Great video showing Vanilla Android UI on Nexus 5 vs Touchwiz on S5

Lloydbm41

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Pretty amazing how badly the S5 can lag, even with much newer hardware (in comparison to the Nex5 and stock Android. This is especially evident when refreshing previously open apps.) Another reason I'm glad Motorola didn't skin the crap out of Android for the Moto series of phones.

 

lazard

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Pretty amazing how badly the S5 can lag, even with much newer hardware (in comparison to the Nex5 and stock Android. This is especially evident when refreshing previously open apps.) Another reason I'm glad Motorola didn't skin the crap out of Android for the Moto series of phones.

flawed test.

1.) right hand to control the Nexus 5, left hand to control the S5...simultaneously as well...not gonna lead to accurate results.

2.) as hard as you may try, you're never gonna get both your thumbs to hit the app icon at the same time.
 

MRU

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I already posted this in the S5 thread.

He also did one with Sense v Touchwiz



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flawed test.

1.) right hand to control the Nexus 5, left hand to control the S5...simultaneously as well...not gonna lead to accurate results.

2.) as hard as you may try, you're never gonna get both your thumbs to hit the app icon at the same time.
The multitasking results about having to reload after is VERY accurate from my own experience.

And app opening speed wise there isn't a huge difference between my S5 and my S4 GPE. Though the S5 was marginally faster.
 

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S5 has some design problem with multi tasking window. It will be interesting if some one can create these videos with similar phones in both sides. With slow motion technique, I am pretty sure they can prove one is better (marginally) than other.
 

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What's the point of this if we are looking at split seconds difference? Who wins here doesn't have any meanings to most people except those with extreme OCD
 

MRU

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S5 has some design problem with multi tasking window. It will be interesting if some one can create these videos with similar phones in both sides. With slow motion technique, I am pretty sure they can prove one is better (marginally) than other.
What's the point of this if we are looking at split seconds difference? Who wins here doesn't have any meanings to most people except those with extreme OCD
It's not the split second differences that is interesting to me, or the way samsung have an animation lag in multitasking window.

It's the way on the GS5 when using multitasking after say 4-5 recent apps it then has to start reloading older recents when switched to them because it's running out of memory, whereas the M8 has NO trouble and doesn't have to reload, and likewise the Nexus 5 similar story.

That is the thing that effects users more than just a split second delay here and there. It's a clear example of how inefficient Samsung has made Touchwiz in regards to its excessive memory usage.
 

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Interesting video, this is one reason why I prefer vanilla android over what manufacturers throw on their phone - it adds bloat and degrades performance.
 

Cod3rror

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While stock Android is great, no doubt, Samsung adds so much functionality to TouchWiz (in addition to their bloatware useless applications) that I'd be willing to sacrifice some performance for it.

And it should be no surprise that they're almost the same in terms of speed. S5 runs Snapdragon 801, which is just an overclocked 800.
 

hashholly

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While stock Android is great, no doubt, Samsung adds so much functionality to TouchWiz (in addition to their bloatware useless applications) that I'd be willing to sacrifice some performance for it.

And it should be no surprise that they're almost the same in terms of speed. S5 runs Snapdragon 801, which is just an overclocked 800.
I have to agree. I used a Moto X and Nexus 5 for a few weeks, and while Stock android is fast, after messing with a Samsung, especially the newer ones, i don't really see any issues with touchwiz.
 

ecrispy

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Not sure what the video is supposed to show since the speed differences are tiny. Touchwiz has improved a lot, it also has 2x the features of stock and some people depend on those features.
 

spinedoc77

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Not sure what the video is supposed to show since the speed differences are tiny. Touchwiz has improved a lot, it also has 2x the features of stock and some people depend on those features.
These few precious milliseconds can add up, over a lifetime you can save several seconds of your life, how can you put a value on that?

In all seriousness, is this what people cry about and call "lag"?!?! Those tiny little literally MILLIseconds? That's seriously the most pitiful thing I've ever seen, don't people have more things to do with their time?