So whats the best launchers now?

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    I've been out of the loop for a month and I keep seeing all these new launchers, but I don't know their names. Whats out there beside Helix? I heard of one that looks like the new 2.2 launcher, which is that?
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    There's launcher pro which is probably the smoothest and then there's adw launcher which has the froyo look and it is very customizable. I was never really a fan of helix but im liking launcher pro
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    +1 for launcherpro

    thing is blazing fast and extremely fluid and smooth. Makes me feel like my stock Droid is rooted
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    LauncherPro is like baby Helix on crack, I love it. The speed is just unmatched.
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    +1 for Launcher Pro. Works very well.

    Sent from my Droid using Tapatalk
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    Just took everyones advice and tried launcher pro... WOW. this is really nice and my phone is so responsive. thanks for the advice everyone Launcher Pro kicks arse
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    I've been using launcher pro for a couple weeks now. It's worked great....
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    LP is great but the static apps no 2 keeps changing on me.Other wise dancedroid
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    ADW Launcher is now my favorite... smooth and pretty on BB v1.1
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    Launcher Pro #1

    and after that its a tough decision between Helix 1.4b or ADW. ADW has lots of options but I don't like having only 2 quick shortcuts. I know there are 6 more in the drawer but thats an extra step I don't need. LP & Helix are perfect with 4.
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    LP will be pretty much perfect when you can add custom icons to the launcher tray.
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    Have to agree, I'm really impressed with Launcher Pro's speed. I had been using Helix for a couple of months, then tried ADW. I really liked the improvements of ADW over Helix, but after several days started getting repeated force closes. Switched to LP and its been great. Hard to explain how much smoother it is with no lag and no force closes.
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    You can add custom apps to the launcher tray. I used ADW for a week or two and at first it took a little while to get used to the "extra dock" but once I got used to it I loved it. I switched to launcher pro and kept trying to bring the dock up lol

    On a clean CM 5.0.7 OC'd to 1.2 GHz launcher pro runs smooth as silk, that is until something screws up (most likely the kernel) and starts lagging like crazy...
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    I've been using helix 1 for a while now and while it worked great and I used 5 screens etc, it would get funky now and again and also get laggy at times. So today I tried LP. So far so good. I have had a few lag issues, but thats' on initial boot up and probably because i use a LOT of widgets on 5 different screens. But once it's all loaded up, it rips pretty good. I also love how the app drawer stays where you last left off, handy when going through placing icons. I am using a Live Wallpaper with it and it is working, but maybe that is actually why on boot up it gets funky.
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    I've had Launcher Pro for a couple of weeks now and it works like a champ. Looks great and the performance is amazing.
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    Brando: I mean using true custom icons with bettercut for the tray. Not just using stock icons.
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    This reply is for those who have commented on the ADW Launcher extra dockbar....

    I use ADW Launcher and at first, I hated only having 2 persistent icons and then having to take that extra step to get to the extra dockbar with my 6 additional icons.

    BUT THEN I REALIZED.....

    In the ADW Settings, if you go into the UI Settings menu, then UNCHECK the option: Closing dockbar (Auto-close dockbar after app-launch)...

    you can slide up the extra dockbar and it will STAY on the home screen until you choose to slide it back down!
    :icon_ banana:

    So.... I created my dockbar with the following 6 icons:

    Icon 1 = phone app
    Icon 2 = "network" (a shortcut created with the awesome free app called "Apps Organizer")
    Icon 3 = "notes" (a shortcut created with the awesome free app called "Apps Organizer")
    Icon 4 = "car" (a shortcut created with the awesome free app called "Apps Organizer")
    Icon 5 = "tools" (a shortcut created with the awesome free app called "Apps Organizer")
    Icon 6 = camera app

    SO...... when I click on my second dockbar icon which I called "network", a folder pops up with all of my "networking" apps as follows:
    - Gmail
    - Work email
    - Messaging
    - Google Talk
    - Facebook
    - Tapatalk
    - Tweetcaster
    - Yammer
    - YouTube

    When I click on my third dockbar icon which I called "notes", a folder pops up with the following apps:
    - 3banana
    - Astrid Tasks
    - Barcode Scanner
    - Key Ring
    - PackRat
    - Remind Me
    - Shop Savvy
    - Virtual Recorder

    When I click on 4th dockbar icon called "Car" I get:
    - aCar
    - Car Home
    - Earth
    - Maps
    - My Tracks
    - Radar now
    - SpeedView
    - The Weather
    - wardrive
    - Zillow

    When I click on the 5th dockbar icon "tools" I get:

    .....too many apps in that folder to bother listing.

    You get the idea though! :) From my single 6 icon persistant dockbar from ADW Launcher, I have organized access to all of my most used apps without having to access the regular app drawer!
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