Some of you may be purists, but most of the rest of us love our customization. A third-party launcher is a great way to personalize your Android phone. But which one is right for you? Let's take a look...
You need a beta code to try this, but it has serious promise as a Buzz Launcher-killer. The look and feel are prettier than Buzz and thus far the one-tap-install seems tighter and less scattershot. Keep an eye on this one.
Top of the heap. It stands out for doing EVERYTHING well. Rock-solid, lean and mean, and flexible. I always find myself coming back to Nova after trying the rest. You can even simulate the "covers" feature of Action Launcher Pro with just a couple...
ALP's shutters are the biggest reason to use this launcher. No free demo so you have to take it on faith. Also, a couple of niggling bugs take the fun out of things. But the swipe-for-widget concept is a huge time and space saver.
The launcher part of Buzz is pretty standard fare. Where it shines is community theming. You can change your entire phone's look with a couple of taps. Heavy on widgets, which drains battery and memory. Still, not a prettier launcher in the bunch.
An intriguing new launcher for minimalists and fans of hands-off software. If you can score an invite, try it out. Not very customizable, but the automatic features are VERY intriguing. Could be a front-runner with more development time.
GO Launcher is probably Android's most popular third-party launcher. It is certainly has the most third-party themes. It's not, however, the leanest piece of software - the GO product line tends towards bloat. But a good starter launcher for novices.