Originally Posted by bfspider
I'm really curious on what people specifically fill up their phones with. Do you literally take your _entire_ music and movie collection and stuff it on your phone? Do you watch and listen to everything you have on your phone? I understand the availability aspect of it, but, do you guys have all the time in the world to listen and use what is stored on your phone?
I think the reason why there is only a 16GB model is the fact that there is the cloud and they wanted to hit a certain price point with very little models. Yeah, I know that coverage isn't 100%. But still, I have the 16GB GNex and it is at about 50-60%% capacity. I have a few games, some albums, some mixes, maybe a movie or two and I find myself using Tune-in radio and the google music app to stream stuff.
It doesn't take a lot of time, maybe a few minuets to swap out an album or a movie. Also, there are options when you turn your phone's USB port into a USB host.
Anyways, my two cents on this whole, no 32GB/sd slot issue. Maybe they might release a 32GB model later or the tech will be at the right _price_ point to offer that option.
I'd buy a 32GB for $400. Still cheaper than the $575 I paid for the S3 i9300. And if I sold my S3, it'd cover the costs. Hell, I would've paid $400 if they said "The $400 model still has 16GB, but it also has a MicroSD card slot".
And cloud storage, yeah I get that; but the issues with that are:
1. You don't have signal everywhere.
2. For a non-LTE phone, it'll take forever to stream large files.
3. We don't have real unlimited data anymore on the big networks, and data plans are extremely expensive. (except on T-Mobile; Sprint's 3G is useless).
4. Streaming eats your battery like there's no tomorrow.
Flash storage is EXTREMELY cheap. A MicroSD card slot probably would've been even cheaper to implement. Apple price-gouges on iPhone storage (+$100 for double the storage). Don't believe those prices. The costs are marginal.
As for what I use my phone for? This is what's on my phone storage (not MicroSD). I just redid my phone. I still haven't downloaded about 3 or 4 games that are ~1GB or more each. This picture says I have 7GB left, not counting those 3 or 4GB for games and the 17GB I used on my card. Let's say I was able to clear out half of that 17GB and I don't install those games because they were too big and I don't need them. I'd still have 1.5GB (8.5GB) more files than I have space. I only have like 300 songs on my phone too:
HTC Evo 4G -> HTC Evo 3D/Nexus S 4G -> Galaxy S II -> iPhone 4S -> Galaxy S II -> Galaxy Nexus -> Galaxy S3 i9300 -> Galaxy Note 2 i317 -> Galaxy Note 2 T889