You see a smartphone advertised as having 16GB of storage capacity, but when you check available space, right out of the box, you find that no smartphone actually delivers that much capacity.
But both Apple’s iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s offer among the most advertised space out of the box, while Samsung’s Galaxy S4 comes in last place.
According to a study by Which, Apple’s iPhone 5c ranks first in available storage for 16GB smartphones, with 12.6GB of space, or 79% of its advertised storage capacity. The company’s flagship iPhone 5s grabbed third with 12.2GB, or 76% of its advertised capacity available. The Google Nexus 5 tucked in between the two for second, with 12.28GB of space, 77% of its 16GB of storage.
Which says the Samsung Galaxy S4 comes in dead last with a mere 54%, or 8.56GB available. The publication speculates that the extra space is taken up by the customized software Samsung includes on its flagship handset.
To be fair, it must be noted that the Galaxy S4 does allow the use of microSD cards to boost its available memory, allowing storage to be increased up to 64GB. iPhone and Nexus 5 owners are stuck with the storage space as it comes out of the box.