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 S4 Google Edition as if it's the Holy Grail of smartphones...
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81 Comments

40. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah, omg Stock Android. i'm temporarily using a Galaxy Nexus until i get my S4 and even though it's so much less powerful than the DNA i was using before this i just loving using Stock Android 4.2.2 sooo much that it hasn't been so bad regressing much at all. o: i love Dashclock, it's one of THE reasons to have 4.2.2 which is funny considering it's from a third party. it's so well recognized that Google adds support to Dashclock themeselves.

43. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I know. I can't wait until I get my Nexus 4 soon. Stock Android 4.2.2, just a few weeks away from 4.3 which I'll get nearly instantly, and it's my first quad core phone as well. I'm practically giddy!

44. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

sounds like you have a lot to be excited about man. i'm happy for you. c:

56. darkkjedii

Posts: 31102; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Preference bro, therefore I can't say you're wrong and vice versa.

61. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Nice response dark, I actually use Stock Android but I prefer touchwiz for its functionality

73. darkkjedii

Posts: 31102; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Thanx iushnt, I just like the overall look of touch wiz more, although stock looks nice too. +1

67. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

You got me there Dark, I respect your opinion, but I gotta say I majorly disagree.

72. darkkjedii

Posts: 31102; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

+1 Berzerk

77. ash29

Posts: 58; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

Damn i miss the dislike button.

12. proto

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

what we prefer? plz review it fist, then we should decide :)

13. Pedro0x

Posts: 271; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

I would prefer the touchwiz, because it is cheaper and then I would root it and put AOSP ROM on it. And I would not have to wait for kernel from Samsung. And to those who would want WP on it, just install some kind of a WP launcher.

19. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

The Touchwiz version is only cheaper on contract. When there are no variables (both 16 GB and unlocked) aside from where you buy it from, the GS4 and GS4 GE are about the same price.

14. Kalevro

Posts: 56; Member since: Sep 11, 2011

Pfff.. no argue Google of course

16. Jason2k13

Posts: 1462; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

i prefer touchwiz, i love the features that it comes with and the 0.5 seconds of lag doesn't bother me but i did install nova launcher and the lag is pretty much non-existent.

18. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

TouchWiz, AOSP is boring.

57. SleepingOz unregistered

Exactly! Although it may seem ugly to some, I just can't live some smart features and Multiwindow. But then again, I'm actually rocking a HOLO-themed Touchwiz ROM. Best of both world!

21. selena1000

Posts: 85; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

wheres the option "i prefer htc one"???

24. FlushGordon unregistered

and that super advanced Ultrapixel technology, well ahead of its time xd....double win.....

28. tmcr7

Posts: 180; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

There's no such thing as an ultrapixel in photography. It's just a marketing term for 4MP.

32. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

It's not a marketing term for 4 MP, it's a marketing term for the giant pixel size compared to other phone cameras, which let in a lot more light.

39. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

read comment 32..Berzer is right.

36. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

and that super advanced Octacore that still got Lags, Octa win! LOL

22. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

Touch Wiz :D

23. FlushGordon unregistered

Touchwiz has quicker, more intuitive controls

54. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

with lags

58. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

You mean S-Lag?

62. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

but as he told, quicker and intuitive controls..normally, people even don't know what lag means..I have a fren with brand new Gs4, he has no idea about exynos, snapdragon, lag, touchwiz etc..And the phone is fast enough to run any apps

68. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Really? Because I've use the GS4, and it lags. Unlocking it lags, swiping through the home screens lags if you have just a few widgets and a live wallpaper, opening and loading the gallery lags, etc. No device is perfect, that's a fact, but the kind of lag the GS4 has is unacceptable for a 2013 flagship device. I used it for 10 minutes and was annoyed with it, my GS3 is easily twice as smooth, even though it's technically only half as powerful. I hope the next few updates Samsung sends out fixes the problem, but it shouldn't have been like that in the first place. With the HTC One and LG Optimus G Pro having 1.7 GHz CPUs, 400 MHz GPUs, and DDR2 memory to the GS4's 1.9 GHz CPU, 450 MHz GPU, and DDR3 memory, you would think the GS4 has a clear advantage, but you'd be wrong. The Optimus G Pro and One both run flawlessly despite their comparatively underclocked SoCs and lower transfer rate RAM.

69. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Sorry I don't buy your words.. The unit my fren has got works smoothly, not smooth as Iphones but I don't feel lags.. I have played it a lot of times and used its camera to take pics.. Pics comes out good too..I believe what I see.. By the way, it's an exynoals octa version.. Either you are die hard Sammy hater or the unit you used was defective or software optimization for sd600 is not that well now. I haven't seen any positive comments posted by you for Samsung in this article. The s4 has already got its update to transfer apps to SD card and it can transfer some huge apps to like gta games too.

75. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I'm definitely not a Samsung hater. I love my GS3, and I had no complaints with my GS2 aside from the older Touchwiz being kind of ugly. The Exynos version might have less of a problem with lag because of the bit of extra processing power, or maybe Samsung treated their own SoC to better optimization, either way it's still unacceptable for the Snapdragon version to have lag.
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