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  1. MomentMan

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    I just wanted to know what launcher everyone is using on 2.1. I myself am using HelixLauncher and have been impressed, but would like to find out if there is anything else out there that i might be missing out on.
     

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    I like HelixLauncher or GDE. I like GDE it seems to run a little smoother on my phone, I just wish it allowed you to put the little icons by the drawer like on helix launcher
     
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    I'm using helix launcher now. I had home++ and liked it also.
     
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    Im about to try the new adw launcher beta. Its getting good reviews
     
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    I tried PandaHome back when I still had 1.5 and hated it. Helix Launcher is my favorite now. It's not too complicated and it doesn't bog the phone down. I'll have to try GDE.
     
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    adequate is awesome
     
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    Where do you get GDE I can only find the Euro DL.
     
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    I have OpenHome but haven't re-downloaded it since I got official 2.1. It just slows things down too much. I found the apps I want on the 3 screens I have, and work with it. Kind of sucks, but I'd rather have a faster phone than a pretty one.
     
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    I agree. Pandahome is nice but way too laggy!
     
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    Wayyyyy too laggy; It was bad on 1.5 but I couldn't live without the dockbar but now on 2.1, :eek::eek::eek:
     
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    Unless they can make one that run as smooth as the stock 3 screen, then im just gonna stick with the stock!!!
     
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    Try crazy home. It gives 3 desktops with 5 screens each. It does lag a little when switching desktops but not when scrolling within one. Theres a lite version so you can try it out before making a decision. I've used almost every one if them out there and this is my home of choice. I did miss the icon bar from helix but having a home for "work" "home" and "play" is worth it.
     
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    I have replaced Helix with TagHome. It's like having Helix and App organizer built into one.
     
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    Just do a search for GDE its the top one (it might be a EURO DL but I can't verify since I have already purchased.).

    anyways some cool things about it is it allows 7 desktops, endless scrolling (i.e going from desktop 7 back to 1), and some pretty cool themes you can download for it, the stock one is pretty ugly.
     
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    I've read that Helix can drain the battery. I've been impressed with the increased battery life that official 2.1 provides.

    Are there any other free ones out there that do not drain the battery?
     
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    I started out with PandaHome on 1.5. Loved the features. Dockbar was indespensible. The lag was unforgivable. It had to go.
    Flashed to DD10 and gave Helix a try. After 2 force close loops, I was forced to remove it.
    Then went on to N1. Was nice for a while. Loved the screen indicator. But reeeaaaally wanted the launchbar from Helix. The lag was also killing me.
    Now finally on DE03 and went back to Helix. Love it. Do get the occasional force close but at least it's not looping. Everyone says stay away from Helix 2 so I'll deal with the force closes.
    I found apps organizer and now can't live without that. If taghome can give the best of both worlds then I'll just be too thrilled.
     
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    Paid for GDE. Haven't had an issue yet.
     
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    haven't?:)
     
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    Exactly!
     
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    I loved Helix, but it would only work for a few hours before I would get force close loops. I'll have to try one of these others. I can live with the three screens, but I'd prefer not to.
     
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    Just switched to this from helix.. shows a lot of promise
     
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    Launcher pro is what im using as well. Sooooo zippy. The pre-docked short cuts don't bother me, because those are the same things I docked in helix anyway.

    Zeam is also another promising alternative. Give it a looksie
     
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    Used a few, am on LauncherPro for now, because it is fast, for me this is the most important thing, if it is slower than stock, I don't want it :).

    Custom dock items are coming but not here yet, I like the silhouettes and hope allowing custom icons doesn't mean I have to use stock icons as some like stock Android contacts is butt-ugly.
     
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    Wow, I also dl'd Launcher Pro last night. So fast! I am glad it lets you configure the SMS icon to a 3rd-party SMS app if you want, but I wish you could do the same with all the icons. I'd actually love it if there were, say, a dozen or so built-in icons that you could drag around and reconfigure and assign apps to. Would look prettier than default icons and it would set it apart from Helix.
     

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