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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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by Bishi on Wed 30th Jan 2013 09:35 UTC in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
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Amazon solves this issue pretty well with their Kindles. When I bought a Kindle 4, specs showed storage as "2 GB total storage space, 1.2 GB available for user content". That way there is no confusion.

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Wed 30th Jan 2013 09:44 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
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Yes, that's pretty clear, but what happens if the system software gets updates? Or does the kindle have 2 separate storage areas for system software and user content?

Selling stuff telling how much storage space is free for the user sounds nice, but it will become confusing once the products receives updates and the numbers change.

I know it sucks to buy a 16 GB flash drive and finding out it can't hold 15 GB of data, but it is even more confusing when a storage medium can not hold only less, but also more than advertised depending on what it is used for, what filesystem you are using and if it holds an operating system what updates do to available storage.

Right now most people (should) know that a storage medium has less free space than advertised. That's not cool, but it's easy to remember and be aware off.

But I do think this Microsoft Surface thing makes this more complicated, because there is now a huge difference between advertised storage space and actual useable.

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RE[3]: Comment by MOS6510
by Bishi on Wed 30th Jan 2013 10:12 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510"
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If an update changes the user space available, you simply change the specs. If changing the available user space is something expected, the specs should also point that out.

As you say, this issue isn't very important when the space taken isn't relevant (no one complains when Windows 8 uses 20 GB in a 1 TB HDD). But advertising 64 GB and leaving only 23 GB for users isn't fair. Same with the 8 GB Nexus 7, it only leaves out 5,5 GB free.

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