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Yes, you may be thinking oh look, yet another launcher, haven't we seen enough? Well, maybe you have, but if you look past the ADW.Launcher you will be rather sad once you realize all that it has to offer. While the initial look of it may look like your standard Froyo launcher that we have seen covered many times, the options go far beyond that. Well, let's take a look at it after the jump.

Currently there are about seven launchers installed on my device, many of which we have covered, but none have given such a strong first impression right off the bat. In the screen shots from the Android Market it is evident that there was what appeared to be two different style configurations for the bottom launcher, but after opening the application this was not the case.  You are presented with two menu options, the ability to have the dots at the bottom, like the Nexus One has, or the ability to swipe to another set of icons, which gives access to another six small icons. Having 8 mini icons at your disposal is great for all of you out there who love to use large widgets, or admire hi-def wallpapers in all their glory, so this is a great feature addition. Next, you will notice that your application drawer is unlike any other, and actually swipes much like the layout of an iPhone's applications, which helps keep them organized, and easy to find, although unfortunately you are unable to change the configuration, just alphabetical as always.

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Still sounds kind of standard? Well, take a dive into the menu settings and check out how much of the launcher is customizable, and you will quickly become lost. From the menu you are able to edit screen preferences, drawer settings, preview settings and UI settings, and each of these categories is filled with options. Some of these options include ability to set # of screens, make it fullscreen, (no notification bar) animation of the drawer, hiding dots, and various card preview options. One of the greatest options is the ability to drag an application to the bottom center and be presented with an option to uninstall it from the device, could they make it any easier? Do the icons you are using as your main two not match your new favorite wallpaper? No worries, enable the tint feature and they will be the same shape but now they will be white icons, making them blend instantly, and enhancing the look of your home screen.  Well, before we give everything about the application away, be sure to check it out for yourself in the Market!

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Android Quick App - ADW.Launcher

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I JUST started using this yesterday, and I like it more than LauncherPro mostly because I dont experience the battery drain issues that I did with LP (atleast on the Droid)

But it seems to retain the speed and smoothness that LP has, so its all good with me

Wow by far this is the best launcher along with launcher pro but that what's time and weather widget on the top of the screen previews?

Looks like the beautiful widgets... it imes in a couple sizes. I wish I could add 4 buttons on bottom like helix.

miss the awsome smooth sense like screen preview that launcher pro has. Other then that its good, but im sticking with lp.

I use this intermittantly with Launcher Pro. I still think LP is far smoother but I love the options ADW has. And its still force closing more than I'd like. I expect that with updates, it will get better and better.

I have used most launchers and this has the least lag, the most features, and the most stability imo. Developer working hard to make this even better.

Both ADW and LauncherPro have lag when going into the App drawer. Home++ Beta has NO lag whatsoever when I go in the App drawer, so I will stick with it.

Just put this on my N1 and I'm impressed. Hadn't tried any other custom launchers before, but I'm loving how customizable ADW is. Great app.

I have been using LauncherPro on my N1 running Froyo for a while now, recently tried ADW.Launcher. I'm leaving ADW.Launcher installed (so I get notified of updates), but I'm sticking with LauncherPro for the following reasons:

1) I prefer to have four app icons in the bottom launcher area. Having to swipe to get to my other two in ADW.Launcher doesn't work for me.

2) LauncherPro doesn't lag at all anywhere. ADW.Launcher lags somewhat in the application drawer when swiping from screen-to-screen. And no, I don't have live wallpapers enabled.

3) I'm not a fan of the side-swiping application drawer. I prefer the one huge up-down scrolling application drawer in LauncherPro.

With that said, both are solid choices and I highly recommend trying both to see which you prefer.

You can turn the side swiping off and have a normal drawer. and what is with the lag people always complain about? No lag here. adw is the best.

@AndyH_STi

It's 2 on the main PLUS 6 when you swipe for a total of 8.
Turning on LWP will lose the lag.
You can turn off the side swiping app drawer in the settings.

Great, another advanced launcher, ugh. I just discovered launchers and downloaded my first 4 days ago.. Launcher Pro. I love it so far. But I don't wanna dive into another one. And it's common for people to have more than 1 launcher installed on their phone? Wow.

love the adw launcher, was using pandahome. this is way better. i do miss the customizable dock menus available in panda.

Ok,so here is my question. I have a Hero and I downloaded the adw Launcher, how do i get that clock widget with the weather like shown in the screen shots? Is this something i can even get on my phone? The launcher is cool, but it doesn't have my agenda or calendar that i want, this could be a deal breaker for me...