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#8 You can completely replace your launcher
Fed up with the launcher that comes with your device? You can completely replace it, customize it, and tweak it out. I don't know about you, but the iPhone application grid with folders made up of little, barely visible icons has grown really old.
In this example, I've replaced the TouchWiz launcher (left) that comes standard on Samsung Android phones with Buzz Launcher (right), one of many launchers I've downloaded to tinker with.
Image courtesy my Android phone, TouchWiz, and a Buzz Launcher standard configuration.
#9 Your home screen can be alive
Tired of the old iOS dead-fish home screen with nothing but a grid of icons? In Android, you can add widgets that do and display all sorts of information. In this screen, for example, I have a Flipboard widget displaying a top news item, the current Dow index, how much data I've used so far, how long it will take to drive home (and whether or not there's traffic — green means a smooth ride), the current temperature, and the barometric pressue.
All at a glance. The iPhone can't do that.
Image courtesy way too much time spent playing with widgets.
#10 You can replace your unlock screen with a customized version
Not only can you customize or completely change your launcher and customize or completely change your home screen widgets, you can also completely customize your lock screen. Since your lock screen is the very first at-a-glance use of your phone when you pick it up, being able to customize the lock screen is a key to truly maximizing the productivity of your phone.
In this example, I'm showing an image from a $3 program called WidgetLocker. I've got this installed on my phone (although my lock screen doesn't look this cool yet), and what's nice is that not only do you get this screen, but you still get all the lock password security you expect.
Image courtesy TeslaCoil Software and WidgetLocker.