ADW versus Launcher Pro on EVO
I have been testing alternate launchers for the sake of using the phone in landscape mode on my desk.
ADW had been very cool, but has a lot of force closes. I am going to try launcher pro next, and already it seems pretty responsive...of course I dont have 7 pages full of apps and widgets yet!
Can anyone post their experiences with the two launchers? I would be interested in knowing some of the technical differences and the advantages of each. Any tips that can be offered?
- 06-25-2010, 09:57 PM #2
- 06-25-2010, 10:12 PM #3
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- 06-25-2010, 10:59 PM #5
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The bottom launcher is the clincher. 15 icons there, combine that with 5 rows per page, and something like Folder Organizer, and a clean interface is will within reach.
It is then possible have a nice live wallpaper, like Beautiful Live Weather, and just use the bottom 3/5 of the screens. With this setup, 5 homescreens is plenty.
I mention this because I am actually running this now, of course. Using Baked ROM.
- 06-25-2010, 11:24 PM #7
- 06-25-2010, 11:35 PM #8
Spent an hour with launcher pro and I have to say I am impressed. The 15 shortcuts at the bottom are really nice...no force closes yet...the whole feel of it seems tight. Going to put adw on the shelf for a while.
Question: Do I need to uninstall adw or at least "clean slate it"? The backup tool is nice, and I don't want to loose my layout settings, but I don't want widgets our anything else slowing down my phone while I am using another launcher.
- 06-26-2010, 08:46 AM #10
- 06-26-2010, 09:22 AM #11
- 06-26-2010, 09:48 AM #12
Fyi-adw does landscape too
So I was able to go down to 5 screens with launcher pro...def improves performance to have less going on. Using an app organizer for folder shortcuts makes a big difference.
Weird issues with changing wallpapers...still have to play with it more.
Can someone tell me if I need to clear out adw's screens or not?
- 06-26-2010, 01:39 PM #14
Just a quick update: I ended up going back to Sense UI today. I liked both ADW and Launcher Pro, but my phone kept getting laggy way too often. I played with my wife's Evo for a few minutes this morning and realized how much quicker it was without my custom launcher.
I am going to miss the launch bars, but its a small price to pay for a more responsive device! Its only been 12 hours but I already love being back on the stock Sense UI, no question about how much faster it is...hopefully we got the option to go to landscape mode on the home screen and have a launch bar in the future!!!!
- 06-27-2010, 09:33 PM #16
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- 06-27-2010, 11:31 PM #19
Neither ADW nor Launcher Pro seemed to like using pictures taken with the camera as backgrounds, for what its worth. Until something changes, Sense is the snappiest UI for us Stock users for now. Just wish it went to landscape!
- 06-30-2010, 11:57 AM #21
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guys.... if you try any launcher other than sense on a sense rom, make sure you set your sense launcher to "clean slate" with NOTHING on it at all before changing launchers. otherwise sense's widgets will keep running in background all the time taking cpu and memory.
same is true when changing from ANY launcher to another: if you have 2 or more launchers installed and have widgets on any of them, those widgets will run. Admittedly it isn't clear if every widget works that way, but certainly it's proven that some do. I just learned this myself, but it explains everything to me. and I just did some quick test now and sure enough the performance and stability differences are huge when done as I described.
also with launcherpro make sure you set the memory settings correctly if using the latest version. stops FCs.
- 06-30-2010, 02:29 PM #22
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