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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86 Comments

89. nFectious

Posts: 2; Member since: May 11, 2015

BIG +1 to author. This is the first side by side of the UIs that I've come across. Only thing left to discussion is performance comparisons.

88. darksaber9696

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 26, 2015

Always Sony ui is what I like because it's cool and beautiful...no one can beat Sony in its beauty and design...so I love Sony ui and think it is the best one and while coming to touch wiz it is the worst ui I have ever used sorry to say so but I didn't like it and this is my personal opinion and not to hurt anyone....Thank you...

87. 27satz

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

TouchWIZ = Good but too skinny. LG UI = Flat and Nice UI, But goes behind and copies Touchwiz. Sense UI = Unique, simple. Xperia UI = Simple still boring. Lollipop = Probably the best among these.

86. akkis

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 17, 2014

for me; 1. Touch Wiz 2. Sense 6 3. LG UI 4. Stock Android (lollipop) 5. Sony UI

85. laughmi

Posts: 283; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

Stock Android looks too bland and unpolished. TW is most beautiful out there and LG too.

83. HOOHH13

Posts: 22; Member since: May 25, 2014

For me: 1 sense 2 Xperia 3 Touchwiz 4 Lg 5 Lollipop

80. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I think what this article posts have shown to you Vanilla Android lovers is, people actually prefer the skinned UI's over Vanilla Android. The only benefits to Vanilla Android is faster updates. The sales numbers show this as well as Samsung and LG are the biggest Android sellers. I personally don't care about updates or if I even get them. After all, new phones are designed to take full advantage of new firmwares while older phones cant. I don't want updates just to have the same number, I also want the same benefits which iFans don't seem to understand.

77. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

cont'd... Camera is definitely TW and LG. L has the best dialer period. Keyboards - Wow this one is tough because they all look good. I give a huge plus for the keys being more spaced, but Samsung having the numbers row is awesome. Music Player UI - TW and LG again. I think the main thing is this, the devices that have more features have a fancier UI because so much has to be covered. TW is very clean consider the weight it is carrying. Would have been nice to have the iPhone UI so we all can see how dated it look and how cartoony it looks. People rag Samsung saying TW is very cartoony. I would say since ICS that has not been the case. Lollipop offers more consistency with color scheme which is a huge plus. Google has the best looking flat look. If Samsung could use the same scheme but add all the benefits of TW that would be awesome. It looks like overall, the Koreans have a better grasp on UI design than the Japanese and the Americans (I'm American). If I ever was to stop buying Samsung devices, I would surely pick LG because the UI's are very similar and the learning curve would be far shorter. Sense to me just looks terrible. I've never used an Xperia, and that wont change at all. Seems boring. I think Samsung is the biggest seller because there phones are packed with features, the UI is more intuitive and less boring. The punchy colors and having text to explain what is there is a huge plus. If Samsung could just optimize TW better it would be cool

76. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I like how the Vanilla Android UI looks with the new flat look, however even though I don't like the look of everything in TouchWiz, it actually looks better in many of the shots. This was especially true when you look at the screen with the toggles. The problem with L is there are lots of icons in many of the screens, but there is no text to tell you what it is. If a person isn't familiar with that icon, they literally have to click it to find out what it is which is dumb. In most of the UI's the screen was so cluttered that you have to swipe to see the rest even on a huge display, that too is dumb. TW was much cleaner and offers far less swiping. In the app drawer, L has better looking icons vs the others overall, but they don't need to be that big. TW was better because you can get more icons in one screen which means less swipes. LG did the exact same as Samsung which is smart. Notifications - TW wins here due to the fact it has the toggle there and it doesn't get in the way of the notifications. Again LG did the same. TW has the best folders and home screen editing. When you go to the tasks to see the running apps, Samsung used the same style as L, but it looks better and shows more info with larger cards. In settings, TW allows you to choose list view or icons. I like the flatter icons on TW, but the list view on L looks better than the TW list view. I can say much on the others because I haven't use those UI's often. I haven't use Sense Ui after the Froyo.

75. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 2014

Touchwiz is in the the top for me. -cartoonish, colorful, easy to use and outstanding in multitasking, but too much heavy and has alot of bloatware that slow down the UI LG UI is like a combination of touchwiz features in a stock android, which is pretty good stock android is stylish and colorful, but very simple Sense UI is simple and light, like the stock android one, but the style is not good for me honestly, the xperia z2 has better looking than the new UI in the xperia z3 series. The icons are too big which making the UI ugly. Also, add some features. But this UI is light as well

71. bayhuy

Posts: 320; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

1.Sense 2. Stock 3. LG 4. TW 5. Sony

70. Odiin

Posts: 373; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

For me, 1. Stock - Always no nonsense UI. Pure n Beautiful. 2. Sony - Dated, time for change now., but still neat, clean n best colour combinations comparing to other customised UI. 3. LG - Al rounder, clean UI with good colours n functionality. 4. HTC - Simple but still looks boring and bland. Too much boxy. 5. Samsung - Except never ending functions there is nothing. Even though streamlined still look horrible mess!

67. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

For me, 1. Sense 2. Stock 3. Sony 4.TW 5.LG Though TW has many features, Since i use to Sony's one, I would prefer Sony than Sammy.

66. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2267; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

Don't like the same ol front of Galaxy line..

65. bob_monkeywarts unregistered

1. Stock 2. Sense 3. LG 4. Xperia 5. Touchwiz Stock is very far ahead of sense. I don't see why manufacturers need to add all their crap onto their phones. Phones can have some added features, like the Moto x or Droid Turbo do, and if phones are going to add features they should put it in a different section of the settings menu under a part that says "Samsung/Sony/LG/insertcompanyhere exclusive features. They should almost never add things to the quick settings menu or change the design.

64. certifiedwomanizer

Posts: 16; Member since: Aug 25, 2013

For me: 1. Sense 2. Xperia UI 3. Stock 4. LG 5. Touch Wiz

63. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The PS3 interface is slick and I wish the Xperia UI looked more like that. I haven't seen the PS4 interface enough to judge it.

61. kiwison

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

As being an Xperia user whose GF has a Samsung and best friend an LG. I can clearly say that Walkman is the best music app ever (both in terms of design and ease to use). And maybe because I'm so familiar with it I always prefer Xperia UI

60. pavsidhu

Posts: 214; Member since: May 20, 2014

If only Touchwiz had the same design as stock Android...

81. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Agreed. I want all the benefits of TW, but look more like stock.

59. Teeeyoo

Posts: 99; Member since: Jul 13, 2013

1. Stock 2. Touchwiz 3. Sense 4. Xperia UI 5. LG UI

58. JayFiveAlive

Posts: 67; Member since: May 30, 2014

My order that I like is: Touchwiz LG Sense Stock Xperia I didn't think I'd like sense, so that is pretty shocking.

57. Teeeyoo

Posts: 99; Member since: Jul 13, 2013

Im not a fun of touchwiz it is one of my gripe from getting a samsung phone but it is actually looking good on galaxy note 4 plus it won the latest speed test vs iphone 6 plus ( phonebuff ) which i didnt expect.

55. alaw.14

Posts: 431; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Ill take any. All user interfaces are good.

54. jdrch

Posts: 107; Member since: Jul 08, 2014

This isn't a fair fight since no OEM skin has been updated for Lollipop yet.

53. shinywindow unregistered

lg is best for android. personally all are great compared to ios turd

52. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

1. TouchWiz 2. LG UI 3. Xperia UI 4. Sense UI 5. Stock I love features, and the UIs without them aren't appealing. Besides, TouchWiz and LG UI look the best, that's IMO.

46. pitzy

Posts: 42; Member since: May 15, 2014

According to me and some hundred millions of people, the TouchWiz is the best looking and useful but also the heaviest - it's a compromise Samsung made. I dont bother to wait some fractions of second to get in the right best spot :)) Stock is my second choice, i love it! I dont understand what Htc, Sony and Lg are doing.... They have the same best specs like Samsung, they look even better at design and materials but they are selling so low numbers! I think that their interface is dragging down the sales but mostly the PRICE! They are underdogs but at the same price like Samsung. They should follow the Xiaomi example, very good phones at very low prices, is the best they can do now..!

44. Asa17

Posts: 22; Member since: Sep 05, 2014

Let's all be realistic now.. Nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing, comes close to Sense UI. Stock Androis has always been ugly and Boeing. Samsung and LG's UI's have been created for toddlers and Sony's UI is too barebones. My ranking: HTC Sense Sony Xperia/LG Touchwiz Lollipop The only real downside to HTC's Sense UI is the multitask window. Here's to hoping that Sony improves their UI already since I'm quite interested in buying a Z4 mainly for remote Play and battery life. (Typed on an ipad, mag be full of typos lol)

40. npaladin2000

Posts: 165; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Should have included Nova Launcher too :D

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