June 13th, 2010, 08:21 PM
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dxTop : Home Alternative: Worth every penny and then some...
dxTop: Your Home (app) away from Home
Why would you need a Home replacement app? Maybe you need more screen real estate. Maybe you?re looking for a bit more functionality. Maybe you just like tweaking things. Maybe you?re tired of maybes and want this review to get moving. There are about a dozen options when it comes to home replacement. Which one is right for you depends on a bunch of factors ? desired functions, cost, skins, and reliability to name a few.
dxTop offers a number of additions to the stock home screen. First, you have the option of 4 home screens arranged in a diamond or adding a 5th screen in the middle of the diamond. The beauty of this design is that it allows all screens to be just one swipe away. Some people may have a bit of difficulty with the arrangement initially. No matter what screen you?re on, a swipe from top to bottom will bring you to the top screen. The process is similar for each of the screens. Typing this up is like putting words to Mr. Myagi?s training philosophy ? you?d probably be better just doing it and asking questions later.
Another important feature is the 5-app dock. I?m not an iPhone fanboy, but having access to your main apps from any screen is just smart. Also, dxTop adds app categories, which you can create on your own. If your app tray is looking more crowded than the sidelines of a middle school dance then categorization will help. Even better, you can use these app categories to have category folders on any home screen. Additionally, a second tray shows you which apps are currently sucking your memory and lets you close them.
dxTop has a number of other features ? lots of skins to choose from, a custom lock screen, screen transitions (think ubuntu cube), and support for live wallpaper. On top of all that, there are several custom widgets available. The music, search and weather widgets are pretty standard, but you might like them a bit better. The real feature is the memory monitor widget that graphs your available memory in real time.
For $2.99, dxTop was a great investment, but choosing a home replacement app is a lot like picking out a shirt. Maybe I?m a softball t-shirt person and maybe you?re still popping your collar, but you gotta do what works for you (even if everyone?s laughing at you from across the room). Look for the features you need, then the ones you want, and try out a few before throwing down the cash.
Here?s the rundown:
+4 (or 5) screen diamond layout with 1-swipe access to all screens
+2nd Tray and widget for memory management
+Customizable app categories and category folders
-$2.99 (but well worth the cost
Reviewed on Droid running Android 2.1