Apple and Google ripping people off over memory

20 November 2013

ipad-mini-white-apple-new Ever noticed how much more a tablet costs when you get one with extra memory? Sometimes, it costs more than 1,200% than it costs to buy for the market value and Which!!! have noticed that a 32GB Apple iPad Air costs £80 more than the 16GB version, even though it only costs £5.85 to include the extra 16GB.

Google also charge an extra £70 for a 32GB Nexus 10 compared the 16GB device, which, in English, is a 1,000% chalk-up.

Which!!! have said the whole thing is 'scandalous' and said their report revealed 'shocking levels of profiteering by manufacturers over something as simple as a chunk of extra memory'. Which ed. Richard Headland, said: "With tablets in demand this Christmas, buyers will be shocked to discover what a raw deal they’re getting on built-in memory."

Furthermore, a lot of tablets don't have the storage capacity that they claim in advertising. The 16GB Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 only has 10GB up for grabs thanks to the OS and built-in apps.

So what are the options if you don't want to get ripped off? Well, if you buy a tablet with an SD or microSD slot, then you can add your own memory for a much more reasonable price. The Microsoft Surface RT, for example, allows you to do that.

Of course, this is another case of new technology's propensity to annoy us with sealed-in design, which makes tinkering and upgrading nigh-on impossible for anyone who isn't an expert in such matters.

TOPICS:   Technology   Gadgets   Scams

7 comments

  • Angry S.
    Oh for god's sake get a grip. You're not paying for 'memory', you're paying for utility. If which think any manufacturer prices product enhancements on the basis of what the parts cost they are clearly morons. Do they think it costs car manufacturers and extra £1000 to build a diesel engine or fir an automatic gearbox? Buyers aren't "shocked" by these things unless someone tells them they should be.
  • JonB
    I wouldn't recommend to anyone to buy the Microsoft Surface RT - it has been panned by reviewers. If you must buy a Surface tablet then go with the Pro. You neglected to say that all Samsung devices include a microSD slot, so the Galaxy Tab 3 you mention in the article can be upgraded, whereas no Apple (iPhone, iPad) nor Google (Nexus) device can.
  • myrtle
    "Of course, this is another case of new technology’s propensity to annoy us with sealed-in design, which makes tinkering and upgrading nigh-on impossible for anyone who isn’t an expert in such matters." Complete nonsense. I'm yet to come across an android tablet that you can't plug a small sdcard/usb adapter into. Hardly rocket science.
  • Mike O.
    What utility has a 32Gb iPad got that a 16Gb hasnt then? Apart from 16Gb more memory. Its out and out profiteering by Apple etc.
  • Mike O.
    Allegedly
  • Angry S.
    "What utility has a 32Gb iPad got that a 16Gb hasnt then? Apart from 16Gb more memory. Its out and out profiteering by Apple etc." Emmmmmm. An extra 16GB ? Profiteering or making a profit. Call it what you like. Welcome to Capitalism.
  • dan
    I don't even think 16GB should be an option anymore. FAR to small for Hd content, games etc. Should be looking at 64gb minimum.

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