Samsung Defends Limited Usable Storage On 16GB Galaxy S 4


Samsung’s launch of the Galaxy S 4 has already been met with some criticism over the size of available memory in the 16GB version. When all is said and done, the smartphone only has around 8GB of usable storage. Samsung spoke to CNET UK and defended the limited usable storage and offered microSD memory card support as the answer.

“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 extension of memory.”

In my estimation, Samsung should then consider selling this device as an 8GB model if that’s all the available internal memory a customer can use for downloadable applications. Sure, media files can go on any microSD card and that’s fine, but I’m concerned about the amount of space available for applications and 8GB can be a real problem.

I get that all smartphones and pretty much all devices including computers, tablets and the like don’t have the true amount of available memory that is listed. This was a hard lesson Microsoft Surface owners learned earlier this year when the 64GB version of the Surface Pro only had 23GB of usable space. Still, when I buy a device I don’t believe I should be stuck with the half the memory I believed I would have available. I’m sure someone, somewhere is already preparing a “false advertisement” argument.

What do you think? Should Samsung market this as an 8GB model or continue offering it as 16GB internal memory.


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  • xtriker360

    After having my 16gb s3 with 64gb sd card for a long time now, I will not make the same mistake; can put music, pictures and videos on my phone, but I have no more space to install apps. So until I can get a 32gb or 64gb s4, I’m sticking with my s3.

    • Marco

      Or you can find the script that allows your SD card to be used as internal memory. I use my 64GB card and have over 150 apps, a few GBs of video, some music and still have room left. I also have my pictures and videos save to the memory card.

      • Marco

        It is called App2ExtSD. Need root access.

  • Ben

    well it has 16 GB of flash. Windows 64GB tablets routinely have about 24GB free because of the recovery partition, virtual memory swap space, the enormous Windows 8 install, etc. It’s 64GB, that’s fine. Samsung has 16GB and a bunch is in use. that’s fine, too. it’s always been the case, though it hasn’t always been that such a large percentage has been used. Since I have a 32GB micro SD card, I’ll just put it in whatever phone I wind up with (and only buy a phone with a micro SD slot, for that matter).

    If that much space was lost on a hypothetical 16GB HTC One it’s a bigger deal without a micro SD slot.

  • Michael Goodman

    I have a GS 4 16GB and I bought a 64GB SD card for it. Now I’m finding out that you can no longer move apps to the card. A post on T-Mobile’s forums says Google removed the feature, but I’m wondering if Samsung did this to sell the higher capacity phones. Either way, this is a major issue that seems to be a secret.