Mobile phones with the most storage

Find a phone with the most storage

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 tell you how to find one, and take you through some of our favourites.

    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

    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 (or too expensive), there are 128GB and 32GB versions as well.

    See all iPhone 7 deals

    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

    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.

    See all Google Pixel deals

    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.

    See the best iPhone deals today

    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.

    See the best Samsung Galaxy deals this month

    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 S8

    Samsung’s biggest phone is an impressive one, both outside and in. The display, which has a QHD (Quad HD) resolution, spreads out across almost the whole of its surface, and it’s made of shiny metal and Gorilla Glass.

    As for its innards, there’s an octa-core processor and 4GB of RAM - powerful enough that you can literally use your smartphone as a computer, with the DeX dock - and some of the best cameras on the market.

    Your only storage option for the Galaxy S8 (and larger S8+, of course) is 64GB, and there’s an SD card slot that supports up to 256GB more.

    See the best Samsung Galaxy deals this month

    Samsung Galaxy S7

    When it came out it was 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.

    See Samsung Galaxy S7 deals

    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.

    See the best iPhone SE deals

    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.

    See all Moto X Style deals

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  2. What’s the difference between Android, iOS, Windows Phone and BlackBerry?

    The four main smartphone platforms are:

    Android: created by Google, this is the most used smartphone platform in the world. Different versions usually have food-based names - for example, Android 4.2 is known as Jelly Bean. Apps are available from the Google Play Store. While the store is packed full of great apps, there’s less control over quality than Apple or Microsoft’s marketplaces.

    iOS: Apple’s iPhones and iPads use iOS as their operating system. It’s reliable and intuitive, but can’t really be customised. The App Store is home to thousands of programs, including games and productivity tools.

    Windows Phone: Based around constantly updating tiles and large icons, Microsoft’s platform is an impressively easy system to use. Apps are available to download from the Windows Phone Store. It has a few exclusives, but Windows Phone is less supported than other platforms currently, so many apps tend to come to it after Android and iOS - or not at all.

    BlackBerry: BlackBerry built its reputation as manufacturer of business phones. There is still plenty to recommend it to the casual consumer though, including the BlackBerry World store, which is full of apps, from business software to games. The selection is however smaller than Android or iOS.

  3. If I switch, can I keep my mobile number?
    Yes you can. All you have to do is ask your old network for your Porting Authorisation Code (PAC) before your contract is up. Then give the PAC - likely a nine-digit number - to your new provider and you’ll usually be able to use your old number within a working day.
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  5. Can I use my mobile phone abroad?

    It is possible to use your phone abroad, but before you can do so you may have to activate roaming with your network operator. Different countries incur different charges, but if you’re travelling within the EU, your operator should send you a message about roaming prices upon your arrival. And remember, unlike at home, you may be charged for receiving calls as well as making them.

    See our guide to using your phone abroad for more info.