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Which model of Nexus 4 should you get, 8 or 16GB of storage?

1 year ago 98

Now that Google has outed the LG manufactured Nexus 4 as the next flagship phone chosen to represent Android, there’s only one thing left to do: buy it. But which model should you get? For the insanely low price of just $300 off-contract, totally unlocked, you can get a Nexus 4 with 8GB of storage. For just $50 more, you can double that to 16GB. Do you really need 16GB of storage, or would that $50 be better left spent in the Play Store or saved for the upcoming holidays?

Whether or not you need the extra 8GB of storage can be answered by taking a look a couple simple questions. One of the biggest being: Are you a gamer?

Games, especially the best looking ones, can be huge in file size now. With just a handful of games like Final Fantasy, Call of Duty, NOVA and Asphalt, your phone will be completely filled. Games like Angry Birds are small in comparison, but they do still take up space. If you have no problem keeping the amount of apps and games you download to a minimum, then you might be alright with the 8GB Nexus 4. Otherwise, you’ll regret not getting the extra storage.

If you aren’t a gamer, you might also want to ask yourself how many high-resolution images and videos you plan on taking, and if so, are you committed to the cloud.

HD video takes up a ton of space. And high-resolution photographs add up. If the Nexus 4′s new 8MP Sony manufactured shooter is as good as it sounds, you’ll probably be taking a lot of both. This isn’t a big deal with a limited amount of storage, when you utilize the cloud-based services Google provides for free.

Through the power of Google +’s instant upload feature, and YouTube, you can keep your handset virtually media free. Especially if you’re using Google Music. With those three services combined, so long as you have access to the Internet, you don’t need to store pictures, videos or music on your phone. But not everyone has access to the Internet at all times. And some people are local storage nuts. If that describes you, you’re going to need the extra storage. If uploading everything online works for you, you might be alright sticking to just 8GB of storage.

If you’re not a gamer, plan on keeping the amount of apps you have to a minimum, and plan on utilizing the cloud for media storage, go ahead and keep that extra $50.

Unfortunately, not many people are going to fit that criteria. I know that $50 can seem like a decent chunk of change, especially with the holidays approaching quickly, but even if you are the kind of user that would be fine with only 8GB of storage, I’d still think about the 16GB model. Just in case.

What do you think? Know anyone that would only need 8GB of storage, or is 16 the way to go?