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Samsung Galaxy S4’s Limited Storage Space Irks Users

Edwin Kee
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So you think that the Samsung Galaxy S4 is the next best thing since sliced bread and butter, right? Well, it seems that not everyone shares the same viewpoint as you, especially where the 16GB model is concerned. The thing about the Galaxy S4 is this, on paper, it might feature 16GB of internal memory, but Samsung’s pre-loaded software as well as the Android operating system takes up approximately half the amount of storage space, leaving users with a mere 8GB left - which is not much at all in this day and age.

Of course, if you wanted more storage space, this is where the microSD memory card slot comes in handy, but for those who aren’t too bothered with popping in a tiny microSD memory card, you can always settle for the more expensive 32GB and 64GB Samsung Galaxy S4. In fact, the Samsung Galaxy S4 has already made an appearance on the BBC's Watchdog, where the Beeb’s consumers affairs show performed an investigation into the 16GB Galaxy S4, with Samsung attempting to squeeze in its entire slew of features into a smaller space sometime down the road in order to free up more storage space for users. On a point of note, the microSD memory card might allow you to carry another 64GB of data, but the Galaxy S4 prevents you from installing apps to the microSD card, meaning you can fill up the internal storage space in a jiffy with the number of apps and games these days easily breaking the 1GB mark.

A Samsung spokesperson informed CNET UK, "We appreciate this issue being raised and we will improve our communications. Also, we are reviewing the possibility to secure more memory space through further software optimization. Samsung is committed to listening to our customers and responding to their needs as part of our innovation process."

This is definitely a different stance from the one that Samsung took previously, where they mentioned that the reason for a lack of space was necessary in order to provide owners with "more powerful features". This is true to a certain extent, as the Galaxy S4 will pack in more features compared to its predecessors, but how many folks would actually find those features useful? It sure appeals to the narcissistic ones among us, since you can always “call upon” those features when you need it. It is like the classic case of hoarding, as you can never tell just when you will need the particular item until the time comes along.

Alternatively, it is also interesting to note that at Google I/O, a Samsung Galaxy S4 model with stock Android was announced, meaning it will not come with Samsung’s customized TouchWiz software, where it will roll out later this June, so we would like to see just how much storage space is available sans the TouchWiz software.

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  • Jon Garrett May 18, 2013 Link

    I was so irked by my S4s lack of storage that I traded it to my Wife for her S3.

  • Jeff Pinkham May 22, 2013 Link

    It is a bit ridiculous. I mean if you have just spent $600 to buy an s4 surely you can buy a 32GB SD card to upgrade your storage capacity. It's not like if you had an iPhone where you cannot change the SD card. Get real !