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ADW vs Launcher Pro

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by Raptor912, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. Raptor912

    Raptor912 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    I have read a lot about Launcher Pro and have been using it for 3 weeks now. I have not seen as much info about ADW.

    Can anyone chime in about the major differences between the two and anything that ADW does better/faster than Launcher Pro?

  2. incrediblenotinstock

    incrediblenotinstock Android Enthusiast

    the only thing i think ADW has over launcher pro is that you can install themes to make icons and docks look different
  3. Paycer

    Paycer Android Enthusiast

    I'm pretty sure that LP can do that too. I actually have both Launcher Pro and ADW on my AppBrain list right now. When I get my phone I intend to try both out and find out just what the differences are. :)
  4. Airmaxx23

    Airmaxx23 Android Expert

    You can do the same with Launcher Pro.
  5. androy

    androy Android Enthusiast

    Both launchers are awesome, you can't go wrong with either one.

    However, I dont know if it's just me but I feel that ADW is a little snappier than LP. I've been sticking with ADW for a while now.
  6. incrediblenotinstock

    incrediblenotinstock Android Enthusiast

    my bad sorry. wait you can download themes for LP too?
  7. john0821

    john0821 Android Enthusiast

    The main reason I went with LP is because ADW has a bug where widgets (such as updating the clock) won't update.
  8. chrlswltrs

    chrlswltrs Extreme Android User

    Not themes but you can customize the dock and icons individually, which I prefer anyways. I started using LP because HelixLauncher2 wasn't on the X after I switched from the Droid. The only reason I use a launcher is so that I can have less screens instead of blank ones and so that I can have a dock. So far I am loving LauncherPro Plus so I see no reason to change. There is really nothing missing that I would consider an upgrade enough to have to recustomize a new launcher.
  9. PurePursuit

    PurePursuit Well-Known Member

    I have no problem with my widgets updating on ADW. I really like the horizontal scrolling app-drawer too. ADW was snappier for me as well (over Launcher Pro).
  10. ftards

    ftards Lurker

    Can somone help me? I started using the launcher pro recently- but everytime I try and resize a widget the entire phone freezes on me- the only thing I can do is hit the hardpress home button and all that does is give the 5 screen summary...is anyone else experiencing this or does anyone know a fix? i tried reinstalling a few times but no luck. I also went on the Launcherpro blog but i cant find anything there either. :thinking:
  11. exwifeusesiphone

    exwifeusesiphone Well-Known Member

    Best thing about ADW is horizontal scrolling of the app drawer...Otherwise it does similar things. Since LauncherPro now lets you resize Widgets
  12. john0821

    john0821 Android Enthusiast

    After you resize the widget, do you press the back button? If not, try that.
  13. TheXFactor

    TheXFactor Android Enthusiast

    I thought resize widgets was only on LP Plus?
  14. ftards

    ftards Lurker

    Yea Ive tried everything. The only thing it lets me do is power off the phone or see the 5 screens.

    and it is pro.
  15. john0821

    john0821 Android Enthusiast

    You might have to uninstall then reinstall LP. A couple updates ago, I had to reinstall LP because it was causing my phone to lag. I have no issues now.
  16. bostoniansurvivor

    bostoniansurvivor Well-Known Member

    I have used both programs quite extensively. I would honestly say that for the most part it would simply boil down to personal preferences. The ADW app drawer is pretty cool but the LP drawer mimics the froyo 3d look. Both docks are equally useful in their own rite.

    I have noticed that LP tends to be a bit more snappy on my phones and ADW recently started FC's. Right now I am using LP as my default and I don't know that I will be going to anything else. I really like the dock icon unread/missed call notifications.

    Just my two cents
  17. incrediblenotinstock

    incrediblenotinstock Android Enthusiast

    for some reason my widgets arent updating on ADW anymore so i switched back to LP!
  18. bigbadwulff

    bigbadwulff Android Expert

    Anything that will make this thing work in landscape is fine by me. WHY on earth did they set this thing up to work in portrait only!!(home screens that is).

    Once you get used to using a phone in landscape you will never go back.

    Can someone give me a link to ADW? On AppBrain if you search for "ADW" you get 6 pages of themes.
  19. Teegunn

    Teegunn Android Expert

    I'm using ADW over LP mostly because ADW seemed a bit smoother/snappier in scrolling screens.
  20. TonyXL

    TonyXL Newbie

    Using ADW over LauncherPro purely for security reasons.

    Both can understandably access lots of lots of data on your phone.

    LauncherPro, however, has the android.permission.INTERNET permission, which means that it is possible (by accident or on purpose) for your gmail/calendar/contacts/etc. info to be transmitted over the internet. ADW has no transmit-type permissions.

    Your are trusting your GMail to the developer in Argentina. You may be OK with this, and that's fine.

    Regardless, LauncherPro's permissions flagrantly violate security best practices, and I'm avoiding it for that reason.
    Foxgguy2001 and krshultz like this.
  21. kenn

    kenn Android Enthusiast

    ADW is pretty darn cool. I installed today and it has a bunch of interesting configuration features. The theme functionality is quite cool. I downloaded paperless and buuf themes -- both free and both very slick. paperless is basically like the "take on me" video all penciled in. Nifty.

    That said, I can't find good information on how to configure everything -- it's kind of trial and error. Is there a manual or something somewhere?
  22. bostoniansurvivor

    bostoniansurvivor Well-Known Member

    That's perfectly understandable. The only way Frederico uses that information is for the syncable widgets. I have discussed it with him in the past. I understand not wanting to make available that information to a stranger, but after talking to the dev at length over time it became rather evident what his intentions are.
  23. p0k3y

    p0k3y Lurker

    ADW is way faster on 2.2 than LP. I recommend it.
  24. ngsm13

    ngsm13 Member

    I use ADW because I find it a little faster, and I was used to using it built into CM6 on my Nexus one.
  25. mwpeck

    mwpeck Well-Known Member

    Without uninstalling LP, is there anyway to disable it temporarily/stop it from running? I want to test out ADW but both launchers seem somewhat laggy with both ADW and LP running on top of the stock home launcher.

    Other then that, so far I am actually liking ADW better....adding things to the homescreens is slightly buggy IMO, it adds it to the first available spot instead of the location you longpress on, but thats only minor unless you constantly change your homescreens. It does seem a bit smoother, and it seems to transition from the lock screen to the launcher (ADW) faster than it transitions from the lock screen to LP, which reduces some of the remaining lock screen lag seen on 2.2.

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