Smartphones can prove to be a tough job for those who aren’t a big fan of technology. While the manufacturers like Samsung and LG have stock option to modify home screen and app drawer, many others have a build in way to do this. Fortunately, there are plenty of launcher replacements in Google Play that can make navigating through an Android phone much simpler than it is out of the box. Out of all the ones I tested, however, two really stand above the rest: Necta Launcher and Wiser.
Necta Launcher: The All-In-One Solution for a Simpler Smartphone
If you’re looking for a way to simplify the entire core experience of using a smartphone the launcher, camera, messaging, phone, etc. Then Necta Launcher is the tool for the job. It essentially replaces all of the most common activities most users would want to do on a smartphone with a clean, easy-to-use interface that just makes sense.
The primary interface features big bold icons and texts with link to commonly used settings at the top. While the first option there just links to Android’s stock settings, all the others are custom apps built into Necta Launcher, so they keep the same overall look and feel as the rest of the launcher.
Just below that, there are three customizable “favorite” contact choices. Any contact can be added here, and once they’re set a quick tap will give them a call. To change these contacts once they’ve been set, you’ll have to head into Necta’s Settings menu.
From here, the launcher is pretty self-explanatory, which is exactly what you’re looking for out of an app like this. The built-in dialer features large, easy-to-read numbers, and the included text messaging app keeps the same look. The included camera keeps the interface extremely simple with just two buttons shutter and switch cameras along with quick links to take a video and the Gallery. Speaking of, there’s even an included Gallery app that keeps the interface as simple as possible.
From here there are couple of options which can be really handy that includes build in support for ActivePERS, a “medical alert solution with fall detection and activity monitoring,” along with an SOS which will send your location to a favorite contact with the tap of a button.
The rest of the launcher includes a built-in new aggregator, a quick link to the user’s location, a button that will show the number of the phone, and a link to the app drawer. There’s also an option to add apps to the main (and only) home screen, making it easy for the user to quickly launch things they use often. Like Facebook. Because you know they’re going to use the heck out of Facebook.
Lastly, Necta also includes its own lock screen replacement, which not only shows pertinent information like time and day, but also has a section for the user’s Medical ID and other information. That could be crucial in a time of emergency.
Wiser: Cleaner, Prettier, and Less Encompassing
If you prefer something which is little less complicated and more simpler then try using Wiser instead. Necta is like made for the the elderly while Wiser is just an overall way to manage the home screen. It doesn’t include many of the built-in app replacements as Necta, which leaves the user open to choose which apps they want to use for most purposes.
Wiser’s primary interface is essentially a paginated list of links, with “Home” being the starting point. This is where you’ll find access to most common tasks, like contacts, the dialer, messaging, camera, gallery, and the app drawer. The pages to the right of Home feature customizable quick links to favorite contacts and apps.
But there are also two pages to the left of home, which offers some more intriguing features: remote support (for friends and family), and a “Notice Board.” Unfortunately, the former is still in closed beta, so can’t be tested.
On the far left screen, you’ll find the aforementioned Notice Board, which is just an aggregation area for any notifications that come in the phone, effectively replacing Android’s stock notification area.