As a consumer, you know that product numbers and features don't always mean exactly what you think. When it comes to smartphones and tablets, that's true of storage space.
You'll typically see products advertised with 8, 16, 32, 64 or more gigabytes of storage space. However, what often isn't said is that some of this space is already filled with the operating system and those pre-loaded apps you can't get rid of. The amount of "usable" space on your brand new gadget might be less than you think.
A group called Which? recently decided to find out just how much usable space popular tablets actually have out of the box. It took a look at high-end products like Apple's iPad Air 2 and budget models like the LG G Pad 7.0.
It discovered that the 16GB iPad Air 2 out of the box only had 10.3GB of usable storage space. The 16GB Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 only managed to a little more than 8GB of free space, and the 8GB LG G Pad had a dismal 2.8GB of usable space.
Windows 10 tablets aren't immune either, with the 64GB Microsoft Surface 3 only having 34GB of free space thanks to the operating system and a recovery partition. Of course, some Android and most Windows 10 tablets do have a compensation: memory cards.
If your gadget has a memory card slot, like our Windows 10-based KomandoTab2, you can expand your storage quite a bit. The KomandoTab2, for example, supports SD cards up to 64GB, which gives you a lot more room for not a lot more money. Click here to learn more about the KomandoTab2 and use promo code WEB10 to get 10% off.
If you're buying a tablet that doesn't include a memory card slot, however, you'll want to buy a size larger than you think you'll need. That way you have room for your apps and future operating system updates.