I have a Motorola Droid that is unrooted and running stock 2.1.
In order to make switching between replacement Home Screens easy, I use the Home Switcher app from the App Market.
Over the past 3-to-4 months I have been playing with various replacements for the stock Home Screen. This lists the Home Screens in alphabetic sequence that I evaluated:
- Home (stock)
- Launcher Pro
- Tag Home
Any one of these is a great replacement for the Home (stock). All are sufficiently stable for everyday use. I will not go into what I perceive as the strengths and weaknesses of each, but after setting these up as close to the same as possible, I used each for 2+ weeks.
The following lists the features I would like to see in a single replacement Home Screen.
1. Number of screens 7 or 9. No matter how many there are, someone will always want more. If you think you need more screens, consider using Apps Organizer of Folder Organizer. You might find these are easier to use than manipulating a large number of screens.
2. Screen movement - back-and-forth, as current crop does, plus circular so that when you get to highest screen number you, your next screen in #1, or the reverse. (I have not seen any Home Screen replacement with circular yet).
3. Screen(s) preview - double-tap (HelixLauncher/HelixLauncher2) or pinch-in (Launcher Pro). Larger display like B]Launcher Pro[/B].
4. Icon labels - the ability to remove the label (FreedHome).
5. Number of icons - Increase the number of icons in each row or column (FreedHome). However, when you increase the number of icons, the ability to resize widgets as opposed to cutting or squishing them needs to be considered.
6. Folders - the ability to change the icon for folders or folder-like objects such as can be done with Apps Organizer of Folder Organizer.
7. App Drawer - 2D/3D - It does not matter to me; the fly-in/fly-out is nice to see once or twice but looses something real quick.
8. App Drawer Organization - Organization tags/tabs (Tag Home) but include the ability to change the folder icon when these tags are moved to screens.
9. App Drawer area - 4 user-assignable spots (HelixLauncher / HelixLauncher2) and Tag Home
10. Notification Bar - have the option of showing/hiding the notification bar (FreedHome) and HelixLauncher2.
11. Rotation - Both vertical and horizontal (all listed replacements)
I primarily use FreedHome and frequently switch to HelixLauncher. The reason for my preferring FreedHome is that I like the cleanness of the screen without seeing the notification bar and without the icon labels. I use Folder Organizer to minimize the number of screens I need to page through; I use the same Folder organizer setup with every Home Screen app.
These are my personal preferences, I am sure that your preferences and your opinions may differ.