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    Default 16 gig may be deal breaker. :(

    I absolutely LOVE this phone. Coming from a IPhone 5, it's everything I want. The major issue for me is the 16 gig storage. I had a 32g I-5 and had plenty of storage. I have next to nothing on my S4 and have 6 gigs left? Can someone explain how I find out if my iTunes (102 songs) transferred to my device storage or my memory card. Sorry for the dumb question.
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    Default Re: 16 gig may be deal breaker. :(

    Quote Originally Posted by irishleo View Post
    I absolutely LOVE this phone. Coming from a IPhone 5, it's everything I want. The major issue for me is the 16 gig storage. I had a 32g I-5 and had plenty of storage. I have next to nothing on my S4 and have 6 gigs left? Can someone explain how I find out if my iTunes (102 songs) transferred to my device storage or my memory card. Sorry for the dumb question.
    Use Kies. It will show you what is on your internal memory and SD card. You can get it here

    Also look at this thread for more information
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    Default Re: 16 gig may be deal breaker. :(

    if you go to the my files app, and hit all files, it will show you sd memory card, and device storage, and you can then look through the files to see if theres any music on the device itself. mine has a music folder that is empty, since i have it on my sd card
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    Default Re: 16 gig may be deal breaker. :(

    Given that a 64GB SD card is less than $50, I wouldn't worry about the phone's internal memory being limited to 16GB. Granted, I don't use iTunes, and Apple does some pretty strange stuff with their music files, but I have to imagine there's a fairly painless way to get them to the SD card.
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    Default Re: 16 gig may be deal breaker. :(

    I'm running a Verizon S4 with 16GB of ram and a 64GB Samsung microSD card. Card has 2500 mp3 song and four very long movies at 1080p.

    The only people who have any basis to complain about the 16GB version are the gamers. For them, it's a real concern.
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    Default Re: 16 gig may be deal breaker. :(

    Quote Originally Posted by dimsdale View Post
    I'm running a Verizon S4 with 16GB of ram and a 64GB Samsung microSD card. Card has 2500 mp3 song and four very long movies at 1080p.

    The only people who have any basis to complain about the 16GB version are the gamers. For them, it's a real concern.
    You know what? This SHOULDN'T have to be a concern if the developers weren't so lazy. Android may have taken away the ability to install MAIN app files onto SD cards, yes. It is a controversial decision that MOST users hate, yes. BUT the OS does allow developers to store secondary data files (like all those extra Gigs that download for a game after you install it) onto an SD card! Do the devs implement this? For the vast majority of them, no. Spotify, for instance, just did that a couple of updates ago, although their 'automatic selection of the best storage location' does not let you specifically select the SD card, it will usually default to it if you have one...
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    Default Re: 16 gig may be deal breaker. :(

    If you do not game, or use some of the funky social cloud media apps that load a bunch of data to internal storage, the 9gb in the 16 model should be fine. Just don't go "all gamer" all of the sudden
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    Default Re: 16 gig may be deal breaker. :(

    Quote Originally Posted by rushmore View Post
    If you do not game, or use some of the funky social cloud media apps that load a bunch of data to internal storage, the 9gb in the 16 model should be fine. Just don't go "all gamer" all of the sudden
    Do you mind telling me which "funky social cloud media apps" to avoid? I'm stuck with the 16B because if I return within my 14 day window I won't have a phone until the 32G comes out. I'm not a gamer, so I think with the Samsung 64G SD card I should be fine, but DH and I plan to start using a cloud service for backup and to share. I'd like to know which ones to avoid if they are going to use up precious internal storage. Thanks.
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    Yeah, I'm not gamer at all. I just noticed that with all my songs and pictures saved to my massive card, I still only have 6 gigs internal left. It wouldn't be such big deal if they would've have told me that the device was a 16 gig device. It's not at all even close. Hopefully I created the right music file so they start to save on my sd card. Pretty frustrating really.
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    Default Re: 16 gig may be deal breaker. :(

    Most of the cloud oriented social apps that use media will cache to the internal storage. Not sure if that can be changed. I do not use cloud content, so not appreciating the dynamics involved. I am not a fan of relying on cloud, so use my sd card for all media.
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    Default Re: 16 gig may be deal breaker. :(

    I have about 25-30 games on my s4 and I still have 4gb left over so far I see no issue with the 16gb version

    sent from my galaxy s4
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    Default Re: 16 gig may be deal breaker. :(

    Quote Originally Posted by kladysandroid View Post
    Do you mind telling me which "funky social cloud media apps" to avoid? I'm stuck with the 16B because if I return within my 14 day window I won't have a phone until the 32G comes out. I'm not a gamer, so I think with the Samsung 64G SD card I should be fine, but DH and I plan to start using a cloud service for backup and to share. I'd like to know which ones to avoid if they are going to use up precious internal storage. Thanks.
    I am currently trying the Copy cloud service highlighted here recently, and so far so good. I am still trying it out but keep my important files on google drive until I trust it. If you follow my referall link, we noth get an addition 5 gigs. After installing the app, you would already have 20 gigs!

    Here is the referral link. [link removed by moderator]

    Posted via Android Central App on my S4
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    Default Re: 16 gig may be deal breaker. :(

    Quote Originally Posted by aandrew610 View Post
    I have about 25-30 games on my s4 and I still have 4gb left over so far I see no issue with the 16gb version

    sent from my galaxy s4
    It obviously depends on the games

    If you played either of the GTA games or any of the newer EA or Gameloft games, you would be out with four to five games. Not counting any other apps.

    Not to mention Android needs 500mb to 1gb free to update apps and for some to work correctly. Again, depends on the size of the apps.
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    Default Re: 16 gig may be deal breaker. :(

    Quote Originally Posted by aandrew610 View Post
    I have about 25-30 games on my s4 and I still have 4gb left over so far I see no issue with the 16gb version

    sent from my galaxy s4
    Dupe post.
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    Default Re: 16 gig may be deal breaker. :(

    If they would've have? Maybe you should know the specs of the phone YOU are buying
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    Default Re: 16 gig may be deal breaker. :(

    Quote Originally Posted by rj160202 View Post
    If they would've have? Maybe you should know the specs of the phone YOU are buying
    You could use that same point of argument for any thread asking nearly any question in regards to a device. The premise of the thread is the storage might be too little and there was an example of someone having 30 or so games and still about half the space left. Point is that is subjective, and can not be treated as an objective point. Apps vary too much in size to presume everyone else would be fine applied to the same weighted standard for apps and total space remaining.

    The most objective thing from this thread is consider the average game size you might play and if not a gamer, not many worries. Games as a category take up the most space with internal storage.
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    Default Re: 16 gig may be deal breaker. :(

    How is storage even an issue for you guys. Buy an SD card, use the cloud, etc. So many easy solutions.
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    Default Re: 16 gig may be deal breaker. :(

    Quote Originally Posted by dimsdale View Post
    I'm running a Verizon S4 with 16GB of ram and a 64GB Samsung microSD card. Card has 2500 mp3 song and four very long movies at 1080p.

    The only people who have any basis to complain about the 16GB version are the gamers. For them, it's a real concern.
    Sixteen gigabytes of ram? There is not a phone that has that much yet.

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    Default Re: 16 gig may be deal breaker. :(

    1. Buy Micro SD
    2. Root Galaxy S4
    3. Download GL to SD from play store
    4. Move games to SD
    5. Enjoy using internal space for phone contacts and SD for media
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    Default Re: 16 gig may be deal breaker. :(

    Or get a 32gb model and not deal with all that on a device paid about $600 (in one way or another). Most people are not going to root. The solution though is adequate for some in the bubble of this forum. Key word being some.

    Simple solution is the carriers afford the options that At&t has. The inventory is not even on their books, or even paid for until devices ship to customers for on- line orders or shipped to stores. The risk is minimal to the carriers. This is the case for Verizon at least.
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    Default Re: 16 gig may be deal breaker. :(

    Quote Originally Posted by irishleo View Post
    I absolutely LOVE this phone. The major issue for me is the 16 gig storage.
    I actually won my S4 from MobileSyrup.com, so I didn't have a choice on the size...I was starting to save up to buy the octa-core S4 outright from overseas, but with this I may start saving for the S5!

    Not an iPhone user myself, but this was one of the major issues to me as well -- the other one being that Canada always gets grouped into america, so we got stuck with the quad-core version of the S4 instead of the real octa-core version the rest of the world gets -- with what Samsung installed on the phone only leaves you with about 9GB of space. I threw in an 8GB MicroSD card that I had laying around, got about 7.5GB of '80s music on it. I do plan on getting a 64GB MicroSD card down the road, although I'm not to sure what I'd be using it for!
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    Default Re: 16 gig may be deal breaker. :(

    Quote Originally Posted by rushmore View Post
    Or get a 32gb model and not deal with all that on a device paid about $600 (in one way or another). Most people are not going to root. The solution though is adequate for some in the bubble of this forum. Key word being some.

    Simple solution is the carriers afford the options that At&t has. The inventory is not even on their books, or even paid for until devices ship to customers for on- line orders or shipped to stores. The risk is minimal to the carriers. This is the case for Verizon at least.
    Seeing as only one carrier is even carrying the 32GB model there's a 75% chance he has a 16GB model. Since small memory prompted him to make this thread in the first place (that and he says he has 6GB left with hardly anything on it) I'm going to go out on a limb and say that the chances of him settling with 16GB because his carrier didn't carry the 32GB are nearly 100%. That is of course, dismissing that he's an AT&T customer and chose the 16GB and saved money, which is a possibility. Most people don't root or jailbreak, but that's the only option there is unless the carrier he's with starts carrying 32GB S4s. It's easier to do a workaround on the actual phone than it is to work his way out of the contract and carrier.

    I'm not sure why the others don't carry 32GB but I'm sure it's more than them not being able to "afford the options". Especially Verizon.
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    Suda. Thank you. You nailed my situation. I am with Verizon and they only offer the 16 gig version. I would never buy the smallest version of any device. My point is simple. Samsung and Verizon both advertise this device as a 16 gig phone when in all actuality it is 7 at best. It would be the same as a car dealer telling you that a SUV they have is an 8 passenger vehicle and then you buy it and they fill 4 of the seats with non removable crap that you don't want and didn't buy but you're still stuck with it. Don't list it as 16 gig when you're only allowed half. Just my opinion
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    Poorly worded by me, since the point is get a device with 32gb, which in turn could mean waiting. The word afford means more than monetary references. I this case, offer it as part of their product mix. Will stick with my 32gb S3 until if ever a 32 S4 is offered.
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    this is why i switched to at&t. because verizon treats you like a second class citizen. not only do they not offer every phone, but they give you gimped versions of every phone they do release. not to mention, i wanted the 32gb, because like op, i didnt want to run out of room somewhere down the line.
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