6 smartphones with the best internal storage

ByKim Staples
Using a mobile phone

If you’ve got a mobile, it’s probably packed with apps, photos, videos, ebooks, chat logs, and the like - and that means you need a lot of memory.

There are two ways of storing data on a smartphone: its internal memory, and an SD card.

But SD cards have their problems:

  • They're expensive
  • They're very fiddly to use
  • Only certain apps can be stored on them
  • Not all phones have SD card slots
  • Your phone's performance is better when it's drawing data from its internal memory rather than an external card

That's why a lot of us are opting for a mobile that already has plenty of internal storage and doesn't need to rely on being expanded. And as it happens, there are a few phones out there like that. Read on and broadbandchoices will take you through our very favourites - and some of their best contract deals too.

Phones with 256GB internal storage

It doesn't get better than a smartphone with a massive 256GB storage - literally, since that's the most you can get in the UK. Your options are a bit limited, though...

 

iPhone 7

iPhone 7

There's just one phone on the market that comes with 256GB of memory: the iPhone 7, along with its big brother the iPhone 7 Plus.

iPhones have never had SD card slots, meaning that getting one with a lot of space is vital - especially for the 12MP photos, 7MP selfies, and 4K videos you can shoot with the new cameras. Other features include Apple's fastest processor yet, the A10, and a sleek, water-resistant form.

There are 256GB models available for both the 4.7-inch iPhone 7 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus - or, if that's too much storage, there are 128GB and 32GB versions as well.

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Phones with 128GB internal storage

Not many phones are available with 128GB of memory. For this much internal storage, you'll need a top-of-the-range flagship - and in all cases here, you'll have to trade off the SD card slot too.

 

Google Pixel

Google Pixel

The first ever smartphone created entirely by Google itself is a good 'un: the smoothest Android interface you'll ever see, one of the best (if not the best) smartphone cameras, and, blissfully, internal storage up to a nice fat 128GB.

And it doesn't just work well, it looks good while doing it - there's a crisp AMOLED display with a super high resolution, not to mention the phone's nifty design.

You can get both the Pixel and Pixel XL with 128GB of memory, or with 32GB if that's a bit much. Bear in mind that neither come with an SD card slot. 

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iPhone 6s

iPhone 6s

The last iPhone may not have as much memory as its newer cousin, but it's still not half bad: 128GB is more than enough for most of us.

Despite being an 'old' model now, the 6s is still impressive. Between its stylish exterior, top-notch cameras, and seamless processing power, you're getting a fantastic phone here. Plus, it's got a couple of added advantages over the new iPhone 7: a standard headphone jack and a lower price.

Again, both the iPhone 6s and the 6s Plus are available with 128GB storage, as well as 64GB or 16GB versions. 

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iPhone 6s

128GB

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£50.00 a month

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iPhone 6s Plus

128GB

EE

1GB data

Unlimited minutes

Unlimited texts

£44.99 upfront

£55.99  a month

24 months

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Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung caused a bit of a fuss when it decided to go the Apple route and not include an SD card slot in its last flagship. Luckily, the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge both come with lots of internal storage - up to 128GB, in fact.

And with the S6, you'll get one of the very best phones on the market right now. The stunning QHD screen is sharp as a tack, the camera has a 16MP lens and optical image stabilisation, and the octa-core processors are super powerful. The design is something quite special too, with a smooth metal chassis and a shiny jewel-like glass back. There's even a fingerprint scanner under the home button for extra security.

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Samsung Galaxy S6

128GB

Vodafone

1GB data

Unlimited minutes

Unlimited texts

£50.00 upfront

£32.00 a month

24 months

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

128GB

EE

10GB data

Unlimited minutes

Unlimited texts

£49.99 upfront

£50.99 a month

24 months

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Phones with 64GB internal storage

The next best thing to a phone with 128GB of storage is one with 64GB - and luckily, you've got quite a bit more choice here. Here's our pick of the best. 


Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7

It's been named the best smartphone around by some, and it's easy to see why. The Samsung Galaxy S7 is rocking a gorgeous, razor-sharp display - a QHD Super AMOLED offering - and underneath that it's got powerful processors, 4GB of RAM memory, and the most up-to-date software. That includes Samsung's new Game Launcher, which adds a little more functionality to your mobile gaming.

The S7 doesn't have as much internal storage as its predecessor, but technically you can store more stuff on it. Unlike the S6, it has an SD card slot that supports up to 200GB extra space. The only downside is that it's not adoptable - meaning you can use your SD card for storing pictures, documents, music, videos, and other media, but not apps.

The S7 Edge offers the exact same storage options, only it comes with that cool curvy screen and some extra features.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Three

2GB data

Unlimited minutes

Unlimited texts

£36.00 a month

£49.99 upfront

24 months

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iPhone SE

iPhone SE

The iPhone SE is a useful beast. It's essentially an iPhone 5, but with the innards of an iPhones 6s - including the internal storage. Well, almost. The SE's storage options are either 64GB or 16GB, so although the 128GB choice of the 6s is absent, there's still plenty of space to be getting on with.

On the outside, you'll find the 4-inch screen and metal-and-white angular body of the iPhone 5 that we've all come to know and love, only now it comes in funky rose gold too. But the guts are much closer to those of the 6s and 6s Plus: the latest Apple A9 chipset, stunning 12MP camera, impressive battery life (finally!), and Apple Pay.

EE

300MB data

300 minutes

Unlimited texts

£14.99 a month

£50.00 upfront

24 months

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Huawei Nexus 6P

Huawei Nexus 6P

A Nexus phone means Android Marshmallow exactly the way Google intended it to be, and it looks like it intended it to have 64GB of storage.

There's no overlay or bloatware on this phone - just pure Android in all its sleek, Material Design glory. And it's rocking some pretty good specs to power it: octa-core Snapdragon processors, 3GB RAM, incredible battery life, and 12.3MP and 8MP cameras. It's rather nice to look at too, with a smooth brushed metal unibody and wonderfully high-res QHD display. And, true to Huawei, the Nexus 6P's price is fantastic for what you get.

O2

500MB data

500 minutes

Unlimited texts

£29.00 a month

£24.99 upfront

24 months

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Motorola Moto X Style

Motorola Moto X Style

The Moto X Style has a 5.7-inch QHD display too, just like the Nexus 6P - good quality screens and lots of storage seem to go hand in hand.

The X Style is, to put it simply, a whopper. It's phablet sized, with the weight to go along with it, and the big 64GB of storage is matched by a big 21MP camera, big hexa-core processors, and of course that big screen. Design wise, it's not the prettiest of phones, but you've got the option to use the Moto Maker on Motorola's website to personalise the colours exactly how you want them.

While it's not quite as stunning as other similar phones, the Moto X Style is excellent for its price tag - especially if you want that internal storage. 

Vodafone

500MB data

500 minutes

Unlimited texts

£24.00 a month

£39.00 upfront

24 months

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