Galaxy S4 with TouchWiz or Galaxy S4 Google Edition - which one do you prefer?

Galaxy S4 with TouchWiz or Galaxy S4 Google Edition - which one do you prefer?
The beloved Samsung Galaxy S4 with pure Google is finally here, and while that's obviously a great piece of news for geeky part of society, it also brings up the question of whether users would actually rush at the Galaxy S4 Google Edition as if it's the Holy Grail of smartphones.

In our opinion, the stock Android Jelly Bean version found on the Galaxy S4 Google Edition certainly has its benefits. For starters, it's got an arguably more refined user experience, with a better system performance and lack of unnecessary features and options. It's also much more consistent, as Samsung's TouchWiz Nature UX is a bit of a mixed bag.

On the other hand, we can't deny the appeal of some of Samsung's custom features such as the various camera modes and the Smart Stay function. Decisions, decisions...

What do you think, folks - should the millions of Galaxy S4 owners regret buying the phone early when they could have waited and gotten the S4 Google Edition instead? Go ahead and cast your geeky votes in the poll below! Also, feel free to back yourselves up by posting comments under the post. As always, let us all have a peaceful and civilized discussion!

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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Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)

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Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

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47. AppleHateBoy unregistered

Just noticed. The dislike button is gone. Hurrah!

2. ihatesmartphone unregistered

I want BOTH!! :D How about WP on s4? XD

6. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

windows would be better:D

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

obviously a clueless lot then what is Samsung ACTIV series for?

20. Kurai unregistered

I want the one without the s-bloatware please . . .

4. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

s4 with win8

15. ihatesmartphone unregistered

can it runs on iOS? lol XD

5. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I chose Google Edition :)

8. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I think that Google Edition should run smoother and has less gimmicks than TouchWiz.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 30721; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Agreed PAU

29. FlushGordon unregistered

You obviously haven't tried the S4 touchwiz

35. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

S4 touchwiz = lag Samsung's solution... S4 with S800 chip :)

64. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Yes, I have and I don't know what makes you think that I haven't.

34. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Exactly. Smoother operation, faster updates, and less software gimmicks taking up memory.

48. AppleHateBoy unregistered

That may not be true as kernels are delivered by Samsung. And they may chose to delay them.

50. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

It'll still be a lot faster than the fully skinned Touchwiz version, especially compared to carrier versions.

59. iushnt

Posts: 3043; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

I prefer to wait few milliseconds, than getting a device with abosolutely no features at all than makes an S4, an S4

66. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I wouldn't. With lag and frame skips all over the UI, it would get annoying really quick. Also with a delay as much as 5 months to get an update to the latest Android OS, I don't think a ton of features that take up half the available memory are worth it, especially when most of them are gimmicks and are either impractical or don't work well. The Google Edition of the GS4 has about 12 GB available, which is a lot more than the measly 8 found on the regular 16 GB GS4. Yes, you have an SD card, but only small apps can be stored on it. So, if you have just a few of the more heavy games on Google Play, you're screwed. And most of those features that use the front camera (Smart Stay, Smart Scroll, etc.) don't work very well, and practically don't work at all in low light. Other features like Dual Camera and Air Gestures are just impractical and awkward. These are commonly referred to as, "gimmicks."

45. AppleHateBoy unregistered

According to Anandtech S4 google edition is much more smoother.

51. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

It feels like a waste of all the sensors. Stock Android doesn't provide features which use them. Why do people want to even buy an S4 then? Just get any other device with a Snapdragon 600 chip. And don't tell me you like the design -- I've seen more complaints here about the S4's design than everywhere else about PRISM... *sigh*

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30721; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Touch wiz. Stock android isn't pretty enough.

17. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

You think stock Android isn't as pretty as Touchwiz? It's absolutely beautiful! Touchwiz is good looking, but not even close to stock.

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