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Re: Home screens... Let's see what you got.
On my old AMOLED DROID Incredible I ran stock, un-rooted Sense for a year. Then I rooted and began running CM7. After only a few days I installed Launcher Plus because I didn't much care for its included version of ADW. On my LG Spectrum I tried ADW EX and GO because the Optimus UX sucks. I ended up back on LP. As soon as I discovered how inflexible TouchWiz is on the SGSIII, I tried Apex, Nova, ADW EX, GO Launcher, and LP. Right now I've settled on Nova.
But through all of this I've realized that most launchers simply provide the user a means to display matrices of icons and/or folders of icons, in addition to providing a grid with which to align widgets. I've been using basically the same system the entire time I've owned a smartphone. Add to that the GUI of Windows and I'm starting to get tired of the whole icon matrix paradigm.
I'm not ready to go with a Metro-style tile interface quite yet, so I started looking at SPB Shell and TSF Shell. They seem like they could perhaps provide a middle ground between the two UI paradigms.
While I still had the LG Spectrum I emailed SPB asking if, before purchasing their expensive ($14.95) product, they would provide me a longer than 15 minute return window. They replied saying that in the event I wanted a later refund that I should reference the case number they provided. I don't remember why, but I never took them up on their offer.
One of the friends I made over in the Spectrum forum is an admitted launcher *****. He owns something like six or seven launchers and prefers TSF Shell over SPB Shell. This got me to recently email the TSF developer asking if they'd allow me to have a longer than 15 minute return window before fully committing to their even more expensive ($16.80) launcher.
I figured after two weeks of no response that they'd just disregarded my request. You can imagine my surprise this morning when I received an email from the developer. They gave me an .apk of their TSF Shell! Granted, the next version is imminent, but still...
I will definitely be installing this and giving it a full shakedown. I'll also post a few screen captures here. And If it's a good enough product, I'll purchase it.
That's the kind of confidence in their product I can get behind!