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Galaxy S4 with TouchWiz or Galaxy S4 Google Edition - which one do you prefer?

0. phoneArena 27 Jun 2013, 07:08 posted on

The beloved Samsung Galaxy S4 with pure Google is finally here, and while that's obviously a great piece of news for geeky part of society, it also brings up the question of whether users would actually rush at the S4 Google Edition as if it's the Holy Grail of smartphones...

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posted on 27 Jun 2013, 07:09 19

1. JaseelEbrahim (Posts: 31; Member since: 24 Jul 2012)


Unrelated to this,
The new mobile page looks cool

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 07:13 9

3. smallworld (Posts: 488; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


I think gsmarena has one of the best mobile version.

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 07:21 3

7. JaseelEbrahim (Posts: 31; Member since: 24 Jul 2012)


But the new phonearena mobile site is way better than the old one.

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 10:55

63. medicci37 (Posts: 1289; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Hate the new u

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 09:09 5

46. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


Yes agree gsmarena has better mobile site but I don't like their comment trail.

posted on 29 Jun 2013, 05:36

81. amstarred (Posts: 7; Member since: 11 Oct 2012)


but has much comments

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 07:58 6

30. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 811; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Phonearena has a mobile site???????????????

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 15:46

70. quakan (Posts: 1381; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


Just found out today too from Michael H.

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 09:13 2

47. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


Just noticed. The dislike button is gone. Hurrah!

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 07:10

2. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)


I want BOTH!! :D
How about WP on s4? XD

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 07:18 1

6. abcdefgh (banned) (Posts: 471; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


windows would be better:D

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 07:24 3

11. joey_sfb (Posts: 6044; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


obviously a clueless lot then what is Samsung ACTIV series for?

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 07:43 2

20. Kurai (unregistered)


I want the one without the s-bloatware please . . .

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 07:15 1

4. abcdefgh (banned) (Posts: 471; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


s4 with win8

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 07:32 5

15. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)


can it runs on iOS?
lol XD

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 07:17 3

5. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I chose Google Edition :)

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 07:22 8

8. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I think that Google Edition should run smoother and has less gimmicks than TouchWiz.

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 07:23 1

10. darkkjedii (Posts: 22160; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Agreed PAU

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 07:56 4

29. FlushGordon (unregistered)


You obviously haven't tried the S4 touchwiz

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 08:13 1

35. amats69 (Posts: 1466; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


S4 touchwiz = lag

Samsung's solution... S4 with S800 chip :)

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 11:07

64. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Yes, I have and I don't know what makes you think that I haven't.

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 08:09 4

34. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Exactly. Smoother operation, faster updates, and less software gimmicks taking up memory.

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 09:16

48. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


That may not be true as kernels are delivered by Samsung. And they may chose to delay them.

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 09:22 3

50. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


It'll still be a lot faster than the fully skinned Touchwiz version, especially compared to carrier versions.

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 10:42

59. iushnt (Posts: 1793; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


I prefer to wait few milliseconds, than getting a device with abosolutely no features at all than makes an S4, an S4

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 11:37

66. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I wouldn't. With lag and frame skips all over the UI, it would get annoying really quick. Also with a delay as much as 5 months to get an update to the latest Android OS, I don't think a ton of features that take up half the available memory are worth it, especially when most of them are gimmicks and are either impractical or don't work well.

The Google Edition of the GS4 has about 12 GB available, which is a lot more than the measly 8 found on the regular 16 GB GS4. Yes, you have an SD card, but only small apps can be stored on it. So, if you have just a few of the more heavy games on Google Play, you're screwed.

And most of those features that use the front camera (Smart Stay, Smart Scroll, etc.) don't work very well, and practically don't work at all in low light. Other features like Dual Camera and Air Gestures are just impractical and awkward. These are commonly referred to as, "gimmicks."

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 09:08 1

45. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


According to Anandtech S4 google edition is much more smoother.

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 09:23 1

51. TheLolGuy (Posts: 483; Member since: 05 Mar 2013)


It feels like a waste of all the sensors. Stock Android doesn't provide features which use them. Why do people want to even buy an S4 then? Just get any other device with a Snapdragon 600 chip. And don't tell me you like the design -- I've seen more complaints here about the S4's design than everywhere else about PRISM... *sigh*

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 07:22 7

9. darkkjedii (Posts: 22160; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Touch wiz. Stock android isn't pretty enough.

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 07:35 6

17. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


You think stock Android isn't as pretty as Touchwiz? It's absolutely beautiful! Touchwiz is good looking, but not even close to stock.

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