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A 16GB Samsung Galaxy S5 will only give you half as available storage

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A 16GB Samsung Galaxy S5 will only give you half as available storage
We were worried that even though Samsung didn't add new bloat to its Galaxy S5 software offerings, it wouldn't necessarily mean that Samsung had done anything to remove the bloat that was already in the TouchWiz software, and it looks like we were right to be worried. According to Android Central, a 16GB model of the Samsung Galaxy S5 will only have about half of that as available storage.

The image of the storage settings page for the Samsung Galaxy S5 shows that on a completely clean and brand new 16GB model, there will be about 8.4GB
A 16GB Samsung Galaxy S5 will only give you half as available storage
free as usable space, which is a little bit less than what as was available on the Galaxy S4. For comparison, a completely clean and brand new 16GB Nexus 5 offers about 12.16GB of available space to users. So, assuming that the Android system and Google Apps takes up about 3.84GB of space, this means that TouchWiz and all of the Samsung software adds another 3.76GB of data to your new Galaxy device. And, once you start snapping 16MP photos or taking 1080p or even 4K video, that storage will be used up very fast. 

There is obviously a reason why Samsung still includes microSD card expansion in its devices, and that reason is TouchWiz. So, if you're in the market for a Galaxy S5, we'd suggest either ponying up for the 32GB model or investing in a microSD card. 

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posted on 24 Feb 2014, 21:26 3

1. Yubnub (Posts: 100; Member since: 23 May 2013)


(((( ;°Д°)))) p(´⌒`。q)

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 21:26 6

2. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Seriously, this is an article? Enough P.A....stop milking this story and move on.....

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 21:47 5

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


I'm tired dude.

http://images.wikia.com/cardfight/images/5/50/I-dont-want-to-live-on-this-planet-anymore.png

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 21:50 1

11. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


nice!!!

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 02:01 2

24. androiphone20 (Posts: 1521; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


I think they should keep on posting articles, it's easily forgettable when we get used to it

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 21:27 13

3. Andrewtst (Posts: 379; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


S5 is failure, no need any stories about it. It is done.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 21:27 6

4. Reeyawn (Posts: 65; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)


Next years s6 will only have 5gb free.lol assuming they still have a 16gb model.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 21:28

5. AfterShock (Posts: 2960; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Interest the sir in a wee truffle?

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 21:28

6. tiara6918 (Posts: 1532; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Not really surprised since even the older galaxy versions have their spaces taken up

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 21:35 1

7. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Although I'm not very impressed with the GS5 I think that realistically it's a more natural evolution than just simply adding more, and more, and more hardware features and not getting any real world benefits from them....
..........................
Its time for refinement...

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 21:50

12. networkdood (Posts: 6326; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


pretty much there is not a whole lot more these companies can do, except come put with higher res screens, and improve the battery life...

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 22:17

14. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Yep, Battery life, camera refinement, screen quality, slight CPU/GPU improvements....
..........................
But, out of those things the most important IMO needs to be a focus on Power!.. Battery life... It's time for photovoltaic screens, and long distance wireless charging... No more cords!!

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 22:19

15. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3561; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Believe it, or not, you should be able to charge your phone from a dedicated FM radio signal... Now, that's cool!

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 21:35 3

8. maherk (Posts: 1205; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


When you buy a 600+ smartphone, I don't think it ll bother you that much paying 12$ for 16gb micro sd cards. It's note like you're paying another 100 for another 16gb like apple do. I have 2 32gb micro sd cards, one 16 and one 8. Its much faster to swap cards when you buy a new phone or flash a custom rom.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 02:22

25. maherk (Posts: 1205; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Btw, take a closer look at the picture posted, it clearly shows that miscellaneous files are eating up more than 2.33GB, add to that the used files of 500+mb, you will end up having 10.8gb of memory, which is almost near what the nexus lineup that has a stock android offers. We expect better quality articles from such a site, not a misleading ones.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 21:44 7

9. downphoenix (Posts: 2415; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


shame on Samsung to not provide more storage. Makes S5 seem even more floppish.

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 22:02

13. Tizen007 (Posts: 522; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Sammy: "Winter is coming..."

posted on 24 Feb 2014, 22:42

16. Jishnusur (Posts: 73; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)


Now that is BLOAT ! :D

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 01:23

21. TechFreak123 (Posts: 85; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)


The bloat is by users since the System Memory is only 5.28GB (while the S4 has 7.21GB system memory).

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 00:02

17. retronig (Posts: 20; Member since: 21 Nov 2013)


What fool is going to buy this flop of a phone. Im sure most people that have the s4 wont buy the s5. Not much improvement mostly people that like to buy the new phone that just came out will buy this. I cant believe that Samsung would only allow the phone to have just have the storage. Now why the hell didn't they do what they did with the note 3? They got rid of the 16gb version and only made 32gb and 64 gb versions. People in charge of Samsung are really messing things up. I wouldn't be surprised that in time they will be what HTC has become now.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 00:28

18. shrimpanzee (Posts: 17; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


I was so excited for this phone to be announced. Until I saw those leaks and I thought it was just a prototype or active version. What they did is simply ridiculous, what exactly did they get right with this phone? Does the camera even have OIS?

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 00:37

19. Ikechukwu (Posts: 149; Member since: 03 Oct 2011)


Install 3 Hd games and bye bye internal memory

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 01:22 1

20. TechFreak123 (Posts: 85; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)


PhoneArena, you should check what you posting cause the users here can easily be deceived:
The OS takes only 5.28GB (as opposed to the 7.21GB on the S4), the other used space is things the users put on the phone and can be erased.
So the user have 11GB available space which is great.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 02:57

26. darkskoliro (Posts: 997; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Just stop. There's no need to justify the obvious problem here.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 03:27 1

27. TechFreak123 (Posts: 85; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)


There isn't any problem. There are miscellaneous files that users put in the phone, this is why you see only 8GB available space.

Take a look at the space below the System Memory section and you'll see only 5.28GB. This is the only space that the system takes and the user can't touch. Other than that the user can do anything he want with the rest of the space.

This is much better than the 7.21GB that the system took in the S4.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 05:26

29. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 635; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


You are buying a phone that STATES 16gb of memory of which 52% if not available when you buy it. You sound like a sammy sheep who will find any kind of excuse like sammy is paying u or something. A fact is a fact. What you do after, root or whatever is up to you. But out of the box is the fact that it only has 7.8gb free space.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 06:24

30. TechFreak123 (Posts: 85; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)


Again, look at the screenshot, the System takes 5.28GB and this is the only thing you'll have on the phone when you'll buy it.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 12:48

33. ecmedic4 (Posts: 202; Member since: 02 May 2013)


What the heck are you talking about. Those are DEMO units from samsung, no one has put crap on them yet. The system might take up 5.28, which is android OS and google apps, the rest is SAMSUNG features and apps they preinstall on the phone, which takes up quite a bit more space, which means when you buy the GS5 and take it out of the box, YOU have 8.4GB of space to use. Please think about what your saying before you comment.

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 01:33 1

22. posthardcore29 (Posts: 20; Member since: 05 May 2013)


8GB version not 16GB

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 01:59

23. aditya.k (Posts: 482; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


But wait..that's a new feature guys!

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 05:16

28. Physicist (Posts: 7; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Business as usual

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 07:55

31. darkkjedii (Posts: 12618; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Samsung what the F man. That's crap, you already underwhelm with this basic last year design, copy apples touch ID, put measles all over the back of the phone, and now the 16 gig galaxy sBandaid is actually the 8.4 gig galaxy sBandaid. Oh this is crap Samsung, I'm teaming with Tim Cook, Captain Caveman, Sniggly, EclipseGSX, PAPINYC, Richrad Allen Yarrell, Finalflash,xperiadroid and Troll. We're headed to South Korea to put an end to this crap. You'd better remove all the bloat, or finalflash will apple rant it away. This has got to stop. I heard the 16 gig Note 4 will have 2.8 Meg's of storage. Speaking of Finalflash, he's be awfully quiet since yesterday...hmmmmm

posted on 25 Feb 2014, 08:26

32. Cesar (Posts: 134; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


starts again hahahaha

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