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Which launcher do you like?

  1. Touchwiz4

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  2. ADW.Launcher

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  3. Go Launcher Ex

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  4. Launcher7

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  5. LauncherPro

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  1. AngelicCore

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    I am currently looking for a good custom launcher...mainly because of one reason. I need one that shows number of unread msgs on K9, like stock Mail. So I was told to use ADW. Since then i found 3 more launchers that are supposedly quite good and offer the same function i was looking for.
    So I wish to know which ones are popular (and why if possible).
     

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    Go Launcher. Reasons, as fully customizeable as Launcher Pro Plus, has the same widgets functions (granted I like LPP widgets look better), runs smooth and fast on my phone, and COMPLETELY FREE. For LPP to achieve GO Launcher level functionality you need to buy it, same with ADW.

    TouchWiz4 doest offer the same customizeability as other launchers.
     
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    First, maybe go will win, but I am indeed asking for everyone's favourite launcher.
    Secondly, I know there must have been old threads about launchers but using that logic no one would ever post new threads as everything is probably already there :]
    Thirdly, thanks for the link
    Edit:
    Link was just a big list of launchers...that's not what I am looking for..i am looking for the best launchers and as such i am waiting for your opinions.
     
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    I'm a fan of LauncherPro but Zeam is also a good, lean launcher;)
     
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    I was only suggesting the poll list should be longer. Zeam is definitely one of the better ones. Not sure if you can edit a poll, but don't think so.

     
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    No worries mate, touch of a misunderstanding there.
    To be honest i thought these should be enough but of course if there is an even better one..by all means call it out
     
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    Not trying to offend anyone but this thread makes not much sense, and you will end up with so much controversial information that it will be even harder to decide for a launcher. Every one has his preferred launcher, somebody can tell you that Go Launcher Ex is the best launcher (it is my preferred one) because it is fast and smooth, but the next poster can tell you that GLE is sluggish on his phone and that Launcher Pro + is the fastest and smoothest one, and the third one can tell you that ADW Launcher or Zeam is the best launcher.
    I suggest you to do what i did, install all launchers you see fit for you and try them all, after that you can decide which one is the best for you.
     
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    Why are you looking to others for launchers? Just try them out. The bulk of them are very similar, but there are a few that stand out as different. As far as the common launcher format goes, Go Launcher, Launcher Pro, and Zeam seem to be the favorites. If you're looking for something different, try CC 3D Launcher, Claystone Launcher, Launcher 7, MXHome Launcher, Regina 3D Launcher, or SPB Shell 3D (15 bucks, but my current fav). Most are free, or have lite or demo versions. doesn't cost a thing to try them, and you can keep multiple launchers on your phone and switch them as you please.
     
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    I can't try 20 launchers out. I could try 2-3 out though...which i did, thanks to you.
    Both Launcher Pro and Go Launcher are quite good but i'll probably use Go Launcher.

    Thanks for the underlined ones.
     
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    I voted Launcher Pro (I have the plus version but only use one of its widgets over what's available on the free version). Reason for my choice? Hmm, a tad tricky but will try to explain. I first started to explore launchers for the customization as I didn't want to root. Wanted my phone to look and act how I wanted and the whole root thing seems a bit scary to me and I just don't have enough bothered.

    Firt one was Zeam: Tidy, smart and simple...just not quite enough customization for me.
    Second was Launcher Pro: Instantly loved it and found customizing it to my tastes was very easy. I have very few if any issues with FCs, lag etc It just worked great.

    Thirdly I tried ADW: I loved LP but you know what the majority of us are like...always tempted to try something else. ADW again was tidy, customization was ok too, but I felt I could find my way around LP so much easier and yes I did try with ADW. Uninstalled after about 3 days.

    (at this point I paid for LP Plus - LPP)

    Next was Go Launcher, simply because the whole world was raving about it. Tried it and then binned it! Two days. Didn't find it that special in any way. I could make it look pretty but I could do that just as well and quicker with LP. Uninstalled and went back once to give it another go. Binned again.

    Then I tried Launcher 7: Nope, it limited me with widgets etc and the whole point for me was to have my phone EXACTLY how I wanted it.

    Back to LPP again and I just keep coming back. For me it is so user friendly, simple interface, the widgets in the plus version are great but can be found in stand alone widgets, if I had enough bothered I would show you what my phone looks like...but I don't.

    LPP wins again and again, even though the so called re-write hasn't happened, I don't care. I can make my phone look and run how I want it too and I can do that quickly and easily. I don't feel the need to root because at this stage my phone does exactly what I want it to, with the help of LPP.

    So.....did I say which one I use??
     
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    Exactly what I was looking for.
     
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    Its always been LPP vs GO for most cases. Tried both, and essentially both had what I need, except for LPP being stubborn in the switching order of screens bit. However LP had a habit of crashing on my phone, leading me to dump it. I wont pay for the plus version if the trial was crashing. So basically, both does the same things. Choose the one that runs smoothest with your phone.
     
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    Indeed i did.
    The difference to the stock Touchwiz isn't that huge though, and I like that.
    Vertical Scrolling, Notification on K9(Another Issue) and +1 Quick Launch Icon(Don't use the rest), just that...


    Question though, something frustrating that keeps happening to me

    Is it possible to update the number displayed on K9(unread msgs) in real-time?
    My problem is that when a message arrives, K9 displays a +1 notification on both the status bar and its icon - even if that message was read on another device -leading to believe that there is a new message when there isn't.
     
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    Lol. Actually I did like that continuous vertical scrolling app drawer on LP that I copied that and the app drawer opening effect on GO. LOL. Anyway, I am not sure if LP is like GO and ADW where they have this separate installation for notifiers. I never used K9 so I cant really say. Gmail and the stock samsung email app seems to behave themselves on my phone in that regard.
     
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    Gawwwd, there's so many of these launchers! I still haven't tried Zeam or GoLauncher. I would like to, as they seem to be popular, but I have a couple hundred apps, and my stomach lurches at the thought of all the time I have spent searching the Market for one that doesn't suck, and the hours I spent setting each up before eventually getting news that there are better ones available. For example, the Market last year was saturated with OpenHome, but nobody talks about that one now. For all the themes they wanted to sell you, it lacked the functionality.

    Other homescreen apps I've tried:

    Panda Home - I thought it was a neat idea the developer of this one had, to provide hideable space for extra apps in the corners of each screen.

    Unfortunately, this app did not run stable on my phone.

    DxTop: This is strictly for those who like the five-screen cube layout.

    It is particularly cool in that it has three dockbars (one with a task killer, not for much use now), and the other is completely open for up to five apps.

    What kept me using DxTop longer than I otherwise would have is that moving an app between screen and the dockbar, and then back again, is as simple as moving an app anywhere on the screen. It also didn't fight me in any way with my Tasker widgets (they are called widgets, but on your screen they are simple as any app shortcut). With other homescreens which I've tried, the process of setting these Tasker functions (to produce space-saving menus and reduce scolling) on the dockbar has to be more roundabout.

    The drawback is the awful, outdated cube design, which had just enough lag to make it twice as annoying.

    ADW: Has a very nice app management system. Once you have an app icon on your screen, a long-press of it gives you these options: Remove (the app from your screen), Details (takes you to the Android AppManage detail for the app in question), Edit (change the icon, or install a different app in it's place), and Uninstall (somewhat dangerous, but I love this when I am testing the Market offerings and want to remove the bad ones quick). Installing, removing, or modifying anything is greatly simplified by this feature.

    Not least among ADW advantages is that it's 100% free!

    ADW also permits up to seven screens, and the scrolling isn't too laggy, although HTC Sense scrolls much smoother.

    A drawback is that you can have only one dockbar, where others offer three.

    Another problem is that it takes forever for my list of apps to come up when I want to place one on my screen. I don't need more reasons to hate HTC Sense, but it does work fast. ADW lags even more than out-dated DxTop!

    LauncherPro: Seemed a lot like ADW to me at first (some of the same UI elements anyway), but with lots (of value which opinions will vary on) added.

    LauncherPro adds it's own widgets. I only explored a couple of them, but didn't find them of much use to me as I had already gone to much length with my Tasker widgets, which suit my needs better. But for the new user, or the instant gratification crowd, I suppose they are reasons why this app is so popular.

    Another certain popularity factor is that LauncherPro offers not 3 to 5, but up to 15 apps in three dockbars.

    All that aside, Launcher Pro is even more laggy than ADW for scrolling, every bit as slow to call up your apps list, and just a graceless PIA to get anything done with.

    Long-press an app icon on this homescreen and you get only one option, and it's an in-your-face nag to go pay for it first. No, you cannot remove it this way, nor can you go to the management interface and stop it from running (or manage the default status), nor can you change the icon so easily from here, nor uninstall without a headache. You can only (if you pay $6 dollars for it) increase the buffer area around the icon, and even if it's a widget this "feature" won't do any more than that for you. I forked over the money out of curiosity, so I know. This is the only extra that you get for buying the pro version, and I find it's usefulness a bit underwhelming.

    Apps (and menu buttons created in Tasker) don't move nearly as gracefully between the homescreen the dockbars of Launcher Pro either.

    As I have no use for LauncherPro's one-size-fits-all widgets, and can't stand their dull icons anyway, the only feature which I'm impressed with is the three dockbars. This alone does not make up for the lag, the horribly re-invented (for inefficiency) UI, and the same very ugly screen which brings up your app list (after the better part of a minute on Droid Incredible) as ADW.

    Live Home - I love this app! The screens scroll every bit as smoothly as they do in HTC Sense, no lag at all. You get the same long-press features as ADW, so app management is easy, you can lock your screen so that nothing is changed by accident, you get up to 7 screens, scrolling effects which don't slow it down, and three dockbars launchers. You get lots more features as well, and never a nag to buy anything unless you go through the more fancy customization settings which are hidden deep within the Live Home menu. Everything worth paying for (in my practical opinion) is free, and you only see ads when in the Live Home menu.

    The drawbacks? I'm not truly aware of any. Even the ads in the Live Home menu aren't big enough to get in the way, so they would only matter if your service provider really squeezes you on data usage. It doesn't lag at all, although sometimes the display will get sort of wacky, causing the need to reboot Live Home. As this doesn't affect my running apps, it's not high on my list of bothers.
     
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    Can anyone tell me the name of the program which allows you to easily change which launcher gets launched (default Launcher)?

    I had this program a while ago, and can't for the life of me remember what it was called! Searched the Market, but all I get is tons of launchers and launcher themes....

    Thanks!
     
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    Its home switcher
     
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    Great reading :cool:

    Gonna give Live Home a try.
    And yes giving each launcher a try is very tiring
     
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    Personally, I got hooked on Go the first time I tried the launcher. I just keep on coming back to it until I eventually downloaded all Go apps (Go sms, contacts, etc.) Go also has the same widgets as launcher pro plus, but with a slightly cartoonish look. You can however download a skin for their widgets. I have one that skins them to dark and transparent like LPP widgets. Plis Go is entirely free with no ads I've noticed anywhere.
     
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    Today it rains, and I have just tried GO Launcher. A couple of hours later I uninstalled Live Home. GO has most of the features which I loved on Live Home, some if not all of the LauncherPro's best features, plus it's very, very fast!

    GO Launcher has all of the great ADW/LiveHome features (with the exception of being able to edit Tasker widget icons once installed on the screen), although they are slightly more complicated to use. But it also has the best of Launcher Pro - it's got the widgets, plus it allows up to three dockbars with 15 apps between them. And just like both, it allows you to hide the Notifications panel.

    Another thing about GO launcher is that it apparently will support an unlimited number of screens. I never thought that I would really need more than five, as I use Tasker widgets to organize everything. Now I'm wondering if phone memory can be salvaged by eliminating these widgets, which Tasker is slow to run anyway.

    Hard to believe somthing this good is free without ads, so I hope this doesn't turn out to be one of those sneaky trial deals.

    Setup was made a bit easier with GoLauncher's support of DeskMigration (I didn't know that such apps existed - this copies the apps on your existing home launcher screens). This saved me a bit of time, although it would have been far easier if it hadn't missed so many of my widgets. It got a few of them, but not most - wish I understood what the issue is which programs such as this, and even Titanium backup has with saving your widget settings too.
     
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    I'm a major fan of Go Launcher EX now that I've downloaded it. I used to use LauncherPro for a few months. Definitely beats the original launcher.
     
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    Today it rains, and I have just tried GO Launcher. A couple of hours later I uninstalled Live Home. GO has most of the features which I loved on Live Home, some if not all of the LauncherPro's best features, plus it's very, very fast!

    GO Launcher has all of the great ADW/LiveHome features (with the exception of being able to edit Tasker widget icons once installed on the screen), although they are slightly more complicated to use. But it also has the best of Launcher Pro - it's got the widgets, plus it allows up to three dockbars with 15 apps between them. And just like both, it allows you to hide the Notifications panel.

    Another thing about GO launcher is that it apparently will support an unlimited number of screens. I never thought that I would really need more than five, as I use Tasker widgets to organize everything. Now I'm wondering if phone memory can be salvaged by eliminating these widgets, which Tasker is slow to run anyway.

    Hard to believe somthing this good is free without ads, so I hope this doesn't turn out to be one of those sneaky trial deals.

    Setup was made a bit easier with GoLauncher's support of DeskMigration (I didn't know that such apps existed - this copies the apps on your existing home launcher screens). This saved me a bit of time, although it would have been far easier if it hadn't missed so many of my widgets. It got a few of them, but not most - wish I understood what the issue is which programs such as this, and even Titanium backup has with saving your widget settings too.
     
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    Neither, I like the SE 2.0.A.0.22 launcher

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