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  1. mrberger's Avatar
    Which one is better?
    08-30-2010 04:02 PM
  2. anon(40787)'s Avatar
    Depends. I have motorola cliq (blur) and it puts all your social feeds into one. Motorola doesn't seem to care as much as HTC for their customers. Never have had sense UI. But if I could try it out on my PC, it would help me.

    In my opinion (wait for others) I like blur better.

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    08-30-2010 04:08 PM
  3. wmtoandroid's Avatar
    I don't know how Motorola handles updates, but Sense UI slows down OS updates a lot, so being an owner of an HTC phone, I would rather not have Sense UI because of that.
    08-30-2010 05:21 PM
  4. jdbower's Avatar
    Which version of Blur? The X's blur is apparently very different from a lot of it's previous incarnations. Personally I like the Motorola UI much better than the HTC UIl; HTC is too colorful and distracting - give me something more muted and let me choose which 3rd party widgets I want to add. Plus there are a few apps in the store that don't work well with Sense because it's too intrusive.
    08-30-2010 05:22 PM
  5. Jerzyiroc's Avatar
    Sense > Blur. Sense really ties into the OS a lot. Blur seems too cartoonish and borderline juvenile. Sense has a much cleaner and mature look. It has a much better implementation with social networks too IMO. Blur is just all over the place.
    08-30-2010 05:53 PM
  6. dekcufi's Avatar
    i cant wait till gingerbread gets rid of all that crap. no more bloatware! you should at the very least be able to turn off sense or blur IMHO....
    08-30-2010 05:57 PM
  7. jdbower's Avatar
    Sense > Blur. Sense really ties into the OS a lot. Blur seems too cartoonish and borderline juvenile. Sense has a much cleaner and mature look. It has a much better implementation with social networks too IMO. Blur is just all over the place.
    I think you've either got those reversed or you haven't seen the X's Blur implementation. I feel the exact opposite - Sense is one step away from anime characters roaming around the screen speaking in little girl voices
    08-30-2010 06:23 PM
  8. Bujin#IM's Avatar
    I think you've either got those reversed or you haven't seen the X's Blur implementation. I feel the exact opposite - Sense is one step away from anime characters roaming around the screen speaking in little girl voices
    I have no real experience with Blur, but I've never heard Sense referred to as juvenile or unpolished. Folks may say they prefer stock, but most folks (and most reviews) seem to report that Sense is the most polished of all the options.
    08-30-2010 07:01 PM
  9. jdbower's Avatar
    I have no real experience with Blur, but I've never heard Sense referred to as juvenile or inpolished. Folks may say they prefer stock, bit most folks (and most reviews) seem to report that Sense is the most polished of all the options.
    Polished, yes, but I find it far too cartoony and bright for my tastes.
    08-30-2010 07:05 PM
  10. jdbower's Avatar
    Here's my impression of Sense (yes, that's a WinMo phone, but I always picture Sense with an annoyingly garish background for some reason):


    And here's the Droid X Blur:


    There are some widgets that come with Blur, but most of them I've disabled and they're not nearly as tightly integrated nor as annoyingly designed as the social-networking-oriented prior Blur releases. To me Blur is much more professional looking and to the point. But to each their own.
    08-30-2010 07:30 PM
  11. melwan's Avatar
    Stock all the way but if I have to choose, Sense it is.

    @jdbower nice way of being objective lol. couldn't you find a worse Sense screenshot? Let me see, squared screen, full of widgets, windows logo, ugly non-Sense notification bar, etc... How about this for a fair screenshot? Wow and I'm not fan of Sense, but hey you pushed me by posting the fugly thing.
    08-30-2010 07:30 PM
  12. jdbower's Avatar
    Stock all the way but if I have to choose, Sense it is.

    @jdbower nice way of being objective lol. couldn't you find a worse Sense screenshot?
    Interesting you choose stock or Sense, the X is much more stock than Sense is

    Here's a more apples-to-apples (or is oranges-to-oranges more appropriate on a non-iForum?) comparison:


    Still can't get used to that big ugly clock and faux button thing at the bottom.
    08-30-2010 07:36 PM
  13. Bujin#IM's Avatar
    X
    Here's my impression of Sense (yes, that's a WinMo phone, but I always picture Sense with an annoyingly garish background for some reason):
    The garish background in your example, of course, has nothing whatsoever to do with Sense. You have every right to prefer Blur, but to recommend it to someone because you once saw a Sense phone with a loud wallpaper is a bit silly. There's nothing garish or colorful about Sense's widgets....they're all pretty much black and sleek.




    Still can't get used to that big ugly clock and faux button thing at the bottom.

    You do realize the clock is a widget, and is thus removable / replaceable, yes?
    08-30-2010 07:40 PM
  14. Flawson's Avatar
    I don't find the x's version of blur to be that intrusive on the android experience, I realize that part out what helps it is a 1 ghz processor. I have had some experience with the incredible, and I liked sense ok on that. I played with an evo and sense ran very smoothly on it. It seems to me that the hardware can be a big determinating factor on how well the custom os layers run over android. The rest is really just what you are used to. Sense has a few more features than the laid back "anti-blur", but it's nothing that you can't find widgets or market apps for. I'm not married to the moto style, and I could rock a sense device.
    But how fun is it that we, as android users, get to be in the middle of this competition and have choices for our ui and hardware? Blur,sense,vanilla, touch screen, keyboard, amoled, oled, etc etc - it sure beats waiting for ONE device with ONE ui. (or a bunch of near identical devices)


    Sent from my DROIDX using Tapatalk
    08-30-2010 07:59 PM
  15. JuniorWWT's Avatar
    Sense is definitely very well polished. Anyone that has used it cant argue that. I can not comment on Blur as I have never used it. The problem with Sense is that it interferes with the idea of Android. Sense is so integrated and you cant really turn it off without root. It's great for my wife or my mother, but to baked for me. But I do love my senseless Evo!
    08-30-2010 08:23 PM
  16. kajii's Avatar
    Launcher Pro is the real winner

    Sent from my DROIDX using Tapatalk
    08-30-2010 08:34 PM
  17. melwan's Avatar
    Interesting you choose stock or Sense, the X is much more stock than Sense is

    Here's a more apples-to-apples (or is oranges-to-oranges more appropriate on a non-iForum?) comparison:


    Still can't get used to that big ugly clock and faux button thing at the bottom.
    There you go, now that's a fair comparison How do you find the performance of the Blur? Some were reporting very sluggish experience overall.

    Personally, I use Launcher Pro on N1 and the performance can't seem to get better than this IMO. Very fluid and smooth.
    08-30-2010 10:15 PM
  18. Mike20PR's Avatar
    Sense all the way!! I ever prefer sense over stock as well

    -it adds much needed polish to the overall OS since its basically like a new OS rather than a homescreen

    -it nailed social integration with facebook, twitter, and flickr

    -best widgets android has to offer imho (seriously, i cant fill 7 screens with content i like without sense)

    -integrated apps for communucation (contacts with linked photo albums, email cinversations, sms history as well as event status updates

    This and more!! Sorry i rambled too much but imho i wouldnt have kept android if it wasnt for the 'complete' feel sense provides
    08-30-2010 11:08 PM
  19. jdbower's Avatar
    There you go, now that's a fair comparison How do you find the performance of the Blur? Some were reporting very sluggish experience overall.
    I see that too, and I sometimes wonder if it's the anti-Blur feelings on this site creating a reverse placebo effect (ZOMG my phone is doing something I don't like, it must be that awful Blur!). By and large the phone is very responsive, when it does slow down my first thought is not to blame the UI but to find an errant app. For example, Slacker seems to occasionally freeze between songs and need to be killed, when it's in this state things slow down but I can't blame Blur for that.

    Really a UI is just a UI which is why I'd never recommend one over the other, you need to try them all out to see which one suits you. If you read carefully, I've only explained why *I* don't prefer Sense because there are a lot of Sense fans out there, but really Sense isn't horrible other than being way too integrated into the phone experience for my taste. I buy a phone first and then I can fix the UI later. Want Sense but love the X? Get Beautiful Widgets and you're mostly there. Want an Evo/Epic but don't like Sense, try Launcher Pro or just go crazy deleting widgets (I did that on my X as well). Want an iPhone 4G but don't like the UI - oh, wait...
    08-31-2010 05:41 AM
  20. kenyee's Avatar
    I have a Cliq and Eris...I find the Sense UI more polished as well but the big negative is that Google voice doesn't work on the eris...calls always go out on your cell.

    I like how Blur centralizes your feeds into widgets but parsing all that xml makes the phone lag when it does it...
    08-31-2010 06:27 AM
  21. SeeK's Avatar
    I prefer Sense. It just feels more "finished" and I quite like FriendStream, even if it could use an update or two right now to provide more FaceBook functionality. I also really like the widgets you can use with Sense, it's got a great calendar and the scrollable news reader is very nice.

    I have to say though, all non-stock UI phones really should come with the option of turning the additional UI layer off. There's no reason not to, it just gives more advanced users more hassle. I'm using LauncherPro now and wish I could turn Sense off just for the sake of saving a bit of memory - but I can't, not without rooting. And a 2.2 Desire is not the most commonly rooted phone...
    08-31-2010 07:09 AM
  22. capnhowdy18's Avatar
    My only problem with sense is the the 3 buttons at the bottom really. I understand the one for phone. That make sense, I want access to my phone at all times. The application drawer also makes sense, although then I don't really need it when I press menu. However the add to home screen button is the one I have issues with. It seems to me I'd get more use out of a contacts, message or mail button. Generally once my phone is setup I'm not adding to the home screen nearly as much as I am messaging people.
    08-31-2010 08:25 AM
  23. SeeK's Avatar
    My only problem with sense is the the 3 buttons at the bottom really. I understand the one for phone. That make sense, I want access to my phone at all times. The application drawer also makes sense, although then I don't really need it when I press menu. However the add to home screen button is the one I have issues with. It seems to me I'd get more use out of a contacts, message or mail button. Generally once my phone is setup I'm not adding to the home screen nearly as much as I am messaging people.
    True, linking that to your SMS inbox would be a better option. I guess they simply want to streamline the experience for new users, but personally I always long-press on an empty space to add shortcuts and widgets anyway. Not really a dealbreaker though, is it?
    08-31-2010 08:39 AM
  24. takeshi's Avatar
    Which one is better?
    Whichever you prefer -- as is the case with most "Which is better?" questions. At least qualify what you mean by "better" unless you're looking for fanboy rants.
    08-31-2010 08:43 AM
  25. kenyee's Avatar
    BTW, anyone know what other apps don't work w/ HTC Sense? IMHO, not having Google Voice work with it is a major strike against it...
    08-31-2010 08:54 AM
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