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[5]: Crazy
by umccullough on Wed 30th Jan 2013 18:58 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Crazy"
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I don't see why a couple of you can't see that this analogy is near perfect. Guess you don't do your own laundry, put your clothes away when they're clean, cook your own food, etc. When you move to your own place and start doing all this yourself, you'll finally understand what I'm talking about. ;) ;)

In the case of Windows Surface tablets - you don't even get a choice. You're stuck with what they supply on the tablet. Same with iOS devices, android tablets, and most smartphones.

That's the difference. These aren't generic storage devices that you can fill up however you need/want - these are devices which come preloaded with crap you can't get rid of, even if you don't need/want it.

This is why there needs to be a distinction between storage space and available storage space for such devices.

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