1. Nashstruck's Avatar
    Guys, planning on purchasing the phone. Blackberry apps tend to be 750KB - 1MB on average, I was wondering if 16GB on a SGS3 is sufficient for apps? And how much space out of the 16GB is usable for apps?
    For example, Blackberry 9900 might have 8GB capacity, but app storage is only 750MB (and the OS takes up 500MB of that!)

    Thanks
    05-25-2012 12:44 PM
  2. jcp007's Avatar
    Going for 32GB version and adding a 64GB. With a possible 2GB of RAM, why worry?
    05-26-2012 08:20 AM
  3. Mark_C's Avatar
    Guys, planning on purchasing the phone. Blackberry apps tend to be 750KB - 1MB on average, I was wondering if 16GB on a SGS3 is sufficient for apps? And how much space out of the 16GB is usable for apps?
    For example, Blackberry 9900 might have 8GB capacity, but app storage is only 750MB (and the OS takes up 500MB of that!)

    Thanks
    As I understand it you'll have about 11Gb free on the phone (can anyone verify?)
    App size varies, but all app sizes are listed on play store, take a look : http://play.google.com
    05-26-2012 09:18 AM
  4. onlyoneromeo's Avatar
    Yes but doesn't the pics and everything else you save use the same memory on this phone? With a phone that takes hd pics and video you will run out of space fast.
    05-28-2012 08:17 AM
  5. Nashstruck's Avatar
    Yes but doesn't the pics and everything else you save use the same memory on this phone? With a phone that takes hd pics and video you will run out of space fast.
    Exactly what I'm worried about. On my 32GB iPad, I've got 10GB worth of apps, pics and music and 16GB space remaining. And it's been just 1 year. I'm sure I'll fill it up to 32GB by the time the new, new iPad comes out.

    So I'm going to wait for the 32GB I think. I hope it's out to most operators by August, which is when I play on purchasing the phone.
    05-28-2012 09:23 AM
  6. MOTH477's Avatar
    Exactly what I'm worried about. On my 32GB iPad, I've got 10GB worth of apps, pics and music and 16GB space remaining. And it's been just 1 year. I'm sure I'll fill it up to 32GB by the time the new, new iPad comes out.

    So I'm going to wait for the 32GB I think. I hope it's out to most operators by August, which is when I play on purchasing the phone.
    It's a good idea to go with the 32GB because if you were to get a 64GB SD card then that would give you over 90GB. However, Samsung is throwing in 50GB of cloud storage. So if you go with the 16GB you could use part of the 50GB to store stuff that you don't access as frequent. Personally, I have to have all my data on my device. For some people cloud works for them. I have 18GB worth of music that I want to have all the time. I have my pics and some HD videos. I currently have 6GB left on my 32GB SD card. I like the idea of getting the 32GB then expanding with a 64GB card.
    05-29-2012 01:31 PM
  7. v1rtu4l's Avatar
    don't be afraid. the 16 gb variant should suffice.

    the 11 GB partitionf or apps + media is correct. you can install the apps into that partition and simply insert a sd card of your liking for the other media stuff...

    most apps will be between 1mb and 20mb. games (if they are 3d) can be up to 900mb, but they are really rare (at least the big ones).

    11GB for apps will leave enough space for a lot of pictures and videos...

    i got my galaxy s2 since nearly a year 8 month now and i have not even come to 2 GB of apps. don't worry

    any comparision with an ipad is moot since you can easly upgrade the storage on your GS3 by 64 GB
    05-29-2012 02:04 PM
  8. Crispy's Avatar
    Since the phone has an sdcard, 16GB should be more than enough. You can pay a premium for the 32GB version which will have faster memory and more storage potential, or just add an sdcard later if you run out of space.
    05-29-2012 02:22 PM
  9. moosc's Avatar
    If the trend sticks u only get 2gb strickly for apps nothing else goes on it. I have over 300 apps and barely top 1gb. Also never by a smart phone with less then 32gb. 16gb isn't enough for today's movies and photos.

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Xparent Cyan Tapatalk 2
    05-29-2012 02:26 PM
  10. v1rtu4l's Avatar
    If the trend sticks u only get 2gb strickly for apps nothing else goes on it. I have over 300 apps and barely top 1gb. Also never by a smart phone with less then 32gb. 16gb isn't enough for today's movies and photos.

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Xparent Cyan Tapatalk 2
    please get your facts straight before posting. the galaxy s3 does have one 11 GB partition for Apps + Media.

    older devices had a dedicated 2 GB partition for apps only (like the GS2) but the GS3 has 11 GB for apps...
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    05-29-2012 04:00 PM
  11. wynand32's Avatar
    The app storage limitation was a function of Gingerbread and earlier Android versions, if I'm not mistaken. ICS makes no distinction between app and other storage (actually, that started with Honeycomb).
    05-29-2012 04:29 PM
  12. Jerry Hildenbrand's Avatar
    please get your facts straight before posting. the galaxy s3 does have one 11 GB partition for Apps + Media.

    older devices had a dedicated 2 GB partition for apps only (like the GS2) but the GS3 has 11 GB for apps...
    Source?
    This means that every time you connect the phone to a computer you'll need to use two different connection methods on the same USB port -- MTP for unified storage and UMS for SD card storage.
    05-29-2012 04:34 PM
  13. v1rtu4l's Avatar
    i am too lazy for a source right now, but if you choose the keywords "galaxy s3 app partition" or something you will find it.

    the connection methods are only MTP (default) and PTP. which means the storage for apps (+media since it's the same partition) is mounted by the phone and to the pc simultaneously


    //EDIT// not that lazy afterall
    as per supecurio's report the whole internal sd is shared for both user data nd data, so we will be having the whole 11.5 gb

    here the link to the report... go to the misc paragraph
    05-29-2012 04:51 PM
  14. jcp007's Avatar
    It is totally up to you. I am leaning toward the 32 GB with the 32 GB micro sd card from my 9810 and if I need more, I can expand to the 64 GB. Newb question....doesn't accessing the cloud drain the battery more?
    05-29-2012 04:53 PM
  15. Jerry Hildenbrand's Avatar
    i am too lazy for a source right now, but if you choose the keywords "galaxy s3 app partition" or something you will find it.

    the connection methods are only MTP (default) and PTP. which means the storage for apps (+media since it's the same partition) is mounted by the phone and to the pc simultaneously


    //EDIT// not that lazy afterall



    here the link to the report... go to the misc paragraph
    Interesting. I'm very curious to see how the phone handles the SD card mounting. It has to be UMS. We'll shoot an email off to someone on the product team at Samsung and see what they have to say about it.
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    05-29-2012 05:02 PM
  16. v1rtu4l's Avatar
    what is so interesting about that ? MTP is the only way to keep the filesystem (which is ext4 btw) mounted to the system and accessible via USB.

    only the old mass storage mode (which was block-level access to the disk, which meant you could actually format it) was problematic in regards of apps installed on it, while MTP gives only abstract file access which means "access for everyone" =)
    05-29-2012 05:08 PM
  17. moosc's Avatar
    The way android ics is when u plug your into PC is media device(MTP) and camera(ptp) and all your going to see your media files not protected files like apps and core os.

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    05-29-2012 05:28 PM
  18. v1rtu4l's Avatar
    samsungs mtp implemention on the galaxy s2 does show you all files, (even those in /android/data/appname*), but of course there is the possibility that this is changed to only display a certain kind of filetype to prevent pirating. knowing samsungs stance towards flashing and modding i guess it will stay as it is, which is "you can see everything via mtp".

    we have to remember that this is only the partition for /data which is in shared use for apps and media, not the root (/) filesystem with folders like system in it. those folders will still not be accessible by usb connection
    05-29-2012 05:57 PM
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