Infographic: how much tablet storage do you actually get?
The amount of storage in tablets has come under fire, with research revealing a 1,000% markup to add room on new devices.
The market price for 16GB of flash memory is £6, according to a report from watchdog Which? – but consumers are charged much more.
Apple charges £80 to add 16GB to the iPad Air, to bring it from the 32GB version to the 64GB model, while Google charges £70 more for the 32GB Nexus 10 than the 16GB one. Amazon, meanwhile, adds £40 for the same storage leap in the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9.
And, as PC Pro readers well know, the advertised storage space isn’t the same as the actual usable storage, which is lower after the OS and firmware is accounted for.
Which? editor Richard Headland predicted shoppers would be “shocked to discover the raw deal they’re getting on built-in memory” and advised consumers to buy a tablet with expandable storage.
We examined the issue in a previous issue of PC Pro. Below is our infographic on how much storage you actually get and how much the upgrades really cost.