Android Lollipop vs TouchWiz vs Sense UI vs LG UI vs Xperia UI: interface showdown
posted by Chris P. / Oct 28, 2014, 10:34 AM
Why does that happen? It's pretty simple, actually -- Android is open source, and smartphone manufacturers are taking full advantage of that by customizing the experience on their devices. For better or worse, it's often considered that this gives OEMs the opportunity to outdo each other -- the alternative would be for all of them to only compete on hardware and leave the software to Google. Of course, it's not all peaches and cream, as custom interfaces are also often the reason your device isn't getting the latest Android updates as fast as the Nexus line -- that, and the fact that the updates need to go through testing with your carrier, too. Alas, we digress.
So how do these interfaces differ from each other, and which one is the most attractive? We can't answer the latter for you, but we did spend several hours compiling one of the most thorough interface comparison we've done so far. The devices we decided to take a look at and compare are the Nexus 5 (running the final stock Android 5.0 Lollipop developer preview), the Galaxy Note 4 (running TouchWiz-skinned Android 4.4 KitKat), the HTC One M8 (KitKat with Sense 6 UI), the LG G3 (KitKat and LG's UI), and, lastly, the Sony Xperia Z3 (Xperia-themed KitKat). Take a look and let us know which one you like best.
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LG ui is best
posted on Oct 28, 2014, 10:36 AM 16
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TW seems the best... others have on screen buttons, which makes them ugly
posted on Oct 28, 2014, 11:27 AM 25
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I too prefer on onscreen buttons. They seem to be in the way and take away from the look. If the onscreen buttons were colored icons that blended into the UI, that would be better. But because they don't match anything they stand out like a sore thumb. It also means you have to touch the display more. Physical buttons are better which is why Apple and Samsung has kept them.
posted on Oct 29, 2014, 10:00 AM 0
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The onscreen buttons eat into roughly 15% of the screen real-estate, you actually save more space on a 5 inch display with physical hardware buttons versus a 5 inch display with capacitive onscreen buttons.
posted on Oct 28, 2014, 2:38 PM 4
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It depends on the design of the phone. There are phones with capacitive buttons and little bezel and there are phone with on screen buttons and big bezels... But sometimes the opposite is true.... I currently have capacitive buttons but want to make the switch to on screen... Since you can hide them when it counts
posted on Oct 28, 2014, 6:18 PM 1
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Completely agree with you. I hate on screen buttons. They even take up screen for many apps. Samsung's home button + capacitive touch is Pure AWSMM. No brainer why it rules the roost in Android Territory. Sony UI is poor like earlier stock Android. HTC Sense is good but I hate the vertical scroll instead of horizontal in todays world. That looks backdated. I like Motorola Motox(2) Camera App simplicity too. But TW even though might be a bit slower for midrange devices is a full featured OS Framework and makes a users life soo soo convenient.
posted on Oct 29, 2014, 12:53 AM 0
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LG?!? really? Ewww its uglier than touchwiz!
posted on Oct 28, 2014, 11:35 AM 9
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some images are from raw G3 UI and xperia,when you can hide some junks in the notifications panel to make it more clean and organize some screens on the interface. And the app drawer with 4 columns in a 5"+ display is the only problem with the stock LP, i really like the 5 columns in bigger screens.(can be solved with a launcher, but still not native options)
posted on Oct 28, 2014, 10:41 AM 0
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Sense > Stock > Touchwiz > LG > Sony ...personally
posted on Oct 28, 2014, 10:42 AM 11
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for me: 1.Stock lollipop 2.Touchwiz 3.LG 4.Sense 5.Sony
posted on Oct 28, 2014, 10:45 AM 14
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TouchWiz is my best in overall: appearance, features, ease to use. TouchWiz is better than Android stock experience. The only problem is it's too heavy. Since Google disabled Now in my country, I've no reason to use GNL at all. I'm back to TouchWiz home. My phone is 100% TouchWiz again, just like when I first unboxed it.
posted on Oct 28, 2014, 11:06 AM 5
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Lollipop rules. Besides, TW doesn't look half bad actually. Sony's UI is the worst looking IMO.
posted on Oct 28, 2014, 10:44 AM 15
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"Lollipop rules." Basically Google made Android look a lot more like iOS. So far, I am underwhelmed by the UX of Lollipop. The giant task switcher thing is gross. The UX is simplified, but also dumbed down. That said, Lolly-iOS should help Android sell more phones. 2015 should be a very interesting year for Android.
posted on Oct 28, 2014, 5:20 PM 1
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