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General Helix Launcher -- Am I missing something?

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  1. Slugdoc

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    After reading many threads lauding Helix Launcher -- I have to ask:


    Does anyone with Sense UI find Helix Launcher to be at all an improvement?

    I installed it based on all the good reviews it got, but now I am realizing that all the good reviews must be from people running the vanilla Home app.

    Or am I missing something?

    The only benefits I can see from Helix Launcher are:

    - Home screen rotates
    - You can have fewer than 7 home screens if you wish
    - 4 permanent icons on bottom of screen

    Other than that, Sense UI Home seems to be as good, if not better (what with helicopter view and Sense widgets).

    Anyone else running 2.1 on Eris like Helix better? If so, why?

    Thanks.
     

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    Never tried Helix but have been using launcher pro for about a week now and like it as much as sense. It is crazy fast. I would assume most of the Helix users have since switched to launcher pro or adw.
     
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    You say Launcher Pro is as good as Sense.
    Why switch? What is better?
     
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    One question.. Why are you still using Helix? lmao jkjk
     
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    Yeah, it seems like the hot new launchers are currently ADW and LauncherPro Beta. I'm not sure why the sudden shift but with the talk lately about those two, I've been trying them out. I'm currently trying ADW as per surgeon's suggestions. :)
     
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    Adw has been my favorite.
     
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    OK.

    So, what do they give you that Sense UI doesn't?
    (Not trying to be a broken record, but that's the operative question)
     
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    What I like better:

    Faster scrolling from pane to pane.
    Ability to choose how many screens I have
    The app drawer scrolls SO much smoother and faster on ADW and LauncherPro
    The "dock" with customizable icons is very convenient for keeping a cleaner look on my home page, and I like how they follow to what ever pane I am viewing

    You lose the Sense Widgets, but there are plenty of great replacements in the market.

    Overall they my phone feel less "Buggy" and such.

    I have used both LauncherPro and ADW and would recommend anyone try them out
     
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    The biggest improvement over Sense that I've noticed is longer battery life. This is especially true of ADW. In the past, if I wanted to maximize my battery, I would use the stock Home, but its 3 screens was too limiting for me. ADW gives me up to 7 screens, and lasts all day. I currently use 5.
     

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