If you’ve ever owned a smartphone, you must have noticed that there’s quite a difference between the advertised internal storage of the device, and the free space actually available to the user. The difference lies due to the installed Android OS, and other pre-installed apps aka “Bloatware” that comes with the device.
If you’re willing to buy Samsung’s Galaxy S4 in the near future, then there’s something you should keep in mind before buying the device with tons of features. As reported by Geek.com, the cheapest version of Galaxy S4 (16GB) comes with less than half of the advertised on-board storage, 8.82GB to be exact.
Considering the fact that the device comes with expandable storage, this might not appear as a big deal for those users who just store hundreds of songs and videos. However, if you’re an avid gamer then it will be a big problem as all apps/games cannot be installed on external storage. And considering the fact that big gaming titles available on Google Play requires more than a GB of space, chances are you’re going to run out of space pretty quick.
So what are the alternatives? Well you can root your device and get rid of all the bloatware, but rooting is a very risky and complex task that’s not meant for everybody. The other option is to buy the device with 32GB or 64GB internal storage, but since it’s hard to find S4 with those storage capacities at the moment, it’s recommended to wait till the versions with higher storage capabilities become available. Is device’s storage a big concern for you?