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

78. Jason2k13

Posts: 1462; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

you love your GS3? hmmm let me just refresh your mind, but didn't you just wrote something that looks like this: "43. Berzerk000 posted on yesterday, 08:51 1 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!" First quadcore phone? isnt an S3 a quadcore? I think you my friend has a habbit of lying, I dont think you ever tried an S4 because it rarely lags, and even if it does, its only 0.5 seconds which is pretty much not noticeable to most people. Now stop lying, its bad for your health.

79. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I live in the U.S, and I didn't buy the international version. The U.S versions of the GS3 have dual core Snapdragon S4 processors. Why don't you consider all the variables before jumping to conclusions. The "lag" in the S4 isn't really lag as much as it is dropped frames. There are noticeable frame drops all around the UI that get very annoying, at least in the Snapdragon variant, I haven't used the Exynos version.

25. tmcr7

Posts: 180; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

Let the sales figures decide.

33. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Sales figures have little to do with which device is better. The original Galaxy S4 has a huge marketing campaign behind it, I doubt Samsung or Google will do much marketing for the Google Edition, if at all.

26. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

TouchWiz. I prefer TouchWiz as it brings a whole lot more over and above stock Android, e.g. Multi window multitasking Multi item clipboard Incredible Camera UI with a whole lol of features Pop Up Play Excellent Music Player that even allows editting ID3 tags Built-in Yahoo! News and Stock Market apps that tie in well with the whole UI S Apps such as S Memo which is one of THEE best note taking apps, even syncing with my Google Docs and Evernote. Samsung have done excellent job in filling TouchWiz with a ton of useful apps and mods, so much so that I find it hard to replace them when I do try custom ROMs or other OEM Androids, which feel more bare and too dependent on Google to do everything.

27. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I have mixed feelings, stock android is awesome but *some* features in tw are also welcomed, I just don't like a certain bloat and a lot if crazy stuff

31. sats.mine2k4

Posts: 208; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

The S4 google edition is good...but i would love to have a Xperia ULTRA - Google Edition...

37. Cesar

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

GOOGLE EDITION IS WAY BETTER THAN TOUCHWIZ, wich means there is no LAG!!

38. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i'll put it like this. i'd prefer the Google Edition experience but i'd buy the regular consumer edition.

41. HarshWardhan

Posts: 1; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

i have always avoided samsung phones due to touchwhiz ui! DEFINITELY GOOGLE!

42. jellmoo

Posts: 2599; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I am honestly surprised at the amount of people sticking with Touchwiz. Different strokes for different folks I guess. For me, I believe that stock Android will solve the lag/stutter issue on the S4, which is the prime reason I would pick it everytime. The others are that I find Samsung innovations to be gimmicky and not my cup of tea, and that I personally find Touchwiz to be ridiculously ugly. To each their own though.

49. flynfree

Posts: 374; Member since: Jun 09, 2013

I prefer sgs4 with snapdragon 800, 32gig of native store capacity.

52. Ardoleon

Posts: 14; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

Well, as for me, there is always to option to use my TW S4, then if I decide I don't want to use TW, I can simply flash in the stock ROM. See, with TW version, you can have your cake and eat it too.

53. Potato.

Posts: 607; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I prefer HTC ONE!

55. ashisharbola

Posts: 62; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

Am hoping maybe samsung will give earlier S4 adopter a option to install stock android.

60. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I'd prefer the GOOGLE edition on all handsets.

65. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Pure Android, thank you. All in on that idea. I like touch wiz as far as UI is concerned, but I am loving the fact manufacturers are seeing that there is a reason the Nexus series is so freaking popular.

71. JMartin22

Posts: 2371; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

TouchWiz is my ideal choice. Better software, the former which utilizes the full extent of the hardware and better battery life (especially once you rooted and debloated the stuff you won't use)

74. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

i prefer touchwiz, wp, google edition in one.

76. maxspecs

Posts: 37; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

google edition, i don't want any skins i actually dislike touchwizz. performance is also a deal breaker for me, i want the most out of my smartphone... peace

80. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

I prefer Stock Android always. But being a Nexus 4 owner, there's no reason for me to pay $599 for HTC One GE version or $649 for S4 GE version. Slight upgrade on specs and different phone design are not worth $600 for me.
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