Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition vs Samsung Galaxy S4

Introduction and Design

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?


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.

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.


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.

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