Friday, June 6, 2014

Gadget Goodies 24

As you may remember, from our last two Gadget Goodies posts, we switched to a Sony Xperia Z Ultra.  We've talked about the device, it's size and, particularly, the upsides and downsides of that.  Just to reiterate, my previous device combination was a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and a Nexus 7 (2013 model).  I made the change because I wanted to cut back to carrying one device.

As we've mentioned before, the Z Ultra has a 6.4" 1080p screen.  Which means the display is gorgeous.  That's my latest screen, to the right.  The launcher is Action Launcher Pro 2 (reviewed in Gadget Goodies 16 -- The Face of Your Device, Part 2).  And that brings us to our subject for the day.

There are several things that make our screens look the way they do.  First is the launcher.  That's the foundation of the UI.  After that, there  are widgets, icons, and wallpaper.  For the most part, the combination of those things will depend on the device owner's priorities.  And, to some degree, on screen size and the features of the specific launcher.  The end result can be downright gorgeous, totally ugly, or somewhere in between, depending on the capabilities of the device user. What we're going to look at are some of the ways that can be done.  And this will be more an overview than anything else.  Let's take a look.