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Moto Blur vs Launchers

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Jedii, May 21, 2011.

  1. Jedii

    Jedii Android Expert
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    This is specifically related to the Motorola Atrix. I have used Blur on lesser devices and I really want your opinions on using it on the Atrix (dual core power). Yes, I have used both ADW and LauncherPro and I know their strengths/weaknesses. Thanks in advance for any pros/cons given.
     



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  2. JP_GXP

    JP_GXP Member

    I have never used a stock launcher. I either use Regina 3D or Go Ex, depending on how I feel that day.
     
  3. kilasix9

    kilasix9 Android Enthusiast

    The reason I installed Launcher Pro is because I only wanted to have 3 homescreens and with Moto Blur or stock Ginger Blur that was not an option. I just don't want 5 pages worth of widgets cluttering my screens.

    So it really came down to that. Plus, I love the custom options that LP gives me for the docked icons.
     
  4. omnius

    omnius Android Enthusiast

    I fund blur to be functional if not pretty. I have run into some problems running the various popular launchers on an unrooted atrix. I resolved that by using Zeam which has a much lighter footprint than the others. What it lacked in icon eye candy was then easily resolved with Desktop Visualizer. Now I've managed to get the look I wanted when I used bigger launchers but don't have the added bloat from embedded features I didn't use. Here's a screenie to show ya:
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  5. mdgreene

    mdgreene Lurker

    Hey Omnius, that looks pretty cool... how did you get the icons along the bottom of the screen? I used both Zeam and Desktop Visualizer, but couldn't get the icons on the bottom of the screen - it kept saying "not enough room on homescreen" no matter how many of the icons i deleted off the bottom button bar.
     
  6. BravoGolfTango

    BravoGolfTango Well-Known Member

    Eh MBlur works just fine, LP+ is just ok...:cool:
     
  7. Komodo Rogue

    Komodo Rogue Well-Known Member

    I wasn't expecting Motoblur to have any problem on the dual-core Atrix, even with the bump in screen resolution to qHD, but to be honest, my experience with it was still rather laggy.

    However, I'm someone who makes heavy use of widgets - I like to do as much as possible from the home screen. I have beautiful widgets (clock and weather), a big calendar, a widget for my to-do list from google tasks, a widget for my gmail inbox, sms inbox, and my twitter feed. Oh, and the stock android power management widget. Now, that's a lot of widgets, so maybe some lag is just unavoidable in these conditions.

    However, launcher pro definitely ran more smoothly, AFTER I set the memory usage / homescreen cache preference to the highest setting. I also turned on the "high-quality scrolling," and still less lag than motoblur. Still some lag browsing through the homescreens sometimes after exiting out of the browser with music playing in the background, but by a small-to-medium margin, it was less noticeable than with Motoblur.

    Are you planning to root and remove most of the blur stuff, or change your home? What helped my atrix even more than launcher pro was rooting, loading clockwork, and installing GingerBlur. Even now I still have some lag, but like I said, with all those widgets, I guess it's to be expected.

    Hope that helps? If you really love motoblur and don't plan to root, I would stick with it; launcher pro by itself, even with a big allowance for caching, won't make a HUGE difference, but just enough that it's noticeable. I personally didn't really like motoblur but love launcher pro plus, so that's why I switched. Good luck!
     
  8. kilasix9

    kilasix9 Android Enthusiast

    I've since removed LP and have been using Motoblur. It has run very smoothly and not taken away from the battery as much as LP. I think from now on I'll stick to stock as much as possible.
     
  9. HankAtrix

    HankAtrix Well-Known Member

    Hello - I use and really like Motoblur on my Atrix... just 1 opinion.
     
  10. lookitstony

    lookitstony Lurker

    I just got my Atrix yesterday.. I installed LP and immediately went back to Blur.. I just switched from iPhone and I really like the stock UI so far.. perhaps i will find out eventually why people do not but I am having no performance issues.
     

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