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    Default How much storage does your OS actually use?

    Here's a pretty nice visual of what our OS's use and how the iPhone compares to other devices on the market. Really sucks for those Galaxy S users...

    Last edited by SeanHRCC; 01-24-2014 at 02:30 PM.
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    Default Re: How much storage does your OS actually use?

    Samsung really is bloated, what could they possibly put on there that takes up 4GB?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sting7k View Post
    Samsung really is bloated, what could they possibly put on there that takes up 4GB?
    Samsung's touchwiz is a heavy skin. As you can see on the nexus 5, pure android is 2nd to the iPhone 5c and before the 5s, so android stock by itself is low but decent and straight to the point; if you put a overlay like what they have with touchwiz this happens. I won't say the same thing for HTC with the HTC One because they did a wonderful job with sense 5, it compares to iOS and runs flawlessly; you wouldn't even know it's an overlay. With all the things Samsung offers with their phone (hand gestures, etc) this is to be expected because they've yet to master how to have it run flawlessly, let alone worry about storage; that's why they throw SDHD cards at you.


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    I was thinking that but still my mind is blown that they waste 4GB on mindless features. I wish they had compared the Moto X.

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    Wow that's crazy.
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    Default Re: How much storage does your OS actually use?

    iPhone 5C and 5S have no expandable memory, so in fact they feel the brunt of a lack of memory more than the Galaxy S4, technically speaking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedygi View Post
    iPhone 5C and 5S have no expandable memory, so in fact they feel the brunt of a lack of memory more than the Galaxy S4, technically speaking.
    That's my only major issue with owning an iPhone. I've got my Note 3 as my primary because it's got 32gb of onboard but I've got a 64gb memory card. It's not noticeable when the OS takes up more room internally because all of my media is stored externally via card.

    That and I like touchwiz. If the phone has at least 2gb of RAM, you'll never witness lag. It's actually quite useful once you make full use of it. =)

    However, for calls and one handed use, my 5c is perfect too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Septembersrain#AC View Post
    That's my only major issue with owning an iPhone. I've got my Note 3 as my primary because it's got 32gb of onboard but I've got a 64gb memory card. It's not noticeable when the OS takes up more room internally because all of my media is stored externally via card.

    That and I like touchwiz. If the phone has at least 2gb of RAM, you'll never witness lag. It's actually quite useful once you make full use of it. =)

    However, for calls and one handed use, my 5c is perfect too.
    And you know, you could even move all your apps to the SD card if you want..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedygi View Post
    And you know, you could even move all your apps to the SD card if you want..

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    Nope, not with the latest android versions. SD cards can only be used for music, videos, & pictures, apps can't be stored on the SD card due to performance reasons.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Septembersrain#AC View Post
    That's my only major issue with owning an iPhone. I've got my Note 3 as my primary because it's got 32gb of onboard but I've got a 64gb memory card. It's not noticeable when the OS takes up more room internally because all of my media is stored externally via card.

    That and I like touchwiz. If the phone has at least 2gb of RAM, you'll never witness lag. It's actually quite useful once you make full use of it. =)

    However, for calls and one handed use, my 5c is perfect too.
    Do you notice lag when access photos or whatever else from your expandable memory on your note or is it seamless? Just curious.


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    I wonder what is on the 5s that takes up more storage that is not on the 5c. Software code for Touch ID?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Darryl Brian View Post
    Do you notice lag when access photos or whatever else from your expandable memory on your note or is it seamless? Just curious.


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    For me it's seamless. The phone flows quite nicely. I have no issues with backing into and out of folders. It's just as fast as my iPhone. My only qualm is that the radio isn't as reinforced as it is on the iPhone so I get call quality issues. I also look ridiculous holding it up to my ear....







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    Quote Originally Posted by acerace113 View Post
    Nope, not with the latest android versions. SD cards can only be used for music, videos, & pictures, apps can't be stored on the SD card due to performance reasons.


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    I can move my apps to SD card on my Galaxy S4. No issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedygi View Post
    http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/01/26/2e7y5epa.jpg

    I can move my apps to SD card on my Galaxy S4. No issues.

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    Stock or rooted?


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    Quote Originally Posted by acerace113 View Post
    Stock or rooted?


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    Stock, non modified in any way. 4.3 Android touchwiz.

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    I wonder if they did those comparisons with unlocked phones or carrier phones. I love my Note 3 but man between Samsung and Verizon there is so much useless stuff on there I will never use.
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    So the iPhone 5S OS takes up about 4 gigs... wow. So I guess my iPhone will only have 28.
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    Default Re: How much storage does your OS actually use?

    Even though it's a 16 GB phones here they really don't have 16 GB of storage it's more like 15.x of total storage. The OS then takes up part of it then whatever is left is "user available" storage. My 64 GB 5S has a total of 59.7 GB of storage but after the OS gets installed there is only 56.7 GB of user storage available. My 32 GB 4S has a total of 29.81 GB of storage, after installing iOS 7 it had 27.98 GB of user storage.


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    Default Re: How much storage does your OS actually use?

    My BlackBerry Z30 and most other devices listed here have SD cards to expand memory. My SD card holds all my videos ans pictures which all gets uploaded to my laptop and cloud storage. Not really a huge issue. I have over 9gb left on my device and I have all the apps I use on a daily basis.

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