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If You had to Choose a Skin for Android, Which would It be?

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This video from the folks at The Verge that is floating around today, is simply put, hilarious. During the clip from their podcast, they interview a guy who goes by the name “Big Poppa Joe” and claims to be the biggest Samsung TouchWiz fan on Earth. Yeah, you may need to read that again. Someone who admits publicly to loving TouchWiz. He may just be a brilliant troll, but if you needed a good laugh as we head into the weekend, this one is worth a watch.

With that said, we would love to hear your thoughts on the rest of the OEM skins out there. I’m curious to know which you would choose if there was no other choice but to have a skin. Stock Android is gone for good, which skin would you choose and why? HTC’s Sense, Motorola’s Blur, Samsung’s TouchWiz or something else?

As of today, I would go with Blur. While it was complete garbage for a a year or two there, the latest version is not all that bad (assuming you like the color blue). With its built in MotoCast software, semi-customizable launcher, gradually improving camera software, and new lockscreen, it’s not half bad. My opinion may quickly change on this once I get my hands on the HTC One X and see Sense 4.0, but until then, as surprising as it may sound, I would go Blur.

  • brando56894

    Sense but with a third party launcher. ūüôā

  • 1. blur
    2. touchwiz
    3. lg wiz
    4. sense

  • feztheforeigner

    Stock or nothing for me!

  • Palmer Nyako

    Touch wiz 4.0 is the best launcher on Android.
    It is better than the stock ics/stock android launcher due to its gui simplicity and quality.

  • Dirkwan23

    Having used all skins, I would choose Sense. Hate the chubbiness of it lately, but can’t argue with the widgets. Hands down the best. I can’t wait to see the improvements they’ve made to it.¬†I dislike MotoBlur because of the lockscreen & color scheme.¬†TouchWiz seems too childish & cheesy. And LG, seriously? Personally, I feel skins should be an option left to the consumer. Android is all about openness and it should be left for us to choose. I hate seeing incredible hardware getting bogged down with shi**y software

    • Billyrouth2000

      Try apw widgets there just as good and can be themed

  • ChrisG

    I hate skins. OG and GNexus here. But Asus on the TFP is better than others.

  • Lakerzz

    I have never used Touchwiz, but I would definitely prefer Blur hands down…

  • Tony Allen

    If I had to choose a skin, Sense obviously. Mainly because it isn’t¬†dependent¬†on a shade of blue, it doesn’t resemble anything other than just that, Sense, and because I love HTC devices.
    I have a Bionic, hate blur, had a Fascinate, hated Touchwiz.. even newer versions like on the GSII, not a fan.

  • Tony Allen

    This kid is trolling for sho.. 

  • Marcus Schoen

    Blur: Practically stock plus good features. I dont like touchwiz, its to colorful and makes the phone almost cartoony (But I can live with it). Sense (Non ICS) sucks, it need a app dock.  

  • how about a fore skin ¬† ¬†ūüėČ

  • Hanshess

    Sense is the most distinctive but unfortunately the most obtrusive… Guess I’d actually have to go with touchwiz…

    But I use golauncher as my daily

  • nsnsmj

    If I had to choose it would be Sony’s skin or HTC Sense. No question.

  • sense… ftw

  • ddevito

    I’ve never used anything but stock (OG now GNex). But if I had to pick a skin I guess I’d go with Blur for its Smart Actions functionality.


    I would have to say Blur also. The skin on the Bionic wasn’t that bad and had some nice features.

  • Pmagent2013

    I’m a blur fan, I love the blue theme they have.

  • Boblank84

    this reminds me of the south park when they had to pick a new mascot between a giant douche and a turd sandwich.

  • G_what

    Of course, stock ICS would be my first choice. If I HAD to choose an OEM skin, I’d pick HTC Sense.

  • MooleyBooleyTroll

    Fact: People with Blur get laid more than those with iOS.

    • Nazzi_Muhammad

      True dat. I just porked your mom

  • itsgonnalast

    I had to choose a skin last year and I picked Sense. At the time I didn’t know much about it but I read many positive reviews.¬†¬†

    Now that I’ve used it for several months I really do like it.¬† Sense includes about 50 widgets that are quite useful.

    In addition I think Sense just looks better than any other skin, with Blur being the least attractive.

  • That video is too funny. If I had to choose, I’d choose touchwiz or sense because there’d be a greater chance I could root and flash a custom rom. Blur no way

    • ryanallaire

      Good point!

  • ryanallaire

    I’d go with sense, has the most personalize functions and looks the best IMO..


    Motoblur, because it is the least intrusive. I hate sense because there is to much bloat, and I hate TouchWiz because it is to i*hone like.

  • ericl5112

    I like stock better than anything, especially ICS, but my favorite skin is the MIUI skin.  I actually switch from stock to it every few weeks before I switch back.

  • Devilsephiroth

    Favorite skin: Vanilla -4.0.3

  • evcon

    Does MIUI count? 

  • me

    Blur the widgets look better than stock imo

  • HTC Sense

  • He does not know what he is missing, but it seems mean to laugh at him over a phone UI

  • Prime7

    If stock Android is gone for good, I would get an iPhone.

    Sorry, but I’m not going to ever let carrier bloatware touch my phone ever again.

  • Honestly? Touch Wiz (Post-Fascinate). These days Samsung seems to be making a phone/tablet that’s actually complete. If you ask me, Stock (while great for opportunity) has been pretty bare-bones until ICS came around.¬†

    I enjoy Motoblur as well but the launcher (and its cheesy effects) is terrible. I love the widgets though.

  • Dani Sarfati

    I actually enjoy the use of Blur, I like how it ‘blurrs’ things together, makes it a unified experience, although ICS does a pretty good job of “blurring the lines” ūüėČ

  • If someone held a gun to my head and made me choose (and yes, that’s what it would take to make me use a skin), I would probably choose Touchwiz. ¬†Sense is just plain awful in every conceivable way, and Blur is not very aesthetically pleasing, like it was designed by engineers, not UI designers.

  • jtwildman1

    Having used all 3,I would choose blur that’s out now. Its pretty close to stock, but has some nice widgets. I could do with out the blueish color as they don’t always look good with when trying to change the”look” of your phone. Sense is way out there, nice features, but a little overboard. Touch wiz is to “kiddie like”. I had stock on my od, it is really blan but easily changed. It’s all a matter of taste, what works for one may bug the crap out of another.

  • Azslakker

    Where is the poll ?

  • Vankeuren67


  • I like the Holo skin of ICS, next to that someone needs to build a LCARS skin, & third favorite is Sense from HTC.

    Blur is eh… although it’s gotten better. ¬†Samsung’s (touchwiz I guess) I have never liked, neither have I ever liked LG’s… whatever its called skin.

  • Eazy E Dlf

    hmmm too early for April Fool’s… I wonder…

  • Booboolala2000

    Blur. It’s the lightest. Sense is its own OS at this point. Even though the new Sense is supposed to be lighter will wait to see that.¬†

  • BigEZ

    I’d pick blur because it has the best dialer available and a few other nice apps like motocast and smart ¬†actions, and the newer versions are the least intrusive on the stock OS. However, blur framework is hideous. Also the only other feature I like from any OEMs is the weather from sense, that shows the animation over the homescreen after you unlock the phone.

  • GNEX00

    MY favorite skin is my gf’s skin heeeyoooooooo

  • pseudonym_b

    honestly, i love TouchWiz. Its fast, responsive, relatively lightweight (or it seems that way), the somewhat cartoony graphics look amazing on SuperAMOLED+ screens, the lockscreen is quite cool, and quick toggles are quite useful. Then again, i have a skyrocket and as you are all mostly on verizon, you dont have any good samsung phones (im ignoring the nexus) to choose from. 

    • Austinrgoebel

      skyrocket it a solid phone, soon it will have ics

  • That’s a toughy……I like HTC’s Sense skin, but I absolutely hate how much of a resource whore it is; and MotoBlur is decent enough now, but I hate hate hate the camera software, and lockscreen. I think I would choose Sense

  • I say Blur, simply because I am a stock phone guy, and I actually like the latest version of Blur on the Bionic. ¬†

  • zUFC

    “Sense” hands down.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Non of the other can tough their widgets. Plus it’s cean, neat and professional. I would trade my nex for the world but i sure do miss my Sense widgets (Calander, Weather, e-mail client). If you use your phone for work, Sense can’t be beat.

    • Hoff16

      If you purchase Launcher Pro their widgets are very close to Sense. Also Android Pro Widgets is close as well.

    • Billyrouth2000

      Apw widgets in the market are just like sense widgets plus they can be themed

  • Austinrgoebel

    Ill bet anyone 1000$ papa joe a virgin lol

  • tvjrc603

    i feel like i’m voting in the republican primary.

    i guess i would go with blur, although i’m not particularly happy about any of the options.

  • CaptainHowdy13

    Sense. Blur on my D2 drove me nuts, it takes 10 minutes for the camera to load. Sense is fun.

  • I’m tempted to say iOS because I hate skins that much.