It’s unknown how Apple has balanced the manufacturing of the two iPhone ‘Ten’ storage options. We don’t know if there will be an equal amount of 64 GB and 256 GB terminals available, or if one of the two versions comes in a higher stock. However, if we follow previous trends the more expensive iPhone X might be available for longer, because of the higher price tag, which will push ‘low budget’ Apple customers towards the 64 GB version pick!
iPhone X 64 GB or 256 GB?
1. Pay in Full vs Loan
You have to put $149 on top of the 64 GB iPhone Ten’s $999 price tag to be able to purchase the bigger storage version and add the federal taxes if you want to pay the 10th anniversary iPhone in full. You can also opt for a leasing plan. The iPhone Upgrade Program sells you the 64 GB iPhone X for $49.91/month (adds up to $1,197.84 in 24 months), while the 256 GB lineup is available for $56.16/month (totaling $1347.84). The package includes the AppleCare+ insurance and maintains the $150 difference between the two storage options.
2. Price/GB Ration
Another way to look at your iPhone X ‘investment’ is by checking out how much you actually pay per GB when opting for one of the two storage options:
– 64 GB iPhone X: $999 / 64 GB = $15.61 per GB
– 256 GB iPhone X: $1149 / 256 GB = $4.49 per GB
Of course, that all functions and features like Face ID, Portrait Lightning and many others are identical of both iPhone X models and you can have all the functionality for $999, but grabbing the bigger storage iPhone ‘Ten’ might prove itself a wise decision in the long run!
3. Personal Usage
The way you use your iPhone X is a very important factor for picking the adequate storage. If you’re a smartphone addict and integrated your iOS device in your everyday life you should opt for the 256 GB version. Do mind that recording videos at 4k Ultra HD quality with a frame-rate of 60 will cost you 1 GB of storage space for every 2 minutes and 30 seconds recorded. Of course, that you can offload your media on your computer or store them on your iCloud, but that’s time consuming and not worth it in the long run. Not to mention the newly AR technology that is expected to flourish. This will only make App Store apps become more complex and storage greedy.
4. Upgrade Rate
To counter-balance everything that I mentioned above, comes your iPhone Upgrade rate. If you’re switching for the new Apple smartphone every year, you might wanna anticipate the 2018 base model receiving a higher storage space. But that’s rather unlikely, with Apple being rather stingy when it comes to offering generous storage updates. The most we can expect from the 2018 iPhone lineup is to feature a 512 GB option, either instead of the 256 GB one or as an addition to it, but the 64 GB will most likely remain as entry level. So, if you’re thinking that I’m going to upgrade next year anyway and get a 128 GB entry level iPhone, that might not happen!
5. Offload Options
Nevertheless, not many are ready to spend close to $1250 (with taxes) for a 256 GB iPhone X. A workaround for grabbing the 64 GB version, is to offload content in case you’re an iOS power user. iCloud offers free unlimited storage for your iTunes purchases which include movies, music, iBooks, TV shows and apps. However, if you want to backup your device and save photos, videos and other data in the cloud you have 5GB for free to play with. If you want more you have to pay a monthly fee starting from $0.99 for 50 GB, $2.99 for 200 GB and up to $9.99 for 2 TB. But be aware that you can’t shoot 4k videos and upload them in real-time to your iCloud. You’ll have to record first and then upload, a time consuming procedure if you’re really filming a lot.
Fact: You can also offload your media on your computer. If you’re OK with this than you’ll manage just fine with the 64 GB iPhone X.
6. Streaming Or Downloading
Last but not least you should be aware that the 64 GB base model will require you to stream most of the content from media services like Netflix, Amazon, Spotify and Apple Music. The storage friendly HEVC format for videos isn’t enough if you want to download movies to watch them during airplane flights or road trips. An average HD movie requires up to 5 GB of storage space. If you also like to download your favorite music tracks for offline playback you’ll have to sacrifice an important junk of storage just for media, not to mention other apps and games that are popular nowadays.
Conclusion: If you have the budget opt for the 256 GB iPhone X, because it will payoff in the long run. Else, you can do just fine with the 64 GB entry model if you offload your data. More, if you’re not an iOS power user the lower storage configuration is definitely going to work out. If your budget is tight you might also want to check out Sprint’s limited time $350 iPhone X deal.
Related: You might also want to check these 5 iPhone X pre-order tips for a fast checkout on launch day!