LG UX 4.0 vs new TouchWiz vs Sense UI 7: UI comparison, vote for the better one here!

Just yesterday (April 28), LG unveiled its newest Android champion, the LG G4, that will wage war on the likes of Samsung, Apple, HTC, Sony, and the rest of its rivals. 

Apart from the slightly improved internals and the revamped design, the G4 is mostly similar to the G3 in a number of key areas. The user interface one is among the departments that have received some love - the G4 comes with LG UX 4.0, the newest rendition of its user interface.

With all major players on the market having unveiled their newest interface offerings, we decided to put LG's newest UI against Samsung's toned-down TouchWiz and HTC's Sense 7 UI in a quick interface comparison. The latter came out victorious in one of our recent comparisons, beating Samsung's TouchWiz UI by a slight margin.

Is it going to beat LG UX 4.0 as well? It remains to be seen. As usual, we will compare the UIs in a few key areas and ask you which is the winner in each one. Voting will be open until May 6.

Lock screen and home screen

The trio is similar in terms of lock screen design. However, Sense UI sets itself apart as the only UI that offers more lock screen shortcuts. As usual, these are closely tied to the apps, shortcuts, or folders you have in the dock on your home screen. Surely, LG's UX 4.0 and the new TouchWiz also come with lock screen shortcuts - both allow you to access the camera and, in Samsung's case, the dialer. Which one's your favorite?

Which of the three has the best lock screen and home screen?

LG UX 4.0
TouchWiz UI
HTC Sense 7 UI

App drawer and notification drawer

The app drawers on all three UIs are pretty standard and similar, though Sense once again has a hidden ace up its sleeve - one of the widgets on the home screen is contextually-aware and will change the apps and folders that appear in it according to your location and time of day. LG UX 4.0 also comes with a similar functionality - the Smart Notice widget is also touted as being contextually-aware and more "intelligent" than ever. Samsung, on the other hand, has decided to keep things simple and has not included a feature of the type in its newest TouchWiz. Which one's your favorite?

Which of the three has the best app drawer and notifications/quick settings panel?

LG UX 4.0
TouchWiz UI
HTC Sense 7 UI

Recent apps

All three have made use of Lollipop's recent apps carousel to some extent. LG  has thrown in the option to clear all of your active apps at once, as well as the option to launch the Dual Window multi-tasking feature. In the new TouchWiz, Samsung has also put a "Close All" button; HTC also allows you to do so but only if you enable the grid view of Sense 7's recent apps menu. Which one's your favorite?

Which of the three has the best recent apps menu?

LG UX 4.0
TouchWiz UI
HTC Sense 7 UI


One of the most essential apps of each and every smartphone is the dialer one. All three user interfaces provide you with an easy way to dial in a number, with LG UX 4.0 arguably in the lead - its buttons are slightly larger, thus easier to press. On the other hand, both TouchWiz and Sense 7 give have grid-like patterns between the different digits, making it a bit more easier to discern the individual buttons. Which one's your favorite?

Which of the three has the best dialer?

LG UX 4.0
TouchWiz UI
HTC Sense 7 UI


It's pretty arguable which of the three provides a better organized way to show you your images and albums. In LG's camp, we have a large featured album with your photos at the top, while the rest of your albums are sorted right below it. In the meantime, TouchWiz treats you to small thumbnails of your albums, while Sense 7 exhibits landscape miniatures of your albums. Open an image and all three provide you with the most essential options - edit, share, delete, and others. 

Which of the three has the best built-in gallery?

LG UX 4.0
TouchWiz UI
HTC Sense 7 UI

Music player

Despite the differences, we can safely say that all three user interfaces are pretty multimedia-oriented and are adorned with feature-rich music players. We are not quite sure which one's our favorite - the Material Design one in LG UX 4.0, the immersive music player in TouchWiz, or the clean solution that Sense 7 brings to the table? We'd love to hear your opinion on this topic.

Which of the three has the best native music player?

LG UX 4.0
TouchWiz UI
HTC Sense 7 UI

Calendar, calculator, and clock 

Although they are not among the most interesting apps you have on your phone, you can't argue that the built-in calendar, calculator, and clock apps are not useful. Check how the three UIs fare against one another and cast a vote for your favorite right below.

Which of the three has the best calendar, calculator, and clock apps?

LG UX 4.0
TouchWiz UI
HTC Sense 7 UI

Camera app interface

Here's where things become interesting! All three UIs come with camera apps that have their strengths and weaknesses. It's important to say that each of the refreshed UIs gives you access to manual controls, different shooting modes, as well as features that set it apart from the competition. We're not going to scratch camera performance (we usually do that in our dedicated camera comparisons), yet we (read: you) are going to compare the camera apps of LG UX 4.0, TouchWiz, and Sense 7. Take a look at the screenshot collages we've combined below and vote for your favorite.

Which of the three has the best camera app interface?

LG UX 4.0
TouchWiz UI
HTC Sense 7 UI



1. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Anything but touchwiz. Anything. It looks horrible, it lags, and it makes that popping noise whenever you press something. Easily the worst part of Samsung phone in my opinion.

3. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

Lol you are still living in the world of nature UX huh

13. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

No, it is still horrible. Just look at it. It looks like the designated crowd was five year olds. So childish in the way it was designed, just look at the icons compared to the other two. They are miles ahead, design wise.

24. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

the only icon i don't like on touchwiz is the camera icon it looks stupid lol. good thing i dont need to use the icon to get to the camera just double tap the home button.

54. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

the only icon i just really don't like with Touchwiz is the dialer.

37. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

LG's UI is far more cartoonish than TouchWiz. The "new UI" takes Material Design in the wrong direction. Samsung and HTC did the best job.

44. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

dude what are you talking about? I came to this article to vote for Sense UI and ended up voting for TouchWiz except on the Gallery app. I actually can't believe it but after careful and skeptical consideration I had to give in. Touchwiz in all the screenshots appears to have a more minimalist and cleaner UI. Way to go Sammy!

56. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Lol I am in the same boat. I was going to vote sense but touchwiz just looks better, in these pictures at least. That lock screen is gorgeous.

60. preetmalhotra

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

@theguy2345, so according to you, TouchWiz is childish. Hmm that might be, and those icons are so old school. Right? Let me remind you, despite of your honorable philosophy, Samsung has regained the top spot. and those icons, this time, has theme support. Andr 5.0 has made Samsung debloat touchwiz to a whole new level.

4. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I completely agree! That is the worst part of my note 4 honestly. No matter how long I use my note I hate the looks and sounds. It does have some really useful features though like the multi window

38. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You can turn it off you do know that, right?

5. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

you sure are from the stoneage, Touchwiz have improved by a mile in the S6..seriously, I have it.. and there is no Lag and the water noices are gone from previous phones.

61. ryd3r

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Touchwiz improved? Yeah, right! Out of 3 gb of ram, only 400 mb is always free. Multitasking is in the gingerbread era.

7. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Are you talking about the old Touchwiz? They really improved a lot in the new Touchwiz.

33. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

TouchWiz wins by default, on screen butttons make these screenshots look atrocious.

34. phichart

Posts: 335; Member since: May 03, 2014

since note 3 the touchwiz is much more better... What is lag on my note 4?

46. BaffledTruffle

Posts: 523; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

I actually don't think it lags anymore, considering how light it is now compared to the obese Touchwiz of last gen. And the popping noise can be disabled.

49. TheBiz

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 13, 2015

I totally have to agree i own an s6 touchwiz is feature rich but sense is a pleasure to use and is very asthetic but fanboys are voting for touchwiz this is totally unacceptable zen ui from asus is also beautiful mi ui from xaiomi is ugly but its features are un matched it had features of lollipop in its jellybean rom according to me Sense>Zen ui> touchwiz>mi ui>ux

62. sofyanrhs

Posts: 15; Member since: Feb 07, 2015

hey pal. touch S6.

63. preetmalhotra

Posts: 114; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

You never born. You were dropped. Thats why #nobrains lol

2. JaneChenLong

Posts: 374; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

WOW, Sense UI really have lots of fans here. I wonder why their sales is not good.

9. maherk

Posts: 6955; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I am a Samsung fan and i voted mostly for the sense UI. Theme engine is a big plus for both TW and Sense 7.

12. TyrionLannister unregistered

Sense has way better themes though.

16. maherk

Posts: 6955; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

That's true. Samsung will eventually have tons of themes in their store, but it is a bummer that there isn't a theme creater like the one found in sense.

18. TyrionLannister unregistered

I personally don't care about theme creator. Thee icon set and wallpapers is fixed and usually the mix and match isn't great. Devs create great themes. I want good themes like 'origami' theme of sense on TW. Though the LG UI looks pretty bad. I would fire the guy who created those icons and dialer app.

32. hellbread

Posts: 309; Member since: Nov 21, 2014

Same here.

19. limporgyuk

Posts: 371; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Sense has the best music player without doubt, the visualisations are awesome. The gallery app is also the best with Zoe built in.

6. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

Lockscreen - Touchwiz simple and sophisticated Homescreen - Sense slightly ahead App drawer - Sense Notif - Touchwiz less cluttered imo recent apps - cant pick dialer - Touchwiz (the onscreen buttons of the two just make them meh) gallery-touchwiz (simple and sophisticated) Music - touchwiz calendar, calcu and clock - TW fullscreen is my type :) camera - TW of s6, not on my Note 4 though haha LG skin is so bothering

8. rifat44

Posts: 49; Member since: Apr 29, 2015

htc will b the clear winner in this poll..even the lg ui is better than lagwiz

10. maherk

Posts: 6955; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Lg fan calling tw lagwiz? Lmao Did you check the lag found on the G3, Flex 2, and even G4? Lol

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