I was saying around a week ago that almost half of the Samsung Galaxy S4’s 16GB internal storage is claimed by the phone out of the box, leaving users with around 9GB to play with.
Samsung has officially played it down, but now sanctimonious old BBC Watchdog is about to stick its beak in.
The South Korean manufacturer told CNET: "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 world’s top mobile manufacturer was also keen to stress that the microSD slot welcomes a further 64GB, though it’s not possible to install some apps on the card without root access, which raises warranty concerns.
At the end of last week’s BBC Watchdog, resident Beeb hottie Anne Robinson purred: “Samsung claims its brand new Galaxy phone has an extra large memory, but what did it forget to mention?”
There is clearly an issue here, but my problem is people like BBC Watchdog getting consumers riled up unnecessarily. Would your average user know - or care - otherwise? On the other hand, the fact is: just over half of the advertised storage is available.
It’s a tricky one. Should it be advertised as an 8GB phone instead?
BBC Watchdog is on at 8pm next Wednesday.