That's still crazy! I don't understand what is on this phone that would take up that much space out of the box. Is Android jelly bean a huge operating system? Do you know if there are specific apps on the device that are huge, or maybe this is a partitioning problem?
I just dont understand where the other 9~ GB went to. I have been formatting drives my whole life, and I have never, ever seen 9 gb dissapear.
They have a lot of customizations in there. LG usually does, but they've added the kitchen sink on this one. There's the universal remote software, the "VR panorama" software, custom voice control software, extra system font choices, etc.
Pretty much the case of Samsung's GS4. About 7 GB missing. All of the customizations and software use a lot of internal storage from modern smartphones. And it is reasonable if you consider the fact that such content is destined to a full HD display.