Free Space-How Much Do You Leave Open?

Mike12000

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I've often wondered about this. I just read what Hawk wrote in the "16g vs. 32" thread:

"I have 768 songs, about 65 apps, and 3 movies. I still have 7.2 GB free space on my 16GB 3G.
Honestly, I went with the 16GB 3G phone because I was close to using up all the space on my 8GB phone. I prefer to have at least 2GB free no matter what for the OS to use as a swap file and to help prevent crashes from full memory."

So what is your take on how much free space is optimal?

I've been trying to leave at least a GB free on my 8GB v1. I'm now at 895 MB and I have noticed some "stutters" while running apps that I hadn't noticed before.

Thanks, all.
 

azsprty

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I have the 32 gig. I have 3648 songs, 60 pics, all my contacts, 26 apps and 3 movies and I have 9 gigs left. I keep thinking I should just add 3-4 more movies and still have 2-3 gigs left
 

psylichon

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I tried to keep 500MB open on my old 8GB, but with the 32-gig 3GS, I'm leaving 3GB open for video capture.
 

lady_bugz22

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I have the 32 gig. I have 3648 songs, 60 pics, all my contacts, 26 apps and 3 movies and I have 9 gigs left. I keep thinking I should just add 3-4 more movies and still have 2-3 gigs left

Wow! That is ALOT of songs
 

psylichon

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I have 13 days of music on mine at the moment. It's crazy just to stop and think about that every now and then...
 

impaler

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I have the 16GB iPhone 3G, and I have tons of music. Nearly 90GB worth. S I take the most important songs, the "can't not have" music, and load them in a playlist named "iPhone". That gets sync'd over, and with about 200MB of apps, 90MB of photos, and the "other" space using 300-500MB, I'm left with a little over 1-1.5 GB. I leave the space there so I can throw a movie or a few TV shows on the device when I'm traveling. Otherwise it's 90% music.
 

Hawk

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Mike, I think the general consensus is to leave around a gig or so- if you can spare the space. We all have different reasons to do so, but it seems we are all of the same mind in doing it.
I did PC tech Support for about 15 years, and for me, regardless of the OS, I always make sure that I have a couple GBs left to help with performance issues.
 

Mike12000

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Mike, I think the general consensus is to leave around a gig or so- if you can spare the space. We all have different reasons to do so, but it seems we are all of the same mind in doing it.
I did PC tech Support for about 15 years, and for me, regardless of the OS, I always make sure that I have a couple GBs left to help with performance issues.
Thanks, Hawk. I've always tried to keep about a gig open based on a combo of casual computer experience/intuition. Great to get your professional opinion, as well as everyone else's.

Just another reason to preorder that 32GB 3G S (heh heh). "No room at the inn!"
 

Phxblue

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Hmm... 221 songs, 4 movies, 41 apps. About 5.5gb left of 16. Glad i didn't spring for the 32.
 

Get_Zwole

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had mine for 3 days and i have just over 6.5gb's used mostly all music. I was thinking about trading in for the 32 but i think i will be fine. I can switch it up etc. and i don't put movies on unless im going on a trip. I will probably stop at about 15 leave a gig or so.