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Galaxy S4 Users Pissed at Lack of Available Storage


 Galaxy S4 Users Pissed at Lack of Available Storage
topic by Adamsville - 04-30-2013, 04:17 PM - Boxden > BX Tech


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Morris writes in,

I just got myself a Samsung Galaxy S4 (16GB). Upon further storage checking, I noticed the Total Space is only 8.82GB. I am confused. How much memory space actually does Jelly Bean 4.2.2 take?


There sure has been a lot of discussion about the remaining storage on the Galaxy S4's 16GB "disk" after the factory software is accounted for. We're used to seeing a bit of discrepancy between what is advertised and what's really available, but this go 'round the difference is huge and has quite a few people a bit concerned. Morris gets to the root of the issue with his question, once you have a look at what's going on.

The Samsung Galaxy S4's system folder, the one where all the magic happens and the factory installed "stuff" resides takes over 2GB of space (2,235,535,360 bytes for those that like numbers). Compared to the Jelly Bean system files on the Galaxy S3 at 1.1GB, and the Nexus 4 at 495MB, that's quite a bit of difference. By the time you take the rest of the OS into account, and partition space reserved for things like the system cache, that leaves you with about half the advertised space left to use for your own stuff.

We're not going to knock on Samsung for using so much space for the operating system. When you want features included as part of the OS, you need to have the files somewhere. Samsung brings features to the Galaxy S4 that you won't find anywhere else, and the cost of those features is reduced storage left for the user. You also won't find these features on Google Play, so this is the trade-off you have to make.

Also, there's the SD card slot to remember here as well. While this won't help you when you run out of space to install applications, you can store all your multimedia and documents there. 13MP panorama pictures and 1080p video can take a lot of room, so storing your camera shots on the SD card is a good idea.

Right now, nobody seems to be selling the 32 or 64GB versions of the Galaxy S4. We're not sure if Samsung is at fault here, or the carriers around the world, but no matter who we point a finger at they just aren't available. In the meantime, 8.8GB is enough for some folks, and for some it's not. Until we start to see the models with more storage become available, this is how it is.

We can't tell you that this does or doesn't matter to you, you'll have to decide that one for yourself.

From the mail bag: Why does my 16GB Galaxy S4 only have 8.8GB of space? | Android Central


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49 comments for "Galaxy S4 Users Pissed at Lack of Available Storage"


 04-30-2013, 04:19 PMaway - #2
ThePainkiller 288 heat pts288

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LOLOL!

What the !!?

The GS3 had 12.43 or something like that; IDK what's up with this though.
 04-30-2013, 04:40 PMaway - #3
Y.G. 21 heat pts21

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Originally Posted by ThePainkiller
LOLOL!

What the !!?

The GS3 had 12.43 or something like that; IDK what's up with this though.
Too much bloatware. They have full games and all that other bull!! installed by default.
 04-30-2013, 04:41 PMaway - #4
Y.G. 21 heat pts21

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Adam, what the f*ck breh? PM me and tell me what the significance of the letters are that Tywin Lannister is writing.
 04-30-2013, 05:03 PMaway - #5
BoxdenOG 6 heat pts

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only 8 gigs left right out the box
 04-30-2013, 05:18 PMonline - #6
PsychoCyber 4 heat pts

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Originally Posted by Y.G.
Too much bloatware. They have full games and all that other bull!! installed by default.























just f*ckin wit you player
 04-30-2013, 05:19 PMaway - #7
Adamsville 108 heat pts108

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Originally Posted by Y.G.
Adam, what the f*ck breh? PM me and tell me what the significance of the letters are that Tywin Lannister is writing.
It'd be better to watch it play out, but if you really know:

Tywin is writing letters to the Lords; Roose Bolton and Walder Frey. They are setting up the Red Wedding.

The Red Wedding is the marriage of Edmure Tully and some !! from the Frey family.

Last edited by Adamsville; 04-30-2013 at 05:23 PM..
 04-30-2013, 05:26 PMaway - #8
Y.G. 21 heat pts21

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Originally Posted by Adamsville
It'd be better to watch it play out, but if you really know:

Tywin is writing letters to the Lords; Roose Bolton and Walder Frey. They are setting up the Red Wedding.

The Red Wedding is the marriage of Edmure Tully and some !! from the Frey family.


I knew about the Red Wedding so this isn't really a spoiler for.

Good looks breh.
 04-30-2013, 05:28 PMaway - #9
Manny05 

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Well good thing I have a 32gb sd card plus another 16gb in my house
 04-30-2013, 05:28 PMaway - #10
Y.G. 21 heat pts21

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Originally Posted by PsychoCyber


just f*ckin wit you player
Why would I be mad?

I've uninstalled all the bloatware on my phones since the Epic 4G.
 04-30-2013, 05:30 PMonline - #11
PsychoCyber 4 heat pts

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Originally Posted by Y.G.
Why would I be mad?

I've uninstalled all the bloatware on my phones since the Epic 4G.


do you root your phones as wel?
 04-30-2013, 05:37 PMaway - #12
D.O.H. 

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that's using a ton of space the os and bloat, but with sdcards it's not that big of deal, to me anyway. Plus custom roms will come and strip a lot of that out
 04-30-2013, 05:53 PMaway - #13
Y.G. 21 heat pts21

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Originally Posted by PsychoCyber


do you root your phones as wel?
Of course. I want complete control over my phones.
 04-30-2013, 05:55 PMonline - #14
PsychoCyber 4 heat pts

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Originally Posted by Y.G.
Of course. I want complete control over my phones.
 04-30-2013, 08:35 PMaway - #15
Hood_Rich 7 heat pts

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Damn. 16 gig phone out of the box only has 8 gigs to start with!?!? That's wild
 04-30-2013, 09:54 PMonline - #16
fat_boyy21 204 heat pts204

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the att version of this phone is coming locked down so good luck removing that bloatware
 04-30-2013, 10:17 PMonline - #17
Seymore Cake 18 heat pts18

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64GB Class 10 SD card for free.

iphone users gotta drop another $900 to upgrade to a 64GB phone


Still the best phone of the year until the Note III drops
 05-01-2013, 12:13 AMaway - #18
doczdaname 21 heat pts21

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get an sd card...problem solved.
 05-01-2013, 12:36 AMaway - #19
TheMob 80 heat pts80

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Half of the size though

niccas need to start advertising usable space and not system-used space.
 05-01-2013, 02:30 AMaway - #20
Dillinger805 3 heat pts

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got 32 gig card for mine, but honestly im waiting to see what the devs cook up. There is already a Root and im sure it wont be long before they unlock the ones locked down and have everything in place as usual
 
 


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