One of the latest complaints regarding the Galaxy S4 is the fact that Samsung has pre-loaded the internal memory with almost 8 GB of system files. This includes the system files but also bloatware. If you get your phone carrier-branded it's possible it has even more memory loaded with pre-installed apps. Samsung knows about this complaint and has made a public statement to defend itself. Apparently the 16 GB Galaxy S4 model has 6.85 GB of system files occupied from the internal memory, and this is only to provide better features to the users and also high resolution display. It's not really clear how this affects memory though. Additionally, they finished the statement by saying that they have introduced the micro SD card slot for memory extension. So basically, they are telling you that if you want memory you need to buy an sd card. Is this really a good solution? However, there is a little thing that Samsung seems to have forgotten, or maybe not. Samsung doesn't allow you to install apps on the sd card. So you will only be able to use the card for movies, photos and audio files. Meanwhile this may seem ok for most users, but what if you like gaming and you decide to install a few 1+ GB games. You will be faced with a huge problem when you'll see there's no more internal memory. What do you think? Should Samsung sell the Galaxy S4 as an 8GB phone or a 16GB device?
What's my model number?
There are several ways to locate your model number:
- Option 1
- On your device, go to Settings, then "About device" and scroll down to "Model number"
- Option 2
- Often times you can view the model number inside the device, by removing the battery
- Option 3
- Using Samsung's model/serial number location tool