Recently there's been quite a bit of talk regarding the GALAXY S 4 and its internal storage. The device is now readily available from AT&T and a few other US carriers, but owners are finding something they don't like. Users that ran down to AT&T to snag a shiny new 16GB model were unhappy when they noticed only 8.8GB of storage available. The rest was all already being used.
When you buy a 16GB Galaxy S 4 to find out only 8GB or so is available, it's understandable that you'd be a bit upset. However, you can always add a micro-SD card for more, which most devices don't offer. The issue here being that all those apps coming out of the box take up plenty of storage. Samsung's simply said you get “more powerful features” with the S4, and that's the cause for the storage used.
All those amazing S-features we've been hearing about for the past few weeks are all taking up storage. Add TouchWiz changes and carrier bloat to stock Android and we're using a decent amount of that 16GB of storage. Then add S-Voice, S-Health, Dual-Shot, Eye-scroll, Eye-pause and all of those fancy and nifty features to the mix, and that internal storage starts to drain.
Essentially, it's the price you'll have to pay for new features. This is why we can't have nice things folks! Because people will always find something to be unhappy about. For a comparison, all the pre-loaded apps and features use almost an entire 1GB more than the Galaxy S III before it. Don't worry though folks. You still have the option for the 32GB model, or just spend $50 or so and get a 64GB micro-SD card and end this little argument right now. More details in our full GALAXY S 4 Review.