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Why Use A Launcher?

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by AngryHatter, Feb 14, 2011.

  1. AngryHatter

    AngryHatter Android Expert
    Thread Starter

    I see a plethora of people lauding and downloading LauncherPro Or ADW.
    Why?
    I guess I don't understand the need for one?

    It allows me to organize all the app on my droid "home" page?

    Fill in the blanks, s'il vous plait.
     

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  2. Spykez

    Spykez Member

    Depending on which you get they may be better programed and can speed up the screen switching a bit load faster etc. Launcher Pro alone has the ability to lock the homescreen into the memory so when you go back to your home after browsing, all the widgets and stuff don't need time to reload, everything is just there.

    Theres also the added ability more customizaiton with your dock, screens, settings/preferences etc etc.

    The two fastest I believe that are out right now is Launcher Pro and Zeam.

    Zeam is REALLY nice and quick but is more bone stock and doesn't have the plethora of options that Launcher Pro has, but that depends heavily on what you find useful.
     
  3. pool_shark

    pool_shark Android Expert

    The main reason I got launcher pro was to have the ability to have my home screen in landscape without extending the keyboard.

    The 30 apps in the dock (15 icons 15 swipe) was a bonus. I don't have to have my screens cluttered with icons.
     
  4. Rob.G

    Rob.G Android Enthusiast

    I switched because one day I realized that I didn't need the phone button to be as big as it was, and the + button was useless because I could just tap&hold on the screen and do the same thing. So that was like half of the space along the bottom that was just doing nothing. With LauncherPro (as well as others) you can put whatever apps or widgets in the dock you like.
     
  5. Spykez

    Spykez Member

    oh that also reminds me, with launcher pro they include an option for you to hide apps from the tray so they don't clutter up your screen, such as idle apps that are there just to provide a service or system apps you don't want to see.

    Like I have one called dock speaker, so when I plug my phone into my car dock it automatically enabled the speaker so when I get a call I don't have to hold my phone or mess with buttons, no need for me to have that in my app tray
     
  6. pool_shark

    pool_shark Android Expert

    True, just like certain live wallpapers add icons to the app drawer, that makes no sense.
     
  7. rosie314

    rosie314 Newbie

    I have HTC Sense so it's not so much a need . It took me a long time to leave HTC sense because I really like it. But I'm much happier with LauncherPro. Its like HTC Sense on steroids. I think if you are into customizing and fine tuning the look of your phone then you would dig it.

    But no one could convince me either. I read about it, looked at videos but unless you actually install it & play with it, its hard to convince someone...
     
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