With more than 2,000 votes since Friday, the NextPit community was clear about memory sizes in smartphones during our latest community survey. To do that, we’ve put together a set of five questions for you, addressing a current “problem” in the smartphone world. Many new flagships are launched with up to 256 gigabytes of internal memory and without any option for microSD expansion.
But is this actually a problem? Do people need that much storage space? Keep reading to find out. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to this research.
Storage capacity meets extended use
I would have liked to have asked my first two questions in a voting system that connects the votes. Because by connecting the questions about the current memory capacity and the age of the device, I could have discerned exactly how strong the relationship between lifespan and memory is. Nevertheless, the results paint an interesting picture.
Memory usage is very high for most NextPit readers / © NextPit
In the US and India, as well as in Germany, most people use less than 100 gigabytes of their cell phone memory. However, we have to put this into enough context, because in the NextPit community, which is mainly made up of enthusiasts, there are many people who have not been using their phone for six months. In the US, most people reported using their phones for less than 1.5 years, while in Germany users keep their devices much longer, with a majority of three years.
A surprising number of readers have been using their mobile phones for less than a year / © NextPit
While many people in France are using brand new smartphones, the storage here is the most full, with the most votes being “less than 256 GB”. One reason for this could be that most people are transferring their data from the old phone to the new one – thus dragging the data junk to a new smartphone as well.
Is the factory storage sufficient?
We can now combine these results with another variable to get closer to my opening question. In all three domains where you read NextPit, most people said they are using a phone with 128 gigabytes of internal storage. As for the last question, storage seems important to French readers, as this was the domain with the highest percentage of users at 256 GB, while COM dominated the 512 GB range.
In 2022, the memory size in mobile phones still seems to stabilize at 128 gigabytes. / © NextPit
The current gold standard – namely 256 gigabytes – ranks second in all three domains. It is quite possible that this research will move further in the coming months towards 256 gigabytes. However, there is another “but”, as we will see from the answers to the following questions.
The microSD paradox
The next two questions go together again – how many people use a microSD card for storage expansion and how many would like to have this option in the future? There are some interesting things to note here. We only see that the German users are actively expanding their storage, while in the international domain we see that most users don’t seem interested in removing the feature.
While most people don’t use memory expansion, … / © NextPit
…the majority criticize the omission of expandable memory / © NextPit
Still, the majority in all other countries see the omission of MicroSD slots in flagships as something negative. So cell phone users in 2022 want options they don’t necessarily need. This isn’t a big deal, of course, as microSD cards will likely only be relevant if the phone’s memory is really full. But as Kafka famously said, “Better to have and not need than to need and not have.”
Conclusion: does the future belong to cloud storage?
In summary, it can be predicted that the memory of many people will probably be fully used in the coming years. That is, if we also interpret the negative feelings about removing the microSD card. It clearly shows that users do not think that their storage space will be enough in the future.
The solution to this concern is now being offered by many mobile phone manufacturers themselves: cloud services that are seamlessly integrated into the operating system. And these usually come with a monthly fee, unless you want to be limited from five to fifteen gigabytes of storage. This is a critical development, which you can in any case counteract by regularly cleaning up your cloud storage.
But what do you think? What conclusions do you draw from the data? And how about transferring storage to cloud systems?
In 2022 there will be two rather contradictory developments for new smartphones: on the one hand, there are increasingly longer software updates that should ensure a longer life. On the other hand, phone manufacturers are limiting internal memory configurations and eliminating MicroSD slots. But how much memory do you really need, and how full is your phone memory? Time for our survey of the week!
If you have to deal with new smartphones every week, you will eventually get tired of superlatives about megapixels, benchmarks and so on. Therefore, for me, the wheat has now been separated from the chaff by high-quality vibration motors and sensible functions that guarantee its use in the years to come. And as mentioned in the introduction, this is exactly where a contradiction currently emerges.
Two examples: thanks to a long update guarantee, you should be able to use the Samsung Galaxy S22 until 2027. Therefore, features like computational RAW or recording 8K videos are future-proof. However, Samsung only offers the S22 and S22+ with a maximum of 256 gigabytes of storage. As a second example, I have to criticize Apple for offering the iPhone SE 2022 with 64 gigabytes of storage for more money. But am I being too critical here and is cell phone storage less important than I thought?
How full is your phone memory?
To find out, I first came up with a participation assignment! Go to your mobile phone settings and check how much memory you are currently using on your smartphone. It does not matter how large the total memory of the smartphone is.
In order to classify these results a bit, I ask you to answer the following question afterwards as well. Because the first results are only really exciting when you know how long you have filled your mobile phone’s memory with photos, photos, videos and more.
How big is the memory of your mobile phone?
As the next task in my small memory count for the year 2022, I would like to know the storage space of your cell phone from the factory. That is, without memory cards, if your phone still supports this feature.
As you can guess, this function is at the heart of the next question. Are you currently using a microSD card to expand your phone’s memory? It doesn’t matter whether you use it as adaptive storage or just to exchange files.
Your opinion on memory development in smartphones
Last but not least, I would like to know what your two cents is worth on this subject. Do you notice the same problem when launching new phones or are you more relaxed about it? Also, feel free to write me in the comments in more detail about what you think about non-expandable and fixed memory solutions in smartphones.
You can also respond to the fact that storage will increasingly be outsourced to cloud solutions. Fabien Roehlinger responded directly to my article about the storage problem in the iPhone SE 2022 by saying that buyers could use iCloud for more storage. Do you see this as a valid alternative or are you still hesitant with online storage solutions? I look forward to the conversation with you!
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