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Which Home Screen/Launcher Do You Use?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by dodger55fan, Apr 11, 2010.

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Which Home Screen/Launcher Do You Use?

  1. Default

    39 vote(s)
    19.6%
  2. Helix/Helix 2 Launcher

    126 vote(s)
    63.3%
  3. Panda Home

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. Home++

    12 vote(s)
    6.0%
  5. GDE

    4 vote(s)
    2.0%
  6. Open Home

    1 vote(s)
    0.5%
  7. Other

    17 vote(s)
    8.5%
  1. dodger55fan

    dodger55fan Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter
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    Haven't really ever been a fan of home replacements because I believed they would slow down my phone, but I started messing around with them today because I really like the idea of having more than 3 home screens (for widget purposes), anyways was wondering what home replacements/launchers you guys all use and why?

    PS: let me know if i'm missing any.
     

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  2. shizzy1427

    shizzy1427 Well-Known Member
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    Nov 22, 2009
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    CVS Photolab Technician
    Toms River, NJ
    I used to love Home++ then i realized how slow it made my phone. Now i use the default. Never really like Helix, but i do love the look of the new beta...
     
  3. Hola91

    Hola91 Well-Known Member
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    Dec 6, 2009
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    Hamilton, NJ
    Loving the Helix launcher. Had it for awhile now and no problems.
     
  4. droidftw

    droidftw Well-Known Member
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    Mar 15, 2010
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    Helix 2 beta on stock 2.1 and your missing dxtop
     
  5. Redflea

    Redflea Well-Known Member
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    Helix 1.2a...simply the best, IMHO.
     
  6. kkwan77

    kkwan77 Well-Known Member
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    Put up SlideScreen Pro into the mix.
     
  7. Campah

    Campah Well-Known Member
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    I second that. Miss some things from Home++, but I don't miss the slowness and frequent force closes.
     
  8. thatonedude

    thatonedude New Member
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    Using helix launcher on stock 2.1. Planning on switching to the Helix 2 beta.
     
  9. markc2

    markc2 Well-Known Member
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    Feb 22, 2010
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    Perrysburg, Oh.
    GDE. Love the application dock and the cube screen transitions. Very fast also.
     
  10. GirLuvsDroid

    GirLuvsDroid Well-Known Member
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    Jan 5, 2010
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    Corporate & Securties Attorney
    Wilmington, DE
    Sweeter Home 2 all the way. Once you get it customized to your own preferences (which, I admit, is a complex process with a steep learning curve), there is simply no other home replacement on the market that can hold a candle to it.
     
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  11. dodger55fan

    dodger55fan Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter
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    Mar 18, 2010
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    Los Angeles
    How do you edit the poll?
     
  12. cggorman

    cggorman Well-Known Member
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    Mar 25, 2010
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    Lovely. Great. Thanks for making my life even more complicated! LOL

    Seriously, this post forced me to go have a look. DL'ed and now I'm hooked. Having programmed Philips Pronto remotes for 10 years this isn't too far from my comfort zone and I love the customizability. Seems plenty snappy and I like the two axis homescreen layout. Much better for me than five (7...9...:willy:) in one axis.

    Need to see if I can install different fonts now...and also figure out how to switch active layers when editing...
     
  13. GorillaTheHutt

    GorillaTheHutt Well-Known Member
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    Nov 17, 2009
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    SF, CA
    i've checked out dxTop alternatives a couple times, but instant access to all homescreens is just too good of a feature...can't give it up!
     
  14. GirLuvsDroid

    GirLuvsDroid Well-Known Member
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    Corporate & Securties Attorney
    Wilmington, DE
    When you're in editing mode, and working with multiple layers, long-press over the area of the layer you want to edit. A pop-up comes up, which has "Edit" at the top and a number of different options. Toward the bottom, the layers under where you long-pressed will be listed. Just select the layer you want to edit, and the yellow box for that particular layer will show. Then you can long-press on that yellow box to edit that layer. Make sense?

    By the way, what do you mean about "installing different fonts" -- if you're talking about your system font, I can walk you through how to do that (you can use Skaggz fontchanger for a simple method, but that didn't have the Zegoe/Zune font that I wanted, so I did it manually). If you're talking about the icon or label fonts, you can do that in the Edit function for the tray or springboard you're working with, in the Icon/Label style menu (you can also choose whether you want the icon labels to show at all, and how large you want your icons to be).
     
  15. Jerry-rigged

    Jerry-rigged Well-Known Member
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    Feb 15, 2010
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    cad monkey
    Texas
    helix for now, but I am still looking for a new "Home"

    maybe I'll give sweeter home a try...
     
  16. yournamepenor

    yournamepenor Well-Known Member
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    Mar 3, 2010
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    Chef and His Dudeness
    Florida
    i recently started using launcher+ which is free and very easy to use. up to 7 screens and an indicator. it resembles the regular droid launcher.
     
  17. jojo69

    jojo69 Member
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    Nov 10, 2009
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    got open home since the begging and like it.
    didn't fancy helix, nor cube... :)
     
  18. messenger13

    messenger13 Well-Known Member
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    Dec 8, 2009
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    Cleveland, OH
    How Sweeter Home Preview 2 is not on that list is way beyond me. [​IMG]
     
  19. einyv

    einyv Well-Known Member
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    Apr 4, 2010
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    I have been using GDE and it has been great. No slowness that i have noticed.
     
  20. cggorman

    cggorman Well-Known Member
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    Yep, figured out the layer swap last night. Thanks anyway. Re: fonts, I'm talking about the label text. When editing, I see only three options: San Serif, Serif, & Fixed Width. I would love to be able to set them to the same font as used in the Stock Android clock.
     
  21. gwwjpd

    gwwjpd Well-Known Member
    38

    +3 for Sweeter Home 2.
    Unlimited customization.
     
  22. kratos

    kratos Back on my throne!!!
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    Mar 2, 2010
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    Worldwide Logistics by day,Website design by night
    Olympus, Back on the throne!!!
    OK, with all the reviews about Sweeter Home 2, I finally installed it. I cannot figure it out for the life of me. It seems that it is not a traditional home in that there are screens to scroll through. Is this correct?

    I tried reading through the documentation on the Sweeter Home website, but just cannot seem to figure it out. I guess it really does have a very steep learning curve. LOL

    Kratos
     
  23. chrlswltrs

    chrlswltrs Well-Known Member
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    Nov 12, 2009
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    Seattle
    I use helix only for the dock icons at the bottom (phone, handcent, email, google voice are my 4 apps in the dock). I only use 3 home screens, I may add a 4th during football season if I need a couple extra widgets, I don't know yet.
     
  24. icecold

    icecold Well-Known Member
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    Dec 31, 2009
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    When I first installed SweetHome, the only way I could figure out the setup was by loading one of the preconfigured themes (Menu->Themes), and tinkering with it from there. Once you become a little more familiar with how everything works, you can build one from the ground up. There is a TON of customization available to you, so you are really only limited by the amount of effort you want to put into it.

    Warning, once you start getting into all the minor details, it becomes very addicting.

    Also, there are five screens in SweeterHome. One above, below, left, and right of the default screen.
     

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