos, music, video, documents and other files, and the sizes of your collections of each. 1GB (1024MB) of internal/external memory will hold about 350 pictures (2-5MB each), 200 average-length songs (5MB each), 6 hours of standard quality video (320 kilobits per second), OR over 30,000 Excel spreadsheets (30KB each). Keep in mind that these sizes will vary greatly depending on the format and quality of the files you are storing. HD video and high resolution photos can be double or triple the size of standard quality images.
Know your limits
When it comes to memory be realistic about how much storage you currently use, and make sure to leave room to grow. For example: You upgrade your multimedia phone to a new smartphone. You transfer your 250 songs (1250MB), 20 short videos (200MB) and 200 photos (500MB) from your old phone onto the new one. Now you have already used up almost 2GB of storage on your first day! With your new phone that has a better camera, a better MP3 player and a bigger display to view video, you are going to end up using way more over the 1-2 year span of your contract than you ever used on your old multimedia phone.
Don’t sell yourself short by going with a small memory card, because in the long run it will cost you more if you have to upgrade later. When it comes to memory more truly is more, and it’s always better to have too much than too little. and make sure you always have a little room to move.