Mobile Cellphone Info has posted a new item, 'Companies should market the amount
of usable storage'
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 what a phone, huh? I mean that in the most serious way
possible, too. Its big but not too big, its fast, and well its a Galaxy. We like
those for the most part. Its not perfect of course, but overall I think its a
very nice phone. However, just like every Samsung Android device you see, you
get more than the ability to proudly say that you own a Samsung Galaxy device.
You get TouchWiz! But of course, in exchange for the ability to use the
all-powerful TouchWiz you will have to make one small sacrifice
Frank, tell our winner whats behind door number 2!
Congratulations, contestant! Youve won only 9 GB of memory out of the presumable
16 GB you thought you were getting with the device, and a no-expenses paid trip
to the nearest super store to pick up a new memory card to make up for whats
Its true, folks. TouchWiz and all of its magnificence takes up almost a whopping
7 GB of memory out of the 16 GB (or 32 GB) of internal memory you were promised
on the Galaxy S 4. While Im sure there are plenty of people who are perfectly
content with Samsung supplying a bulk of apps for them in their shiny new toy,
Im fairly certain that an even larger number do not appreciate of the fact that
TouchWiz has sucked up nearly half the amount of space that was supposed to be
available on the 16 GB device. I dont even own the device and Im upset for the
people who didnt know about this in the first place thats how serious I am
Im not saying its necessarily a bad thing that an interface takes up that much
memory. If Samsung thought the features would be important to the user then
great, thanks for adding them in! But no thanks for not letting me know in the
first place that you were cutting your advertised memory by a significant chunk.
That doesnt sit too well with me.
Im certainly not the first person to bring this issue up in fact, so many
people have brought the issue up that Samsung has already issued a statement
resolving the issue of lower storage space to CNET UK:
For the Galaxy S4 16 GB model, approximately 6.85 GB occupies the system part of
internal memory, which is 1 GB 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.
Thank you for confirming what we already know after its a little too late,
Pretty much every gadget out there over-advertises the amount of memory that you
actually get within the device, but generally not by that large of a margin. In
the end, its all the same concept so its equally aggravating. I still think its
kind of lame when I get jipped a few gigs due to software additions especially
with no way to delete the unnecessary stuff unless rooted or jailbroken. Not
everybody is comfortable with rooting and jailbreaking, so those who dont want
the bloatware on there have no option to get rid of them.
But thats getting off track, because Im not that upset about having 13 GB of
memory when I was under the impression that I would be getting 16, or in this
case people will be getting 9 GB of memory instead of 16 (which I might actually
be a little upset about if it were me, but at least you have the microSD option
as somewhat of a fix). Im just upset that we dont know about it first. Its the
same way I view pricing without including taxes (which is a story for another
day, kids). Im okay with the fact that you need to decrease the amount of usable
memory if you think its a must, but for crying out loud let me know about it
first so it doesnt come and bite you in the butt later! You should help me, to
help you. We can do this together, people. Lets just be honest about the amount
of memory were really getting, ok? Problem solved.
Now if only companies would actually do it. You know what they say, Its easier
to ask for forgiveness than for permission. Chumps.
Readers, what are your thoughts on all of this? Have you ever been extremely
disappointed in the amount of memory youve actually been dealt, or have you
pretty much come to expect the unexpected? Leave me a comment below telling me
your thoughts on the matter!
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