Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Launcher OS Differentiation

To help decide which Mobile OS is best suited for you or someone you know, here are 3 launchers for Android which will help you figure out which one works the "best." Obviously I am a little biased in that I love Android launchers, specifically ADW Launcher but I will list the features in each launcher as well as Market links for you to test them out on your own as well. Screenshots are available in each market link but I have tested each one on my Samsung Captivate and run smoothly enough for testing. There are enough users who find GO Launcher as good as ADW (and I agree) but it does have basically the same features as ADW so it's up to you which you prefer to use but I do prefer ADW. Both are free which makes the choice that much harder haha (just kidding :-p).

I listed Launcher7 and Espier Luancher because they are the most feature filled, free and most stable from my experience. Also, if you are unable to upgrade/change devices because you are in contract, these launchers will help get you used to other devices should you choose to switch as well as making you that much more efficient when you use others' devices with these other OS's.

Feel free to let me know if you have any questions, comments, suggestions, etc. My e-mail address link is at the bottom of this post :)

  • ADW Launcher
    • Market Link
    • Price: Free and Paid
    • 1-7 homescreens
    • 0-5 dock bar icons
    • Homescreen overscroll effects
    • Free and paid themes
    • Free and paid icon sets
    • App Drawer transparancy/color option
  • Launcher7 - mimics Windows Phone 7
    • Market Link
    • Price: Free and separate Donate option
    • Unlimited tiles and widgets
    • Customizable tile color (including transparency options)
    • Fade or Fly tile effects upon app launch
    • List or Grid style App Drawer
    • Windows Phone 7 or Android Style Notification bar
  • Espier Launcher - mimics iOS
    • Market Link
    • Price: Free
    • Swipe left from leftmost screen brings up search screen
    • Reorder icons
    • Certain dynamic icons (i.e. Calendar, SMS, etc.)
    • Keeps Android Notification bar so you get something similar to the Notification bar in iOS 5