still no luck... last ditch was to wipe the bootloader and reload. Same thing happens.
I tried to even let the device drain completely to see if this would somehow help clear the storage... i guess i would have to wait many years for that to really happen
o well, I ordered a 2013 16GB model... hopefully it won't be an issue with that one.
The old one will likely go up on ebay for parts (less the memory modules that I'll likely remove).