Hideous TouchWiz

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by MBX, Nov 13, 2013.

  1. MBX macrumors 68000

    Sep 14, 2006
    Hi there

    I'm not a fan of TouchWiz, kinda ugly. Especially some UI's like dial-pad and some icons.

    Now I looked into launchers to skin it differently. But if I understood correctly these launchers like NovaLaunch are just apps that you have to press at start up every time to activate the skin? At least when I did it it always reverted to TouchWiz after a while and I had to press on NovaLaunch icon again.

    Is there anything that can theme/ skin the Samsung phone permanently?
  2. chagla macrumors 6502a


    Mar 21, 2008
    no. after installing a launcher, when you press the home button, it will ask you whether you want to use the new launcher or the existing one. you can pick one and make it a default. this way you wont get prompted again. otherwise when you press the home button, the prompt will show up.

    check out "smart launcher" by ginlemon. if you like themes, Go launcher EX is also good.
  3. MRU, Nov 13, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2013

    MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    You set Nova as your default and you won't have to go back to touchwiz BUT!!!! The things you have difficulty with like dialer, contacts and hideous messaging will all remain and whilst you can opt for another messaging app - i'm afraid even if you utilise a third party dialer - you will still get touchwiz dialer when you call or receive and you can not disable it otherwise you won't get proper notifications of missed calls and such.

    So yeah - Nova will resin the front end - but for me the launcher part of touchwiz is actually pretty good. customisable app drawer and such. However the inability to move app drawer icon to centre of the doc is a pain in the arse.

    Likewise changing to Nova doesn't solve the other ugly UI elements.

    Samsung DO need to go back to the drawing board and 1 - unify the aesthetics of touchwiz and make them consistent and coherent through the whole of its OS and stock applications.

    Then on top of that they need to optimise the whole lot of it so that it's not such a leech on resources. The difference between stock android and touchwiz on resources is quite startling.
  4. MBX thread starter macrumors 68000

    Sep 14, 2006
    Are those better for "permanently" skinning or do they behave same as Nova?

  5. kevinof macrumors 6502a

    Jul 30, 2008
    All launchers behave the same. You install is, select the home button and it will ask if you want to make it the default. Select always and you're done.

  6. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    Sadly no more features work on anything else but touchwiz
  7. Oohara macrumors 68020


    Jun 28, 2012
    I could seriously tattoo this post all over my body and run naked through the streets of Seoul yelling "Hear ye, hear ye!!!"
  8. MBX thread starter macrumors 68000

    Sep 14, 2006
    Samsung needs to hire some really good UI designers and catch up to Apple iOS7 or Google's stock Android... in terms of aesthetics that is.

  9. Dontazemebro macrumors 68020


    Jul 23, 2010
    I dunno, somewhere in West Texas
    .... and that's the crux of it. Do you roll with a better launcher for visuals or go with touchwiz because of the numerous feature set. I guess it depends on if you use the features or not.

    Multi window and air gesture is just too important for me.
  10. PollyK macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2013
    To be honest I don't find TW all that ugly. I prefer black backgrounds. But I also like change, so a change in the UI would be welcome. I also appreciate that android has launchers. I never get bored of cycling through my favorite icon themes. Again, smart features over anything else always weighs heaviest for me.
  11. F123D macrumors 68040


    Sep 16, 2008
    Del Mar, CA
    I can live with touchwiz using Nova Launcher since some of the features are really helpful. I also don't find the UI to be as ugly as some make it out to be. Its the carrier bloat and features I dont find useful that are annoying.
  12. Stuntman06 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2011
    Metro Vancouver, B.C, Canada
    I'm generally indifferent to asthetics. I don't have any issues with the asthetics of TW. I do like the Sense dialler a lot better. Other than that, I'm happy with my SGS3. I currently use Nova Prime to get rid of that annoying dock and add 2 more rows per home page in its place.
  13. appledes7 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 12, 2011
    Did you ever see the part that says "Select Default Home" in Nova launcher settings?

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  14. ivtecDOu macrumors 6502


    May 24, 2008
  15. mib1800 macrumors 68030

    Sep 16, 2012
    If I am not mistaken those features are still there even if you don't use touchwiz. now even all the samsung widgets are available for use in other launchers as well unlike previously.

    Just install a new launcher, theme it and you are done. Not sure what's this big hurrah about nothing.
  16. rhinosrcool macrumors 65816


    Sep 5, 2009
    Agreed. Nova prime still lets you have multi-window, air gesture, and all s-pen functionality.
  17. InuNacho macrumors 65816


    Apr 24, 2008
    In that one place
    I like Touchwiz and the apps associated with it but its unbearably laggy. I wish Samsung would go back and clean it all up instead of throwing bigger badder specs at it.
  18. Dontazemebro macrumors 68020


    Jul 23, 2010
    I dunno, somewhere in West Texas
    Didn't know that, thanks for the heads up.

    I tried to use the Samsung calendar widget with Nova Prime recently and it didn't work. Might still be limited on which widgets you can use.

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