How to Choose a Smartphone Guide: Storage Options is the continuation of the article we published recently called How to Choose a Smartphone Guide: Processor and a part of these series:
- How to Choose a Smartphone Guide: Display
- How to Choose a Smartphone Guide: Connectivity
- How to Choose a Smartphone Guide: Operating System
- How to Choose a Smartphone Guide: Battery Life
which will let you understand the things that you should consider when choosing the right smartphone for you.
Various Storage Options
The storage capacity of a smartphone determines the amount of data that can be stored in the device. It is also a factor that contributes to its speed. This article will give a detailed and quick explanation of the various storage options that you should keep in mind like the internal storage, RAM and the expandable or external storage.
1. Internal Storage
The internal storage is the persistent storage area of the smartphone where files like apps, music, photos, videos, documents, contacts, messages, logs and others are kept. By default, all the data generated by the applications of the device are stored there. For example, all pictures taken using the Camera of your device will be automatically stored there by default.
A high internal storage means that your phone alone will be able to hold huge amounts of data even without the help of any external device such as the expandable storage.
Early generations of smartphones come with 2GB internal storage. However, as innovations were introduced and competition became very tight in the mobile phone industry, the internal storage of smartphones evolved into 16GB, 32GB and even up to 64GB.
RAM means Random Access Memory. This type of memory directly influences the speed of the smartphone. Basically, if the RAM of a smartphone is high, say 1GB or 2GB, you will be able to run high-end applications there like games. Along with the size of the RAM, its speed should also be considered. RAM speed is usually indicated as DDR, DDR2, DDR3, etc.
DDR is an abbreviation for double data rate and the number after it indicates its type. For example, DDR3 means double data rate type three. Then, the higher the type of the DDR, the higher is its speed. However, it should be noted that most smartphone specifications do not make mention of its RAM speed.
3. Expandable Storage
The last storage option that you have to check is the expandable storage. The expandable storage makes use of an external medium to enable the smartphone to hold more data such a MicroSD card. This is a great way to increase the storage limitation of your device if you have a low internal storage memory.
A MicroSD card can support 16GB, 32GB up to 64GB of data and it is usually sold separately. Bear in mind though that not all smartphones offer an expandable storage option. Also, most smartphones do not provide the option for you to use the expandable storage device to house installed apps (except when the device is rooted or jailbroken).
Choosing Your Storage Options
If you are a heavy user of apps or someone who loves installing high-end games in your smartphone, choose the one that has high internal storage and high RAM with an expandable storage that can hold a lot of data.
But if you are just after the basic features of a smartphone or on a tight budget, then you can opt for the one that offers a low but reasonable amount of memory. A 16GB internal storage with 512MB or 1GB RAM, and a 32GB MicroSD card is a configuration ideal for average users.
Be sure to check out the next part of this series which will talk about displays. This will provide you a brief but detailed explanation of the elements of a smartphone display as well as the things that you have to consider when choosing the ideal smartphone display based on your needs or preferences.