HTC Sense 6 vs Samsung TouchWiz vs Sony Xperia: UI comparison

HTC Sense 6 vs Samsung TouchWiz vs Sony Xperia: UI comparison
Despite major changes like the addition of the Duo Camera to the new One, HTC is pretty obviously trying to stick to the things that made the previous One a success -- a stylish, aluminum body, beautiful display, and a sleek-looking skin on top of Android. It feels like HTC is iterating with the new One, and while the essence is the same, a lot has also changed or has gone through streamlining process.

This notion is perfectly applicable if you take a look at something like the updated Sense 6 skin that HTC is launching the new One with. It's still Sense at its core, but it now even flatter, and has gone for a new approach when it comes to choice of a color scheme. The new UI is very bright and colorful, unlike the almost metallic look and feel of the previous overlay. But how does HTC's skin stack against that of the competition? Is Samsung's controversial TouchWiz a worthy competitor (the still current version, and not the one on the Galaxy S5), and can Sony's timid Xperia UI light a candle to the design powerhouse that HTC has become? Compiled below are almost three dozen of side-by-sides that will both give you a taste of the design philosophy language that each of the three companies adheres to, and, not at all coincidentally, allow you to pick your favorite.

Take a look.

Note: Sense 6 UI always on the left (portrait) or top (landscape), TouchWiz is always in the middle, while the Xperia UI is always at the right (portrait) or bottom (landscape).

FEATURED VIDEO

56 Comments

1. jexxx

Posts: 48; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Compare the software of the new htc one to the galaxy s5 instead of the s4....

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

With what demo device?

6. maherk

Posts: 6933; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

they don't need a demo device, there are official screenshots of the new toucwiz.

15. Kyokado

Posts: 115; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Sure. PA would do that for u. Why not search and compile all the pokemon in the world abillites while they're at it.

21. erikiksaz

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 22, 2010

Haha, +1. Anyways, it's laughable how ugly touchwiz is.

5. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

HTC sense is clean, clear, fluid, fast, and smooth.

16. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

Sense 6 and Sony UI really awesome! I guess new Touchwiz won't be that far off track due to agreement with Google, but Sony widgets rock!!!

39. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

but it has no features, its like driving a car with no power steering cruise control traction control abs brakes, what good is that if less is more smooth and clean

58. FirdausRusher

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 11, 2012

thats when your wrong the new xperia ui on the z2 has more features go check it out and give sony a try .

12. danny_a2005

Posts: 365; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

Sony UI > Sense 6> Sense 5.5> any other UI> laggy Touchwiz

13. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Sense 6/Touchwiz > Timescape UI

18. sennarose88

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 18, 2009

Said the infamous Sony hater. Every single argument you made on Sony is invalid.

19. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You mad that Sony can't produce a great UI like HTC and Samsung can?

22. sennarose88

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 18, 2009

You can't put "Samsung" and "great UI" in one sentence.

24. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Yes you can. Samsung's Touchwiz is a great UI with the most features.

17. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Yeah. Sony UI is not bloated like the rest. Just look at the drop down notification. Sony's Timescape is clear and to the point.

20. Diego!

Posts: 876; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

Word. Sony's UI is outstanding! I love it!

31. thariq

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 11, 2014

I like it

40. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

ok why dont we try taking touchwiz and put it on sony or in sense, how would it preform,,, laaggy, touchwiz has so many specs that the cpu cant keep up with it.. there is nothing more else to optimise touchwiz thats what your gonna say,, if so what optimisation should the be... tell me ?

36. Zakriya

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 05, 2013

the htc and samsung ui they presented is 4.4.2 KK while the Sony is 4.3 JB. Atleast Compare Same software UI PA

51. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

Sure, but please let your pals at Sony know that we're still waiting for the update first...

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Sense 6 and Touchwiz reign supreme.

10. vipervoid123

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Hi , SPAMMER ~

14. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Hi. How may I assist you today? Here to talk about the article?

26. igorb81

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

feature wise no one comes close to Touchwiz even though it's been lacking in the looks department but fortunately it's easily fixable with ROMs and themes etc. I never used stock TW before. I always had it themed to mimic AOSP but like I said no one comes close to all of the features. Sense is obviously the best looking UI but lacks a lot of functions. But all of this SENSE UI is non sense since HTC is unable to produce a decent phone to use it's UI to date and now that's the sad reality. Get rid of 4 mp ultrapixel and maybe we can talk again.

4. maherk

Posts: 6933; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Sense>touchwiz>Sony UI. this is my OWN preference. The thing I don't like about sony's ui is the mix between rounded icons and regular ones, it just don't seem right to me. People call touchwiz cartoonish, I believe that all UIs are cartoonish except for Sense UI, including iOS, LG UI, even WP.

7. NoFanboy

Posts: 300; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

Sense 6

8. vipervoid123

Posts: 163; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

@PA ~ U seems quite unfair for comparing Android 4.3 UI of Sony with HTC and Samsung 4.4 UI ~

9. amiroo

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

Sense 6 sample of user friendly ui's with best design. Sense6>sense5.5>Sense 5>touchwiz

11. JMartin22

Posts: 2372; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I think TW looks the best. It feels more compact, organized and consistent throughout the whole UI design element. The others look too scattered. In my opinion.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.