Best launcher for Note 2....General


  1. nickname_esco

    nickname_esco Member

    just wondering what launchers people are using for their note 2, and general feedback or thoughts on the launcher......

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  2. PetiePal

    PetiePal Well-Known Member

    I'd use the stock launcher but if ANYTHING Launcher Pro.
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  3. nickname_esco

    nickname_esco Member

    Looking for reasons.......why do you say that?

    have you got a note 2?
  4. Cobravision

    Cobravision Well-Known Member

    Using Nova Launcher, which acts like stock Jellybean with the ability to make the homescreen 6 x 5 and has a much more intuitive and simpler way to create folders.

    Could not ditch the TW launcher fast enough.
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  5. nickname_esco

    nickname_esco Member

    have you tried/compared Nova Launcher to any other launchers?
  6. ScandaLeX

    ScandaLeX Wasn't Me Guide

    I'm still using stock. Haven't taken the time to sit down for a minute to do any customizing yet.
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  7. bamhm182

    bamhm182 Well-Known Member

    I'm still using stock. On my last phone I used the Go Launcher. I've downloaded the Go Launcher on my Galaxy Note II, but I haven't gotten around to using it yet. I might compare it with other launchers before settling down on it too.

    The only thing the Stock launcher has over any other launcher in my opinion is the screens that you can have show up when you remove the S Pen or plug in headphones.
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  8. BleedingPurist

    BleedingPurist Well-Known Member

    I think some people habitually customize without experiencing the stock experience. Yes, older Android versions were lacking and customizing really fleshed it out. These days though... quite often the stock experience is more than good enough.

    I think it's a good idea to just use stock for a while and then look into trying some customizing if really called for. You'll be more prepared to recognize when you are screwing up your experience.
  9. ScandaLeX

    ScandaLeX Wasn't Me Guide

    You said a mouthful. Cant like your post enough.
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  10. gammon

    gammon Member

    I've used Launcher Pro and Go Launcher on my GN2 and noticed that Go Launcher seems to be more responsive, has better customization options, and a better UI.
  11. almath

    almath Well-Known Member

    I use Go Launcher, tried touchwiz for about 2 hours....I tried, I just like my setup I had before.
  12. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    Likely will be using Nova. Go Launcher Ex has been my launcher for a little while, just because of LPP's lack of support for future OS beyond Gingerbread. Thing is, GLEx seems to be a little 'bit more of a battery hog than LPP was, which is why I'm looking forward to using Nova. I don't mind GLEx on my MoPho right now, but I'm ready to move on to a different launcher that's best suited for ICS and above.
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  13. ScandaLeX

    ScandaLeX Wasn't Me Guide

    I also had the same thought.....GLEx being a battery hog.

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  14. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    Yeah, which sucks on the Photon because I used to have such great battery life. Now, it's similar to how my Evo was (which was okay, but I was very cautious on what I'd do throughout a day, just to conserve battery life).
  15. vincentallen2

    vincentallen2 Well-Known Member

    Just curious, but are you guys able to use the tw widgets with nova?
    Im using nova prime on my HTC EVO Design 4G now, but it doesn't allow htc widgets to be used. Instead, there's a bunch of cheap generic looking ics widgets. Hopefully its not the same for you guys (crosses fingers :))
  16. Cobravision

    Cobravision Well-Known Member

    The widgets are part of the launcher, so you won't be able to use the TW widgets with a third party launcher (you'll see the same widgets you see on your current phone).

    I tried Apex on my EG4T but didn't like it for some reason (I think it didn't do direct dial shortcuts like stock Android). I didn't even bother with it on the GN2.

    The reason I ditched TW was the limited amount of icons on the screen and the poorly implemented folder creation. I have no idea why they went for GB style folders. A real step backwards.
  17. Capeguy

    Capeguy Well-Known Member

    I currently have the original Note. I'm getting the Note 2 on Friday. I will be using Nova Launcher on the Note 2. I can backup my Note 1 configuration, transfer it to the Note 2 and be up and running in no time.

    I wasn't able to do that with the Apex Launcher. I prefer Nova because it's very easy to use.
  18. Veritas

    Veritas Member

    I tried nova launcher and went back to the stock one. It does all I need. Looks good and operates pretty fast.
  19. PetiePal

    PetiePal Well-Known Member

    I've used Go Launcher, Launcher Home Pro and Nova. Supposedly Nova is the best option for JB, ICS and before the others reigned supreme
  20. miss_vickies

    miss_vickies Well-Known Member

    i've used (am using) NOVA on my Nexus, so would be interesting to compare to the stock one when I get my Note 2... to see if i even want to switch

    ...or do you think NOVA on Nexus and Note 2 would act diff?

    **c'monnnnn purolator.... bring me my phooooone!!
  21. ScandaLeX

    ScandaLeX Wasn't Me Guide

    I've used them all including SPB Shell 3D. I thought that one was pretty pricey ($14.99) but purchased it anyway. Great eye candy but it crashed too often to be of any good.
    Once I get tired of the stock launcher I'll go back to Nova (Prime).
  22. Sandroidfan

    Sandroidfan Well-Known Member

    Anyone tried Holo HD launcher? I wonder how it compares to Nova or Apex.
  23. drexappeal

    drexappeal Well-Known Member

    Holo was initially developed by someone at XDA for non-ICS phones to get somewhat of the ICS experience. I thought it was a nice launcher, very responsive, but lacked some of the customizations I was hoping for. On top of that, it didn't really give me the ICS experience I was expecting, so I didn't try it out for very long. One thing I definitely missed (compared to Go Launcher Ex) was being able to group all your apps in your app drawer into folders. I love being able to group all the apps in folders, in the app drawer, so it doesn't take up screen real-estate (more room for widgets of my most used apps) and I don't have to scroll through multiple apps, just to find that one app that I have that I use only every now and then. That function alone is one of the main reasons I'll be switching to NOVA.
  24. KOLIO

    KOLIO NOTEoriously XPOSED Guide


    Just happen to stumble across this thread. I actually have the SGS III w/stock JB, not the NOTE2.

    Just like DREX said, this is a launcher based on stock ICS/JB & was meant for those stuck on GINGERBREAD so they could have an ICS feel to their phones.

    That was the case w/the original HOLO LAUNCHER, but, HOLO LAUNCHER HD is for ICS & up phones.

    I can't state how pleased I am w/this launcher. Been using it for about four months now & have compared to NOVA, APEX, etc.... but, always come back to HOLO HD. My reason simply is performance, smooth operation, no lag, clean look.

    The developer has continuously tweaked this app & adds new features on a regular basis, check out the change log.

    IMHO, you can't go wrong w/HOLO LAUNCHER HD. If there's a feature you'd like to see on future updates, just drop the developer an e-mail. Odds are he's either working on it or already has it planned for an upcoming release.
  25. Sandroidfan

    Sandroidfan Well-Known Member

    Yeah, Holo launcher HD based on JB launcher is what I meant, not regular Holo launcher.
    I tried it today my on Gnex and I really like it. Very smooth and fast. Its setting menu looks somewhat similar to Apex but it's a bit simpler and lighter. My favorite was Apex, but now I'm liking Holo HD.
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