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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by malter, Jul 7, 2013.

  1. malter

    malter New Member
    Thread Starter

    Jul 7, 2013

    I want to buy the S4 and noticed that the 32GB version is much more expensive than the 16GB version with an extension card of 16GB.

    Is this because the space on the extension card cannot be merged with the 16GB in the phone?

    I just want to store the data of an offline map application and a few games on it and i want to use the extension card to store at least most of the data on it (I want to buy a 64GB one).



  2. argedion

    argedion The TechnoFrog

    Jun 20, 2011
    The Infernal Swamp
    Hello and Welcome to the Forums We're Glad you're here :)

    Its really not a question of merging but how do they seam together. I have a 32 gig on my Moto Razr M and myne works seamlessly through it.

    Most real app and app data are stored in the /data partition you would need root and a program like Link2SD to move apps and data to storage rather than data.
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  3. malter

    malter New Member
    Thread Starter

    Jul 7, 2013
    Hello argedion,

    Thanks for the reply.

    I will buy the 16 GB version and an extension card.

    I do not really understand why the price for the 32 GB is so high and people are buying it - "losing" the extension slot should not be such a big problem.
  4. funkylogik

    funkylogik share the love peeps ;)

    Sep 15, 2011
    Paisley, Scotland, Western Europe
    On the s4, only about 9GB of the 16 is usable because the rest is full of the phones firmware and without a bit of hacking, apps cant be put on the SD card but as long as you arent a big gamer, 9GB should be enough for apps.
    Aparently samsung are gona put out a firmware update allowing apps to be saved to the SD though :thumbup:
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  5. DonB

    DonB ♡ Spidey Sense !! ♡ ™

    Nov 30, 2009
    18th Hole Of the Golf Course
    Moved here as you will get more responses from Samsung user, rather then the generic AL section, cheers and good luck on your purchase.
  6. alextop30

    alextop30 Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2010
    security and surveillance and finance
    Windy City of Chicago
    Here are a few things I know!

    1. 32gig card is 16 dollars for class 4! I know it's not as fast as class 10 but it still does the job.
    2. Root your phone and you can move stuff to your SD card. If you need to store something that is going to be accessed often get a class 10 card! You should root to delete bloat anyway!
    3. You cannot merge space off different partitions, SD cards are a mounted external storage on your phone with a different address. The on board storage of the phone is at a different location!
  7. rushmore

    rushmore Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2008
    Based on the cleaner roms out so far, there is only a 500mb savings from the stock firmware. Cutting below that tends to impact stability of the device, so will be a while for roms to evolve past this. Getting the Google version for firmware might yield more- when stable for other S4 models.

    Seems real simple to me. If you have only about six GB of apps on your current device, the 9gb 16 model will probably be fine (with apps2sd update). If you have a 32GB now, and are anywhere near 9GB, you probably will not be.

    Seems better to get the $100 more device (or $50 more if paying full). Look at the total cost of time and effort. With the 32GB version, you are DONE. No rooting or other issues like waiting for a dev that may NEVER support data to sd. Seems the $50 or even $100 is a bargain from this perspective. No jumping through hoops (and perhaps bricking/tripping) since already 15GB more storage that is also faster.

    From a true total cost standpoint, IF you have many apps, the 32GB verison seems an absolute no brainer. Even if you root, it seems to make more sense. Less issues to deal with.

    Added: That reminds me of an assertion someone made that their sd card is faster than internal for app performace. An obvious placebo, since the device caches for operation of apps in the internal storage, regardless of where the app is. This would mean that even IF the sd card were faster than internal, the bottleneck is still the slowest part of the direct chain/path to the chipset (the internal storage is more direct to the chipset).

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