Custom UIs

Posted May 15, 2012 at 5:55 pm in Threads > Opinions

I know custom UIs are a touchy subject for some people but I think there should be a healthy debate regarding the subject. So what do you guys think about custom UIs? Are you a rooter and ROM flasher, do you prefer vanilla Android, do you love custom UIs and have a favorite, or do you not care as long as it’s Android?

  • redraider133

    To be honest custom UI’s do not really bother me. Yes updates take longer but most UI’s( other than LG’s which in its current state is awful) usually add some pretty useful things that average consumers feel they need. I mean everyone knows sense for the big clock. Other than those of us on sites like these most people would not know the difference between the two. Plus with how the companies seem to be lightening up their UI’s so that they aren’t as hard on resources they continue to improve. Will it ever be considered as good as stock to some? Probably not, but I have no problems with UI’s as long as they are not super buggy and do not take away from what the phones can do smoothly.

    • CJ LaFleur

      The updates are something that really tics me off as well as the heaviness of some of the unnecessary changes that are made. Some things are useful like camera mods and social media integration but I think this should be done w/o changing the core look and feel of android. That’s not unreasonable to ask.

  • B2L

    I’m going to have to agree with Redraider, Custom UI’s don’t bother me at all, in fact, most of the time they make the user experience much better. Typically I’m your average rooter and flasher, I’ve been doing it with every stock Android device I’ve owned. Typically I was always flashing some form of Cyanogenmod, especially since they started adding theming engines like Theme Chooser. I’m currently on my first non vanilla Android device and I’m really enjoying Touchwiz. it has a lot of added benefits, and makes the overall experience much more user friendly. Most of the newer custom UI’s like Sense, and Touchwiz have hardware acceleration, which is a dream on Gingerbread. The smoothness is unparalleled in comparison to stock Gingerbread.

    I know several people that stick with HTC devices for Sense, or Samsung users for Touchwiz, so they must be adding something that people want.

    The one thing that I think needs to change is being able to disable the custom UI, if you don’t want it. Doing this seems like it would potentially make updates easier to release, ultimately, it would give the users the choice of how they want their device to look, and act.

    • B2L

      By the way, this is offtopic, but I just realized your avatar is The Unguided – Hell Frost album. I’m a huge fan of Melodic Death metal. It’s sad to say, but Sonic Syndicate came here a few years back, they are one of the only bands I’ve seen get booed off stage. (I guess I was the only one here that liked them.)

      Anyways, +1 for that.

      • CJ LaFleur

        OMG!!!! you’re a The Unguided fan too?!!! Wow that’s awesome! Where are you at that sonic got booed off stage lol? Was that when Nathan tried to sing where the black lotus grows? Go on facebook and friend request me. My name is obvious. Also check out I’m one of the 616 page.

        Alright back to the topic.

  • CJ LaFleur

    What do u guys think is the best custom UI?