The 32GB Samsung Galaxy S6 & S6 edge have 23GB of free space, so consider going 64GB

If you are looking up the Galaxy S6 / edge and storage space matters to you when shopping smartphones, you may want to consider getting the 64GB variant. Here's why - fresh out of the box, the 32GB version of the smartphone, which lacks a microSD card slot for storage expansion, has only 23.5GB of free space available to the user...
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96 Comments

1. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 930; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

23GB is plently of space. Considering iphone's are stuck on 16GB

30. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

1st of all, it's 32GB, not 32GiB. The space mentioned in hard disk drives or any card is in GB - as in billion bytes. OS interprets capacity as 1024^3 bytes, which is little more than a billion bytes. 1GB = 1000^3 bytes = how manufacturers mention capacity 1GiB = 1024^3 bytes = how OS interprets capacity You lose around 7% of what is mentioned in GB value by manufacturers. So in reality 32GB is actually like 29GB (approx) when formatted by OS. 2nd you have OS and other Samsung installed apps. Also some space is reserved for various hidden partitions not meant for user access. Normally OS would take around 2.5GB, add some space for Samsung apps and reserved spaces. 23GB is what you get near to standard what you get for other Android phones as well. Nexus may give you like 25GB.

45. Jango_Fred

Posts: 58; Member since: Dec 17, 2008

Why confuse the end user with the difference between decimal and binary storage calculation when they are practically the same.

91. bachir8k

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Nice article but too late :/ I've already pre-ordered the 32GB, but anyway these days with 4G connection, videos are played directly from YouTube, Music are streamed live from online radios, and files are stored directly on cloud (Drive, oneDrive) so 23 GB are plenty enough

40. cheetah2k

Posts: 2254; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

LG G3 32gb has the same 23Gb available.. why is this such a shock for phonearena?

50. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Because they are trying to say something bad about the S6. How about PA, the brand new iPhone with 16GB has 8GB already used by the OS. HUH?

57. mrochester

Posts: 997; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

I believe the iPhone 6 has 13GB of storage available to the user. Great article here explaining Apple's storage strategy, despite it being the Daily Mail http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2894228/Apple-sued-deceiving-people-iPhone-storage-Lawsuit-blames-iOS-8-files-hogging-FIFTH-space.html

93. stealthd unregistered

...Because it doesn't?

95. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Either you lie a lot, or you just don't know what you're alking about. I notice a lot of what you say is wrong. I've fact checked you a few times, and a few times you were wrong. Get it together buddy, we know how to use Google.

88. thartist

Posts: 45; Member since: Jul 14, 2014

Because Samsung has supposedly trimmed Touchwiz, yet it didn't show in free space!

65. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

I know a lot of people that going with a 16GB because they dont store much on the phone. I, however am different with a lot of music and videos.

94. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's a dumb statement. Iphones have 16, 64, and 128 gig models. They're not stuck on 16. If you need more space, then buy a higher capacity model.

2. TyrionLannister unregistered

It's the ART runtime taking much more storage. I'm really experiencing storage issues on my 16 GB S4 after lollipop. It will be similar for M9, or basically any other phone on lollipop, except maybe barebones stock android.

42. amcasper unregistered

Luckily the S4 has microSD card support for up to 128GB.

49. TyrionLannister unregistered

S4 has microSD upto 2 TB. But you can't move apps in SD card. I have all my multimedia in SD and internal is filled up just by apps.

78. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

doesn't lollipop support move app to SD ?

86. TyrionLannister unregistered

No, it doesn't. Lollipop allows file transfer to SD from a 3rd party file manager which Kitkat didn't. Anyway, however fast the SD is, moving apps to SD will induce a little lag.

3. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

23 GB is more than enough.

35. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

You're supposed to speak for everybody?

59. mrochester

Posts: 997; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

I used to have a 32GB iPhone and with the 6 I essentially got double the storage without having to go up a tier. I'm now at 21.4GB of usage meaning the 32GB Galaxy S6 I assumed would be OK would leave me with very little wiggle room. It's pretty shocking that whatever Samsung has put on the S6 takes up 9GB, especially when the equally competent iOS 8 only takes approximately 3GB.

4. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

I'd go on 128 gb

5. azalucel

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

So if the 32gb version has 23gb does that mean the 128gb version will have 119gb right?

11. drunkenjay

Posts: 1670; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

maybe or maybe less. remember the fact that when a phone says its 32gb it is never 32gb. first the memory inside says its 32 when it is like 28. then you minus the os which is another 5. i think the higher the memory the less memory you will get.

38. azalucel

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

I hope they have it in f2fs format this time since it is thier creation and kernel 3.10 has full support for it

6. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

For the majority of people out there 23gb is more than enough. My wife still has enough space on her 16gb iPhone 5. I would not hesitate getting her a 32gb phone even if there is only 23gb left. But for me I've already ran out of space on my Note 4 even with 64gb sd card half full. I would rather go 64gb with no sd card.

7. JaroB

Posts: 112; Member since: Feb 13, 2013

4K video and 23GB ??? HAHAHA

8. Heisenberg

Posts: 374; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

Yh. Wld you keep every video? Cloud is there too troll

12. Sauce5 unregistered

Most standard cloud service won't be able to store a bunch of 4k videos, unless you want to pay expensive prices for higher tier storage plans, which shouldn't be worried about, since you typically PURCHASED 32g of SPACE. Yes, a few gigs of system OS are expected, but 23g left over... ouch. P.S. Someone is not a troll just because they offended your fanboy feelings.

15. Japultra

Posts: 133; Member since: May 16, 2014

The way he framed it, I'd consider it trolling. Definitely seems like he wanted to coax an emotional response to me. "In Internet slang, a troll (/ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the deliberate intent of provoking readers into an emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion."

18. Sauce5 unregistered

His statement is true though. Should we hide from the truth? Should we not speak of any more truths because they are always bound to "upset" fanboys? The amount of hypocrisy on this website is hilarious.
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