Samsung Galaxy S4 Specs: Not Cracked Up To Be 'Memory'-able?

By Matthew Klickstein , Apr 16, 2013 01:59 PM EDT
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With everyone lusting after the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy S4, or "the next big thing," as Samsung puts it, it's hard to insert any criticism. But, while we're on the subject, we might as well point out that for the money you'll be spending on the S4, the value when it comes to memory for the handset will probably end up being pretty unmemorable as time goes on.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 definitely has some unique features and sounds like it's going to be one heck of a smartphone. Folks are still loving their Samsung Galaxy S3 phones, not to mention other Samsung products like the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. And, yet, we can't help but wonder if that whole memory situation isn't something to consider before purchasing an S4 upon its release.

As Forbes points out, going from 16GB to 32GB on your Samsung Galaxy S4 costs $50, as is going from 32GB to 64GB. It costs double that to upgrade your memory in the same way with your iPhone, so at least the S4 memory upgrade is cheaper in this regard.

Forbes is right, though, in determining that though the Samsung Galaxy S4 is cheaper than the iPhone when it comes to upgrading memory, it's still a shoddy value for what you're paying for, overall. This is why the publication points to Android phones having the addition of a SD expansion card slot. iPhones don't have this, Forbes reminds us.

"The addition of a slot for SD expansion cards (specifically microSDXC cards up to 64 GB) means that you can bump the base 16 GB model up to more storage than the 64GB model not for $100, but for less than $50," Forbes says. "And you have a certain amount of redundancy in  the system as well in terms of storage you can remove, a place where pictures and backup files can reside, and a way for files to be moved around without having to play around with cables or network connections."

Before you get your hands on a Samsung Galaxy S4, it may indeed be a good idea to consider finding ways to make sure your phone and "peripherals" cost less while having "more flexibility in operation," as Forbes puts it.

"Count me in with the 'low-end storage and high capacity SD card' crowd," Forbes concludes. Seems the publication may have a point there.

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