16 Samsung Experience features that make the day-to-day Android experience better

16 Samsung Experience features that make the day-to-day Android experience better
The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are right around the corner and with them we are about to be introduced to the next version of ~TouchWiz~ Samsung Experience — Sammy's proprietary user interface, which it generously spreads over Android like it's Nutella over a cracker.

Over the years, Samsung's interface has been getting a lot of flak for being overburdened with components and “gimmicks”, which can bog down the phone to a halt, but the company has been improving and streamlining it over the past 3 years to the point that it's much more coherent throughout. And it's still chock-full with features — big and small — which set it apart from your "stock" Android, or the one you can find on Google's Pixel devices.

So, we decided to make a little list. It's based on the latest Android Nougat-based Samsung Experience that can currently be found on the Galaxy Note 8 and it shines a light on the tiny details that have been added to improve the day-to-day use, or quality of life if you wish.

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30 Comments

1. torr310

Posts: 1604; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I use/like #13 Force Touch Home Button and #16 Themes. Others are either not useful to me or can be found in Nova Launcher.

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2670; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Samsung Experience is what Stock Android should've been...

17. BeersAndTech

Posts: 95; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

No thanks.

21. Anonymous.

Posts: 423; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

Yes thanks.

3. Xperia14

Posts: 1192; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

Definitely one of the most advanced and feature rich skins.

18. BeersAndTech

Posts: 95; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

If most advanced = laggiest, then your sentence would work

20. nepalisherpa

Posts: 332; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

Quit living in the past. Yes, it was laggy in the past but have you used a Note 8? As a former iPhone user, Note 8 is my second Android device. 1st was a Note 4 and I switched back to iPhone because of lags. I don't have the same complaints about Note 8. It has been a very smooth device since Day 1. I have had it since 9/15.

24. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 582; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

100%. The Note 5 was the last Note I used that I experienced any lag on & it was minor at that. The Note 7 & 8 provided completely lag free experiences for me.

26. torr310

Posts: 1604; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Hopefully Samsung will offer another TouchWiz Light version for those who prefer less features. The beauty of Android is full of choices, isn't it?

30. wildfiregt

Posts: 179; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

You should give a try to custom roms. Most offer bloat-free version with optionnal add-ons

4. bucknassty

Posts: 1209; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

i guess thats how you become one of the largest phone manufactures... put so many gimmicks in a phone it bogs down to a halt... yes we all come back to that. Be real... a lot of those gimmicks are useful, and you have the option to TURN THEM OFF still miss my air gestures... whats better than smashing your phone harder when you dont even have to touch it

7. ph00ny

Posts: 1956; Member since: May 26, 2011

Do you own one to be commenting about it?

12. bucknassty

Posts: 1209; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

yes ive had the note 2,3,4... best one was the 3 (I actually had the 2 and 3 rooted, unbelievable what you can do with custom roms)... got the s7 edge because they brought back sd cards... dropped it and decided to pick up a axon 7 i've had iphones for work 4,4s,5s, and 7... best one 7... and still is the best iphone

9. Macready

Posts: 1788; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

A Note 8 is still faster than any new iPhone when running through its interface and stock apps that define the Samsung user experience. Despite all that extra functionality. Verified fact. Only with loading games and heavy photo/video editing or compiling, the iPhone will often be faster, but again loses when reloading them from memory.

5. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

don't forget the gestures such as palm to swipe, etc. So many more things you can do rather than vanilla Android. C'mon, lets be hobest us Android users love Anroid because iOS is boring, well, when copared to Samsjng Experience 8.1, 8.5, and 9, stock Android is boring like iOS. All of these features mentioned, with the piece of mind that your device won't get corroded if it ever touches water, micro sd support to move apps to sd card saving space on the phone, or drag and drop files on a PC or Mac. And other stuff Android devices been doing for years like downloading through a web browser makes Samsung + Android OS goes well. And don't let those old speed test fool you. Samsung nougat devices be slower than 5T, Pixel 2 XL, and iPhone X, but it's not a difference you will see. The trade off of feature to speed is worth it. And if you thonk Sammy stopped there, there is a reason Samsung Oreo is taking long. Quality over quantity, look at S8 on Oreo beta destroying Nougat 5T, Pixel XL 2, and iPhone X in speed and ram management on youtube. Whether the Oreo 5T will be better than the S8 or Note 8 in speed doesn't matter, if you love your Nougat 5T, you'll love Samsungs S8 on Oreo or Note 8 on Oreo more when it comes.

6. CableTelcontar

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 19, 2014

My biggest frustration with my Xperia z2 was not being able to slide right on a contact to call and slide left to text. I honestly have never understood the hate touchwiz gets.

8. libra89

Posts: 2044; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I don't use some of these but I do enjoy using the volume controls for media, and having a silent ringer mode that is separate from Do Not Disturb! That is something I miss every time I use another phone. I also enjoy being able to hide apps, app draw sorting and the actual power saving modes. On stock android, it's like all or none when it comes to power saving, which is alright, but is annoying when you just need battery life for a few more hours but still want to use your phone, outside of texting and calling. I have had times when I needed to use the Med mode, which was awesome to have.

11. andriodfanboy1

Posts: 157; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Mostly present in my honor device

13. LiveFaith

Posts: 325; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Noooooo. Just No! Samsung cannot possibly add anything to the perfection of stock Android. Ever evolving perfection without a single flaw stock Android that is. Stock Android is so much faster that Chuck Norris uses it with peanut butter now instead of jelly. Samsung Experience (Touchwiz) slows your phone down so much that you literally can get cross country letters from USPS faster than Gmail. I haven't touched a Samsung paperweight for 6-7 years now. But I can authoritatively say that none of the dozens and dozens of features baked into Experience are of any value to me whatsoever. They never will be. Well, once near identical features come included in stock Android, or if Apple invents them, then it will be the right time for their greatness to come forth. So thankful that I'm not part of that poor laggy Touchwiz crowd. #NeverLag - President; Android Fanboys and Tech Media Elite Journal

14. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

Blotware!! all those features are in other androids or in the playstore

15. MarmiteTheDog

Posts: 184; Member since: Jul 31, 2017

'Right around the corner'

16. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

All the people whine about TouchWiz are pure hardcore nerds, not the cool ones who won't come to this website, nerds are boring people so they hate anything colorful or cheerful. Period.

19. palmguy

Posts: 950; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Pay almost anywhere with Samsung Pay?

23. darkkjedii

Posts: 30515; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The best on the market, to and for me.

28. cocoy

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

The only feature that I don't like is the edge. Hate it much.

29. worldpeace

Posts: 3049; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

And S-pen could (at least) add another 5 points in that list.

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