Customizing Android is one of the biggest benefits the system offers over its counterparts, like iOS. Without being rooted or doing anything besides downloading an app for your Le Pan, you can transform your entire home screen and how you interact with it via several modifications offered by third-party launchers. Recently, forum member , wrote an article about his experience with some of the most popular launchers. Below you’ll see his reviews, as well as links to each application in the Play Store. Comments in bold italics are additional notes added by me. !

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(free) and (paid) - It was the first one that I chose, and it was great for a while. Options for personalizing are endless. After a while, however, it would become a little slow, and whenever I returned to the home screen after using an app, it’d take a second or two for all the icons to show up. If I had a more powerful device, it’d probably be one of my top choices.

Personally I have not experienced any slow downs with ADW EX Launcher (the paid version). It is the most customizable and widely used third-party launchers for Android and it works flawlessly on the Le Pan II – replacing that horrendous stock Honeycomb Launcher with a beautiful interface on my device. ADW EX is shown in the screen shot at the top of this article.

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(Le Pan TC970, free) & (Le Pan II, free) – If possible, even better than ADW as an out-of-the-box experience. Excellent built-in theme selection and fantastic widgets. Way, way too slow however. Same issue with icons as ADW when returning to the home screen.

Go Launcher EX is designed for phones, but works nicely on the Le Pan TC970 running Froyo. However users who own a Le Pan II can utilize Go Launcher HD which is a tablet-optimized version of Go Launcher designed for devices running Honeycomb & Ice Cream Sandwhich. Both are excellent launcher choices!

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(free) - I’ve been a fan of the Metro interface ever since the Zune came out with it (and up until they announced        it for Windows 8). This launcher delivers the goods on being really, really close to the Windows Phone 7 experience, it’s easy on resources, and it’s really different. I liked how the large surface area of the icons gave that “tile” look. Ended up getting rid of it because it was glitchy, even though I got the icon pack for it ($0.99), which by the way, was totally worth it. TC970 wasn’t supported at the time, but if you have a compatible device, try it out. It’s good.

Getting Launcher 7 to work on the TC970 requires root permissions and a build.prop edit to a supported device. Launcher 7 worked fine on the Maxxed Out Le Pan II also.

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(free) - It’s the better-known of the slim-n-fast launchers, and it worked great for a while on my HTC Desire. No joy on the TC970, though. It had some weird glitches. After a while, however, I noticed it was not as fast anymore, and the battery life of my phone decreased.

Zeam Launcher installed fine on the Maxxed Out Le Pan II and while it was lacking some of the custom features that popular launchers like ADW feature – it was definitely snappier than hell and light/airy for sure! 

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(free) and (paid) - This is my launcher of choice on my HTC Desire as of a couple of months now. It’s a modded version of the stock launcher in Gingerbread, and it’s REALLY light and fast. Super stable, no problems whatsoever. Maybe a little less customizable than ADW or GO, but so much faster, and lighter, that it more than made up. Battery life increased by at least 30% on my phone. Didn’t work properly on the TC970, though.

Using the Maxxed Out Le Pan II, I was able to install this Launcher, but same as Bohemian I noticed some odd glitches and the occasional Force Close which caused me to can this launcher.

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(free) - This is the one that works the best on my TC970. It’s really, really fast, and it has few-but-cool customization features, like the ability to use a metro-like interface. Battery life on my TC970 is eternity, and responsiveness is instantaneous.

Also worked very nicely on a Maxxed Out Le Pan II. Extremely, extremely responsive and quite minimal – it lacks some customizations that I prefer to find in a launcher, but for someone who is looking for an instant response from their home screen with some nifty tweaks, I’d recommend this for sure.

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While this is no where near a complete list of the literally hundreds of third-party launchers, this article aims to cover some of the most popular ones and gives an outline of their compatibility with both the Le Pan TC970 and the Le Pan II. If you use a different launcher than the one on the list above, !

 

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