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Samsung needs to stop making phones with 8GB of storage

Samsung recently announced the Galaxy J2 (2016), and I have been using the device as my primary phone for the last couple of days. A budget smartphone always comes with a slew of limitations, but my biggest gripe with the Galaxy J2 (2016) has been its limited storage space. I’ve been bombarded by “you’re running out of storage space” messages since the first day, and during the initial day or two, most of my time was spent moving apps to the external SD card and uninstalling anything that I didn’t absolutely need.

It’s not like 8GB of storage is absolutely bad, but Samsung’s software takes up a lot of space for system files. Also, the company’s collaboration with Microsoft means you get preloaded versions of Skype, Word and a few other apps, all of which take more than 100 MB of storage out of the box. Then there’s the fact that Android doesn’t properly support installing apps on the external storage (Marshmallow made things better, but some of an app’s data still resides on the internal storage). Oh, and Samsung has also decided adoptable storage isn’t a feature people need – we agree it’s not necessary on a high-end device, but cheap smartphones would benefit from giving users the option to use a feature like adoptable storage.

Limited storage makes life especially hard for us reviewers. My J2 (2016) only has around 500 MB of free space available, and to test any high-end game/one with a large amount of data, I will be forced to remove a couple of other apps from the phone. But the thing is, I’m already only using apps that are essential for me. Even for a regular user, that doesn’t bode well, and as I see it the Galaxy J2 (2016) is only good for folks who can live their life with Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp and will never install anything else on their phone.

I get it, Samsung. No matter what happens, you can’t really make feature-packed phones like the Chinese OEMs do at low price points, but there is no reason to limit people to such a low amount of storage in this day and age. You make your own chips and using at least 16GB chips would barely affect your profit margins. It would, however, go a long way in improving the user experience. Folks who buy budget phones like to use apps like everyone else, and just 8GB of storage is no longer viable for anyone but the most basic smartphone users.

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Razarock
Razarock

Another problem rom doesn’t have ICE emergency contact and contact groups it’s needed to be fixed

suman LICI
suman LICI

Actually Samsung Galaxy On7 has an in-built storage which is huge. This storage can store a lot of information and data without SD card for maybe 2 years or more. How?
Go to settings -> Click Application Manager -> Tap More options at the top right of the screen -> Select Uninstall Updates -> Wait for a while -> After awhile choose force stop. Done. Uninstall apps that you don’t need. Eg. Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Power point, Google apps, Samsung Apps etc.

Then Go to storage. and see for yourself.

Solun
Solun

Come one, no one who buys a budget phone needs all the storage, they have a SD card for that. If you want to play games, you need a good phone anyway and that comes with a minimum of 16 GB (who can´t afford to buy the S3 with 16 GB internal for like 100€?). Seriously…

chandoli21
chandoli21

Maybe 16GB means no problem, but 8GB smartphone means roughly only 4GB is available without any personal data including apps and photos. For me, the internal storage was full (8GB phone) without installing any games before running commands using adb to use adoptable storage. Using the adoptable storage almost 15% of the internal storage became free.
And not all the apps are movable to sd card so some apps do take the internal storage.

chandoli21
chandoli21

Some people want the latest OS but old phones like S3 runs only till KitKat… 8GB phones such as J3 runs on marshmallow in South Korea.

unknowndreams
unknowndreams

Samsung should stop making all kinds of phones! They are going back to their old habit! They need to stick with their S-line, Note-line, A-series, and maybe J- and C- series. BUT THATS IT.

chandoli21
chandoli21

I think Samsung should bring this feature back…

SAMgalaxyXXX
SAMgalaxyXXX

I completely agree with the author!!

chandoli21
chandoli21

I have Galaxy J3 2016 but I made my SD card as an adoptable storage by using commands with a computer.

bluedragon12
bluedragon12

on lollipop? if yes please give me the commands.. (adb,right?)

chandoli21
chandoli21

Only on Marshmallow. Make sure that the sd card is backed up before doing this, as the sd card will be formatted. 1. Download minimal adb and fastboot (from xda). 2. Run the program. 3. On your phone, go to Settings>About Device>Software Info and tap on the build number several times. 4. After the developer options are enabled, go there and enable usb debugging. 5. Connect your phone to the computer and then allow the access to the phone if needed. 6. On the program, type: adb shell sm list-disks 7. See the ID of the disk displayed. 8. Type… Read more »

shajahanali93
shajahanali93

absolutely right!!!. this is horrible. it’s also make me angry.

sanayp
sanayp

If budget phones have 32gb as standard and the price is same then I will buy.

mcpaz
mcpaz

it’s 2016, and I think we can live with 32GB (even without the “real” need of an SD card). But even 16 are not enough anymore. I’m struggling with my S4 to try and extend its life… and it’s really an effort I don’t know if it’s worth it… ‘cos I have my working phone (s6, 32GB), with all apps I need and still 6+ free GB.

Galaxy2Alex
Galaxy2Alex

They should also stop making phones with 16GB. After all, it’s 2016.

stondec
stondec

Why would anyone buy a phone with just 8gb of storage.
IMO the most basic phones should have no less than 32gb of storage, and high end phones should have at least 64gb if they support mucroSD or at least 128GB if they don’t support microSD.

Sarper94
Sarper94

Yes and their price’s will be 2 times more.

A Sweaty Womble
A Sweaty Womble

Only the best future phones have support for “mucroSD”. xD