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iPhone 5 capacity: 57.3GB = 64GB?

Just noticed my 64GB iPhone 5 says its capacity is 57.3GB. I'm guessing that's normal? Or have I been screwed out of 7GB? ;)

Most Useful Answer Pondlife  Oct. 1, 2012 at 21:08

The formatting takes up space first, then the os. 59.6 before you start putting any os on...

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JanSt / MOD  Oct. 1, 2012 at 20:51

That is normal. The OS takes up space... I don't remember which, but one 16GB Android phone I tried out last year only offered 10GB or so for the user. OS and bloat apps pffft

Pondlife  Oct. 1, 2012 at 21:08

The formatting takes up space first, then the os. 59.6 before you start putting any os on...

StolenDiagram  Oct. 1, 2012 at 21:31

What I fail to understand, is why it's a percentage of the storage that's used up and not a set amount. This example is for Xbox 360 consoles but I'm assuming it works for phones etc as well.

Take the newest 360 consoles - the 250GB and 4GB slims. If the 4GB's formatting took up the same amount of space as that of the 250GB's then there would literally be no room left for anything else!

Pondlife  Oct. 1, 2012 at 21:46

Well I said formatting but is more down to the misalignment of terminology Mb/Gb and MB/GB
64Gb roughly 59.6GB
64 x (1000/1024)x(1000/1024)x(1000/1024)
So 4Gb is around 3.72GB
250Gb is about 232GB
1Tb is roughly 931GB
or something like that

But the formatting will be proportional to size too as it kind of stores directions to where the data is.

Eurostar1  Dec. 5, 2012 at 22:10

why is Apple advertising 64GB while we're only getting 57.3GB?
::(

Pondlife  Dec. 6, 2012 at 10:22

Because they can.
Surface became the new winner in this with about half the 32gb used before it hits users hands

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 6, 2012 at 12:07

why is Apple advertising 64GB while we're only getting 57.3GB?
::(


That is totally normal, unfortunately.
My 16GB Nokia N9 has 12 GB free.
Most 120GB Laptops give you 90-100 GB

matt101101 / MOD  Dec. 6, 2012 at 12:33

why is Apple advertising 64GB while we're only getting 57.3GB?
::(


That is totally normal, unfortunately.
My 16GB Nokia N9 has 12 GB free.
Most 120GB Laptops give you 90-100 GB

Yep, totally normal. My SanDisk Extreme SSD has 111GB usable of an advertised 120GB, my S2 has 13.46GB usable of an advertised 16GB and the Lexar MicroSD card in my S2 has 29.81GB usable of an advertised 32GB.

AhmadCentral  Dec. 6, 2012 at 14:24

I think the only way they should do it it is by having the advertising/spec sheets show Total storage and User avaliable storage so that people can see exactly what they're getting.

Some companies already do this which is great.

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