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Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4

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Interface and Functionality:

If you didn’t realize it by now, the biggest thing that differentiates these two close siblings is found strictly with their software experiences. With the original model, TouchWiz upped the ante by offering an exorbitant amount of features, which some might view as gimmicky or revolutionary. Regardless of what camp you fall in, we can’t deny that we’re given so many ways to do things – whether they’re simple or basic. From its various S-branded services, to other movement based operations like Air View and Air Gestures, the TouchWiz experience is serious about offering more. And more is better, right?

TouchWiz interface of the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
TouchWiz interface of the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
TouchWiz interface of the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
TouchWiz interface of the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
TouchWiz interface of the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
TouchWiz interface of the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
TouchWiz interface of the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
TouchWiz interface of the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4

TouchWiz interface of the Samsung Galaxy S4


On the flip side, the stock Android 4.2.2 experience on the Google Play Edition will adhere more to hardened Android users, since it’s likely to receive those prized Android updates faster than other models. Or will it, especially when Sammy’s original flagship model has been selling off the grill at a hasty rate?

Being a ‘Google Play Edition’ device, this newer Samsung Galaxy S4 model is treated to a vanilla Android experience - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Being a ‘Google Play Edition’ device, this newer Samsung Galaxy S4 model is treated to a vanilla Android experience - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Being a ‘Google Play Edition’ device, this newer Samsung Galaxy S4 model is treated to a vanilla Android experience - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Being a ‘Google Play Edition’ device, this newer Samsung Galaxy S4 model is treated to a vanilla Android experience - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Being a ‘Google Play Edition’ device, this newer Samsung Galaxy S4 model is treated to a vanilla Android experience - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Being a ‘Google Play Edition’ device, this newer Samsung Galaxy S4 model is treated to a vanilla Android experience - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Being a ‘Google Play Edition’ device, this newer Samsung Galaxy S4 model is treated to a vanilla Android experience - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Being a ‘Google Play Edition’ device, this newer Samsung Galaxy S4 model is treated to a vanilla Android experience - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4

Being a ‘Google Play Edition’ device, this newer Samsung Galaxy S4 model is treated to a vanilla Android experience


Visually, the stock experience is simply clean and beautiful – whereas with TouchWiz, it still embodies some cartoony characteristics with its presentation. Another noteworthy thing to mention about TouchWiz, it reinvents what it means to multi-task, as its extra multi-windows feature allows us to view select apps simultaneously. For the Google Play Edition, multi-tasking is done only the usual way by using Android’s task switching menu to move between opened apps.

On the surface, the two experiences have all the bells and whistles to keep us organized, seeing their respective core organizer apps feature the same functions and presentations. However, we get a sense that the TouchWiz version goes the extra mile, as its various Air View functions deliver pertinent information by simply hovering our finger over certain elements.

Thanks to their spacious displays, typing up messages with their respective on-screen keyboards is an effortless process – thanks partly to their quick responses. At first glance, it might look as though the two share the same layout, but they’re actually different. Between the two, we appreciate how the TouchWiz keyboard boasts quick access to numbers and punctuations directly from the main layout.

Messaging on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Messaging on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Messaging on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Messaging on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4

Messaging on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition


Samsung Galaxy S4's default QWERTY keyboard layout - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4's default QWERTY keyboard layout



Processor and Memory:

Testing out the two, they share the same hardware under the hood – a quad-core 1.9GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU coupled with 2GB of RAM and the Adreno 320 GPU. From a cursory look, there’s no arguing that the two are pretty responsive, but upon closer inspection, we find more snappiness with the Google Play Edition of the Galaxy S4. It’s most evident in the homescreen when a live wallpaper is used. There is a little bit of jitteriness seen with the TouchWiz Galaxy S4, while the Google Play Edition moves with a consistent amount of fluidity and finesse.


Quadrant Standard AnTuTu GLBenchmark 2.5 (Egypt HD) Vellamo
(HTML5 / Metal)
Samsung Galaxy S4 12078 24701 4437 / 39 fps 1702/704
Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition 12205 23861 4706 / 42 fps 1986 / 825

Considering it’s the stock experience, the Google Play Edition actually boasts the higher internal storage capacity between the two – 12.65GB of space as opposed to 9.62GB on the TouchWiz original. Still, it’s nice to know that they both have microSD card slots to complement their internal memory.


Internet and Connectivity:

Thanks to their sharp looking displays, 4G LTE connection, and swift performances, we’re able to surf complex web pages with barely any issues. However, we can use an alternative browser out of the box on the TouchWiz version, the stock browser, which has the nifty feature of letting us scroll vertically and switch between tabs by using various Air Gestures.

Web browser of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Web browser of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Web browser of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Web browser of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4

Web browser of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition


Web browser of the Samsung Galaxy S4  - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Web browser of the Samsung Galaxy S4  - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Web browser of the Samsung Galaxy S4  - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4

Web browser of the Samsung Galaxy S4


Domestically, every wireless carrier offers their specific version of the TouchWiz packing Samsung Galaxy S4. However, the Google Play Edition is sold unlocked, and is compatible to work with AT&T and T-Mobile. We find the same set of connectivity features on both – they include aGPS, Bluetooth 4.0, 5GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, and NFC.

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posted on 30 Jul 2013, 05:29

1. proto (Posts: 44; 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: 1313; 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: 599; 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: 23; 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: 5482; 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: 2096; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


GE is better but TW is also good.

posted on 31 Jul 2013, 09:53

9. gynorm (Posts: 1; 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: 320; 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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