DroidWars: Home Replacements – Q1, 2010

App: dxTop by Access Lane, Inc.

Price: $2.99

Features: Vertical swiping, 4 or 5 screens, app categories, dual drawers, themes.

Tested: 03/10/10, Nexus One | Version: 2.6.4

dxtopdxTop (I pronounce it “dextop”) is a long-time favorite of mine. Only when the release of Android 1.6 broke the home replacement did I stray. I wandered back in preparation for this post and was happy to find that dxTop now works flawlessly on my Nexus One.

It’s just as light, convenient, and fun as it was before. But there’s more to it now: You can locate some very sexy themes and icon packs from within your settings menu, a fifth screen (center) is available, and the options are more advanced overall. The devs still have an eye out for hackers and allows trackball screen shots and root themes for tabs.

What makes dxTop stand out from the others (Sweeter Home now includes the feature) is that it allows vertical panel positions and absolute positioning. What I mean by that is not only that the screens are arranged in the shape of a diamond, but that you can access any of your four default screens with a single swipe: up for the top screen, left for the left screen etc.: current position is not a factor in how you reach your destination panel. That is, unless you enable the recently added fifth screen, which sits in the center of the diamond. With this option checked, you’ll need to swipe down and to the left to get from the top panel to the left panel. It’s really not as confusing as it may sound and makes for an excellent organizational system. I keep my social apps on one panel, utilities on another, and so on. dxTop is super fast, looks hot, and is all about getting things done. Whether you want to view your apps by categories or have a separate drawer for running apps, dxTop delivers. So, you have 7 screens? Pshaw! I have useful screens!


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