Samsung Galaxy S IV Review: 16GB Internal Storage

Samsung Galaxy S IV Review: 16GB Internal Storage

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Samsung said to many of the customers of the Galaxy S IV “if you think the internal storage is not enough, you should purchase our MicroSD card to extend your storage”. According to CNET, from the 16Gb storage you have once you buy the Galaxy S IV (GS4), you actually only have barely more than half of the storage. In the 16GB version of the GS4, Samsung officially said that the Android system took around 6.85GB of the storage, which is 1GB more than the GS3. The reason of the additional 1GB is higher resolution and display effects in the user interface which is preinstalled on the GS4.

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However, that leaves only 8.49GB for users to stockpile music, photos and video clips…etc. Sadly, the only solution to this problem is you need to buy the MicroSD card and extend the memory for the GS4 using the MicroSD Card slot. You may wish to note that you can buy a MicroSD card up to 64 GB which adds up to the original 16GB of the built in storage. The maximum storage the GS4 can hold is 80GBs and it is 16GBs more than an iPhone 5 64GB. In this connection, there are at most 73.15GB users to store things. However, please note that you cannot store Applications files in the MicroSD card because Google has cancelled loading application from MicroSD cards in the Android 4.0 update.

From our point of view, we still think the maximum 73.15% of storage is more than enough for people who are heavy users of the GS4. You can store around 20K songs, 50 – 60 movies and also almost unlimited quantity of photos with the 70 GBs internal storage. We can’t be too demanding on the storage on a phone and it is of our responsibility to keep the device clean. On one hand you can manage the storage well to avoid over capacity, on the other hand, you should make good use of some cloud services such as dropbox, box.com, Google Drive to store some files where you can retrieve between PCs, Macs and also your GS4.

ExtremeTech pointed out that, in the GS4, users can use only around 55% of the maximum storage while users can freely use 77.5% of the iOS 6.1 iPhone 5’s storage. Some other phone makers or tablet producers also encounter the same difficulty for example, the 64GB Surface Pro by Microsoft, where users can only have minimum 36% of free space to use. The remaining 41GBs goes to Windows 8 operating system, preinstalled applications and backup storage. Therefore, the ratio between user free space and system files will certainly disappoint some customers. But the point is, if you get a MicroSD card, it will get better!

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