I am using Pandahome right now and it works well so far, but I have been using it for 2 days now. We will see.
Have used Home++, Panda, and currently using GDE. Home++ was very nice, I liked the power strip without the notification bar. Wierd stuff started happening to my phone and it would lock up and require a battery pull at the least opportune time (when I actually need to use the phone to call someone ) Panda had some cool features as well, but way too many force closes to be useful to me. Went without any home replacements for a while after I rooted. Decided to try out GDE today, with the stock Hero theme. Very nice, very fast and smooth, 0 FC's. The cube effect is kinda gimmicky, but the application dock is VERY useful.
I, too, was using the application dock a lot where I had five or more apps in a set. (Fewer than 5 apps, however, and it saved no screen real estate since the dock is a 1x4 widget.) What I didn't care for was that there was no way to order the apps in a dock in any way other than alphabetically by name.
I've recently added abcOrganizer to the phone and it solves these problems by enabling me to create groups of "shortcuts" that are accessed from a single icon on the screen. This reduces the screen real estate requirements to a single (user-selected) 1x1 icon that when pressed displays a virtually unlimited set of individual apps.
Combined with GDE this allows a relatively clean, minimally cluttered set of individual screens.
The only thing about home++ is the lack of user themes/icons. However, using BetterCut and some icons I found on the net, I was able to update a lot of my shortcuts.
Think I'll stick with Home++ for now.
I use & love GDE.
I'm one of those people that changes their PC desktop background once every few days, & I can tell you how many themes I have downloaded, but I change it out every few days. Not a fan of the cube transition, though.
Very smooth, gives me the 5 screens I need, very few FCs.
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