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    Hello Android Central,

    I just switched over to the Nexus 5 and I love it so far. I had a bit of an issue with Gmail not pushing, but reading posts on this forum helped me resolve that issue.

    I am very interested in customizing using a different launcher? Do you recommend any in particular? Does using a launcher cause the phone to act differently (apps not working, slow, etc)?

    Thanks in advance!

    -Hugh
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    Default Re: Just switched from iPhone to Nexus 5. Love it! Do you recommend any launchers?

    Welcome to AC!
    Congrats on the new phone
    My personal favorite is Nova Launcher. The phone will not run any slower than normal. You can actually change the animation speeds so that it feels faster.
    The icon pack I'm currently using is Moonshine: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...launcher&hl=en It's $1 though.
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    Default Re: Just switched from iPhone to Nexus 5. Love it! Do you recommend any launchers?

    Nova +1, and plenty of paid and free icons.
    I recommend you to have a look at Zooper widgets. Read a tutorial and have a lot of fun.

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    Default Re: Just switched from iPhone to Nexus 5. Love it! Do you recommend any launchers?

    Quote Originally Posted by UJ95x View Post
    Welcome to AC!
    Congrats on the new phone
    My personal favorite is Nova Launcher. The phone will not run any slower than normal. You can actually change the animation speeds so that it feels faster.
    The icon pack I'm currently using is Moonshine [can't post link yet] It's $1 though.
    Quote Originally Posted by Javier P View Post
    Nova +1, and plenty of paid and free icons.
    I recommend you to have a look at Zooper widgets. Read a tutorial and have a lot of fun.

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    Thank you both!
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    Default Re: Just switched from iPhone to Nexus 5. Love it! Do you recommend any launchers?

    Action Launcher is my go to launcher. Its really quick and has some very unique features like shades and covers. They help to keep your home screen very minimal while hiding functionality behind the icon with a simple swipe. Plus, all the apps are just a quick swipe away. I think there is a trial or free version now. I dropped the money on the full shebang and although I try other home screen replacements and there are a nice amount of good ones (Aviate is good too), but I just keep coming back to Action Launcher.

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    Default Re: Just switched from iPhone to Nexus 5. Love it! Do you recommend any launchers?

    I thought the stock launcher is pretty good on a Nexus 5 but I eventually loaded Nova Prime launcher.

    The deal-breakers for me were not having the option to hide the persistent search bar (the thing with the microphone icon at the top of every screen) which I seldom use, and is accessible by a simple swipe up from the bottom of the screen anyway. Also, not having unread counts on icons. Nova Prime fixed both of these issues for me. I haven't had any problems with Nova at all and it uses little battery.

    Coming from iOS you might find the level of customisation available on Android drives you a little crazy! Have fun!
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    Default Re: Just switched from iPhone to Nexus 5. Love it! Do you recommend any launchers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aglet View Post
    I thought the stock launcher is pretty good on a Nexus 5 but I eventually loaded Nova Prime launcher.

    The deal-breakers for me were not having the option to hide the persistent search bar (the thing with the microphone icon at the top of every screen) which I seldom use, and is accessible by a simple swipe up from the bottom of the screen anyway. Also, not having unread counts on icons. Nova Prime fixed both of these issues for me. I haven't had any problems with Nova at all and it uses little battery.

    Coming from iOS you might find the level of customisation available on Android drives you a little crazy! Have fun!
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    Default Re: Just switched from iPhone to Nexus 5. Love it! Do you recommend any launchers?

    Thanks ffejjj, yeah I should have done a screencap and posted it to better explain myself to an Android noob! That's the one.
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    Nova
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    Default Re: Just switched from iPhone to Nexus 5. Love it! Do you recommend any launchers?

    Oh and I use Adw launcher

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...freak.launcher

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    Default Re: Just switched from iPhone to Nexus 5. Love it! Do you recommend any launchers?

    I personally like Nova. I downloaded a few when I got my Android phone and it is the most fluid and looks the best to me. My friend uses Apex and likes it. My suggestion is to try a few of the free ones and decide what you like. Have fun. Customizing Android is the best part of using it!

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    Nova prime

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    Default Re: Just switched from iPhone to Nexus 5. Love it! Do you recommend any launchers?

    Another vote for Apex, just cuz it's my daily driver.

    And just got these Velur icons and like them so much I can't stop looking at my app drawer!
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...us.velur&hl=en
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    Default Re: Just switched from iPhone to Nexus 5. Love it! Do you recommend any launchers?

    Atom Launcher is what I'm currently using. Nova is great and all, but you have to pay for Nova Prime if you want to have gestures and be able to hide apps in the app drawer. Atom does that for free. It also has a great Atom Bar feature at the top. It also has some great themes available, both free and paid.
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    Default Re: Just switched from iPhone to Nexus 5. Love it! Do you recommend any launchers?

    I heard good things about that!
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    Default Re: Just switched from iPhone to Nexus 5. Love it! Do you recommend any launchers?

    Did you guys actually see a battery life drop when using launchers?
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    Default Re: Just switched from iPhone to Nexus 5. Love it! Do you recommend any launchers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Clem_SuperHippo View Post
    Did you guys actually see a battery life drop when using launchers?
    I've never had an issue or seen a noticeable decline
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    Default Re: Just switched from iPhone to Nexus 5. Love it! Do you recommend any launchers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Clem_SuperHippo View Post
    Did you guys actually see a battery life drop when using launchers?
    No, I haven't seen a difference in battery life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vulcanv View Post
    I heard good things about that!
    You should try it out if you're interested!

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