We demand a lot a from our smartphones, and especially when shopping for a new one, we’re looking to be wowed. That places a lot of pressure on cramming in feature after feature, and while that may lend itself to an impressive demo on the salesroom floor, all too often we end up with a phone packing more cutesie little tricks than we’ll actually make good use of, and all the software that’s behind these abilities ends up wasting space on our phones. About a month ago, we saw a chart breaking-down just how much space was free on a number of 16GB smartphones, fresh from the manufacturer, ranging from the positively lightweight iPhone 5C (with 12.6GB out of 16GB available), to the outright bloated Galaxy S 4 (8.56GB free). Will Samsung do things differently with the Galaxy S 5? Don’t count on it, as it sure looks like the smartphone will ship with its internal storage more than half-filled with pre-installed software.
The 16GB Galaxy S 5 models Samsung has been showing off since yesterday’s launch event report having under 8GB free – 7.86GB, in at least one case, and we’ve also heard claims of lower figures. Might the software on these demo units differ slightly from what ultimately ships? Sure, that’s very possible, but it’s looking likely that the GS5 will still manage to outdo the GS4 in terms of bloat.
All is not lost, as there’s always microSD expansion (not to mention the availability of GS5s with more internal storage to begin with), and it’s not like this is a sea change – more the next logical step for a company that was already used to loading its flagship Android with software. Still, this is an annoyance, and one we’re not sure we’re likely to see OEMs go out of their way to avoid anytime soon.