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Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Introduction:

Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
When you’re talking about the Samsung Galaxy S4 nowadays, you really need to clarify just a tiny bit more, seeing that during Google I/O, it was announced that a version of the prized handset would bear a stock Android experience. Should we be surprised that it was chosen to be turned into a ‘Google Play Edition’ device? Well, considering that it’s selling like hot cakes and proved to be one of the most talked about things during the first half of the year, it’s fitting for it to be transformed into a Google Play Edition smartphone. The handset’s original experience, TouchWiz, brought along a ton of cool features into the mix. Knowing that, is there going to be any major tradeoffs switching to the stock Android experience?


Design:

No surprises here folks. These two are identical twins, and it’s undeniably hard to tell them apart from the front. Well, if we take a peek from their backsides, we’re able to distinguish them from one another. In fact, the TouchWiz version has the “Galaxy S4” branding etched into its rear casing – whereas it’s not present on the Google Play Edition. Sure, it’s not the most premium looking thing on the market, but we can’t complain since it bears a thin and lightweight frame that’s reasonably constructed together.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S4 (right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S4 (right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S4 (right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S4 (right)


One thing worth noting about their designs is the fact that they both feature various IR blasters, but it’s only the TouchWiz version that makes use of them – seeing that they’re not active on the Google Play Edition.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4

The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S4 (right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S4 (right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S4 (right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S4 (right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4

The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S4 (right)



Display:

Gorgeous! What more do we need to say about their 5-inch Super AMOLED 1080 x 1920 displays aside from that? Quite simply, they’re detailed, vivid, sharp, sport wide viewing angles, and have that showroom wow factor with their polarizing glows. Although they share the same hardware, there’s one notable feature that puts the advantage to the TouchWiz original – Air View functionality. Essentially, the display on the TouchWiz version is able to track our finger as it’s hovering slightly away.

Viewing angles of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S4 (right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Viewing angles of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S4 (right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Viewing angles of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S4 (right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4

Viewing angles of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S4 (right)




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posted on 30 Jul 2013, 05:29

1. proto (Posts: 50; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


hmm. i noticed that google edition have lower framerate when recording in night and standard S4 doesn't!

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 07:14 1

2. tech2 (Posts: 2079; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Also, TouchWiz is better optimized in battery department than stock Android believe it or not. Check out GSMarena.com for battery results !

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 16:05 1

6. AnTuTu (Posts: 816; Member since: 14 Oct 2012)


Beast smartphone till date. Lovin ma S4 :)

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 08:05 2

3. LPDDR3 (Posts: 5; Member since: 12 Jun 2013)


Does both of them have the S-BOMB feature....???

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 10:24 1

4. raghu67 (Posts: 26; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


not sure of S-BOMB feature, but they sure don't have iTRANSFORMER feature.

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 11:56

5. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5599; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


just have your cake and eat it too with MoDaCo Switch...

posted on 30 Jul 2013, 17:24

7. stevemilliamps (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


Wow, you're right.. I used the Google version vs. the Original S4 and it's a huge difference.. Over all it doubled my battery life for each version of the Galaxy S4... However I'm using an extended battery, but it's still the same..

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 03:28

8. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 2667; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


GE is better but TW is also good.

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 09:53

9. gynorm (Posts: 5; Member since: 31 Jul 2013)


Hey John, what is the storage difference on the 2. I imagine the Goolge Play Edition will take up less storage but it would be good to know.

posted on 05 Aug 2013, 07:03

10. NexusPhan (Posts: 474; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Try reading the article first before posting and making a fool of yourself.

posted on 07 Aug 2013, 13:26

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posted on 11 Aug 2013, 08:00

12. JWallis (Posts: 3; Member since: 11 Aug 2013)


I need to get this phone...

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