Linked by Alexey Eromenko on Fri 1st Feb 2013 21:52 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Many people think that all Androids are equal and it's a race to the bottom where the cheapest vendor wins. This could not be farther from the truth. For me, it all began half-a-year ago, when I bought the Samsung Galaxy S III and was absolutely stunned by it, then exploring and comparing it with other Androids. Now that Google has fired a shot across the bow with its low pricing for the unlocked Nexus 4, where does that leave Samsung and its flagship handset?
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I disagree with your view on TouchWiz
by nej_simon on Tue 5th Feb 2013 15:00 UTC
nej_simon
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2011-02-11

My recommendation: If you don't believe me, just use the Samsung Galaxy S III for a month, then try the vanilla Google Android for a few days. You will understand the difference very quickly. You will not want to go vanilla.


I don't have a S3 but my tablet is a Note 10.1 with TouchWiz running on Jelly Bean. I was ok with the UI until I tried vanilla Android on a nexus tablet. It's a lot nicer and more consistent than TouchWiz and I'm currently following the development of CyanogenMod for my tablet mostly to be able to switch to a more vanilla UI.

I don't see how you can say that samsung does more UX studies. What's that claim based on? Various apps that samsung bundles on the same have different UX styles, some of which are horribly ugly (just look at the skeuomorphism in S planner or S note: http://www.pocketables.com/images/2012/08/s-note-1-608x357.jpg) and integrates badly with the other.

P.S.: Arguably Samsung Android 4.0 is better not only than Google Android 4.0, but also wins vs. Google Android 4.2 in most areas, and on tablets Samsung's advantage is even greater, due to the introduction of world's first window manager for Android, allowing you to have multiple windows floating around, just like on MS Windows desktops. Just look at Samsung Galaxy Tabs and you will understand what I mean.


The integration of a window manager is nice but it's hackish and often doesn't work properly. For ex. in facebook the multi window-button is placed right over the send button in a chat window and the UI doesn't respond properly unless you run the app full screen. Other apps have various issues.

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