Now that the Pi3 can boot from USB, why tie yourself to small sdcard.
I found a 32B Tiny Lexus USB stick for $20, 16GB Sdcard was $17, Finance department approved 32GB
Since I want to turn the Pi3 into a development box it could/will end up with lots of IDE's/compilers etc.
32GB gives me some extra breathing room, some of my 16GB SDs are already at 13GB.
Ah, the good old days when 4GB was plenty for Raspbian, seems like it was just last year or so
If you really want to go small and get rid of bloat.
Try piCore, boot partition 30MB, OS = 12MB for headless , <40MB for x11 desktop with Fifth Browser.
Works fine in the old bullet proof 128/256/512MB cards. For X11 use I have a 2GB card
What we need is USB stick with little switches so you can boot Raspbian or piCore or Mate or.....
M2 SSD in USB caddy? Little bit expensive but lots of space
Other non BCM2837 Pi's cannot boot from USB so need to boot from sdcard then redirect to USB memory
I'm dancing on Rainbows.
Raspberries are not Apples or Oranges