Are You After an 8 GB Samsung Galaxy S4? You can Get it for the Price of 16 GB

by Istvan Fekete on May 3, 2013

Turns out all the “goodies” the Samsung Galaxy S4 ships with comes at a high price: the 16 GB version of the 5-inch handset actually only has roughly 8 GB of useful storage. Samsung’s statement didn’t deny this whistleblower fact, but defended it, saying you get more features and a high-resolution display in return.

CNET has found during the Samsung Galaxy S4 review process that after making a factory reset, their 16 GB Galaxy S4 showed only 8.49 GB of available storage. The rest of the 7.51 GB was eaten up by the mobile operating system and built-in applications. In other words, you are paying a hefty price for something that offers half the advertised storage. How can this make sense?

In a statement sent to CNET, Samsung says, “For the Galaxy S4 16 GB model, approximately 6.85 GB occupies [the] system part of internal memory, which is 1 GB bigger than that of the Galaxy S3, in order to provide [a] high resolution display and more powerful features to our consumers.”

I’m not sure how the S4’s 1080 p display would impact storage that much — although the images and assets used in each app would have to be higher res — but the statement continues, “To offer the ultimate mobile experience to our users, Samsung provides [a] microSD slot on Galaxy S4 for extension of memory.”

While the iPhone 5 and the HTC One does not offer a microSD card slot, the S4 does come with this neat solution to expand storage. So this could save Samsung’s day. But wait! Samsung doesn’t let you install applications onto the card. In other words, if you are planning to install Real Racing 3 you need to free up more than 1.2 GB of space on your phone if you have filled up your storage with apps.

And you’re right to be annoyed, like other S4, and Microsoft Surface Pro fans. You may recall that it caused an outrage when Microsoft’s 64 GB Surface Pro was found to have only 23 GB of free useful space, due to the software and built-in apps. But 41 GB? That’s a bit too much. In contrast, iOS 6 takes about 1 GB of space when you install it on your iDevice.

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Written by: Istvan Fekete. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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