- 12-07-2012, 03:19 PM #1
Lately I've been considering the Htc 8S as my next phone. Ya I know its really low end and all but its the only WP8 available to me. I can deal with the omission of NFC and a couple other things, but the paltry storage is definitely a deal breaker for me. My question is, to what extent does WP8 utilize the micro sd card functionality? Can you store applications and games on an SD card, or only music and video? This is crucial for me as I will definitely have more than 4 gb of applications and games. Thanks in advance for any replies
- 12-07-2012, 04:08 PM #2
- 12-11-2012, 08:08 AM #9
WP Central App
Bus Times App
Cinema Times App
Cut The Rope
2 other small free games
So I got 19 apps and 3 games and have 400MB free. Now bare in mind thats not a lot and I chose not to install another 5 that I want that I use a fair bit. Now also remember all those apps will download data and cache data as you use them. So that 400MB free will go in no time at all. Thats also not accounting for any OS updates we will get in the future which will surely take up more space.
Having the SD is great for music, video and photos. But useless for apps as you cant install them on an SD card. I'd say go for the 8X or if you want a phone of similar size get the 620 once its out.
- 12-11-2012, 11:41 AM #10
Like I said, I would just be getting a Kindle App, torchlight, currency converter etc. My app count wont be more than 10. Including games. I would have loved to go for the 8X but two things I hate about it. Price, and design. It's the same old boring black.
I like the 8S a lot. Also, what you are saying is 100% true. System updates and all will eat up space like forest fire.
Hmm..had it not been the memory, this phone would have been perfect..
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- 12-11-2012, 02:43 PM #11
- 12-12-2012, 12:14 AM #12
- 12-12-2012, 09:19 AM #13
Please don't take this the wrong way. I am just trying to figure out what is happening here as I am interested in getting the 8S.
I am not quite sure how you were left with only 400 mb by installing just these 19 apps and 3 games. I come to 133mb for file weights.
I am not familiair enough with WP, but I assume the file weight as shown on the app store is the compressed size. Therefore assuming it is, let's say the actual size of the apps and games altogether is approx. 200-250mb depending on the compression method (e.g. winRAR can compress up to approx. 70% of the original file size).
Anyway, so let's stick with the upper limit here. 250mb for the uncompressed apps.
1,331.20 MB storage is available as per your findings.
1,331.20 - 250 = 1,081.20
After installing the apps you should be left with 1,081.20 mb of free storage. Your findings tell us then, that the system's cache (apps, games, photos, email etc) takes up 681.20mb?
It sounds to me like you had an app installed that created a huge cache. Either that or your email accounts were full of attachments? - How many email accounts did you have and how many items did you fetch for each account?
- 12-12-2012, 09:46 AM #14
Apps can request a reserved portion of your storage of pretty much any size. And they can keep requesting more. The system also reserves space for various things itself. That space gets eaten up fast.
- 12-12-2012, 09:50 AM #15
Reserving 600mb seems a bit much to me. Don't forget that these apps and games are relatively small and nothing major really, they mostly display information that is pulled off the internet. I am a developer myself and I know for a fact that these apps and games do not need that kind of space.
- 12-12-2012, 12:32 PM #16
In regards to you question about e-mail accounts.
I had one account set up but I deleted all the e-mails from it so that it wouldnt take up any space. One game was cut the rope maybe that took up more space but Im not sure why I lose so much space. But by the end I was coming away with 400mb free. I even deleted built in HTC apps to make more room. I really want the phone. I may buy it again and stick with it this time and hope that the apps I want which are above dont take up too much space.
- 12-12-2012, 03:28 PM #20
My problem with the other WP8 phones is that they are all too big. I want a phone that sits nice in one hand. I'm going to try and sell my iPhone 4 now and then I'm going to take the plunge and get the 8S. install only the core apps I need as listed above and maybe games (I can always delete games). Im annoyed I panicked when I got my 8S last week and then took it back after seeing how little space was left but if I can install all the apps I want and have like 800/700mb free im happy with that.
12-22-2012, 07:12 PM #24
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I personally don't find the storage on the phone to be a problem, of course I only use the phone as a phone and only have a couple of games installed, to be honest with the battery life and generally ease of use, size etc. I'm prepared to take this as a compromise which may never actually be a problem. I find the phone to be snappy and behave far better than my samsung galaxy, it's not crashed once in the two weeks I've been using it, and I don't find myself waiting for apps to load any more than I did on Android or iOS. I love the fact that I can leave data and wifi on without getting a flat battery overnight, MS seems to really have sussed the sleep mode for both, even leaving Skype running doesn't seem to impact things.
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