Samsung Galaxy S4: Users Losing Out on Almost Half of Memory

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Invest in micro-SD cards for extra storage. Image by Maiakaat

Invest in micro-SD cards for extra storage. Image by Maiakaat

Samsung Memory: What Options Do Users Have?

Samsung is leaving users very few options when it comes to gaining more memory. There are currently no plans to make the operating system or the apps smaller – Samsung’s idea is that users can simply buy more memory.

Luckily for Galaxy S4 users, that is an option. There is a micro-SD slot available, which allows for easily accessing more memory. This is more than Apple users’ options, where there is no extendable memory.

The only problem is that you will have to carry your micro-SD cards around with you whenever you want to use them; and they have a bad habit of easily getting lost. 9GB of memory isn’t a lot when storing music, photos and videos on the phone, especially considering the Galaxy’s camera is 13MP.

Another downside to the cards is that it isn’t possible to store your apps onto them – they have to be on the phone. This is a major problem for those who use their phones to play games or download the larger apps, something that is already a problem for people with phones with a small amount of memory.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Users Left Disappointed

Apart from adding more memory through micro-SD cards, there is currently no way of improve the useable memory situation. However, this isn’t the first time that it has happened. All smartphones, tablets and computers have less memory that is useable than stated on the advertisements because so much of it is taken up by the software. Maybe it is time for companies to state clearly just how much space is really available so consumers are prepared.

References:

Woollaston, V. Samsung Galaxy S4 Owners Get Just HALF the Storage they Paid for Because of Apps Added Before You Even Buy the Phone. (2013). Daily Mail. Accessed May 10, 2013.

Smith, M. Samsung Galaxy S4’s Storage Claims to be Investigated by BBC Watchdog. (2013). Engadget. Accessed May 10, 2013.

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