To be completely honest, I don’t even like the interface Samsung generally uses in its phones, though it is getting better six generations of product later, as TouchWiz has finally decided to take a more slimmed down approach to interface design, almost stripping back to what Google and Motorola have been using for yonks.
So for me, I choose to use a different home screen launcher.
Regardless of which Android phone I’m using at the time — post review, anyway, because we review phones in their native out-of-the-box setup — I generally switch over to Yahoo’s Aviate launcher, which Yahoo bought but didn’t create.
With Aviate, I get an experience that is slick, minimalist, and locale dependent. I get a good ten of my favourite and most used apps on the bottom of my display, a clean interface with a picture I want, and a Google search box up top. I also get my favourite people to call in a simple swipe, my favourite apps a swipe over on one side, and a constantly shifting screen on the other side relevant to where I am and what I’m doing at various times of the day.
Aviate is my interface on Android, instead of the one Samsung provides on the Galaxy Note 5 I am presently using, and when I was using the Sony Xperia Z3, it was even the interface I used on that, too (again, post review).
That’s the thing about Android: if you don’t like something, you can change it. You can’t do much of that on iOS.
If you don’t like it, change it
There’s a part of Ben’s comment that frustrates me as a reviewer, because I expect him — a fellow tech editor — to be more clued in then the average person necessarily may be.
It is our job to communicate complex and overly jargon-based information to regular people, breaking it down for them so they don’t need to read the technical manual, and can just generally get on with the more important things in their life.
And yet, I can’t help but feel Ben has missed why Android works the way it does.
Simply put, it is a highly modular system, because if you don’t like something, you can change it.
Take that interface, because you can choose to keep your phone looking the way it is out of the box, or change it to something completely different.
If you don’t like the stock look of Android on Motorola’s or Google’s phones, you can change it.