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If I get an iphone 5s is it worth paying more for 32GB? & do I want 3G or 4G?

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TheOneWithTheNicestSmile Thu 23-Jan-14 17:32:57

(complete technonumpty)

I'm with O2.
16GB is £0 upfront + £25 a month (24 months)
32GB is £110 + £25

I have a 16GB ipad mini using iOS 6 & that has 13.8GB usable storage - does iOS7 take up any more space or is it just more battery life?

I don't use a lot of apps. atm music is taking 2GB, photos 1.9GB & amazon cloudplayer 1.5GB but there's quite a bit I could clear out. I have 4.4GB still available. I think I would probably store more on a phone though.

is it worth paying the extra £110 for the extra 16GB, please?

& what is 4G for???

prh47bridge Thu 23-Jan-14 18:06:49

iOS 7 is bigger than iOS 6 by around 300MB.

4G gives you a much faster internet connection than 3G.

TheOneWithTheNicestSmile Thu 23-Jan-14 19:08:19

thanks, prh smile

4G deals cost the same as 3G ones - is there a downside?

which would you get - 16 or 32?

prh47bridge Fri 24-Jan-14 00:57:09

The only downside is that most networks charge more for 4G than 3G, so you may find that you are getting less data per month for your money. On the other hand some of them are throwing in incentives to encourage customers to move to 4G. The big question is network coverage. If you've only got 3G in your area a 4G phone will still work but you won't get the faster internet for which you are paying.

Personally I go for as much storage space on a handset as I can. I find it tends to fill up with apps, photos, music, etc., especially as apps tend to get larger over time. But that's me. If you don't use apps much and limit the size of your music and photo collections you may find that the smaller memory size will work fine for you.

caroldecker Fri 24-Jan-14 01:11:00

16gb is 3 times what you currently have - do you expect to watch movies on your phone? If not 16 should be fine

TheOneWithTheNicestSmile Fri 24-Jan-14 11:00:52

The contracts offer more with 4G - £22pm gets 5GB on 4G, 2GB on 3G


oh - I can't remember now if I looked at all available options yesterday (thought I did but maybe not) - anyway, today, if you go for a 3G contract the phone is £80 upfront + £25pm; with 4G it's £110

over 2 years £30 is nothing though compared with 2½ times as much data for the same cost? So it's worth going for the 4G? (presumably it will be rolling out quite quickly, & I'm bound to visit places where it is available)

(carol, 16GB is what I currently have - 4.4GB is the unused portion of that smile)

chickydoo Fri 24-Jan-14 11:03:17

I have a 16G 4s
Go for 32G wish I had.
My phone is always full.
Photos, music, apps etc.
I keep having to delete stuff so I can take photos.

MirandaWest Fri 24-Jan-14 11:06:41

I'd go for 32gb - I have a 16gb 5c and it's fine but would be nice to have 32gb as you don't need to think about whether you're using up space iyswim.

Trills Fri 24-Jan-14 11:10:42

If you're signing up for a 2 year contract then I would get the best phone I could afford - you may not use much space now but you don't want to get to summer 2015 and think this phone sucks and I have to keep it for another six months.

TheOneWithTheNicestSmile Fri 24-Jan-14 11:18:01

oooh, positive reinforcement, just what I wanted to hear - thanks, all smile

I currently have an iphone 3 (inherited from DD2) (I had an ancient bricky thing before, this has converted me to the joys of i grin) which uses a standard SIM - will I lose all old messages etc when I switch to new phone? Or will they be magically associated with my phone number/icloud address?

caroldecker Fri 24-Jan-14 18:34:46

sorry misread as 13.8 free - go for the 32gb one

TheOneWithTheNicestSmile Mon 27-Jan-14 20:26:42

Well I have my 5s with 32GB & am thoroughly smitten so far smile

I am flabbergasted at how easy it was to get EVERYTHING off old phone & on to new!

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