32GB Galaxy S6 and S6 edge have just over 23GB storage free
As we all know though, the amount of storage you actually have access to in the end is smaller than the number on the box. On the 32GB models of the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge — in our case T-Mobile versions — which are the base models of each, you'll find about 23.5GB available on first boot. That's after signing into a Google account and updating all of the pre-installed apps from the Play Store, which presumably anyone who opens up a new Galaxy S6 will do.
Having 23 of 32GB free is about the industry standard, and what we saw on the HTC One M9 as well. If you extrapolate what we see on our own 32GB Galaxy S6, that means you can expect to see about 55GB free on the 64GB model, and 119GB free on the 128GB model. Of course manufacturers always fudge these numbers just a bit considering formatted capacities are different on each storage model — and the software changes depending on the region and carrier will hit that number as well.
It's hard to be upset with those available capacities, particularly with the smaller 16GB model now being off the table completely. Of course this just won't replace the ability to pop in an SDcard for some people out there, but for most it'll be a worthwhile trade off.
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32GB for User Storage and apps you install yourself You will still lose storage to formatting (like any drive would), but you won't lose it to GB of FW, Bundled and Preloaded Apps/Bloatware, and Space being Marked for "System" so the device can receive FW updates in the future. I personally don't think Google should be designing their OS to cater to tinkerers os whether that makes it harder for rooters or whatever to do what they want to do with the device... that should not be important.
I personally have no interest in this phone as I love my swappable battery and SD...
I mean, there are already Android One phones that have just 4 GB of internal storage...
It's a minimal Android flavor, no?
I don't know. Something doesn't look right here. And even for IOS with less features than Android I'd expect to see less space being used by the OS.
In reality 1GB= 1024 Bytes × 1024 KiloBytes × 1024 MegaBytes
So a 32GB is really:
> 32÷(1024)3 = 2.98023
Then you multiply 2.98023 by 1000 (3 times)
> 2.98023 × (1000)3 = 29.8GB
So in that 29.8GB it has to be separated into partitions such as recovery, system and so forth.
So the free space available for the S6 seem reasonable to me. Also what I've realised most of the nexus fans don't really knowwhat they're talking about, they just repeat what the haters say.
How can you cram the system, data, cache etc files on 1GB space and leave 28.8GB for the users? It's just impossible.
That's why most of the times I don't argue with nexus fanboys cause their talking points are the same.
I'm using the phone to post this so forgive me for any spelling mistakes. “Be together, not the same”