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Ok, here we go:

 

I've gone through my fair share of launchers (Apex, GO, Nova, ADW, Next) and I just want to share what I think with you all.

 

NextLauncher is by far the best looking launcher available. I combined it with the stunning HD widgets and I almost shed a tear when I look at my home screen. Obviously look isnt everything so I'll break this down.

 

Price:

$16 is definitely too much for a launcher, but the thing is it isn't just some launcher, it comes with more apps/widgets that most people would pay for in separate apps.

We also need to keep in mind this is 1.0.0, really people it will only get better.

I'm not saying it is worth $16 but it does contain enough apps/functions to make it worth more than $5.

 

Look:

By far the biggest feature of NextLauncher that already lets it fly by most other launchers. The only launchers you should even begin to compare to NextLauncher would be ADW, Apex, and maybe just a little bit Nova. Nova is good don't get em wrong but Apex and ADW outshine it. NextLauncher has most if not all of Apex/ADW's features while being much more attracting to the eye.

 

Performance:

My Samsung Galaxy S3 runs all transitions and features smoothly with no jitters or breaks. All animations run smoothly even when left in loop for hours. Battery life is average just as Apex/ADW. Looking pretty good so far.

Other Features:

I absolutely love the custom app position and I mean completely custom. Rotate side by side (as close as you want), upside down, etc. It's just a marvelous feeling being able to customize so much on this launcher. This is a feature no launcher has reproduced quite like it.

 

Notification App Drawer, the app drawer button has an animation for when a new app is added so you can easily find it. This isn't a super important feature but I find it very nifty.

 

Transitions, has basically all the GO Launcher transitions (which is a lot for those of you who have used it), and has a Random Transition feature, which I myself use.

 

App icon animations, yep that is right apps can animate on press with a nice list of animations as well as a random animation feature.

 

Now for the darker part of NextLauncher, I'll talk about some of its lackings.

 

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CONS:

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Features:

The Dock, as far as I can tell dock is limited to 5 apps for now. I have tried countless items to add more. I personally love this feature and do expect and hope for it to be added in later updates.

App Drawer, lacking custom tabs. I loved being able to have tabs in my drawer for all sorts of my apps, games, favorites, widgets (widgets was indeed very useful), etc. The folder feature is ok but you can't have apps in 2 folders at the same time, definitely a bummer for me.Widgets, I found that some widgets would simply disappear if I placed them in a position just barely off sometimes. I had a 4*3 widget calendar and a 4*1 widget under it and when I tried to move the 4*1 just a little bit it would disappear after I left the page.

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Final words on the matter, this app is chocked full of cool stuff and isn't just eye candy, it is very bit as convenient as every other launcher out there.

Is it worth the $16 at the moment no, I do think the price should either be lowered to about $10 or add in free trials. This launcher is easily worth $10 in my opinion with all the extra apps heck maybe even $12, but $16 is a bit much, but hey I am loving the launcher so far so I'm not complaining.

 

Overall Score:

9.2

 

Customization:9.4

 

Look:

9.8

 

Features (as of version 1.0.0):

8.9

 

Extra Features (the ones that aren't launcher related):

9.1

 

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I hope this helps you all make a good decision on this launcher.

 

Cheers.

 

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