Most smartphones nowadays come with either 16GB or 32GB storage options, with some phones offering as low as 8GB and even as high 64GB. However, what’s advertised is not what users actually get, because the mobile OS takes up some of that storage space right off the bat. It turns out that the iPhone 5c offers the most available storage after it’s all said and done, with Samsung’s Galaxy S4 offering the least available storage.
12.6GB out of the 16GB of storage on the iPhone 5c is usable, while only 8.56GB out of the 16GB of storage on the Galaxy S4 is usable. Other smartphones that made the top of the list include Google’s Nexus 5 with 12.28GB of usable storage, the iPhone 5s with 12.2GB and Sony’s Xperia Z1 with 11.43GB of usable storage.
Of course, the Galaxy S4 has the benefit of stuffing in a microSD card to boost the storage, as does the Xperia Z1, but the rest of the phones listed don’t have that luxury, including the LG G2, which has only 10.37GB of usable storage with the 16GB version.
Frankly, it’s not surprising to see iPhones, as well as the Nexus 5, leading the pack, since they offer very little bloatware, if any at all, which leaves room for a lot of usable storage right off the bat. Samsung, on the other hand, bogs down storage space with its TouchWiz user interface and a heap of pre-loaded apps that no one will ever use.
Granted, there are ways to delete all that crap and get close to the stock Android experience, but it usually requires rooting and flashing a stock Android ROM, which most folks don’t know how to do. Otherwise, you could get the Google Play Edition of the Galaxy S4, which comes with a completely stock Android experience and probably leaves more usable storage for you to dabble around with.