It is official: both Samsung S10+ and SanDisk microSD have introduced us to a new norm, where our phones will soon be coming with 1TB of storage built in. This incremental, yet monumental, barrier is broken and the future of 4K 2 hour videos shot on the phone is bright. But other than shooting 4K videos, do we really need 1TB on our phones?
Just over a year ago I bought an iPhone X with 256GB of storage (max available at the time) thinking that it would last me at least 3 years. Since then I've racked up 48,767 photos, 875 videos and a good number of apps. Yet I still have 166GB free and on track to have another 2 years of not having storage anxiety. For me this extra cost of 256GB of storage for a piece of mind was worth it. However, if I follow the same pattern of usage the 1TB would last me 12 years. By then I would upgrade my phone over at least once.
This new limit of 1TB of storage makes me wonder about all of the other questions that come with so much memory:
Why bother getting 1TB if you are going to get a new phone every 5 years or so?
Would you still manage or curate your photos, videos, apps? If so then why?
How would you back it up?