Android Lollipop vs TouchWiz vs Sense UI vs LG UI vs Xperia UI: interface showdown

Android Lollipop vs TouchWiz vs Sense UI vs LG UI vs Xperia UI: interface showdown
Whether we're talking Samsung or Sony, HTC or LG, or even Google's Nexus line, it's true that all of them run on the same core platform -- Android. In fact, flagships from these manufacturers quite often are even running on an identical version of Android -- whether it's Jelly Bean, KitKat, or soon, Lollipop. And yet, if you were to ask a person on the street to recognize their respective interfaces, chances are that he'll be completely out of his element.

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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89 Comments

1. ABDULGHAFOOR

Posts: 106; Member since: May 04, 2012

LG ui is best

29. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

TW seems the best... others have on screen buttons, which makes them ugly

32. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

That made no sense.....

37. bachir8k

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

This the first time I notice that I can say the TW is back to the game of beauty, i was surprised to see how some screens look better than the others. and i really still hate the dial pad...

43. g2a5b0e unregistered

What made no sense about that? He stated an opinion. Clearly, he likes UIs without onscreen buttons. The fact that you don't agree doesn't make his statement any less sensible.

78. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

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.

79. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

was trying to say no on screen buttons.

49. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

on screen is better, wish my note 3 had no off screen, it takes up more space which could be used for the screen

50. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

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.

62. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

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

69. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

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.

73. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

is it only me, tho, looks boring, but i find xperia ui way cleaner than others, like n9 meego boring, but neat and clean.

31. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

LG?!? really? Ewww its uglier than touchwiz!

45. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

TOP-3BEST EVER UI 1LG 's UI 2HTC sense 3 SAMSUNG'S TW

2. CassioXD

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 11, 2014

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)

3. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

Sense > Stock > Touchwiz > LG > Sony ...personally

6. slh163

Posts: 140; Member since: May 19, 2014

for me: 1.Stock lollipop 2.Touchwiz 3.LG 4.Sense 5.Sony

21. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

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.

33. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Any reason Sense being inferior to LG's garbage?

47. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

LG is the friendliest UI ever made.... i can do more without the need of the Third party. also more simpler and clean than TW.

68. phichart

Posts: 335; Member since: May 03, 2014

I love touchwiz... I buy nova and spb shell 3d but I don't use.. I only use TW

84. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Almost: Sense > Stock > Sony > Touchwiz > LG

4. DefinitiveKid

Posts: 264; Member since: May 15, 2013

Lollipop rules. Besides, TW doesn't look half bad actually. Sony's UI is the worst looking IMO.

14. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Touchwiz is fine. Samsung haters can't question their hardware so they trash touchwiz, even though it looks fine now. Runs excellent on my Alpha.

17. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

It looks like Samsung cleaned up Touchwiz a lot. Now they need to ditch the kitchen sink approach.

51. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

My thoughts exactly... +1

56. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"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.

5. maddy996

Posts: 126; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

sense is a beauty in all of them

7. strudelz100

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Dumb article!

23. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

^This dude must be jealous because his Alcatel UI is not included in here.

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