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Topic # 230453 24-Feb-2018 13:54
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I'm getting my wife the Moto G5, which can come with 2GB, 3GB, or 4GB of RAM. It comes with Android 7, but I think the Android 8 upgrade is available.

 

My wife isn't a power user: she uses Whatsapp occasionally during the day, does email occasionally on the go, reads the news online, and our toddler watches youtube on it occasionally, takes photos occasionally. She doesn't store a lot of stuff on it like movies or photos, so storage space is largely irrelevant. She doesn't need to multi-task, and she's not even bothered by the speed of her horribly slow G1 - which is about 10X slower than my phone and drives me nuts how slow it is.

 

 

 

2GB RAM + 32GB storage = US$164 (ships to NZ)

 

3GB RAM + 16GB storage = US$165 + $15 for 16GB memory card (ships to NZ)

 

This one is rare and probably not possible to practically get: 4GB RAM + 32GB = US$220 + $30 reshipper = US$240 (goes via reshipper, prime members only so I can't easily get it)

 

 

 

My own phone is a Huawei P9 with 32GB of internal storage. Of that 6GB is apps, 7GB is system data, 11GB is free (total 24GB so far), and 8GB is presumable used by a ROM. 16GB could be a bit tight unless you have an external SD card that the phone can effectively use.

 

 

 

Question 1) Is 32GB storage required?

 

Question 2) Is more than 2GB RAM required for a casual user with low expectations?

 

Question 3) Can Android 7 / 8 effectively use an SD card to increase useful storage? Saving apps to it and running at a decent speed, etc.

 

I'm leaning towards the 3GB RAM one, seems like a good compromise and might be better for Android 8.

 

 

 

 

 

 





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  Reply # 1963440 24-Feb-2018 13:55
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I'd say 4GB + 32GB storage. Anything less will be really annoying, requiring lots of "management".

 

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  Reply # 1963477 24-Feb-2018 14:38
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Doing a bit of research I think I agree @freitasm . Given super high performance isn't required can you make use of an external SD card to effectively increase internal storage? Or is it too slow to bother with even for someone who's happy enough with Moto G1 ?performance





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  Reply # 1963479 24-Feb-2018 14:40
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@mdf how much storage / RAM does your wife's Moto G5 have? Are you using SD card to provide more internal storage, for apps and stuff? Are you happy with it or would needed?





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  Reply # 1963592 24-Feb-2018 18:42
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Nokia 5. 16 GB internal memory which is a bit of a joke as 11 or so is used by the OS and other hard-wired apps. But android's new (?) way of using memory cards seems to be a pretty seamless way of expanding internal memory. Apps can be installed to the SD card and run as normal. So long as you get a fast enough SD card.

Only 2GB RAM. More would be nice, but her needs are pretty basic.



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  Reply # 1963593 24-Feb-2018 18:46
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So you find 2GB ok for basic use? My 3GB phone usually has > 1GB free




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  Reply # 1963597 24-Feb-2018 18:51
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My use of it is usually limited to reminding her how to log into the Washington Post app properly and swearing at how loud it's notification noise is. But she reports that she is very happy with it and doesn't have any problems.

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  Reply # 1963599 24-Feb-2018 19:08
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Sorry mobile double post



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  Reply # 1963610 24-Feb-2018 19:17
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Great, thanks MDF.





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  Reply # 1963614 24-Feb-2018 19:35
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3GB seems to be the normal for mid-range, with 4GB upper-mid to top end.  I'm looking at a Moto 5GS Plus or a Nokia 6 at the moment, and these mostly seem to have 3GB, with a few 4GB ones around.  My current phone has 1.5GB and this can be very slow switching between running apps - I guess apps have grown in size in the last two years since I bought it.  I'm hoping 3GB will be enough for a couple of years




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  Reply # 1963620 24-Feb-2018 20:30
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shk292:

 

3GB seems to be the normal for mid-range, with 4GB upper-mid to top end.  I'm looking at a Moto 5GS Plus or a Nokia 6 at the moment, and these mostly seem to have 3GB, with a few 4GB ones around.  My current phone has 1.5GB and this can be very slow switching between running apps - I guess apps have grown in size in the last two years since I bought it.  I'm hoping 3GB will be enough for a couple of years

 

 

I expect the G6 released in a few days will have 3GB as a base, but the rumours all say bigger taller screens, which my wife doesn't want. I don't think there's a G5s without the plus.

 

So my choices are 32GB storage + 2GB RAM or 16GB storage + 3GB RAM. I'm leaning towards 32 + 2 for my wife, who runs one thing at a time and is fairly patient, but would get annoyed if she can't install something.





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  Reply # 1963660 24-Feb-2018 22:34
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There are both G5S and S plus, but the G5S is 5.2 inches.

https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/MPHMOT0179710/Motorola-Moto-G5s-Dual-SIM-Smartphone-32GB---Lunar

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  Reply # 1963690 25-Feb-2018 06:42
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Thanks mdf, cadman, very helpful :)

 

The G5s is about $100 more expensive, given it comes in NZ instead of Amazon, and my wife probably wouldn't go for a bigger screen.





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I have a G5s, 32 / 3GB. At this point I haven't had any issues with storage or ram. I have had to move all music and documents (I keep a lot of manuals) to cloud storage to prevent future issues with storage.

I've had it about a month, and it's my first android phone, but so far I love it.

The Oreo update is NOT available yet. All reports that it is are based on a single fake story.




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  Reply # 1963709 25-Feb-2018 07:57
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timmmay:

Thanks mdf, cadman, very helpful :)


The G5s is about $100 more expensive, given it comes in NZ instead of Amazon, and my wife probably wouldn't go for a bigger screen.



Going from 5" to 5.2" screen means 0.5mm wider, just under 6mm longer but 5s is thinner. You'd notice the cost more than she'd notice the size. She'll probably spend the $100 in the hairdresser's.

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