Samsung Galaxy S4 owners who feel that bloatware takes up too much of their phone’s internal storage should invest in a microSD card, Samsung has recommended, after a slew of stories appeared criticising how much of the handset's capacity is taken up by proprietary apps.
Late last week and over the weekend, a slew of critical reports surfaced after it was discovered that 7GB of the 16GB edition of the handset’s memory is used up by Samsung’s Touchwiz custom interface and applications.
The revelation sparked accusations in some quarters that Samsung’s ads for the handset are misleading consumers.
Today, Samsung has acknowledged the existence of the reports. But it certainly didn't acknowledge that there’s a problem, recommending simply that Galaxy S4 users who feel shortchanged on the memory-front should shell out for a microSD card.
Depending on the size of the card you opt for this can boost capacity by a further 64GB.
Samsung stated: “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.”
What’s our take? Well, we’re split. After all, if smartphone fans want all those user interface tweaks to Android that are unique to the Galaxy S4, such as Smart Scroll, Smart Pause and floating gesture control, we think they're probably going to have to accept that they’ll take up a much larger proportion of the S4's internal storage than more minimal skins.
Conversely, we also think Samsung might have made a better fist of its explanation, which comes over more than a little bit high-handed.
We’re also deducting points from the gadget-purveyor for the recommendation that we use SD cards. While this is fine for storing songs and sundry other files, the fact that you can’t transfer apps means that it’s a far less practical, viable solution to memory woes than Samsung would have us believe.