Was considering a WP8 phone until I read about this "other" storage issue...

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by ChazUK, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. ChazUK macrumors 603

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    Can WP8 users here comment on how this is affecting you:
    http://forums.wpcentral.com/windows-phone-8/210460-what-about-other-storage-section.html

    Now, I was going to be ultra cheap and go for the HTC 8s as it's on offer for a very low price and I was under the impression that the fact it only has 4gb of internal memory didn't matter as I could whack a 32GB card in it for media but it seems this "other" folder builds up space on the system memory, regardless of where media is stored and can only be cleared with a full wipe of the phone.

    These posts:

    Are WP8 users here being affected by this "other" folder issue and how are you managing with it?

    If there is nothing that can be done to clear this space other than a full wipe (especially considering devices with 4GB of onboard storage would run out of room rather quickly) it'll be enough to make me skip the platform entirely.

    Anyone want to chime in?
     
  2. throAU macrumors 601

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    win8 is big

    iphone takes 2 gig for the OS as well, which is nowhere near as bad, but you're still not getting the full storage for your own use.

    only real solution is to by the version of the phone with more storage or use SD card...
     
  3. ChazUK thread starter macrumors 603

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    From what I've read in that thread, simply putting music or pictures on the SD card will cause the "other" data folder to grow meaning that no matter how much space you have left on the SD card, once "other" is full there is no way to reclaim that space from the system memory unless you reset the phone. Some people are reporting crashes once the "other" space full too.

    There must be some caching gong on from media on the SD card (thumbnails, album art, metadata) causing the system space to fill up but it'd be nice if you could trim it down by running something so it removed un-needed items from the phone.

    I didn't really want to spend over the odds on a higher-end Windows Phone just to maintain a usable phone. Even my lowly Xperia U can have app cache cleared to reclaim space when I'd need to.

    Hopefully this will be something MS addresses in future. :(
     
  4. scott craft macrumors 6502a

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    I have the Lumia 822 on Verizon. I've never looked at it before, but my other is 3.02 GB. This makes me wonder what's in there. System only takes 1.91 GB and I have 1.26 GB for apps. This is definitely something to be concerned about on phones with 4 or 8 GB of storage.
     
  5. ChazUK thread starter macrumors 603

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    Thanks Scott.

    Looks like I'll be saving up some more pennies before I take the plunge then to go for a higher end model (or to see what Microsoft do about this if it is a bug) :(
     
  6. scott craft macrumors 6502a

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    I'm going to read through the entire thread you posted and see what those guys come up with. I love WP, especially WP8, but these little bugs and glitches drive me crazy. Hopefully Microsoft gets these things sorted out pretty soon. This stuff takes away from an otherwise pleasant user experience.
     
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