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    iPhone 4S capacity question
    I'm planning to purchase the iPhone 4S sometime soon. I was leaning toward the
    16gb model for budget purposes, however a recent review from a very legitimate
    source stated the 4S operating system is a resource hog, taking up a good 7 gigs
    of space, so to absolutely go with at least the 32gb model. I wasn't planning to
    do this.

    This will be my first iPhone, coming over from a Blackberry, so I wanted to get
    some opinions from knowledgeable Apple afficianados if the 16gb capacity would
    suffice. I don't really plan to keep a lot of music or videos on the phone -
    mainly using it as a phone, surfing the web, for some game and information apps
    and storing some photos.

    Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

    Thanks!

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    Your source may be incorrect. I have an iPhone 4 (not 4S) running iOS 5, and it reports a capacity of 13.73GB out of 16GB, therefore meaning that the OS takes up 2.27GB.

    Now, of course, I don't have Siri on this thing, but I can't see how that could take up an extra 5GB, so I'm inclined to disbelieve it.

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    I now have a 4S and the capacity is the same as Chas's device.

    16 gig phone 13.73gb free.

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    Thanks so much. I guess the info I read was incorrect. Given that, do you think 16gb is enough for lots of apps, some photos but not much video or music? I'm tempted to get the 16gb for cost purposes, but don't want to make the mistake of running out of room.

    Thanks!

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    I have a 100+ apps 9gb + of music no video and a handful of photos on mine.

    I still have 2.5gb free.

    Are you concerned about having all your music on your phone as with video this will take up the most space.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clive12 View Post
    I now have a 4S and the capacity is the same as Chas's device.

    16 gig phone 13.73gb free.
    I suppose a 16gb iPad2 will be about the same !

    tim

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    Quote Originally Posted by timmy_toad View Post
    I suppose a 16gb iPad2 will be about the same !

    tim
    The capacity was the same on my 4.

    I updated the software on Friday before the 4S was delivered and before it restored the content the space specs where exactly the same.

    Unless the Ipad 2 does something I am unaware of when using 5.0 then I would image the space would be the same.

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    I've got the 16GB 4S - it's fine for me, but I do regularly sync music on / off.

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