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  1. Argent009

    Argent009 Well-Known Member

    Wow, the more you guys talk the more this thing just sounds exactly like Apex, I mean down to the most minute details. I'm beginning to wonder if the company that makes one makes the other and they just renamed it somewhere along the line.

  2. NeoGrandizer

    NeoGrandizer Well-Known Member

    There was a thread in xda about it. Some did say they are very similar to each other. That there was no real difference between them. It just boils down to personal preference. Although there was a user who mentioned Nova was more heavier on the resources.
  3. nests

    nests Member

    I got the Apex Launcher to make it more like ICS and liking it so far
  4. Argent009

    Argent009 Well-Known Member

    Um, did you not know ICS was out for the AT&T Note? You can make it exactly like ICS now. But Apex gives you some stuff ICS doesn't which I really like. The ability to have more stuff on the screen, resizing any widget, stuff like that. So even with ICS, I like Apex.
  5. nests

    nests Member

    Yeah I got it after getting ICS was a little disappointed how it looked pretty much the same so decided to change it and glad I did
  6. Argent009

    Argent009 Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I wasn't overly impressed with ICS either, I don't see what the big fuss was about to be honest. Well, at least you can run ICS only apps and such with it, which I guess is the big plus.
  7. n2bowling

    n2bowling Well-Known Member

    I DLd the free version of NOVA, so, for those that are using NOVA PRIME what are the differences between the free NOVA and the PRIME version,
    Thx, Jake
  8. Argent009

    Argent009 Well-Known Member

    It tells you right on the market page...
    Nova Launcher Prime unlocks the following features in Nova Launcher:
    Drawer Groups:
    Folders in App Drawer
    Unlimited custom tabs
    Organize apps into tabs and folders in the app drawer
    Quickly start Nova Actions or Apps from gestures on the desktop, such as pinching, swiping or two-finger swiping.
    Hide Apps
    Keep a clutter free drawer by hidding never used apps.
    Dock Swipes
    Get more use out of your dock apps by setting swipe-actions
    Unread Counts
    Never miss an email. Unread count badges for SMS, Missed calls and Gmail. Counts show in the dock, desktop, drawer and folders.
    More Scroll Effects
  9. mcbtrain929

    mcbtrain929 Well-Known Member

    does either apex or nova give you a 3D-scrolling app drawer?
  10. james27007

    james27007 Look into my Eye VIP Member

    Apex does, nova only offer card stack.

    My conculsion and $0.02 :D

    Ok after playing with both Nova and Apex I have found that everything you can do with Nova you can do with Apex BUT there are things you can do with Apex that you CANNOT do with Nova. Apex has more options, more transition options, more theme options (Nova does not allow themes from what I can tell). Plus you can backup Apex settings and desktop setup but does not force you to do a single backup for both, Nova only offers a complete backup for everything.

    So comes down to:
    They are both great, and side by side out of the box they are basically the same. But when you get into the settings and options, Apex gives you more things to change like other custom launchers do; whereas Nova is more ICS AOSP pure, Apex can be but does not need to.

    Apex wins
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  11. deagledan

    deagledan Member

    Glad to see Nova making all of this money after I mentioned it in the "ICS coming to AT&T" thread. Lucky bastards. :)
  12. Argent009

    Argent009 Well-Known Member

    Nova has no theme option? Aw, that's a deal breaker right there, I love the Chrome theme for Apex, might like some others but gotta wait until I get paid again next month to spend money on toys. :) But Apex with the Chrome theme is sweet.
  13. JunBringer

    JunBringer Well-Known Member

    Started working on my setup with Nova last night. I like it. Went ahead and uninstalled ADW Launcher EX and am sticking with this for a bit. It does the ICS folders much better than ADW for sure. Also I really enjoy the scrolling dock that I used to use a lot on Launcher Pro+.
  14. g nexta

    g nexta Well-Known Member

    I've been following this thread for a few days, since I just got Nova myself, along with Folder Organizer and Swipepad. This is my first 3rd party launcher, and this really blows me away! After numerous hours of configuring everything thing, I've gotten to the point that most of my activity is done with Swipepad, and I eliminated all but one home page!! It may even go further than this! The combination of these three apps are amazing! I do everything so damn fast now! Am I the only one that has eliminated homepages? Swipepad is a must-have app!
    Seriously... Am I the only one that is nearly "homeless" and loving it?
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  15. zc1

    zc1 Well-Known Member

    I just upgraded to ICS yesterday and installed Nova and Apex. Prior to that I was using Go Launcher on GB.

    Apex and Nova are both good. Although I like the themes (was using themes with Go Launcher and can use the same Go Launcher themes with Apex), Nova supports a few more gestures than does Apex. I like being able to access features, apps, etc. with gestures rather than icons so for now Nova is my choice. It's tough to argue that you need as many gestures as are supported by Nova but it's still nice to have that functionality.

    I will definitely be playing around with both launchers much more, though.
  16. Argent009

    Argent009 Well-Known Member

    Never heard of swipepad, can you give me a brief overview of what it does?
  17. g nexta

    g nexta Well-Known Member

    Oh man it's awesome! Any app or place you are at, you can touch the edge of the screen at certain points you designate and it makes your screen a selection of apps you can go to by sliding to the spot and letting go. You can have 24, 48, 72 or more options of buttons. It's a little tricky. Check it out...
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  18. Argent009

    Argent009 Well-Known Member

    Interesting, gonna have to try that one out, thanks.
  19. g nexta

    g nexta Well-Known Member

    I would recommend getting add ons they offer. Ones called "more space and widget pad". I also like "quick post".
  20. Argent009

    Argent009 Well-Known Member

    Okay, I'll give it a try and see if it's something that's for me, thanks.
  21. eaiello1086

    eaiello1086 Member

    Just my $.02. I love the customization of Nova Launcher - so much so that I spent the 4 bucks for pro. However, lately I've been experiencing a lot of redraw. I'd say roughly 75% of the times I hit HOME, the screens redraw. I think I might test Apex out to see if I experience the same problems.
  22. g nexta

    g nexta Well-Known Member

    What is redraw? And what kind of phone do you have?
  23. eaiello1086

    eaiello1086 Member

    I have a Samsung galaxy note. Redraw, as I understand it, is the launcher having to essentially reload your home screen and everything on it when you press home. So I will hit home after finishing this post, and I will see a blank background and slowly my widgets and apps will appear.
  24. Argent009

    Argent009 Well-Known Member

    Apex has the same redraw issue, it's just the phone, the processor isn't quite fast enough to load all that stuff up quickly. It's got more to do with what and how many widgets you're putting on the home screen than it does with the launcher I think, though it may have some part in it.

    @g nexta: Redraw means that it has to refresh all the widgets on the screen every time you hit the home button, it's a little slow, kind of annoying but not really a major big deal for me, I can live with it. I figure it's the price you pay for having cool widgets and animated backgrounds and such.
  25. n2bowling

    n2bowling Well-Known Member

    Hi Gang,
    Ok, dumb Q of the day ;-) how do I make a folder with my (free) NOVA app?


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