16GB Samsung Galaxy S4 only has about 9GB free for users

16GB Samsung Galaxy S4 only has about 9GB free for users
Have you ever wondered why the term "bloatware" has come into prominence? Well, look no farther than the Samsung Galaxy S4 to get a solid example. According to users who have gotten their hands on the 16GB model of the Galaxy S4, the device is so loaded up with bloat that users are only left with 9GB of usable space on the internal storage.

Of course, the S4 does offer an SD card slot, so it isn't so terrible, but no one wants to buy a brand new smartphone that has 45% of the internal storage used already. It seems that no one at Samsung has really bothered asking: is this too much? There are some legitimately cool software features on the Galaxy S4, but there are also a ton of features that sound cool on a marketing sheet, but won't be used by most users. 

All of those marketing features are adding up and really cutting into the usable space for customers. Fresh from the box, an S4 will have only 8.82GB available to the user. So, if you're going for the 16GB model, definitely look into an SD card. 

source: Geek via Droid Life

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Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)



1. Rayanx10

Posts: 45; Member since: Mar 30, 2013

htc one > S4

5. moroninc

Posts: 193; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

64GB microsd card ... S4 still > HTC one burn baby burn!

28. AeroPrime

Posts: 175; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

HTC one the best android phone i ever tried coming from a windows phone user!

113. duckthom

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 16, 2013

Every Android phone is good when coming from a windows phone :P

67. fuhrer

Posts: 39; Member since: Apr 29, 2013

You can't install many apps in S4 unless you root it and swap ext sd to internal

73. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

you can buy 32 or 64 gb version

82. fuhrer

Posts: 39; Member since: Apr 29, 2013

I think you don't understand what I'm saying. Data and game data for the apps stored in internal storage

88. karimhasebou

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

the sd card isnt a problem with games. i had the desire hd which came with one gb memory and 8gb external. i never installed a game on the main memory. you can always move the game to your sd card.

94. thelegend6657 unregistered

You can't do that anymore on jellybean except on cyanogen mod 10

104. TMach unregistered

If you are willing to pay £700 or £800 respectively, plus the only version being marketed in the UK is the 16gb variant at £600! Don't think paying for a premium smart phone but getting a low rent build smartphone is on the agenda.

77. BackHandLegend

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 15, 2012

Can't we all just keep fighting the iDiots and appreciate Android deviations?

93. BillyG

Posts: 305; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

its fun to watch stupid idroids fight each other...

11. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Sure, if you want the software to be obsolete with no chance of an update in 2 months.

16. moroninc

Posts: 193; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

HTC made a great looking One X and said it was greater... but the fact is people liked the Galaxy S3 better (same reasons : better / replacable battery, sd card slot)... It will be the same this time. i couldnt care less of the UI .. i would just root it and install ASOP when it becomes available. why would phone arena give the HTC one 9.1 and the GS4 9,3 otherwise. lets put it this way S4 >= One (condition : People prefer Samsung phones more than HTC - Fact)

20. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Don't get me wrong, I like HTC design, and even sense. But I'm sick and tired of being screwed by HTC. I mean the thunderdolt was the biggest POS of a phone I have ever owned and there was nothing I could do about it. They fixed many of it's issues with the rezound except for a key piece, the stupid fonking battery. Then, after just a hair over a year they have all but confirmed it won't see an official update past ICS. Then, my fiance's flyer and my evo view are both stuck at terrible HC. I'm sick of giving them money with no support after the sale. I'm so happy there are 6 blind fanboys or paid shills that love HTC so much they will blindly support them, but I am done with them until they prove to me they will support a phone for more than 6 months after the sale. I'm almost ready to go back to moto for this reason. Since google took over they really seem to be listening to us. Anyway, I can't really disagree with most of what you said.

27. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Will everyone just please stop with this removable battery and sd card slot thing. People only liked s3 better because it was marketed and advertised heavily compared to htc. It is a fact that s4 will sell more than the new one and why?because samsung has too many fanboys and they will advertise once again nonstop,people will be interested with the new phone because of its gimmicky features that you will probably never use. Did the iPhone sell well because it lacks a removable battery and sd card slot?C'mon,people don't buy their phones just because of that factor.I bet most of you who keep on saying removable battery and expandable storage haven't even opened the back of your phones yet

33. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

So ture ppl r so stupid I show them one feature s beam or direct call and they are hooked lol. .I saw tv that you can bump phones and transfer info. . Yea and how ppl you know that have Samsung hmm 0 maybe 1 lol

39. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

I know 10+ people with S3s that came from iphone alone.

49. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Sammy fanboys are no worse than the HTC fanboys. HTC fanboys completely ignore the fact that HTC will cut off support after 6 months. Something that Samsung seems to have gotten exponentially better at in the last year. At this point the only two manufacturers I will consider is Moto and sammy because they are the only ones that care about the product after it's released anymore.

69. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Well to be honest,I am not a fan boy of a particular company nor am I a hater(except for Apple)if you look at my profile,I had,have and want a Samsung device. But you can't expect me to like everything about the company. Take note,this is for my opinion only-I don't care about updates,in fact I'm still running ics4.0.4 on my one x even though I know there's already a 4.1jb update. Even when the time comes HTC stops supporting their old phones,there's always some custom ROM available for your device and besides you won't be keeping that phone of yours for many years,by next time you would have probably bought a new phone already

76. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Custom almost never works as well as factory. Don't get me wrong, I love our Devs, but there is only so much they can do without an OEM's support.

96. thelegend6657 unregistered

Bulls**t ! Cyanogen mod is so amazing works just as we'll no way I am going back to s**t wiz rom ! s**twiz is just too bloated with stupid s**t , android already have Android Beam , they replace it with a more bloaty s**tty S beam that only works for some Samsung devices . There is already google now yet they have to add in S voice that doesn't work time , touchwiz is too heavy , too bloated , it takes up so much space on your phone for things that I don't think it's worth it

80. chemhaz

Posts: 161; Member since: May 04, 2012

Both features are a must for some, especially when out in the field where a spare battery allows you to continue working as opposed to looking for a power source to charge from. I've had many friends carry around flat "other" phones becase the battery just don't last.... or carry a charging brick with them, which defeats the purpose of a compact phone. It also proved to be worth it while travelling overseas while out from dusk to dawn capturing your memories.... I never missed a shot

100. Even4steven

Posts: 45; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Speaking for myself, the spare battery allows me to use my phone differently, without any real worry about my battery life. I have read countless times about people who say that get a day or two out of a battery. Well I don't, ever. I don't want my usage dictated by the battery life. The freedom this gives me, outweighs the cost of the second battery and charger. What is the downside to a removeable battery? Guaranteed,my next phone will also have a removeable battery (yeah, and an SD card as well)

102. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

I do have a note 2 spare battery and 64g sd card with 48 g worth of movies and 6 g worth of music. I do travel a bit in my work without a place to charge my phone. I respect that you might not need a spare battery boost but there are people that do. No sdcard and removable battery would be a down grade to me. I rather keep using the note 2.

78. SherlockHolmes

Posts: 125; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

People Do not prefer Samsung Phones !! Samsung knows that most of the people are dumb on this planet so they use their Money for Marketing and these Stupid people Buy it !! Accept the Truth !!

46. ama3654

Posts: 295; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

Root it and use this app to swap External to become internal, problem solved, now you have 64GB or 32GB to install all your apps/games plus the actual phone Storage, who can beat that? no one! https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=eu.codlab.int2ext

74. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

what ll u say after reading thishttp://www.gsmarena.com/newscomm-5943.php 16gb version of One .... One

83. rizevnarastek

Posts: 349; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

That some people really don't give a rats ass about storage capacity.

87. Sangeet

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

@ Rayanx10 "htc one > S4" The above comment was made to start a troll fight and now the one who did the comment must be smiling just like my profile pic reading everyone fight and must be thinking that:- "I Initiated it, look at all the noobs who are fighting like crazy!! Bloody NOOBS!!" Haha!! Online trolling has never been so easy!! ;-D

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