Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Introduction:

Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
When you’re talking about the Samsung Galaxy S4 nowadays, you really need to clarify just a tiny bit more, seeing that during Google I/O, it was announced that a version of the prized handset would bear a stock Android experience. Should we be surprised that it was chosen to be turned into a ‘Google Play Edition’ device? Well, considering that it’s selling like hot cakes and proved to be one of the most talked about things during the first half of the year, it’s fitting for it to be transformed into a Google Play Edition smartphone. The handset’s original experience, TouchWiz, brought along a ton of cool features into the mix. Knowing that, is there going to be any major tradeoffs switching to the stock Android experience?


Design:

No surprises here folks. These two are identical twins, and it’s undeniably hard to tell them apart from the front. Well, if we take a peek from their backsides, we’re able to distinguish them from one another. In fact, the TouchWiz version has the “Galaxy S4” branding etched into its rear casing – whereas it’s not present on the Google Play Edition. Sure, it’s not the most premium looking thing on the market, but we can’t complain since it bears a thin and lightweight frame that’s reasonably constructed together.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S4 (right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S4 (right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
The Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S4 (right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S4 (right)


One thing worth noting about their designs is the fact that they both feature various IR blasters, but it’s only the TouchWiz version that makes use of them – seeing that they’re not active on the Google Play Edition.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4

The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S4 (right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S4 (right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S4 (right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S4 (right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4

The sides of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S4 (right)



Display:

Gorgeous! What more do we need to say about their 5-inch Super AMOLED 1080 x 1920 displays aside from that? Quite simply, they’re detailed, vivid, sharp, sport wide viewing angles, and have that showroom wow factor with their polarizing glows. Although they share the same hardware, there’s one notable feature that puts the advantage to the TouchWiz original – Air View functionality. Essentially, the display on the TouchWiz version is able to track our finger as it’s hovering slightly away.

Viewing angles of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S4 (right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Viewing angles of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S4 (right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4
Viewing angles of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S4 (right) - Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4

Viewing angles of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition (left) and the Samsung Galaxy S4 (right)




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12 Comments

1. proto

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

hmm. i noticed that google edition have lower framerate when recording in night and standard S4 doesn't!

2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Also, TouchWiz is better optimized in battery department than stock Android believe it or not. Check out GSMarena.com for battery results !

6. AnTuTu

Posts: 1580; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Beast smartphone till date. Lovin ma S4 :)

3. LPDDR3

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

Does both of them have the S-BOMB feature....???

4. raghu67

Posts: 32; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

not sure of S-BOMB feature, but they sure don't have iTRANSFORMER feature.

5. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

just have your cake and eat it too with MoDaCo Switch...

7. stevemilliamps

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Wow, you're right.. I used the Google version vs. the Original S4 and it's a huge difference.. Over all it doubled my battery life for each version of the Galaxy S4... However I'm using an extended battery, but it's still the same..

8. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

GE is better but TW is also good.

9. gynorm

Posts: 37; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

Hey John, what is the storage difference on the 2. I imagine the Goolge Play Edition will take up less storage but it would be good to know.

10. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Try reading the article first before posting and making a fool of yourself.

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12. JWallis

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 11, 2013

I need to get this phone...

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