Samsung Explains Available Storage Discrepancy On The 16GB Galaxy S4

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For the longest time, manufacturers have advertised higher storage amounts on devices than what is actually available. For example, my 128GB Macbook Pro SSD actually only has roughly 120GB free. What happened to the other 8GB? The operating system and pre-installed apps take up about that much space. When you have that much storage on a computer, we don’t really pay attention to the missing gigabytes. But as Samsung has learned, when a 16GB device has only 8GB available to the user, consumers are going to get angry.

As the Galaxy S4 made its way to the hands of consumers, they started realizing that their 16GB device actually only had 8GB of storage space available for use. The other half of the storage was occupied by the pre-installed apps, operating system, and of course, TouchWiz. But, what makes those things take up such a large amount of space? Well, in a statement to CNET, a Samsung representative explained that due to the high-resolution 1080p display, things take up more space. “For the Galaxy S4 16GB model, approximately 6.85GB occupies [the] system part of internal memory, which is 1GB bigger than that of the Galaxy S3, in order to provide [a] high-resolution display and more powerful features to our consumers,” the company said.

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Whether or not you believe that is up to you, but when you think about it, how many of those pre-installed apps do you actually use? Very few, in my case, but I’m forced to lose half of my storage space for them, which just doesn’t seem right. Samsung really should have just marketed the base Galaxy S4 as 8GB and avoided this whole mess.

Of course, the Galaxy S4 does at least have a microSD card slot, which can’t be said for the HTC One. There is one downside to the microSD card, though, and that is you can’t install apps on it, just videos, music, and pictures. If you’re someone who does a lot of gaming with your phone, then you’ll quickly run out of space with the Galaxy S4. For example, Real Racing 3 will take up 1.2GB of storage. And that’s just one app.

What do you think of manufacturers marketing the incorrect amount of storage? Should they be required to advertise the available space? Let us know down in the comments!

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