GS4 with TouchWiz vs GS4 Google Edition: Google Edition wins!

GS4 with TouchWiz vs GS4 Google Edition: Google Edition wins!
So, we ran that poll last week, asking you which Samsung Galaxy S4 version you'd prefer: the one with Samsung's own TouchWiz user interface, or the newer one that's sporting a clean, stock Android Jelly Bean OS. As you might expect, we got quite a bit of activity, ending up with a total of 2041 votes. Of that, close to 58% voted in favor of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition (1174 votes), while 42% preferred the regular Galaxy S4 with TouchWiz UI.

While we're not exactly shocked that more people seem to prefer the Galaxy S4 with stock Android, we're actually a bit surprised to see the GS4 TouchWiz hanging so well against its Google-supported counterpart. The Google Editioned managed to gain some significant lead, but all in all, our poll proved that there are a lot of people out there who enjoy Samsung's TouchWiz experience, with all of its pros and cons.

And what about you? If you've missed to vote in our poll last week, now's the time to let everyone know what you think by dropping a comment below!

Galaxy S4 TouchWiz vs Galaxy S4 Google Edition

I prefer the Galaxy S4 with TouchWiz!
42.48%
I prefer the Galaxy S4 Google Edition!
57.52%

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  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)

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23 Comments

1. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

If that many tech junkies like TouchWiz, then it would certainly be the mainstream favorite among ordinary people.

2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

That's exactly what I was gonna say ! +1

9. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

I think iphone, Sony, HTC, MOTO and other fans, selected Google Edition, due to their hate for Sammy. I think touchwiz is the best android skin, lets just be honest. someone can disagree with me for the love of their favorite brand, but deep down they know TW is da best. Im an iphone user and i wish i had all wat S4 user have. gimmick or not. it is better to have it than not to have it. the word gimmicky is used these days to justify hate against a brand.

13. Troysyx

Posts: 181; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

To each their own, i happen to think that TW is too cartoony and just not for me. I owned the S3 and replaced a lot of the TW apps with other apps (calendar, keyboard, clock, etc..) because i hated the look and feel of them; and that was before i ended up just rooting it and putting a custom ROM on. Now, with Sense 5 on the HTC, it is definitely the flavor of android for me. it is insanely smooth and everything looks great. I'm excited to see what OEM decides to step up their game next. Gotta love android, if you dont like one OEM's version of android, go for another one :)

18. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

as per functionality...definitely TW is best..

10. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 889; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

And the sales of Samsung devices proves this point...

3. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

Google edition is boring :/

16. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Exactly..... Android is not innovative anymore...... Not in compare to Samsung or HTC....

17. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Photosphere not innovative? Google Now not innovative? Interactive notifications not innovative? Please.

20. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

You have to recognise what is and what is not more important..... IR remote or touch less control is more important than these gadgets ;) Google has already lost this objectivity and fill Android with not so useful gadgets...

4. Jason2k13

Posts: 1462; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

The main reason touchwiz had the 0.5 seconds of lag was because of transition effects, which can be disabled in developer options. Other than that, the main advantage of the stock android over touchwiz are fast software updates, more internal memory and more support from developers. But I still prefer touchewiz because of the unique features and the camera is more fun to use.

5. FlushGordon unregistered

Not a fan of Vanilla Android My $200 China phone has the same exact ''feel'' to it

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Both vanilla and touch wiz are good. Just that personally I prefer touch wiz for its floating apps and advance camera features.

7. Klamba92

Posts: 212; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

I personally prefer stock more but touch wiz does have some good features. However many of the features you can get on any android through the play store, like smart stay smart alert, gesture control etc and the great thing is if you don't want it you can uninstall it. Which you can't do on touch wiz granted it's more optimised with the os on touch wiz compared to apps.

8. fur0n

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

I want a CyanogenMod option.

11. twens

Posts: 1175; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

TW is the most feature packed launcher that's why why so many people hate it. They are just jealous, I have been using my note 2 for 6 months now and I can't keep a custom tom which isn't TW for more than a day. I I start to miss the features of TW and I go back. TW is the reason Samsung fons even sell well.

12. moronman66

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

But wait until you see the sales comparisons, Touchwiz S4 will win because it's subsidized on most (if not all) carriers. Google edition is great, but rooting and flashing a ROM of the Google edition is good too

14. cybervlad81

Posts: 89; Member since: Apr 04, 2011

My Sam G S4 Google Edition is on order. Now, I am a fan of stock android so I will most likely gravitate toward the GE, but I will probably just hack my Touchwiz device being I don't feel like changing to a GSM compatible carrier. Not a fan of Touchwiz at all, and I say that having used it for over a month now to see, and waiting for some more stable roms. My PR at work took a couple days to get pushed through the chain so no telling how long it will be before I get my hands on the device. Lets hope for a fast supply chain.

15. greyhulk

Posts: 184; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

What is the point of a GS4 with stock google? You lose pretty much all of the features that make it unique, including a way better camera experience and you stil have to wait for updates from Samsung. Yes, it might run better than it's laggy counterpart, but you lose more than you gain.

19. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

if GE and nexus allows custom skins and folders in app draw it would be a winner

21. Devansh.cool2 unregistered

I think that touchwiz is the most feature packed launcher i hav tried but only thing I hate about it is the amount of money it uses, ofcourse u can disable all that features but it wont give the fun of new features. So I think samsung should design their launcher and features in such a way that they uses a lot lesser ram and more is available to end user. Also s4 uses 1.2/1.8 ram i mean wtf!! Thats why we see some glitches in opening doing simple tasks

23. Devansh.cool2 unregistered

I meant memory it uses Typo sorry!

22. Devansh.cool2 unregistered

I meant memory

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