Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 30th Jan 2013 00:38 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Marco Arment: "Everyone should play by the same rules. A proposal: storage capacities referenced or implied in the names or advertisements for personal computers, tablets, and smartphones should not exceed the amount of space available for end-user installation of third-party applications and data, after enough software has been installed to enable all commonly advertised functionality. With today's OSes, iPads could advertise capacities no larger than 12, 28, 60, and 124 GB and the Surface Pros could be named 23 and 83 GB." Wholly agreed. When I buy a box of 100 staples, I expect it to contain ~100 staples - not 50 because the other 50 are holding the box together.
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by Ravyne on Wed 30th Jan 2013 02:53 UTC
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I agree it would be nice to move to 'proper' gigibytes (that is to say, 1024^3 x 8 bits), especially as that's the natural base unit for flash memory. SSD vendors have been good (rightly so) about advertising total chip space less space reserved for redundancy.

I agree also that for things like tablets, phones, music players, etc. they should have to disclose the amount of usable space (say, space left with all default software and content, and space left with all optional stuff removed) on the packaging in some plainly-visible, back-of-the-box type location.

But it goes to far to try to account for the space consumed by various software distributions, file formats, etc.

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