As many consumers flock to buy the Galaxy S4, it isnít a surprise to see the 16 GB model becoming quite a hit among the Android crowd. One general complaint that continues to become increasingly popular on a daily basis is that the 16 GB model doesnít provide enough storage. When voiced to Samsung, the company simply responded by saying: if thatís not enough storage for you, thatís why we put in a microSD card slot.
According to CNET UK, the 16 GB version of Samsungís newest flagship handset has only just over half of its listed memory available for owner use. The rest is taken up by the smartphoneís operating system and built-in apps. Samsung said the following in a recent public statement:
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.
To offer the ultimate mobile experience to our users, Samsung provides [a] microSD slot on Galaxy S4 for the extension of memory.
The disparity between listed storage and usable storage isnít particular to Samsung as device manufacturers typically list their capacities at the maximum amount the device could conceivably hold, regardless of how much is taken up by the system software. The size of the disparity though is uncommon. The S4 has only about 55% of it storage capacity available. In comparison an iPhone 5 running iOS 6.1 will give users roughly 77.5% of its total capacity.
Although Samsungís response is a logical one, the company could have probably handled the situation a bit better.
Source: CNET UK