Features consume almost half of Samsung Galaxy S4’s 16GB internal storage

Features consume almost half of Samsung Galaxy S4’s 16GB internal storageA few months ago, Microsoft defended the fact that Windows 8 consumes a huge portion of the Surface tablet’s internal storage. Only 20-something GB of 64GB available on the Surface Pro? Eek.

Now it’s Samsung’s turn to talk storage, as the South Koreans explain why almost half of the Galaxy S4’s 16GB internal storage is eaten up out of the box.

At the Samsung Galaxy S4 launch back in March, JK Shin & Co spent most of the time stressing how amazing its many software features are (Dual Camera, Dual Video Call, S Translator, Smart Scroll, Smart Pause, S Voice Drive, Air Gesture, Group Play...).

But those features come at a price, specifically several gigabytes of internal storage.

"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,” Samsung tells CNET.

Of course, the Samsung Galaxy S4 does offer a microSD slot, but with one fairly major limitation.

See, you won’t be able to store apps on your Samsung Galaxy S4 microSD card, and with games like Real Racing 3 weighing in above 1GB, that’s seriously disappointing.

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JanSt / MOD  May. 3, 2013 at 16:45

You can't move apps to SD? Hmmmm...

BEEPBEEP123  May. 3, 2013 at 17:19

What is this? You can't store apps on memory card?! What's the bloody point of having a memory card then?! So you can only have 8gb worth of apps then?

judgey  May. 3, 2013 at 17:26

You would think they would not be so tight and make extra room for just for the OS

Not just samsung i mean them all

jb66  May. 3, 2013 at 17:27

To store music and videos DOH!!!!

barrybarryk  May. 3, 2013 at 18:11

Anyone who is even slightly concerned over it will spend ten minutes rooting their phone (even though I don't buy that it wont let you install apps on SD card for one second, there's no quote here or in the source article for that, preinstalled system apps sure because that both makes sense and is already a standard practice, but not all apps). The rest of the install base will continue with their daily lives blissfully unaware what a GB is because most people do not care

drunken_prozac  May. 3, 2013 at 19:45

This is the issue with the Note 2, if you install games and apps they goto the phones memory, not the external sd card.
I'm no phone expert but I would say this is because on samsungs software you have 2 partition-type areas on the phone, the 'phone' and the 'sd card' where all the media is stored if you don't have an physical Micro SD card.

When you install a micro SD card you have to go into the system folder and a subfolder called 'external storage'

I believe this means that when games get installed to the SD card it's actually being moved to the fake SD card area on the phones memory.

Obviously if you root the phone you can do what you want :o)

JanSt / MOD  May. 3, 2013 at 20:26

Obviously if you root the phone you can do what you want

Anyone who is even slightly concerned over it will spend ten minutes rooting their phone

We are not representative. Most most most people do NOT root. But they sure as sh*t are THE people most upset when they realise GTA and a few racing games fill up a vital storage area. I have dealt with well over 10,000 queries of all sorts here and elsewhere, and 'out of storage for apps' ranks very high on the list (and not just with Android devices).

But that is the thing: as storage becomes cheaper, files become larger. A lot of movies downloads are now in excess of 2GB; songs over 20 MB; plenty of games weigh in at over a GB... And the HD videos some phone cams shoot these days? Whoa... It's win-win-lose-win-lose etc...
In 2 or 3 years we'll have 256 GB phones, and I bet we'll run out of storage just as quickly as 8 years ago on WinMo or Symbian.

fozey  May. 3, 2013 at 21:29

Don't know what you guys are talking about but everything goes to my 32gb Sammy sd card after a prompt.

drunken_prozac  May. 3, 2013 at 21:35

Don't know what you guys are talking about but everything goes to my 32gb Sammy sd card after a prompt.

You can store all photos, music and items you can move by hand onto the external sd card but you cannot 'install' apps to the micro sd card without root access to the phone :-)

matt101101 / MOD  May. 3, 2013 at 23:43

Don't know what you guys are talking about but everything goes to my 32gb Sammy sd card after a prompt.

You can store all photos, music and items you can move by hand onto the external sd card but you cannot 'install' apps to the micro sd card without root access to the phone :-)

On that note, rooting a Samsung phone is about on the same difficulty level as making a cup of tea...

JanSt / MOD  May. 4, 2013 at 06:55

True, matt.
As is jailbreaking since iOS 4, but, I believe, fewer than 10% of iPhones are jailbreaked (and there are more reasons to jb an iPhone imho), and even fewer Android users root afaik...
My 'storage comment' was just a general observation... I'm fully aware most content can be moved to SD - unless you have a glitchy Samsung Galaxy Camera that flat-out refuses to believe that default means default... What a piece of garbage :p

IndianaBlues  May. 4, 2013 at 08:34

My Xperia Z is the same in terms of not being able to install apps to SD. This used to be a function of Android, and was present on my Gingerbread(?) Xperia Play - I believe it was removed in Honeycomb, so it's not Samsung's fault, rather Google's. It is the one disappointment I've had with the XZ so far...having said that so far I've still got 10Gb of internal storage left, and have just about all the apps I'll ever need plus a 1Gb game on there.

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