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Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4

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Camera:

If variety is more your kind of thing, you’ll undoubtedly fall in love with what the TouchWiz S4 has to offer, seeing that it’s carrying along an insane amount of shooting modes and manual controls. In contrast, the Google Play Edition’s camera app is very elementary, but it does offer the neat functionality of Photosphere mode.

The stock Android camera app on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
The stock Android camera app on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
The stock Android camera app on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
The stock Android camera app on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
The stock Android camera app on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
The stock Android camera app on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
The stock Android camera app on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
The Photospheres feature - The stock Android camera app on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
   

The Photospheres feature

The stock Android camera app on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition


The camera app on the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
The camera app on the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
The camera app on the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
The camera app on the Samsung Galaxy S4 - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4

The camera app on the Samsung Galaxy S4


Armed with the same 13-megapixel auto-focus rear cameras, it doesn’t surprise us that the results are identical to one another – with neither one proving to have the advantage in quality over the other. When it comes down to it, they’re capable of producing snapshots that pop with a ton of detail, clarity, and rich colors to make them worthy for any printouts. Then again, their qualities take a dip under low lighting conditions.


Likewise, 1080p video recording quality is also a strong point with both – as long as there’s sufficient lighting, of course. Again, the same characteristic elements seen with their still image quality persists here with video recording.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition Sample Video:



Samsung Galaxy S4 Sample Video:



Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition Nighttime Sample Video:



Samsung Galaxy S4 Night Video Sample:




Multimedia:

Being Android devices and all, they’re preloaded with the Google Play Music app – albeit, the TouchWiz music player is an alternative option with the original model. Playing the same song on the two and setting their volumes to their loudest, there’s not one that’s able to outclass the other, which isn’t all that surprising.

The Google Play Music app - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
The Google Play Music app - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
The Google Play Music app - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4

The Google Play Music app


Naturally, video playback is such a joy on these two, especially when their Super AMOLED HD displays makes things look oh-so dreamy. Out of the box, though, the Google Play Edition lacks support for videos encoded in DivX and Xvid, but that’s not all. In fact, the original TouchWiz model complements the video watching experience by allowing us to preview things in the timeline via Air View – and Pop Up Play for better multi-tasking too.

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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: 2031; 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 (limited) (Posts: 804; 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: 5589; 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: 2604; 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: 463; 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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