16GB internal storage is grossly insufficient, even with cloud storage

I love the Xiaomi Mi 4 so much that I eventually made it my primary smartphone. The catch was that this model has only 16 GB internal storage – and no expandable storage. No microSD card slot. I thought to myself that cloud storage could solve the problem, so for the first time, I moved all my stuff to the cloud – videos, music, images, documents, et al. However, my experience is that every few days, I run into a storage problem and have to start looking for what to delete off my phone. Have a look at this screenshot:

16 GB file manager

As you can see, I have only 473 MB storage left on the phone. There are no videos on the phone, as those are the heaviest space eaters. I keep my music files synchronised between phone and cloud, so they exist in both locations. My cloud service also automatically uploads camera photos. I keep having to delete files to make more room. And I often run into an insufficent error message when downloading files or updating apps. That happens weekly now. At the end of the day, having to decide what files to delete in order not to run out of storage space is tiring.

I am sure that many people will find 16GB internal storage alone sufficient. It just doesn’t work for me anymore. I outgrew it. I have comfortably used smartphones with 16GB internal storage, but only those that have a microSD card slot. Goldie is an example. But without expandable memory, 16GB on a device is grossly insufficient for my needs.

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