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16GB Samsung Galaxy S5 actually offers 10.7GB of usable storage

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16GB Samsung Galaxy S5 actually offers 10.7GB of usable storage
Despite an earlier report during MWC that the 16GB Samsung Galaxy S5 would offer just 8.4GB of usable storage space, it turns out that 2.33GB was being used for demos in Barcelona that won't be on the final version of the phone. That brings the amount of memory available to the buyer to 10.7GB, and an improvement over the 9GB that is available with the 16GB Samsung Galaxy S4. The amount of storage available on the Samsung Galaxy S4 was a bit controversial at first, with Samsung telling buyers of the phone to use a microSD card if they needed more memory.

While there are those who would rather have the extra storage, Samsung does load up its flagship handset with the features that many are buying the phone for. And the Samsung Galaxy S5 does come with a 128GB capacity microSD slot, which should be plenty of storage even for the most hard working power user. Or, you can dig a little deeper into your wallet to pay for the 32GB Samsung Galaxy S5.

If you want to avoid the bloatware entirely, you might want to check out a stock Android device like the Nexus models, or the Google Play edition handsets.The 16GB Nexus 5 offers users 12.16GB of storage.

Thanks, Anonymous Tipster!

source: AndroidHeadlines

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posted on 02 Mar 2014, 13:38 21

1. Ninetysix (Posts: 1679; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Not bad. Still no interest in upgrading my S4 to this one.

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 14:18 7

12. akki20892 (Posts: 3653; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


They should provide free micro sd card with purchase of S5

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 14:44 6

20. Finalflash (Posts: 1903; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Just but a 16 gb one for like 8 bucks

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 14:54 11

21. MojoDojo (Posts: 87; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Do you think its about the money? I know that I can buy a cheap Micro SD. But Im not supposed to spend EXTRA money just because Samsung chose to not give me an option to delete their bloatware...

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 16:00 14

26. tedkord (Posts: 5264; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Maybe they should remove all software and ship you a non functioning phone so you can have all 16gb.

If it's not enough, either buy the 32gb version or buy a card.

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 20:49

39. fireblade (Posts: 714; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


the bloatware reduce the performance & consume RAM

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 16:10 7

29. maherk (Posts: 1208; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


How about they start giving you free cover, free tempered glass protector, and let them drop a free Toyota preius as well?? Other manufacturers charge as well as an extra $100 for another 16GB, you can buy 2 64GB with that amount of money.

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 17:48 3

35. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Prius sucks, I want the LFA instead!

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 16:58 1

33. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


I got a free 32gb card with my s4..depending where you get it from its possible a card will be thrown in

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 17:23 2

34. willard12 (Posts: 886; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


I think the author mentions the Google Play Edition without bloatware. So, it's your choice.

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 18:48 1

38. doejon (Posts: 360; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)


oh come on...
even if u delet all blotware u would perhaps get 500 mb max free lol

what are u guys talking about.. lol

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 20:53

40. fireblade (Posts: 714; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


if you delete all bloatware, you get more free RAM, GENIUS

posted on 03 Mar 2014, 12:32 1

49. phonetekmek (Posts: 70; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)


As the article said "Samsung does load up its flagship handset with the features that many are buying the phone for." And, "If you want to avoid the bloatware entirely, you might want to check out a stock Android device like the Nexus models, or the Google Play edition handsets.The 16GB Nexus 5 offers users 12.16GB of storage." If you don't want it don't buy. Plain and simple.

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 14:56 2

22. BLUEBLASTER (Posts: 100; Member since: 23 Feb 2014)


You should only upgrade every 2 years.

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 17:53 2

36. SleepingOz (unregistered)


Right, especially now, the mobile tech is slowing down in term of innovation.

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 21:43 2

44. DerryAhmad (Posts: 245; Member since: 05 May 2012)


I still have doubts in upgrading my S4
Snapdragon S600 vs S801
2 Gb RAM vs 2 Gb RAM
16 Gb Memory vs 16 Gb Memory
13 Mpx Cam vs 16 Mpx Cam+2K Vid Rec.
+ Fingerprint Sensor
+ Heartbeat Sensor
+ IP 67 Certification

The RAM offering is very off-putting and probably the deal breaker for me.

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 22:51 2

46. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


The camera seems to be a huge improvement. Only thing that annoyed me was that 32gb isn't the Base model considering the note 3 there wasn't no 16gb so I thought this was a guarantee. Same for the 3gb ram. Even though I don't come anywhere close to using 2gb having 3 would have been nice and it's like a expected stuff to go up when getting a new flagship. Who knows maybe it's atleast faster and more efficient ram. Also not that happy the bezels got bigger but I guess that's the price of ip67

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 13:39 4

2. mayur007 (Posts: 471; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


ahhh ,,old days were better , when company says its a 16gb version then user available was 13 14gb , i mean that was legit..

now samsungs(not just samsung all the companies) cheap tactics to cut the cost.. they still charge high price

samsung apple is doing right u deserve to be sued ...

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 13:46 5

3. maherk (Posts: 1208; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Not to mention the 2 years free 50gb Dropbox. 16gb micro sd sells for $10 here in the States, so memory won't be a problem.

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 20:54

41. fireblade (Posts: 714; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


what about the games that reach 1 GB of size and can't be installed in MicroSD card?

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 13:50 18

4. wicpromd (Posts: 266; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)


lol
Galaxy S5, the worst smartphone from MWC 2014

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 14:04 27

6. christophersalse (Posts: 98; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)


Only to trolls like you.

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 14:14 6

10. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 382; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


Agreed. Some people like it, some don't. Make sure to point out that it is just your opinion that the S5 is bad.

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 14:27 8

15. sakurorhino (Posts: 47; Member since: 28 Feb 2014)


Those bezels.....
Only 2 gigs of Ram??

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 14:35 8

17. ihavenoname (Posts: 1521; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Bad: "Meh"-design, ''only" 2gb of RAM, bezels, Touchwiz mostly same, fingerprint scanner not as good as Touch ID
Good:Pretty much everything else, but I still much more prefer my Note 3.

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 16:02 3

27. tedkord (Posts: 5264; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


"fingerprint scanner not as good as Touch ID..."

I take it you got an advance review device and have been using it for the last few weeks.

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 15:05 10

24. Killua (Posts: 270; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)


LOL. S5 is the worst? It's like saying you're smart, which we know both statements are not correct. Let's look at it objectively, spec & feature wise it didn't lag behind, it's even slightly ahead of it's competitors.

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 15:22 1

25. SleepingOz (unregistered)


I was a let down for the majority of the geek community but it's no where near bad.

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 13:53 1

5. illiad (Posts: 113; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)


yes, plenty of space on ext SD... IF you can get the app to use it!!! (and cannot jailbreak..)

heyyyyy, you can get a PC with a 100gb HD these days, BUT you CANNOT fit 100Gb of data on it!!!! :P :)

you would think samsung would learn and put at least 8g MORE (24G) on, or make 32G the standard...

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 14:04

7. haseebzahid (Posts: 1836; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


i actully filled 1TB of my HD :\

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 14:09 4

9. SamDroid (unregistered)


Yeah, they should do that. Jesus, you're a genius! They should fire their CEO and hire you immediately! God, how could they not have seen that?! You're the Messiah of the tech industry if you figured that out all by yourself...

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 14:08

8. UglyFrank (Posts: 581; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Would be nice if manufacturers made specially configured memory that would give your 16GB etc after software was installed. e.g 21.3 GB in the 16GB

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 14:16 5

11. moronman66 (Posts: 159; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)


Seriously, 4gb and 8gb used to be standard and people are complaining about 16 being 10? They have expandable storage for a reason people, and if you don't like it, get a HTC One or a LG G2, depending on your country, of course.

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 14:20

13. aco96 (Posts: 212; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


According to new Korean law, bloatware must be able uninstallable, right?

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 15:02

23. Killua (Posts: 270; Member since: 25 Nov 2013)


I thought the law hasn't passed yet? Besides, Samsung released their own version for korean market, it doesn't have anything to do with Global Market one.

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 14:26 4

14. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)


considering most apps cannot run on a SD card.. this is robbery..

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 14:37 2

18. jacko1977 (Posts: 400; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


or when you do put apps on sd card some get bootloop problem

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 16:11 4

30. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1893; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


While I agree there should be more space for apps, the point of an SD card IMO is to store everything else, pics, vids, music, documents, etc. That's why I wish all OEMS included an SD card slot. If you don't need it then don't use it, but if you do need it, it'd be there for all non app content by simply adding a card. That's the one thing I like Samsung for is giving it's users the choice.

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 14:28 5

16. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1291; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


32gig should be standard in 2014 for a flagship on contract phone. Nexus I can understand but these phones cost over $600.

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 14:43 3

19. hellonerds (Posts: 265; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


32gb should be standard now

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 16:09

28. geordie8t1 (unregistered)


It's ok saying to stump up more cash to buy the 32gb, but how many of the previous s models even offered a 32gb version, they where like unicorns, or almost as rare, s3 uk only had a handful of them, the s4, I don't know anyone with one, if you release the larger version I bet plenty of people will stump up,....

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 16:17 2

31. tedkord (Posts: 5264; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


32gb is available and won't cost you an extra $100.

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 21:28 1

43. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3617; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Yeah thats an obvious point atleast another 32gb doesnt cost $100. Plus there is an micro SD slot and apps2sd which money looting fruit does not offer.

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 16:22 3

32. varunrawal (Posts: 10; Member since: 04 Oct 2011)


note 3 still beats it hands down!

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 18:23 2

37. cripton805 (Posts: 997; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


A 32gb is available, but they made a cheaper one for people that dont need that extra space and offered an SD card slot. Do some of you have a mental disability? You're mad because they offered a "cheaper",option?

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 21:20

42. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3617; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


All i hate is ugly touchwiz. Now my galaxy sII is rooted gonna flash unofficial cm11.

posted on 02 Mar 2014, 22:33

45. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3617; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Ahh where are those froyo-gingerbread days where android just took 1gb of space.

posted on 03 Mar 2014, 04:40

47. twens (Posts: 699; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Are you guys mad or just insane? Only Sammy with the note 3 offers a 32gb phone as standard. You are here dissing the same company like they haven't given you that option. If you don't like the 16gb of the 5s. Buy a note 3

posted on 03 Mar 2014, 08:30

48. AndrewRockie (Posts: 6; Member since: 26 Dec 2012)


Uhh another dealbreaker for dem fans

posted on 03 Mar 2014, 17:29 1

50. Topcat488 (Posts: 1173; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Samsung is starting to be too much of a greedy Company... 10GB of usable storage, so they can eventually charge you to use their "cloud storage", shame on you Sammy. O.0

posted on 04 Mar 2014, 12:51 1

51. gu3sswhoo (Posts: 19; Member since: 04 May 2012)


All the phone companies should stop offering the 16gb phone. The minimum should now be 32gb with a 64gb if you want more storage. The cost for storage now is very cheap so the 32gb model can have the same price tag for the 16gb. I want my phone to have 32gb's of internal storage minimum! I would buy the 64gb model with the option for 128gb SD card...

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