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I think you should edit the "others" option into "custom ROMS". Personally here's my take:
1. Pure Android would give you the, well, "purest" experience of Android, with how it was meant to look and feel like. However, note that pure Android has less functionality/features (depends on how you look or define the words) out of the box compared to manufacturer skins.
2. Manufacturer skins will have you seeing the manufacturer's own vision for their devices. It will look the way they want it and work the way they think would be easy for you. In some ways its kinda like Apple doing the thinking for you, but you still get Android's open-ness in a way that's more than Apple but less than stock Android. But its also got more features out of the box than stock Android. Prime examples of these are the HTC Widgets and Samsung's S-Voice and my personal favorite feature: Smart Stay. Mostly, this is enough for some, and its also one of the more stable builds of Android that's not stock.
3. Custom ROMs. Sort of the between of Manufacturer skins and Pure Android. They mostly use a pure Android interface, except for some who actually makes ROMs for the looks that can't be achieved without such level of customization (an example is MIUI). Mostly the custom ROMs are built for performance. Stock Android generally is faster than manufacturer skins because of less background services running (although this also translates to less features running). Custom ROMs tend to generally just be running the absolutely required services, while trying to add features on top of stock ROM in some cases. The problem with this is that these guys are independent developers and as such their nightly releases aren't usually as stable as stock Android or Manufacturer versions.
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The original Evo 4G was my first smartphone. I chose that over the Nexus strictly because of the hardware at the time. After fooling around with Sense and stumbling on XDA I learned about different launchers that make the phone look more like Vanilla Android. Soon after that I rooted, went to Cyanogenmod, and didn't look back. I now have a Galaxy Nexus and can honestly say I will never again purchase a non-nexus Android device.
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I like the Sony Xperia skin, but I changed the animated wallpaper for a photo I took of Elche in Spain.
HTC - I don't mind sense, but Now I've rooted the Wildfire S, would it be better to remove the Orange Apps together with Facebook & Twitter via titanium backup, or install a CM ROM, if CM rom which would be best, i.e. most functional.
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I changed from an HTC phone running Sense to the SGS3 running TouchWiz. I much prefer Sense. I checked out my friend's Galaxy Nexus. I still prefer Sense over it. I find that HTC seems to have some added features that really add value to the phone.
I much prefer a plain screen using a photo. I don't use much of any skin. However, I would like to see some decent icons instead of cutsie or theme colored. I got the Ubuntu theme for ADW and mostly just used the icons. Right now on CM9 Nexus S - I would like a better icon for apps. The all dot one is fine except it's too damn small. It seems to be half the size of the icon in CM7.
I had an HTC Droid Eris as my first smart phone. It came with Sense and I didn't know anything different at first. Then I rooted it and ran Custom ROMS based on stock Android. It seemed to speed the phone up and made it much more customizable.
Now I have the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Verizon version). I have not rooted it, so I'm running the stock ICS. I'm getting a little impatient for JB, so I may root it. Haven't decided yet.
I decided to vote other. Mostly because I haven't had a stock Android device so I don't get what all the fuss is all about. On the other hand first thing I do to my phone is install GoLauncher so the manufacturer skin doesn't mean much to me either.
In the end I think if I had to choose between manufacturer or stock I'd go with manufacturer for more features long as I can turn them off. If an update is interesting enough that I just have to have - I'll just root and install a custom rom with it baked in. Best of both worlds.
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I voted for stock Android. Because some manufacturer's skins can be downright horrible, and also because stock 4.0 and 4.1 looks a heck of a lot better than older versions of Android IMO.
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