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Open Home & apps worth it?

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by lyphe, Mar 21, 2010.

  1. lyphe

    lyphe New Member
    Thread Starter

    Mar 17, 2010
    Just curious for an opinion or two ...

    I've been tempted to download Open Home from Better Android because of all their cool icons, skins, and other things. At the same time, I see comments about it slowing down the phone significantly or causing all sorts of forced closes, etc.

    Are most people using and liking Better Android apps? I've got an HTC Dream, so I'm on the old operating system. Not sure if that makes a difference.

    Love to hear some thoughts. Thx & Cheers!


  2. shrink57

    shrink57 Well-Known Member

    Dec 19, 2009
    South Florida
    Before I rooted my Droid I tried just about every home replacement and although they made my phone look great and improved functionality there was always a big tradeoff in spped and stability. I used PandaHome more than the others and for me it was the best of the lot but still had issues (lagging, force closing, you name it). I tired and tried, experimented, mixed, matched. I finally gave up.

    If you take the path of rooting your phone there are changes you can make on a system level that offer no loss in stability and still improve your phone's looks. That said, rooting is not for the weak of heart and can open a Pandora's box of additional problems.
  3. bytal

    bytal Member

    Oct 25, 2009
    I also have a dream and while I haven't tried the pay-for apps. I've been using panda for a week or so and have had no problems as far as force closures or lag. The only problem I've had with it is it won't let me rename or change the icons for apps on the home screen. By no means a major issue for me.
  4. grainysand

    grainysand Well-Known Member

    Feb 4, 2010
    Before you shell out cash for OpenHope, I strongly recommend you give Home++ a whirl first. It's free, elegant, and doesn't impact your phone's performance at all due to how minimalistic it is.
  5. dittok92

    dittok92 Active Member

    Mar 21, 2010
    College Student
    Peoria, Arizona.
    I've tested some of the home replacements, and the best one I've found so far is GDE. It's a lot smoother and hasn't force closed on me yet. Panda does have a bit more customization, however it wasn't very stable for me and was choppy at points, even with all apps closed.

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