Actual Storage

With so many phones available and so many different memory options, one thing everyone would like to know is what is the actual usable internal storage of your phone. The vendors advertise 4, 8, 16, 32 and 64GB models of their phones but do they actual contain this amount of usable memory? Or is this ia marketing gimic with the actual memory being much lesser. Well today we will take a look at some of the most popular phones and tablets and see how much actual usable storage they actually have.

Phone Model Advertised Memory (GB) Actual Memory (GB) % Free
iPhone 5 16 13.8 86%
iPhone 5 32 28 88%
iPhone 5 64 57.2 89%
iPhone 4 8 6.46 81%
iPhone 4 16 13.59 85%
iPad 16 14.28 89%
iPad 32 28.5 89%
iPad 64 59.5 93%
Nexus 4 16 12 75%
Nexus 4 8 5.3 66%
Galaxy Note 2 16 10.36 65%
Galaxy Note 16 11.5 72%
Galaxy SIII 16 11.35 71%
Galaxy SIII 32 26.2 82%
Galaxy SII 16 11.5 72%
Galaxy S Duos 4 1.78 45%
Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 8 4.5 56%
HTC One X 32 26 81%
HTC One S 16 10.2 64%
HTC EVO 4G 4 1.1 28%
HTC Thunderbolt 8 2.5 31%
Razr Maxx 16 8 50%
Razr Maxx 32 24 75%
MS Surface 32 16 50%
MS Surface 64 45 70%
Lumia 510 4 2.8 70%
Lumia 920 32 28.6 89%
Lumia 620 8 6.21 78%

The question is where does this memory go? Do the mobile phone vendors “cheat” us and include lesser memory than advertised. Well this is both true and false. It is true in the sense that yes when a company advertises a phone as being 16GB it should have 16GB for you to use. However it is false in the fact that the phone that is advertised as 16GB actually does have 16GB memory but the system, partions and kernel take up a significant amount of memory.

How much is the actual usable internal storage of your phone? Do post in the comments below. Thanks

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  1. really disappointed to find out that the actual usable internal space on this phone is only 8 gb which is half of the advertised capacity (16gb) because almost 8gb of the space is wasted in the space taken by the operating system and third party apps.

    • That is reality and I guess the more dissapointing part is that the manufacturers don’t bother telling the users how much memory will be available to them…

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