Sharper eye for UI
Android App of the Week The facility to re-skin the basic Android UI is both a blessing and a curse. It's a godsend because, unlike iOS or Windows Phone 7, you're not stuck with a monolithic one-size-fits-all interface design.
But you only have to look at an Orange San Francisco to see what an unholy pig’s ear can result from letting the amateurs loose.
Launcher Pro has stacks of options - including the ability to hide icon labels
Luckily, help is at hand with a number of launcher apps that can give your Android homescreen a complete makeover without you having to go the whole hog and root your handset. In my book, the best of the bunch is Launcher Pro because it’s stable, thoughtfully designed, hugely customisable, fast and free.
The list of things you can change in Launcher Pro is so long I could type my fingers numb recounting them, but as a taster you can alter the number of home pages, the number of icon rows and columns per page, the number and style of docks at the bottom of the screen, and hide seldom-used apps in the main application drawer.
You can also change the icons and names of desktop shortcuts, or you can remove the names altogether, though this option doesn't extend to folders. If you don’t want to use the standard app icons in the dock, Launcher Pro comes complete with some very stylish ones of its own.
Launcher Pro lets you auto-rotate the homescreen
The cherry on the cake is the option to have the entire homescreen flip to landscape when you tilt your phone over.
Next page: Extra functions for a small consideration
To all those moaning about expiry
It was a problem for a small number of users which the dev fixed and apologised for. It's not like it was supposed to cause you all that hassle and please stop being dramatic and saying it bricked your phone. Bricking implied that it was unfixable when in fact it was easy to fix.
What's not to like here? 95% is well deserved.
Now...where's the iphone version...oh wait.
I like these 300 word app reviews, they actually give you some real detail about what they do and how well they work, better than than the usual 50 wd "round-ups" which do little more than tell you something actually exists.
Hope the author will get around to picking a best "notes" app in the near future, there are dozens to choose from.
Good review, looks promising
Brilliant review, might download this later.
Take a look iphone owners, you will never have functionality like this without jailbreaking your phones.
ADW for me
I went with ADW Launcher, for the same reason as other have had, Launcher Pro expiring and making the phone unusable!