06-27-2013 05:32 PM
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  1. seinx's Avatar
    What launcher do you use and why? How does it differ from the rest?

    Right now I use Apex and while I love the themes and customization options, I'm not sure if it's the best one out there. I've tried GO as well as others, and there are way too many ads and junk.
    01-26-2013 11:13 AM
  2. ItnStln511's Avatar
    I use Nova Launcher. So far I've had no problems with it.
    01-26-2013 11:59 AM
  3. ryker002's Avatar
    I use Nova Launcher. So far I've had no problems with it.
    Second, Nova Prime if you are willing to spend the money. Its really fast compared to other launchers.
    01-26-2013 12:11 PM
  4. JJones1210's Avatar
    I use Nova Prime. Much faster, and more options, than any other launcher.

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Xparent BlueTapatalk 2
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    01-26-2013 12:14 PM
  5. JvKintheUSA's Avatar
    Nova Prime for me. Used Apex Pro before,and is very similar to Apex. I like how you can pull down the notification bar by swiping anywhere on the screen.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Tapatalk 2
    01-26-2013 12:38 PM
  6. syeroc's Avatar
    I use TSF Shell. A little pricy but absolutely gorgeous launcher. Very smooth. And it works well on both my SGS3 and N7.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Android Central Forums
    mightyfacundo likes this.
    01-26-2013 10:30 PM
  7. KreepyKen's Avatar
    Nova Prime. I tried it. I loved it. I kept it. Works flawlessly for me.
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    01-27-2013 12:01 AM
  8. MangoPowah's Avatar
    Nova Prime. Fast and functional.
    01-27-2013 12:03 AM
  9. robinto's Avatar
    I have Nova, is it worth $4 for the prime upgrade, I love the free version and would throw them $2 just to show, how much I like it, but but I want more for $4...

    Sent from my SGH-I747M using Android Central Forums
    01-27-2013 10:07 AM
  10. rong21's Avatar
    Nova Prime here. Disliked Go Launcher and Touchwiz. Never tried Apex
    ladyc0524 likes this.
    01-27-2013 11:52 AM
  11. arriflexFL's Avatar
    Can anyone give me a little information on how a different launcher changes the experience from touchwiz?

    Do you need to root your phone to change the launcher?
    01-27-2013 08:51 PM
  12. KreepyKen's Avatar
    Can anyone give me a little information on how a different launcher changes the experience from touchwiz?

    Do you need to root your phone to change the launcher?
    Nope. No rooting necessary. Different launchers basically just let you make changes to the user interface that TouchWiz won't allow. For instance, I use Nova Prime because I like to have multiple and scrollable dock pages. I have three dock pages that contain folders of apps. I use the docks instead of regular home pages for the most common apps I use. Then I can populate the home screens with widgets. But really, the possibilities are endless. I think most of the popular launchers have YouTube videos done either by the developers or people conducting reviews. Check those out for some ideas of what they can do.

    I'd suggest looking into a few launchers and checking out the ones you think seem the nicest. I'd recommend Nova. There is a free version you can test to see if you like it. Other popular ones are Apex (very similar to Nova), GoLauncher (be careful, they're a Chinese company and there have been grumblings about how they mine data...it's a good launcher, though, with a TON of themes available), ADW, and LauncherPro (not really in development any more). Zeam is another one, but it's really simple. Oh, and Action Launcher seems to be a really popular new one (good developer).

    No one can tell you what the "best" launcher is because your criteria for what makes a launcher great won't be the same as everyone else. Just try a few and see what you like.

    Good luck!
    FLRubi, D16RR, MrsBonnagio and 2 others like this.
    01-27-2013 10:37 PM
  13. Lanhoj's Avatar
    My favorite is Nova Launcher for the simple reason that it's the only one that supports GLOBAL Badge Notification (those little red #'s) because once you get use to them you can't go without em!

    Here's how--> http://forums.androidcentral.com/sho...d.php?t=199709

    ADW & Apex are good too, but without GLOBAL Badge Notifications (because SMS, GMail, Calls aren't enough!) they just don't cut it for my uses.
    01-27-2013 10:58 PM
  14. delly86's Avatar
    i use go launcher
    01-31-2013 09:03 AM
  15. smooth4lyfe's Avatar
    Nova is the best! Easy to use, fast, and awesome

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy S3 Boyyyyyy!
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    02-01-2013 03:27 AM
  16. bigstormgirl's Avatar
    Nova prime for me. Upgraded to prime because I like to see badges on my email and text.
    02-01-2013 11:26 AM
  17. MachoDonut's Avatar
    Nova Prime here too. Among other things already mentioned, I love using gestures instead of buttons. That said, other launchers can do that too. Nova is just my preference.
    02-01-2013 01:45 PM
  18. rong21's Avatar
    might try Apex this weekend if I get bored just to see what the differences are between it and Nova
    02-01-2013 02:17 PM
  19. Uncle Reemus's Avatar
    Nova Prime, here. I played with several others and love the Nova.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Android Central Forums
    02-01-2013 03:07 PM
  20. warrencoles's Avatar
    Why not try out Linpus Launcher. Itdelivers more ways to launch applications within onetap, as well as the most number of free transition effects of any launcher. You can even choose to have a different transition effect for your Home pages and Appdrawer.

    It also has a Quick Launch Panel - This is an additional shortcut panel. In setting easily set to launch from top, bottom or either side.
    03-21-2013 01:26 AM
  21. Jamie Connor's Avatar
    Nova prime. Very good launcher light weight full of feature. Highly recommend
    marie727 likes this.
    03-21-2013 09:03 AM
  22. Highrisedrifter's Avatar
    I've always been a fan of Apex but so many people here seem to like Nova Prime I think I might give that a go.
    03-21-2013 04:08 PM
  23. Scootster's Avatar
    I'm using Launcher Pro. I think it is most practical launcher. What I like most is the scrollable quick launch.
    03-22-2013 09:12 AM
  24. marie727's Avatar
    Nova prime. So far its the best ( my opinion)

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I747 using Android Central Forums
    03-23-2013 05:48 AM
  25. AtomLauncher's Avatar
    Hey there, Atom Launcher team here.

    We are super biased, but we think our launcher is the best. Super fast, nice themes and cool folder/customization features.

    Give it a shot and tell us why it is/isn't the best launcher you have used... your feedback feeds us!
    04-03-2013 10:40 PM
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