Apple and Google ripping people off over memory
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.