How Much Storage Does Your Phone Really Have?

Whenever we buy a phone, we normally have a choice of storage options, but do we really get that much storage? Of course not. The internal storage of the phone does need to have the operating system on board and any pre-installed applications. Depending on the device you buy, you could have more or less storage. So how much storage do you really have?

The UK blog Which made a comparsion showing several popular smartphones and the amount of internal storage on-board. For the test they took the baseline 16GB models. As you can see in the chart up above, the iPhone 5C is up on top with 12.60GB of available memory while the Samsung Galaxy S4 is way down at the bottom with only 8.56GB of available memory. So where does all the extra storage go?



On phones like the iPhone or the Nexus 5 the storage is taken up by the operating system and the built-in apps like the Camera, Phone Dialer, and other similar apps. Phones like this typically have the most available storage space.

The champion of available storage space in the iPhone 5C, with 12.60GB out of 16, followed closely by the Nexus 5 which has 12.28GB of it’s 16. After that comes the iPhone 5S, with 12.20GB out of 16. But why does the 5S have an extra 400MB on board? One reason may be for the extra features such as the fingerprint scanner. The extra code built into the OS on the iPhone 5S to operate the scanner, which takes up a bit more memory.

After these three phones, come phones from other manufacturers including Sony, Samsung, and LG. Their flagships are a bit different than than Apple and Google. Google’s flagship is the base of Android which makes it have the least amount of pre-installed apps. Google services are the only pre-installed apps on these devices. Apple’s are the same way since they come directly from the company. So why do third-party devices have so much less available memory? The answer is simple. Bloatware.

What is bloatware? Bloatware is any app that comes pre-installed on a device when you buy it. For this one we can only focus on Android since Android is the only OS that has it. This is because iOS and BB10 are only on devices that are made by their respective owners. Android is open source and comes with hundreds of different types of phones. They all have a different set of apps pre-installed that classify as bloatware. Obviously these do not include apps that are built into the operating system such as the Google Play Store or other Google services and AOSP apps.

A bloatware app might be something like S Voice on Samsung or NFL Mobile on Verizon phones. On the 16GB Galaxy S4, there are approximately 3.72GB of bloatware applications.This costs the consumer greatly because it leaves just over half of the phone’s internal storage for their own use. This definitely qualifies the Galaxy S4 as the “King Of Bloatware”. Moral of that story, if you plan on picking up a Galaxy S4, get the 32GB model.

Before the S4 is LG’s G2 which leaves 10.37GB of storage for the consumer. After that it slowly rises with the HTC One Mini (and presumably the HTC One) with 10.44GB of available space. The Sony Xperia Z1 wins this race though with 11.43GB available.

Does storage space matter to you? Some phones can’t have their memory expanded, but some can. The Galaxy S4, and Xperia Z1 have slots for microSD card slots to easily expanded. The Nexus 5, HTC One and even the iPhone however don’t. But the question still remains, how much memory does your phone have left?