The Samsung Galaxy S 4 – what a phone, huh? I mean that in the most serious way possible, too. It’s big but not “too big”, it’s fast, and well… it’s a Galaxy. We like those for the most part. It’s not perfect of course, but overall I think it’s a very nice phone. However, just like every Samsung Android device you see, you get more than the ability to proudly say that you own a Samsung Galaxy device. You get TouchWiz! But of course, in exchange for the ability to use the all-powerful TouchWiz you will have to make one small sacrifice…

Frank, tell our winner what’s behind door number 2!

Congratulations, contestant! You’ve won only 9 GB of memory out of the presumable 16 GB you thought you were getting with the device, and a no-expenses paid trip to the nearest super store to pick up a new memory card to make up for what’s missing!

It's true, folks. TouchWiz and all of its magnificence takes up almost a whopping 7 GB of memory out of the 16 GB (or 32 GB) of internal memory you were promised on the Galaxy S 4. While I’m sure there are plenty of people who are perfectly content with Samsung supplying a bulk of apps for them in their shiny new toy, I’m fairly certain that an even larger number do not appreciate of the fact that TouchWiz has sucked up nearly half the amount of space that was supposed to be available on the 16 GB device. I don’t even own the device and I’m upset for the people who didn't know about this in the first place – that’s how serious I am about this.

I'm not saying it's necessarily a bad thing that an interface takes up that much memory. If Samsung thought the features would be important to the user then great, thanks for adding them in! But no thanks for not letting me know in the first place that you were cutting your advertised memory by a significant chunk. That doesn’t sit too well with me.

I’m certainly not the first person to bring this issue up – in fact, so many people have brought the issue up that Samsung has already issued a statement resolving the issue of lower storage space to CNET UK:

“For the Galaxy S4 16 GB model, approximately 6.85 GB occupies the system part of internal memory, which is 1 GB bigger than that of the Galaxy S3, in order to provide a high resolution display and more powerful features to our consumers. To offer the ultimate mobile experience to our users, Samsung provides a microSD slot on Galaxy S4 for extension of memory.

Thank you for confirming what we already know after it’s a little too late, Samsung.

Pretty much every gadget out there over-advertises the amount of memory that you actually get within the device, but generally not by that large of a margin. In the end, it’s all the same concept so it's equally aggravating. I still think it’s kind of lame when I get jipped a few gigs due to software additions – especially with no way to delete the unnecessary stuff unless rooted or jailbroken. Not everybody is comfortable with rooting and jailbreaking, so those who don't want the bloatware on there have no option to get rid of them.

But that's getting off track, because I'm not that upset about having 13 GB of memory when I was under the impression that I would be getting 16, or in this case people will be getting 9 GB of memory instead of 16 (which I might actually be a little upset about if it were me, but at least you have the microSD option as somewhat of a fix). I'm just upset that we don’t know about it first. It's the same way I view pricing without including taxes (which is a story for another day, kids). I'm okay with the fact that you need to decrease the amount of usable memory if you think it’s a must, but for crying out loud let me know about it first so it doesn’t come and bite you in the butt later! You should help me, to help you. We can do this together, people. Let’s just be honest about the amount of memory we’re really getting, ok? Problem solved.

Now if only companies would actually do it. You know what they say, “It’s easier to ask for forgiveness than for permission.” Chumps.

Readers, what are your thoughts on all of this? Have you ever been extremely disappointed in the amount of memory you've actually been dealt, or have you pretty much come to expect the unexpected? Leave me a comment below telling me your thoughts on the matter!

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"Have you ever been surprised by the true amount of storage you had available to use on your device?"

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Anonymous Not really, kinda expected that they will eat up the memory with their applications and software but as most of them say, manufacturers should be stating the memory that's available for us to use rather then just stating the amount that it was built in with...
Jeff Griffith
Jeff Griffith I've been saying this for years!
Christopher Manic Johnson
Christopher Manic Johnson As many commenters are saying, it would be great if manufacturers put both the amount of storage the device is built with and the amount of storage left after the OS and initial apps are on the device. A 16gb device is a 16gb device, there are no lies there. You just don't get 16gb of usable storage out of the box. If you are techy enough, you can make it so you can get most of the 16gb to use after some tinkering.
Roberto Enrique Caballero Lopèz
Roberto Enrique Caballero Lopèz I have a 16 GB Iphone 5, and i'm happy with it.
Jo Jo
Jo Jo Am happy with my samsung galaxy s3.but I just wish u would get the exact storage
Romi Max
Romi Max Companies should market battery life, like apple do
Tom Nguyen
Tom Nguyen Yes more clarification will be much better for the consumer.
Nick Thai
Nick Thai This is a Must
Ernie Manning
Ernie Manning @eric that makes sense but Microsoft's exaggeration of GB storage on their surface tablets was just so ridiculous to the point that they come off as lying
Jose Calderon
Jose Calderon Like the 16GB galaxy S4 which has only 8GBs available? Lol to Samsung
Justin Azzarito
Justin Azzarito 16GB seemed like enough on my DNA. Then I found out that I got to use 11. Eh.
Frank Porter
Frank Porter I don't know that that is really necessary as it should be common knowledge that you never have the total amount of memory available to you. In this case though if Samsung knew that TouchWiz was gonna take up this much damn room, they shouldn't have bothered releasing a 16gb model and only put out the 32 and 64. By the way, where in the hell are those versions at? To my knowledge, no carries have them and have only seen an international model 32gb.
Donnie Ross Oneill
Donnie Ross Oneill I swear who needs a quad core s3 when a nexus 3 rooted with vicious jellbean mod and taking a 1.2 dualcore processor and oveclocking it to 2.5 gigahertz it's a beast! Plus the 32 gigs of internal storage amazing!
Erick Alexander Chaviel L
Erick Alexander Chaviel L People have to remember that the real storage is never the same due to the way electronic devices read, I mean, 32GB are 29,8GB, 16GB are 14,8GB, 8GB are 7,4GB and so on. So don't say it takes 7Gb of space. Also apps on the S4 are heavier than on the S3, it's a 1080p phone.
Fonzy Paniagua
Fonzy Paniagua One X only had 9gb to use out of 16gb !
Steven B Arellano
Steven B Arellano With a 64GB iPhone the OS uses about 1 GB. That means only 1/64th of my storage is not usable. Seems fair.
Eldon Ong
Eldon Ong I tot 16gb sounds a lot.. after deducting I was like okay.. I need expansion slot
Donnie Ross Oneill
Donnie Ross Oneill My nexus 3 has 32 gigs and i love it! But no micro sd card slot all well
Brandon Beamon
Brandon Beamon Like a 16GB iPhone maybe would have 13GB from the start. You have to think about the OS and other things that go into the phone!
Walter Hubbard
Walter Hubbard Guys, they did this on purpose. When you see the amount of usable storage, you'll automatically buy the next higher phone to get more, thus, Samsung gets more money from you.
Don Mahaffey Weaver II
Don Mahaffey Weaver II Oh My God! You read our minds. Our entire mantra is based on your query We are always surprising everyone by the amount of true storage available on our device, volumes, tons even! http://igg.me/p/397586/x/2036856 http://igg.me/p/397586
Hans Kwazneski
Hans Kwazneski @matthew, you should..... you're missing out.
Matthew Munson
Matthew Munson Im tempted to root my S3 with Cyrogean mod
Christopher Williams
Christopher Williams Because it will use at least 16gb for all of the added bloat Samsung will add!
Matthew Munson
Matthew Munson They should make 32gb the min for the S5.
Vicente Trevino
Vicente Trevino Yes, they should put the amount of gigs they say you'll get and the gigs they use for the content.
Saurabh Bisht
Saurabh Bisht They should Launch a 16gb Phone with Inbuilt 20gb in which user can access 16 gb.. Fair Enough.. :)

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