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    Default Without Launchers, is android still your OS choice?

    I'll be honest, launchers like Nova Prime is probably the reason why I dropped iPhone as my daily driver. iOS is great but the problem is it's not customizable, which is why I love android. I don't midge it as I'm using my 64GB iPad Air LTE to post this.

    Without add-ons like HD Widgets, Simple Text, Nox Icon Pack, etc. (this is all what I use with Prime), how much better say Samsung's TouchWiz is to Apple's iOS? Prime allows me to use Gestures, Hide the Task Bar and even change the Size of Icons.

    This is why I love android but without any of these, even Google's Vanilla I don't think I would've made the switch. What's your take?
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    Default Re: Without Launchers, is android still your OS choice?

    I've toyed around on and off with my daughters iPhone 4 for a while now (you know, dad fix this and that... ) and sure Apple has a way about it that appeals to many but for me I can say I'm happy with vanilla Android or branded in any form. That includes vanilla Android, TW, Sense, etc. Launcher add ons (Nova, BW, etc. )

    Android is just so much more customizable.
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    I haven't found a skin on an Android device that was usable. Stock Android is usable, not a good UI by any means but usable. In terms of just UI, Windows Phone wins but it has many failings for some people in the apps department.
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    Yes, but I'd be much more picky about what OEMs I'd use. No more Samsung, LG would be questionable. I'd pretty much be stuck with Nexus, Moto, or HTC.

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    Default Re: Without Launchers, is android still your OS choice?

    Yes i dont use other launchers, i am sticking with touchwiz
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    I think getting back to what the OP said, Android for him wins due to customization. Android embraces you to be creative and customize. Other performs aren't so generous.

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    trebuchet ftw
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    Default Re: Without Launchers, is android still your OS choice?

    I would still stick with Android. Just not heavier launchers like TW.

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    Nova prime with my z1s just so I can customize my app sizes and have a bit more fun.

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    Default Re: Without Launchers, is android still your OS choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by bembol View Post
    Without Launchers, is android still your OS choice?
    Changing launchers is a core part of Android. It would be like saying "Would you still like iOS if you could never use the App Store?".

    Even if I had to use the default launchers, I would still prefer Android. I would ever Prefer Touchwiz-polluted Android to the competition. The worst Android phones are still more open than iOS.

    It also doesn't hurt that they are half the price. Both the Nexus 5 and One+1 have iPhone-destroying specs and performance and cost half as much.
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    Default Re: Without Launchers, is android still your OS choice?

    I used to use launchers like Nova, Apex, etc..... Then shortly after I got my Nexus 5 I decided to just give the 'stock' launcher (Google Now Launcher) a look.... With a few tweaks here and there, I have zero desire to unload the GNL at this point. So that should answer your question.

    But those features you mentioned (widgets, etc)... these are all an integral part of Android. Being able to change icons, launchers, themes....making it your own is what separates Android from iOS. like Jeff said, it's like saying "Would you still buy that 911 if it didn't come with an engine or seats?"
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    One word...

    Yep.

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    Yup. I prefer whatever skin that came with the phone anyways otherwise I wouldn't buy an expensive device and just throw a launcher on there. I toy with launchers from time to time, but I mainly use whatever skin came with the phone.

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    Default Re: Without Launchers, is android still your OS choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by bembol View Post
    I'll be honest, launchers like Nova Prime is probably the reason why I dropped iPhone as my daily driver. iOS is great but the problem is it's not customizable, which is why I love android. I don't midge it as I'm using my 64GB iPad Air LTE to post this.

    Without add-ons like HD Widgets, Simple Text, Nox Icon Pack, etc. (this is all what I use with Prime), how much better say Samsung's TouchWiz is to Apple's iOS? Prime allows me to use Gestures, Hide the Task Bar and even change the Size of Icons.

    This is why I love android but without any of these, even Google's Vanilla I don't think I would've made the switch. What's your take?
    I have to agree with you OP, to a certan extent. I love the ability to customize as well as the screen size of my Note3 vs my 5s. I'm not sure which one I would choose if the options of Android were not available
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    Default Re: Without Launchers, is android still your OS choice?

    I like the launchers Motorola has used on their phones. Never felt the need to use an alternate.

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    Default Re: Without Launchers, is android still your OS choice?

    I stopped using full blown launchers because Sony did an excellent job but I do use zooper widgets as well as Appsi sidebar

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    Default Re: Without Launchers, is android still your OS choice?

    I've never really found a need for launchers. I like to keep it simple and just use the system as it comes (ex. old HTC Sense on the Thunderbolt, Touch Wiz on the Note 2 and OG 10.1, or vanilla on the Nexus 7).

    Although I probably could've explored using a launcher for the Nexus 7 as I find vanilla Android too minimal and lacking a lot of features that exist in skins such as Touch Wiz. But that ship has sailed as it's only used as a bedside alarm clock now (prefer larger screen and S-Pen on the Note 10.1 ).
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    Default Re: Without Launchers, is android still your OS choice?

    I love Android because I'm not using the "Android default" launcher but am still using my phone's "stock" launcher (Touchwiz). Android is the only OS on the market that gives you enough depth of customization to allow people to find something that works "best" for them. To me, that is a huge feature.

    I haven't found an OS or UI that perfectly matches my personal workflow or thought processes. WebOS was the closest, but half of that was the incredible depth of customizations possible. I had around 3 dozen UI tweaks and customizations installed. It was really good by default but it was wonderful after I tweaked it.

    I'm intrigued by WP8 but the app restrictions and lack of customization make it a no-go.

    I have tried several launchers on different devices. In addition to my Note2, I have a 7" and 10" tablet running various CM builds with an assortment of launchers.

    Touchwiz is my favorite. (Gasp!) I occasionally make use of the multi-window functionality, which not many other launchers can support. It's not make-or-break but it is a stand-out feature.

    The integrated Touchwiz apps, which are much maligned by Google-only users, are fantastic if you're like me and my wife, who both predate Google and have accounts all over the place. I need my calendar & task widgets to integrate multiple services ala WebOS Synergy. Touchwiz's calendar/task/email apps/widgets trumps Google's apps. (Ironic, given that the WebOS architect, Matias Duarte is now in charge of Android UI)

    My Note2 has enough horsepower that unless you've got the latest/greatest right next it, I don't see any lag or stutter in the animations so I don't feel the need for a faster/lighter launcher.

    Coming from WebOS, I like gesture-based controls. If I couldn't get WaveLauncher (which is more like a super-widget than a full blown launcher) to give me swipe up/over to swap apps or access frequently used ones I might be willing to live without multi-window and go through the pain of finding email/task/calendar apps that also have acceptable widgets.

    Having said that, my wife might have been happier with the Sense launcher, given that she's a heavy facebook user and less wedded to multi-window. Ironically, the "best" launchers for both of us look to be non-stock launchers, neither of which is available outside of specific vendors.

    If she didn't need me to do her tech support, I'd get her the new HTC One when our contract comes up but for now she's stuck using the same phone I have so if she breaks her phone (again) I can give her mine and I can either switch to a backup or get something new. (whee!)
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    Default Re: Without Launchers, is android still your OS choice?

    Definitely my OS of choice. Launchers are fine, but I find that vanilla Android completely suits my needs. Once I've set it up the way I want, it's a breeze. Now that I have a Nexus 7 and Nexus 5, it will probably be very hard for me to use any kind of skin, unless it's really light.
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    Recently acquired the Xperia Z2 and usually I opt for Apex, but I happen to like the light Ui and skin on this, so decided not to bother.

    But I much prefer Android over IOS or Windows devices, do not like them live tiles.

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    Default Re: Without Launchers, is android still your OS choice?

    I have the S5 and just picked up the Z2 two nights ago and within 5 minutes setting it up I launched Nova Prime.

    I don't know but these stock UI are really depressing, hTc Sense 6 is probably the only one I can live with.
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    Default Re: Without Launchers, is android still your OS choice?

    iOS is too limiting but thrives because of all of the third party apps and devices that it works with. Android has since gotten a lot of that third party support so I have no reason to use iOS. However, I think Android just lacks the polish of something like iOS. To get the perfect device it requires so much time, effort, and Google Play credit that it's not worth doing most of the time. I'd say only go to Android if you don't mind rooting and working hard with extra launchers and widgets. So no, it wouldn't be my first choice if there wasn't any launchers or custom roms.

    Actually, I really am liking the direction Windows Phone is heading. Basic phone stuff is handled really well, updates are handled much better, it has a consistent design language throughout (one of the things that drives me crazy about Android. Every app looks and works completely different), has great built in apps without the fear of it suddenly being killed off or ruined by another service, and more. The reason why I haven't switched is because 1, Windows Phone is almost always a step behind Android (seriously, no smart watch?) in terms of getting the latest technology and 2, apps are not consistently supported and updated. Oh well, until then, I guess Android will do fine.

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    Default Re: Without Launchers, is android still your OS choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Matei View Post
    iOS is too limiting but thrives because of all of the third party apps and devices that it works with. Android has since gotten a lot of that third party support so I have no reason to use iOS. However, I think Android just lacks the polish of something like iOS. To get the perfect device it requires so much time, effort, and Google Play credit that it's not worth doing most of the time. I'd say only go to Android if you don't mind rooting and working hard with extra launchers and widgets. So no, it wouldn't be my first choice if there wasn't any launchers or custom roms.

    Actually, I really am liking the direction Windows Phone is heading. Basic phone stuff is handled really well, updates are handled much better, it has a consistent design language throughout (one of the things that drives me crazy about Android. Every app looks and works completely different), has great built in apps without the fear of it suddenly being killed off or ruined by another service, and more. The reason why I haven't switched is because 1, Windows Phone is almost always a step behind Android (seriously, no smart watch?) in terms of getting the latest technology and 2, apps are not consistently supported and updated. Oh well, until then, I guess Android will do fine.

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    Default Re: Without Launchers, is android still your OS choice?

    Well, to each his own.
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    Default Re: Without Launchers, is android still your OS choice?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Matei View Post
    Well, to each his own.
    Exactly. My problem though with your post is how does Android lack so much polish? I have used a Dinc2. Razr M, and a Moto X for extended periods of time and I always felt it was just as good. Apps may be a little higher quality, but the Play Store has increased in quality so much over the years, I have no problems. Are you running the latest OS?
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