Ok, So I do still have the love for LauncherPro. I didn’t have any real mentionable issues with it, just some tiny quirks that were probably more me than the launcher. Then @le3ky had to go and tweet me yet another fantastic launcher to check out.
Having said that today was a busy day. I downloaded kundli software, tested an app called Speed, and found an amazing Twitter client. I am so overjoyed I don’t know what to do with my little geek self.
First things first… ADW Launcher is… beyond fabulous. There are so many customizable options which are what makes me so hot for Android in the first place. Regardless of how tech savvy you are, this app can really pimp the look and feel of your Android user interface. The app drawer moves so smooth and the animation is just sexy. It has no hesitation or lag moving from screen to screen, portrait to landscape. You even get the option to open a vertical or horizontal drawer. The effects, speed columns, and rows are all customizable both in portrait and landscape separately as well as the transparency level of the drawer background. Seriously, this thing is options galore.
Seriously, this thing is options galore. If you have the status bar at the top, you can disable it in the screen preferences and increase the screens to the familiar seven found in HTC Sense UI. You don’t have to do both or either for that matter. You decide. Make it yours!
You decide. Make it yours!
In the UI Settings, you have plenty of options, but my favorite is the ability to hide icon labels. There are so many options in this thing, every other word that I want to type is an option, and did I mention how many options there are?
If you really dig deep into this very detailed well-written launcher app, I am sure you won’t often come across another android that looks like yours.
I wish I had such good things to say about Speed, an application by the Swirling Brain. Being a caffeine junkie such as I am, one might think this to be an app of my ilk. Notsomuch. Speed is a rather simple app that uses GPS triangulation to estimate your speed. Emphasis on the word guess, in my case. While I know that the GPS in the phones aren’t perfect, and I have been lost in the woods (winks) I can still locate a magnet the size of an eraser in random hidden places… (ref: Geocaching.com) so my GPS isn’t THAT off.
Unfortunately, this app not only seemed completely useless to me, it had very little in the line of options. (there’s that word again. Thanks, ADW, you have spoiled and ruined me.)
At any rate, you can do simple things like changing the color or font of the speed listed.. and invert it, apparently so you can set it on your dash and it can display on your windshield. All of that would be eh, okay- if it wasn’t an average of 15 mph off at any given time, and had a strong tendency to force close.
At any rate, a colleague told me of some speedometer app that played music when you reach a certain speed and was really cool and very accurate. I am willing to bet my buns this wasn’t it. I give “speed” thumbs down.
And now on to my final app of the day… and I have truly saved the very best for last. Oh wow, what can I say about Twicca?
Where do I begin? If you have been reading my blogs, you surely know that I get overly excited about these apps and if you have paid attention you also know that I love being able to customize my android and my apps to make it my own experience. Well, today- having added ADWLauncher and Twicca, I am damn near at nirvana.
Ok so maybe it isn’t that serious, but the point is… Twicca is beyond fabulous. It has a sensibly sized widget that contains buttons labeled “update” “home” “mentions” “DM” and “search”. If you already use Twitter, you know exactly what those buttons mean. If you don’t, this part of today’s post will be pretty alien to you.
Once inside the application, the stock colors are black and white. It is very clean, sharp and sexy. On the settings menu, you can access so many things that you can’t access with Twitter’s official Android application. You can define how you want your RTs to appear and set whether or not you want a before the @ when replying.
You also have access to change your User Icon, Bio, Web page, location and name from the profile settings.
Like most Twitter apps, you have the ability to use search trending topics and post your GPS location. This is most definitely the cleanest looking and option rich twitter application I have used thus far. Twicca, you win in my book.
I have so much more to say about these two fantastic apps but I there were so much packed in here- it made it hard to focus on the many various details of each. If this were my living, I might break it down more this time But this is my passion. I am sure my excitement bleeds through here, as I write what comes naturally.…