15 TouchWiz features that make the day-to-day Android experience better


The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are right behind the corner and with them we are, supposedly, about to be introduced to a much lighter version of Samsung's home-baked TouchWiz. So, we figured it's a great time to take look at the latest version of the interface we have on-hand right now, comb through its features, and really think about which ones of them we hope will stay (if Sammy actually removes features, instead of just making the UI graphically simpler).

Yes, yes, TouchWiz has been getting a lot of flak for being overburdened with components and “gimmicks”, which are rarely useful, but often harmful to the workflow of the operating system. However, we feel it has been a while since it actually got some praise for all the nifty little (and not so little) tweaks and functions it adds to make Android just that much better in our day-to-day lives.

So, we decided to make a little list. It's based on the latest Android Lollipop-based TouchWiz that can currently be found on the Galaxy Note 4 / Note Edge and the tally does not involve big or oddly specific features, rather – it shines a light on the tiny details that have been added to the apps we use on a daily basis. Details so well placed that we are quick to get used to them, and anyone who makes a jump from a Galaxy Note 4 / Note Edge to a stock Android device will miss.


Related phones

Galaxy Note 4
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 3.7 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3220 mAh(20h 3G talk time)
Galaxy Note Edge
  • Display 5.6" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 3.7 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, Quad-core, 2700 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(18h 3G talk time)

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62 Comments

1. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Polishing a turd, Phone Arena?

2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

*diamond. #HatersGonnaHate

44. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Thanks, Lame Hashtag Guy. I'll continue to enjoy life without lags and crashes. From a former Galaxy user who thinks hash tags are for the Bruce Jenner-types...

47. junaidahmed

Posts: 103; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

I enjoy a life without lags and crashes. Note 4 user.

55. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

All points are good but i dont like the swipe to call thing. Not too user friendly. I often swipe unsuccessfully.

48. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

The Bruce Jenner types? Your a loser. Go on about your day cause there's nothing to see here people.

50. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

If you're a Nexus user then you'll never forget about crashes or more serious bugs which Samsung doesn't have :D You just have to be a beta-tester. The latest Samsung devices will wipe your phone's ass in terms of speed.

56. Niva.

Posts: 440; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Say what? Nexus devices sold to consumers are far more stable than anything Samsung has ever produced unless you're actually using them for development and testing. Crashes or more serious bugs which Samsung doesn't have? I believe you have absolutely zero understanding of how Android works and what Samsung does to package it into the Galaxy S devices it's selling you. If there's a serious bug in Android, your device also has it, and chances are that Google's Nexus devices will get fixed before yours does. TW is a turd, and I agree with the OP. It will still be a turd no matter how much you polish it unless Samsung really makes a forward step with their next release. I'll admit there are some "features" that are useful and I question why they're not included in stock Android (like the reset, or close all programs, organize apps) but I don't miss them and most of the list above is easily remedied by donwnloading additional apps. In the meantime, Samsung shoves a number of uninstallable, useless programs into your devices along with the crappy touchwiz. You can switch to another launcher including Google's own one, but in the meantime good luck deleting the trash you don't want to use.

52. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Your welcome. At least it isn't as bad as unnecessarily capitalizing words for no reason.

57. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

When did you have this Sammy? If 2012 or behind, i agree, old processors couldn't keep up with Touchwiz.

15. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Dam you haters make me sick. I'll be alright though. I have a Galaxy Note 4.

25. tedkord

Posts: 17397; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Can't bring down a man with the best large phone available!

30. Nebice

Posts: 68; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

available yet ;) xiaomi mi note pro is coming by the end of this month

35. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Surely you meant to say Galaxys S6 right?

51. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

And it is still worse than Note 4...

58. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

Agreed

49. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

Is there any chance Note 4 to get new touchwiz? the same touchwiz as galaxy s6. it'll be great, look more polished, more mature, simpler... In the end Galaxy S6 was quite impressive, but there is always love for the bigger screen plus the s pen.

53. Furbal unregistered

I've got pretty much all large US flagships. Note 4 trumps 6+ and 1520 for features and functions easily. The iPhone is nice if you want a simple large screen phone but that is about it.

3. Kakarotto

Posts: 255; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

Say what you want but I prefer Touchwiz over stock Android.

14. mouse456

Posts: 9; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

Me too!

37. dropme

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 15, 2015

Me too!!!

22. mrej201

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 04, 2015

agree I love it

29. Firenze91

Posts: 206; Member since: Nov 19, 2014

Me too and it baffles me when i hear "geeks" say stock android is better, i mean WTF is wrong with those ppl....

32. paeschli

Posts: 35; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Not a TouchWiz fan myself, but I have to agree that having more a bunch of useful and not-so-useful features is better than having no features at all like in stock Android.

38. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

stock android is boring, however nothing beats stock android + Xposed for me.

40. mostafawael.1998

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

yeah me too, specially after they revamped the UI in the Galaxy S6 :)

59. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

Dislike some things though, i have to admit

4. Palidankehidupan

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 11, 2015

Custom AOSP rom solves some of the problems....Without slowing it down..Mehh

7. maherk

Posts: 6928; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Not everyone knows how to flash custom roms, matter of fact, the majority of Android users don't know what is custom roms.

60. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

Actually, around 10% know about rooting while like 1% knows of Jailbreaking (Basically rooting for everything else) on iGadgets. Basically, Android users are generally smarter.

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