ADW vs Launcher Pro


  1. marefin

    marefin Well-Known Member

    I've been trying to figure out which is inherently better ADW or LP. To me it seems like ADW is a bit better because you can pick different themes for it. Haven't found a way to do that for LP (if there please let me know). But does anyone have any input on which one is better and why?

    edit. Also if there is another launcher app that is better other than the two listed and why?

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  2. AHanks12

    AHanks12 Well-Known Member

    I've always been happy with LP. The dev is constantly updating/ improving it and I enjoy a lot of the features included with it, (e.g., landscape mode, 3D app drawer, etc...) I don't believe there are themes for it like ADW but it is not hard to change the icons or dock to pretty much what ever you want. There are a ton of APK's available.
  3. marefin

    marefin Well-Known Member

    I was using LP as well and I liked it too. And the 3D app drawer was awesome, tho I didn't care for the landscape mode. But I couldn't find ways to fully change the dock and icons with out applying a theme made for a launcher (ADW for example) so I just switched to ADW. How do you go about changing the icon and dock layout?
  4. Jhenson49698

    Jhenson49698 Active Member

    There is no correct answer to your question. It is all about preference. I was a long time ADW user, and still think it is top notch. However I switched to LP about a month ago due to his new launcher pro plus widgets that are so similar to sense that I wanted to switch. Now that I have used LP and no all the features it is my launcher of choice. I like the ability to have 3 dockbars. Both developers are amazing and quick to respond to problems. IMHO you can not loose with either.
  5. 2 things I saw were differences.

    LP has a scrolling dock that allows me to quickly access my most used apps no matter what screen I'm on. Internet, phone, text, camera, fb chats.... ADW has a dock, but can't hold as many apps.

    ADW allows resizing of widgets for free, where LP allows it for the 2.99 purchase of the upgrade. I may end up buying it soon enough. But for now, I haven't

    I use LP for the scrollable dock with up to 14 apps you can place on it.

    As far as icon packs, you can use a free app, desktop visualizer, that allows you to make you apps have any icon you want. I have a pretty FSU Seminoles heavy theme going on mine.
  6. dcraig723

    dcraig723 Member


    Would you be able to post a screen shot of your FSU theme?! That would be awesome!
  7. IOWA

    IOWA Mr. Logic Pants Moderator

    Launcher Pro Plus all the way (STILL the best app I've bought)
  8. othgar

    othgar Well-Known Member

    I was using LP but decided to give ADW a try. I got a lot more force closes with ADW than LP. I went back to LP. Also, at least in my experience, I get less redraws with LP and it seems slightly faster when swiping screens.
  9. BigLarry

    BigLarry Member

    Question: I have a mytouch 3g with 1.6 on it, so the only adw version available is the ADW.Launcher (donut). Is this version ever updated or is it absolete. Thanks!
  10. sookster54

    sookster54 Well-Known Member

    Considering full customization, LauncherPro + desktop visualizer or FolderOrganizer (paid, can read icon packs downloaded from Market) tops it. ADW needs premade themes, there are a few nice ones, ADW is catching up fairly quickly as the 1.2 release allows widget resize after placement and an addon for ADW notifications like ADW's missed calls/SMS/emails notifications.

    They're both good in each own's way, I still prefer LauncherPro plus even after buying ADW notifier.
  11. sookster54

    sookster54 Well-Known Member

    Just to throw this out there, try LiveHome or Tag Home for 1.6. They're both decent launchers, or even Zeam.
  12. DellyBelly

    DellyBelly Well-Known Member

    I personally use ADW; but have used LP in the past and it's good too; as Jhenson mentioned there is no right or wrong answer; they are both the very best of the launchers out right now.

    My advice would be to play with both and decide which you like best; sounds like you already have a preference so go with it. Also people say LP is faster at swiping but theres settings in ADW to adjust how fast or slow you swipe as well as the bounce you get; so im pretty sure you could mimic LP smoothness in ADW with the proper settings.
  13. Hrethgir

    Hrethgir Well-Known Member

    I have both on my Droid X at the moment, but will be deleting LP pretty soon. I like LP, it's plenty smooth, but I get 3-4 FC's a day on it, there's something with the autorotate and native landscape apps that doesn't play well. I disable autorotate for a week, and didn't have a single FC, but as soon as I reenabled it, they came back. I like autorotate, and haven't had a problem with it using ADW, so I'm switching to that. If they get LP fixed, I may go back, but for now, I can't use it.
  14. IOWA

    IOWA Mr. Logic Pants Moderator

    You need to adjust the memory settings.
  15. sookster54

    sookster54 Well-Known Member

    That's exactly the problem I had on the LG Shine Plus and it occured in both ADW and LauncherPro, seems when you switch orientation it eats up memory to redraw everything over and over, I ended up going with Zeam launcher because it uses so little memory and hasn't caused any problems. On my Desire I always keep it locked in portrait mode on the launchers.
  16. X10iUser

    X10iUser Well-Known Member

    I'm in the same boat but will be sticking with ADW when the update comes. And it's just had an update hasn't it which as already mentioned allows the resizing of widgets.
  17. Hrethgir

    Hrethgir Well-Known Member

    What do they need to be adjusted to? I haven't touched anything in the memory settings, it's just like it was when it was installed. I'm guessing make the buffer or something bigger? I've sent many error logs to the LP forums, and there seems to be a buffer issue, but I don't know what to do to fix it. Besides installing ADW.
  18. IOWA

    IOWA Mr. Logic Pants Moderator

    Do you have LP or LP +?
  19. tonyb81

    tonyb81 Well-Known Member

    Until LP lets me make the screen transparent when I pull up the app drawer, I'll stick with ADW.
  20. Hrethgir

    Hrethgir Well-Known Member

    Just LP. I was going to get Plus until I started having so many force closes. I went into its settings and found a memory one. None of the options were checked, so I picked Highest. I'll give it another go and see what happens, set it back to my default launcher.
  21. tdgobux

    tdgobux Member

    It depends upon what you find more useful to you.
    Advantages for ADW -
    Themes - you can't theme in LP
    That's it

    Advantages for LP
    More control over the app drawer - 5+ columns and rows, even 3d which is real cool - and faster
    better control over the docking bar - can have 3 bars and they loop
    biggest advantage - the ability to re-size the widgets - and with desktop visualizer, you can create some pretty cool shortcuts.

    So, if you're into variety and like to get one theme all in one place, ADW may be better; if you're a tinkerer and like to have things the way you like it, LP would be better. Either one is very good.
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  22. IOWA

    IOWA Mr. Logic Pants Moderator

    Yeah being able to resize widgets was worth the $3 to me!
  23. Hrethgir

    Hrethgir Well-Known Member

    Well, tried LauncherPro with the memory setting on High, and still got force closes. I like it, but I'm switching to ADW. By the way, ADW lets you resize widget for free!
  24. IOWA

    IOWA Mr. Logic Pants Moderator

    Your supposed to put it lower if your getting FC's not higher >.>
  25. upshawg

    upshawg New Member

    Help! I'm using LiveHome on Android 2.2 on Samsung Galaxy S...

    I have 5 Screens. If I don't load a picture on a specific screen the error message "Screen 5: Picture is unavailable. Need to setup or reload."

    I don't want a picture on this screen. I just want it black background "as is". I have a widget and the error message shows in background behind widget. Help!

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