It is time for manufacturers to provide more detail about available storage on devices

With just about every computing device purchased nowadays, it is generally accepted actual usable...
This is a discussion for a news article. To read the whole news, click here


15. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

If it's okay for them to make changes to the advertised storage space then I should be able to make changes to the amount I pay on the bill. "Yes Verizon, the statement does say $xxx.xx, however when you open up my enclosed check you'll only find $xx.xx. You know how it is, that money getting used up for other necessities and such. We're all good, right?"

18. FlushGordon unregistered

Premium handsets should have at least 32 gigs minimum to offset the pile of bloatwares, 16 gigs these days aren't cutting it anymore

28. docj8404

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

Granted, you want what you paid for, ALL of it, but from a technical standpoint in regards to storage, you are getting your 16GB's or 32GB's, it's just unfortunate that unless you de-virginize your new device & either install a new bloatless ROM or find a way to remove the bloat without having to go that far, your stuck with a few GB's less than what your average consumer expected. With the cost of storage being at an all time minimal, it's kind of rubbish that the major OEM's cant spring for 18-20GB of storage, leaving you with a full 16GB, but the only case I can really feel someones pain is when they get an advertised 16GB, a usuable 11-13GB with NO option for expandable memory. Not that I enjoy coming out of pocket more than what I deem necesarry, but a 32GB SD card runs about the price of someones Starbucks Coffee Habit for 2 or 3 days, which in context, isn't so bad if storage is such an issue. I think it'll take another 1-2 years until we see 32GB standard options for flagships & high end devices, especially with many phone OEMs attempting to offer cloud storage options in conjunction with new device purchases to "ease the pain".

31. Topcat488

Posts: 1414; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

All my dealers are selling me less than what they advertise... If it's not bloatware and gimmicks, its sticks and stems... They know ya still gonna buy... Cause it's the best sh!t around.

32. gaurang

Posts: 94; Member since: Nov 16, 2012

what is think is its time for APPLE to tell us the real specs of the iphone THE BATTERY POWER THE PROCESSOR SPEED just by sayng its twice as fast does not cut it out

33. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

I 100% agree too or they could put the operating system and all the features than put an extra 16gb that would make sense :p

34. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Smartphones are over-priced pieces of landfill

36. Even4steven

Posts: 44; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

32GB should simply be the new 16GB. Yeah, I understand all about cloud storage, but with giant apps, video, pics, music etc. 16gb no longer is the right fit- even with SD storage. You cannot move apps to SD anymore and that is a game changer

37. Physicist

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Wait - what if Samsung had chosen to make an 8GB variant?

41. ambrown

Posts: 33; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

"We argue it would not and we site the tremendous success of the Samsung Galaxy S III, Apple iPhone and Nexus 4 as examples." I think the author meant to say "cite" not "site". A "site" is a location or area. To "cite" is to reference a remark with a source, or provide supporting evidence that your position is true.

44. LiveFromMN

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

This is nothing new. I remmeber buying MP3 PLAYERS in Jr High that advertised memory that was false because even those took a little memory for software -_- bit their should say somethingabout user memory after software installation

45. mikeguy1981

Posts: 88; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

I was one of the very first to preorder the s4. Refreshing the webite every 60 seconds waiting for the preorder to appear and when it did i ordered the s4. But after i ordered i realized the user space is only 8.8gb so sorry sammy but i canceled my order after days of pondering if i should cancel or not. My s3 is a 32gb model and i currently have 11gb in apps that cannot be transferred to a sd card. So sadly a s4 purchase would leave me with less apps and the bad situation of not being able to download anything! The low storage memory on the s4 is a huge mistake on samsungs part. It should of only been available in 32 and 64 gb models.

47. mikeguy1981

Posts: 88; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

This is a actual message i sent to verizon: I know im just one voice and i don't know if this will even reach the proper eyes but i'm sure i don't stand alone on the issue I have. I currently have a galaxy s3 with 32 gb memory. I along with many want to buy a galaxy s4 but cant. Not because of finacial reasons but because of free space on the s4. Verizon only offers the 16gb model of the s4 and out of the 16gb only slighy less than 9gb is usable. Apps cannot be stored on a sd card and on my 32gb s3 i have 11gb in apps. If i buy a s4 i will not only loose apps i use but i also cant download any more. It would be a downgrade. Again i know im only one person, one voice and i dont know if the person reading this even is the correct one to make a differance but please verizon if possible sell a 32gb and/ or 64gb model of the galaxy s4. It would make me very happy and i know im not alone. Have a great day, Michael a loyal verizon wireless customer.

48. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

I don't understand something. My tablet has about 50mb free internal storage, but when I try to download an app which is about 20mb, it can't install and get a message that there's not enough memory. That's why I hate Android on lower-end devices. Symbian is much better choice if you plan to buy a phone lower specs phone with low internal storage, because every app can be installed directly to mass memory/sd card.

49. docj8404

Posts: 73; Member since: Jan 23, 2013

Well I can't recall the last time I had a wonderful experience on ANYTHING labeled "low-end".

50. ChafedBanana

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

When the manufacture prints 16, 32, or 64 GB on the side of the box, it is stating the overall capacity of the device, not how much free space you're gonna have to do whatever you please with. Duh.

51. xtremesv

Posts: 299; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

The problem with that solution is that you are not allowed to install apps in SD cards anymore, so when you have lots of +50 MB games, limited internal storage becomes an issue.
This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.