Upcoming Note 7 'Grace' UX beta vs TouchWiz on the Galaxy S7 (video)

Upcoming Note 7 'Grace' UX beta vs TouchWiz on the Galaxy S7 (video)
Samsung is test-driving a new TouchWiz interface version, which will probably make a cameo with the Galaxy Note 7 in August, hence the name Note UX. It is currently being employed to beta testers with Note 5 handsets in Korea, and known internally as Project Grace.

While the new interface keeps the general shape and familiar form of TouchWiz, the icons have been smoothed out and made more consistent - a common complaint with Samsung's overlay - but there are also other changes, like unifying the Action Memo or S Note into one apps called simply Notes, or adding a blue light filter in the status bar toggles.

Until you wait for Project Grace to grace your handset, which won't happen before the Note 7 hits the shelves towards the end of the summer, you can preview all the changes that the beta version brings being compared to the current TouchWiz iteration on the Galaxy S7. Keep in mind that this is still not a final iteration of the Note UX, so some features might be added or subtracted, but still, you will get a pretty good overview from the comparison video below.

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Galaxy Note 7
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh



1. abdoualgeria

Posts: 928; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

Touchwiz is impoving fast

2. Fellwalker

Posts: 535; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

What a rubbish review. He's got the phones set up entirely differently. Even a 12 hr vs 24 hr clock and 2 minutes apart! . Different app icons in a different layout on the home screen. App drawer has one in A-Z and the other seems to be personalised order, so you cannot compare like with like. He flicks screens back and forth. He calls the settings menu childish. I gave up then. What a waste of an opportunity.

5. 87thobee

Posts: 10; Member since: Aug 02, 2014

Honestly lookinget at the settings menu now, it does look childish.

12. XaErO

Posts: 353; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

+1, I felt something similar ..

14. kylebelle

Posts: 74; Member since: May 03, 2016

this guy over exaggerates everything

20. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 908; Member since: May 07, 2014

I have noticed the same thing. Looks like he is new into this thing. However this version has certainly improved things a lot.

18. Shadocx4

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Fellwalker is right, this test is f**ked up

19. Shadocx4

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

This dude XEETECHCARE must have a messy life.

3. senseiJ

Posts: 172; Member since: May 02, 2015

I want to put this on my note 5 but I'm just gonna wait for note 7.

4. 87thobee

Posts: 10; Member since: Aug 02, 2014

I'm interested in seeing the final changes. TouchWiz is definitely getting better slowly.

6. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

A step in the right direction, but I still don't like it as it still looks chidlish/cartoonish. The only way to notice that it actually runs Android is to go to software info :/

7. pagal

Posts: 49; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

Apple days are over now, who knows the next BlackBerry will be Apple or Microsoft.

9. kefalin

Posts: 292; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

Microsoft is actually next Blackberry right now. Apple will be quite long here,but i think that maybe up to year 2021,then will people lose interest on these overhyped devices

10. dimas

Posts: 3343; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I'd like to see the rumored upcoming google phone compete with apple.

8. pagal

Posts: 49; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

Apple days are over now, who knows the next BlackBerry will be Apple or Microsoft.

11. ph00ny

Posts: 2026; Member since: May 26, 2011

I'm confused. Stock apps aren't really that different but he says the old one is "difficult" to use. As for quick settings, there is a button that drops it down further instead of swiping left to access the rest of the quicksettings items. He says cartoonish icons but that's already easily solved via theme manager. Is it me or does he seem a little bias against the TW?

13. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 455; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

I like how this youtuber reviews a lot of phones but he doesn't actually have that much knowledge. He says that your phone will be faster thanks to the "new" Device Maintenance option when really it's the same as the Smart Manager app but with a different interface. In his other videos he also says that HDR is just a marketing trick by Samsung.... Still like this guy though, his voice and mannerisms are entertaining haha.

15. aikoo

Posts: 129; Member since: Feb 27, 2016

This dude doesn't know what the hell he's talking about. *mutes volume and looks at video* The UI looks pretty.

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

What he did with the toggle screen, you can do that now with Android 6 on the Note 5. That isn't new.

17. ph00ny

Posts: 2026; Member since: May 26, 2011

it's been around far longer than that

21. JasonMelling1229

Posts: 27; Member since: Feb 07, 2015

Grace been available for a while now, where you been phone arena ?

22. chi_rag737

Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 05, 2016

I liked the new grace ux bit cleaner & faster than touchwiz ui.

23. tyer205

Posts: 41; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Note 7 'Grace' like this

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