Sony's bloatware leaves the 8 GB Xperia M4 Aqua with just 1.26 GB of storage space

Sony's bloatware leaves the 8 GB Xperia M4 Aqua with just 1.26 GB of storage space
Tech consumers have long dissented over the issue of bloatware. Mostly immovable, bloatware comes in many forms. There's the kind that carriers add before devices reach you, and also, manufacturer add-ons. Sony likes to bundle a number of features atop its Android smartphones, which, aside from leaving folk with software they don't always want, eats away at storage space that could otherwise be used for content they do. In the case of the new Sony Xperia M4 Aqua, there's so much additional fodder that on the 8 GB model, users are left with a mere 1.26 GB to play with.

The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is by no means a flagship, but it's a very capable mid-range device. With a 5-inch 720 x 1280 display, octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor, 2 GB of RAM and a 13-megapixel rear camera, it's not bad on the specs front, and should be able to cope with the elements thanks to its waterproofing. But if you like to carry around a lot of music, download apps and other content, the 8 GB variant of the M4 Aqua simply won't cut it. 

As reported by the folks at Xperia Blog, a new-and-unlocked Xperia M4 Aqua arrives with just 1.26 GB out of the box. Android takes up around 4GB, but Sony throws in a further 2.09 GB of its own, complementary software. Sure, 470 MB worth of apps can be removed, but the rest is baked in, so unless you decide to root, you're left with under 2 GB of breathing space. 

The saving grace is that it does include a microSD slot, but that's not really the point here. None of us expect an 8 GB device to offer all of that space, since the stock software always takes up a fair amount of room. But with just 1.26 GB left from that 8-gig total, a few apps and a few videos captured on that 13-megapixel camera would soon force those dreaded storage warnings.

Sony says in the official M4 Aqua documentation that the handset offers 3 GB of free space off the bat, but it's simply not the case, and if you are planning on purchasing this model, you'll probably want to look at the 16 GB variant. 

It's odd that Sony has even decided to bother with an 8 GB version at all, though, since, for those who like to actually use their handsets, it's next to useless.

What do you make of this? Take a look at the images below, and let us know what you think the comments. 

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Xperia M4 Aqua
  • Display 5.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, Octa-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2400 mAh(13.28h 3G talk time)

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27 Comments

1. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I guess I'm missing the point here.. so you buy the lowest phone in this model and its lacking in areas but it does have a solution (micro sd) and you are complaining because of the inconvenience

4. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

It doesnt have a micro sd slot

16. Djz89

Posts: 441; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

yes it does!

20. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

read again pal

5. Theus

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

4 gigs of them are lollipop and most of the bloat is deletable

6. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

LOL.....Nice excuse. Its far from 'inconvience'. Even the humble Moto G has 5 GB usable memory in its 8GB version. Even the 4GB ultra cheap phones have 2GB usable memory. Plus don't act as if MicroSd is solution to everything. A MicroSD has its own limitations especially when installing apps which a internal memory doesn't. Plus you'd have to delete almost everything from your phone if Sony decides to push a decent sized update.

9. Theus

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

If they could use the image of the actual M4 and not the C4 in the thumbnail That would be great

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Funny how when the S5 launched, Samsung got so much s--t for TouchWiz being heavy, even though it did have Micro SD card support, yet when Sony does it, it's fine? Please continue to live life worshipping Sony while receiving absolutely nothing from them.

21. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

how much did the s5 cost in commerce to this phone? Come on now.. its not even a close argument. We all know you hate sony so stop making that situation sound remotely the same.

22. kabiluddin

Posts: 274; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

What do you expect from that moron?

15. kabiluddin

Posts: 274; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

Man, stop defending. It totally unacceptable. There should be at least 4 GB left on a 8 GB phone. To PA, the pic showed in the article isn't M4 aqua its Xperia C4.

2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

But.....but....All the Sony fanboys said Sony's UI is very light and stock android like and Samsung's TouchWiz is bloated. Did they lie to me ? ;(

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

+1000 for this comment.

3. romeo1

Posts: 809; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

It all depends on the price i guess. For 300€ i think 2gb should be enough as you can buy an 64gb for 24€ or if you only need 16gb its 5 or 6 euro

7. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

You cant transfer a lot of 'whole' apps to the sd card. So, it really is it's Achilles heel. 8gb phones and under should be banned by google. It doesnt make sense when were talking about cents of a difference and mass customer satisfaction is at stake especially for Sony.

8. KhmerLoveKhmer

Posts: 149; Member since: May 26, 2015

1.26gb ? lol this is the option most android oems give u, option that put u in unusable way

27. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Got a warning for hate speech for the earlier comment, did we ? ;)

12. Theus

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Funny how I just went to the phone's page because i remembered it had more User Storage and found this: Built-in storage: 16 GB Maximum User Storage: 11.1 GB

14. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Sony is synonym for bloatware. I have/had Sony TVs, MP3 players, etc etc. Their software is always horrible and slow.

17. Djz89

Posts: 441; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

I dont see the big deal here, if it didnt have an sd slot i would understand, but it does so this is just hating. And since you can transfer or put all apps over to de sd i dont understad the hate. It is a great mid-range phone. If anyone says diffrent its probably fanboys or haters.

18. carlemillward unregistered

And this is why 16GB should be the base model for all phones, then 64GB, then 128GB. Just like Apple

25. Genersis

Posts: 219; Member since: May 29, 2013

Unfortunately it seems only the 8GB version is available SIM-free in the UK. The Oppo R7 seems the most similar device in price and specs with 16GB of memory. Or there's the (currently overpriced) HTC One M8s and possibly the next Moto G to look to as alternatives.

26. waddup121 unregistered

cool!

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