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General Why use a launcher or alt home screen?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by VolsMcFalls, Aug 20, 2010.

  1. VolsMcFalls

    VolsMcFalls Well-Known Member
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    Sorry if this sounds silly, but what are the benefits of using a launcher or home screen replacement (launcherpro, ADW, etc?)

    I mean, they look like they are copies of Sense UI, so I really do not see the benefit if you are on an HTC phone. I could definitely see if for other Android devices, but I am just confused as to what the benefit is.
     

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  2. Some people like the option of having choices. Also, many people hate Sense and launchers provide alternatives
     
  3. Terabethia

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    Well... neither LP or ADW look a think like Sense, so I am confused.

    I like LP because (for me) it runs smoother than Sense. I also think it looks a lot nicer and I love the dock customization. 5 dock icons with 3 scrollable docks plus dock gestures means that you can have up to 45 items just on your dock.

    I don't like the rounded bubble look of the Sense dock. I hate that you can only have 3 buttons and you can't change them (either the program or the icon).
     
  4. MathewS81

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    I like tinkering with things. So I'm using a launcher (LauncherPro) because I can customize it more than Sense.
     
  5. weihl165

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    I use launcherpro, I really dont like sense, and launcher gives you a customizable dock on the bottom for shortcuts. Its all in how you want to customize your phone. Try a few of them
     
  6. ctc

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    Are either LP or ADW lighter than Sense? i.e. use less memory and proc?
     
  7. VolsMcFalls

    VolsMcFalls Well-Known Member
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    In that picture it does look a lot like Sense. But you can make it look a lot different too. That's what's great about LP, you get to choose.
     
  9. MrBlanks

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    Yes, both of have similar features to sense but there are more customization options on both adw and launcherpro. Just download one of them and home switcher and look at all the options.
     
  10. Hand76

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    I have been using ADW recently because of the option to have many more apps and widgets on my home screens. Yes I know there are widgets that let you add 8 spots to a row but that is ghetto IMO.

    After you start using your phone for 6+ months you are going to run out of room with the currennt 4x4 HTC Sense grid even with 7 screens.

    Now in the fact that you can customize the look and feel of your phone through Launcher Pro & ADW why not use it?
     
  11. Terabethia

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    That's because they are using a standard wallpaper and a clock widget that looks a lot like the Sense one. You can use various widgets and icons to make any home screen replacement look similar to Sense, but you don't have to.

    The actual program, which is simply home screens and docks, looks completely different.

    Here is stock Sense UI:
    [​IMG]

    And here is a screenshot from my phone, with LP:
    [​IMG]
     
  12. weihl165

    weihl165 Well-Known Member
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    That looks cool
     
  13. AnotherHiggins

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    You're focusing on the clock/weather widget at the top. That's not even part of LP, it's Fancy Widget* which is designed specifically for folks who love the HTC widget but who want to use an alternate launcher.

    Notice how different the bottom of the screen is - that's what folks are calling the "dock," and it is very cool in LP.

    I personally love the 3D dock (This isn't my picture - I just snagged it from someone else's post here on AF):

    [​IMG]

    *Note: Fancy Widget is no longer available in the Market - I don't think HTC was very pleased that someone made something that looked so much like their design. They probably liked it even less that Fancy Widget arguably works better than their own.
     
  14. TheSultan

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    A friend of mine has an Evo and downloaded Launcher Pro and told me how awesome it was. I didn't see the point so I never did anything with it.

    Last week, to cure boredom I decided to check it out. I LOVE the countless customization options!!! The scrolling dock is particularly pretty damn cool.
     
  15. billybob275

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    Here is my Droid Inc with Launcher Pro. I haven't had time to fully customize it yet, but I'm already liking it better than Sense.

    [​IMG]
     
  16. VolsMcFalls

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    Ok, I think I am understanding now. I think I will DL one and play around with the customization. Do they slow your phone down? Do they run overtop of Sense?
     
  17. lizm

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    I'm glad you asked because I wondered the same thing. Based on the market descriptions, they don't sound different at all (get 7 home screens - so what? I already have that.). Having read this thread though, I see that there's more to 'em.
     
  18. edogger

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    Another benefit to using LP or ADW is ability to have Landscape home screens...
    Sense does not do landscape on your home screens...
     
  19. Whohulkwalk

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    I just like the lp dock better than sense plus I don't need the htc flip clock fancy widget and beautiful widgets are just as good


    (yes you can still get fancy widget)
     
  20. Whohulkwalk

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    btw imho lp ownz adw... when I first stopped using sense I loved adw then I tried lp and I haven't used adw since just uninstalled adw earlier
     
  21. jayochs

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    meh i tried launcher pro and didn't like it at all. i actually like sense much better. some of your screens look pretty nifty though! haha
     
  22. Rrrracer

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    If you jumped from an iPhone (or any phone for that matter) to the DInc, Sense makes it easy to intuitively customize the stuff you want. It's very slick and I think it's a great "stock" experience. But ultimately there are many limitations to what you can do with it.

    If you REALLY like to tweak things and have it your way, then LP and ADW beat Sense hands down, albeit it's a little more work to get everything exactly the way you want it (because there are SO many options!)

    I'm using LP and love it. Tried ADW and it's good, I just think LP is a bit smoother and has better quality animations than either ADW or Sense. In terms of flexibility and customization, both LP and ADW are better than Sense.
     
  23. pucrepeap

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    Sense is a great UI, no doubt. But I love the dock on LP. Everything else is all the same to me, but that dock sure is handy, and looks much better than the Sense dock.

    Because of how smooth Sense is since its integrated into Android, I do not have anything bad to say about it. But if they had a customizable dock, I wouldn't be using LP.
     
  24. DrunkDroid

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    How do you get these custom icons?
    Also how do you create cool color schemes like that?
     
  25. weihl165

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