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S5 vs Nexus 5: Touchwiz vs vanilla Android 4.4 Kitkat

We pit Samsung's latest custom skin against Google's untouched alternative
Thu Apr 17 2014, 12:47

SAMSUNG'S GALAXY S5 arrives running the newest version of the firm's Touchwiz user interface, and while it's a huge improvement compared to previous iterations, we still found the skin a little overbearing.

My Magazine, for example, is a widget that takes up a whole home page on the Galaxy S5. It is essentially Samsung's take on HTC Blinkfeed, and while it's good for those who like to keep up to date with the latest news, we found ourselves barely using it.

Samsung's Settings and Apps menus prove overbearing too. The Settings menu has over 60 options available, which means the handset can seem complicated to set up, while the Apps Menu is still home to a number of proprietary apps which we didn't find ourselves using.

The Nexus 5, on the other hand, doesn't come with any widgets or bloatware installed, and we noticed that swiping through the handset's interface was smoother than on the Galaxy S5. The Settings menus are much easier to use too, and we didn't find ourselves bogged down in unnecessary apps. 

Check out our full Samsung Galaxy S5 review. µ

 

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