Android Central had a chance to use a pre-release Samsung Galaxy S5 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and what it discovered is something we’ve seen before: the just-announced smartphone has half its internal storage taken up by the Android operating system and TouchWiz bloatware. Just 7.85 GB of an advertised 16 GB storage is available…
And what you can see is that on the 16GB model of the Galaxy S5, half of the on-board storage is used up before the owner even turns on the phone. It’s not quite as dire on the 32GB model of course, and Samsung will quickly tell you that’s why you have the option to use a microSD card for expanded storage.
It is important to note that smartphone in hand lacks carrier customizations and could have more internal storage available upon release. But even if it doesn’t, the main message here is that prospective Galaxy S5 buyers should probably look into the 32 GB model if they are looking for ample storage. Or use a microSD card.
Around this time last year, the 64 GB Surface Pro tablet was criticized for having as much usable storage as the 32 GB iPad. Likewise, the Galaxy S4 finished last among popular smartphones in terms of available storage with just 8.56 GB of space. Meanwhile, the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s claimed two out of the top three spots with 12.6 GB and 12.2 GB of unused storage respectively.