Bloatware: How much storage space does your phone really have?

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A picture, they say, speaks a thousand words. All phones in the picture above were said to have 16GB internal storage, but they ended up getting different allocations. Why is it so? How can an iPhone 5c have 12.60GB free and a Samsung Galaxy S4 have 8.56GB free? What on earth ate all that space?

It’s fair to say that part of the internal storage is dedicated to the operating system. The folks at Which? Tech did a research and realized that in some cases unnecessary bloatware and system files occupy more space and takes up a huge chunk of the assigned internal storage. Another major issue is that a user can’t even delete some of the unnecessary apps (like on the iPhone).

Looking at the picture (if you know about phones and their specs), you’ll realize the top 3 phones in the list do not support use of external Micro SD cards.

So can we say it doesn’t really matter how much free storage is made available, especially if the phone has memory card slots? I think it matters, because when you own a Samsung Galaxy S4 and see the useable storage compared to the advertised, you’ll feel a bit cheated. Wouldn’t it be nice if smart phone vendors gave customers an easy way to delete the bloatware?

What do you think? Share your thoughts.

Source: Which? Tech


  1. // Wouldn’t it be nice if smart phone vendors
    gave customers an easy way to delete the

    In Samsung’s Korea, I think it’s now mandatory (via a legislation) to make bloatware removable…on Android devices, without needing to root.

    For the Android folks, the problem is somewhat not as annoying. Except for the bargain basement Chinco phones, you meekly root, remove all the bloat, and you are singing happily..

  2. my phone comes with 8GB and 6.2GB is available and system taking 1.8GB It is clearly shown under storage sense, and my phone ships with 2% bloat ware which can be deleted.

  3. I personally think the term bloatware in mobile devices doesn’t really apply to iPhone because almost everything you get is already in the design of the per android, bloatware is the reason we have choices and I love it that way. Go for touchwhiz if you don’t like sense etc. Hate bloatware? Stick with the nexus family.
    With expandable card slots, I don’t trip how much space was stolen.

  4. the reason why Samsung phones habe less free memory is because TouchWiz has a lot of bloat apps that are duplicates of AOSP/GMS apps

  5. This bites especially for devices with non-expandable storage. Would be awesome if Samsung (and OEMs) can partition a separate storage for core apps and OS entrails thus leaving user available space untouched. There is a better chance of me becoming a ninja than this becoming reality.

  6. I would say the case is worse on Android than any other OS, which comes back to the irony of how “open” Android is.

    With high end devices it might not be seen as so bad, but on a lower end device with only 4GB, when you find that there’s only 1.27GB available for you to use, you really have to wonder what the point is.

    As 3WT has rightly pointed out, the manufacturer’s duplicate on their launchers what comes as default via the Android AOSP, with a few exceptions. I can live without ChatOn and Polaris. I’m sure that if people were given a choice between deleting the manufacturer’s launcher and installing their own, many people would find that they can, quite easily, live without TouchWiz and Sense. There are enough (better and smaller) launchers on Google Play.

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