Finally Gave In and Customized my Homescreen - Gotta Love Android

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by PollyK, Jun 17, 2013.

  1. PollyK macrumors regular

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    So after much consideration and looking at others customize their homescreens, I finally gave it a go myself. I couldn't be more happy with the result.

    First off, my screen is 5 inches. That means I could easily have 5 row of icons. I tried 6 rows, but decided that 5 was perfect for me. Six rows looked too cluttered to me. Mind you, 6 rows on a 5 inch screen looked less cluttered than 5 rows on the iP5.
    Secondly, changed my icons to a very simple look without all the fancy shine.
    Lastly, decided I didn't like the divider above the dock and got rid of it.

    The result to me is an extremely clean and simple looking interface that I can honestly say is better than anything out there. Yes I like it that much.

    I now fully understand the first hand why all the Android users go on and on about customizing. It is truly refreshing. All this was done without rooting my phone and voiding my warranty.

    The first pic is with the dock divider, and the second without. To me, the divider was just more clutter.

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  2. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    Overall I think it is nice. For me personally there are too many icons. I only put the dock and 1 row of my most used apps. Will you upload that background?

    edit: and I like the one with the divider better :)
     
  3. PollyK thread starter macrumors regular

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    I knew somebody would prefer the divider. lol

    Here's the background.
     

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  4. Fireblade macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the wallpaper!

    Like your homescreen btw.
     
  5. blitzer09x87 macrumors 6502

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    awesome screen...that's what i call flat and simple.
    i totally agree with you, android is way superior to iOS7 because it can be customized in every way you don't have to stay with one boring UI for the smartphone's whole lifetime. i think that i should also start using these awesome launchers, thanks.:)
     
  6. Dontazemebro macrumors 68020

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    Same here, I always group my icons into folders (favs, games, tools etc) with mainly just my common stock apps on the home screen (phone, mail, messages etc)

    Here's what my S4 looks like now


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  7. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    The good thing about folders is that they actually look good on jelly bean.
     
  8. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    Mine is pretty simple too.
     

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  9. otismotive77 macrumors 6502

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    nice wallpaper, btw the screen looks awesome, clean and smooth, icons are also really appealing. i agree, you gotta love android!
     
  10. onthecouchagain macrumors 604

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    What weather widget is that? Quite nice.
     
  11. Dontazemebro macrumors 68020

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    Thanks, that's the dash clock widget with weather extension
     
  12. onthecouchagain macrumors 604

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    Aw snap.

    When HTC decides to give us 4.2.2, I'll try it.

    Ahem, HTC.
     
  13. Dontazemebro macrumors 68020

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    Hehe gotta love Samsung :D
     
  14. Stuntman06 macrumors 6502a

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    I use six rows. I removed the dock on my home screen. For me, it doesn't make sense to have a dock. I see no need to have the same app icons on all of my home screens.
     
  15. maximus96 macrumors 6502a

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    OP, which launcher and icon pack did you use? thanks
     
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  17. PollyK thread starter macrumors regular

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    It is Nova Launcher Prime, which is the paid version as it gives you the unread count badges for your emails, calls, and sms.
    And the theme pack is the MiUi X5 HD.
    In my opinion, it is by far the most polished and professional looking theme pack I have seen. There is a free version, but it's not HD like this set. I honestly think a few of the OEMs out there should hire the MiUi team to do Icons for them.
     
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  19. KentuckyHouse macrumors 68020

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    I absolutely love looking through those sites (I didn't know about the second one so thanks for posting that!) I'm a huge fan of minimalist setups, so mycolorscreen is like crack for me. :D

    My problems begin whenever a setup mentions using UCCW. I've messed with it a hundred times and no matter what I do, I can't seem to figure out exactly how to use it. It's maddening. I've also searched and searched for a good, straightforward tutorial on how to use it but I keep coming up empty. I've been using both iOS and Android for a while now, so I'm not a novice (when it comes to jailbreaking or rooting/ROMs), but for some reason, UCCW just confounds me.

    Any links to a good, easy to understand tutorial would be greatly appreciated! ;)
     
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  21. AppleRobert macrumors 603

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    For whatever reason as I am not really bored so more for fun than anything else, I have been trying different launchers, themes, and icon packs.

    A question I have is how does one incorporate a replacement icon? I have an option when I press down on one I would like to change but do not know what the next step is and where do I find a replacement.

    Thanks
     
  22. Fireblade macrumors 65816

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    Which launcher are you using?
     
  23. AppleRobert macrumors 603

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    Apex. I guess not all icons have custom replacements? I for example am trying to do one for bing. The current one is fugly. :)

    I am using the same theme as the OP.
     
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