Minimalistic or heavy user interface: what do you prefer?

Minimalistic or heavy user interface: what do you prefer?
There are a ton of smartphone manufacturers out there. And while many of them take different decisions on how to combine and use hardware, there are two general software philosophies that different phone slingers adhere to.

Some deliver a light user interface, which is stingy on features and customization but offers quick orientation and snappy performance.

Others will throw a bowl of spaghetti into the feature pot, stir it good and then throw all of them at the wall. Whatever sticks makes it to be on the phone's interface. The result is a highly-customizable and distinctly-looking software, which may or may not be bogged down a bit too much at times.

Some swear by the “pure” experience of a minimalist interface, others are bored by it and want the feature-packed “heavy reskins”. Which side are you on?

What type of interface do you prefer?

Minimalistic, simple, snappy — that does it for me!
Give me all the features, a theme store, and settings so deep I can get lost in them!



1. jellmoo

Posts: 2632; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

As close to stock as humanly possible.

2. Tahir215

Posts: 31; Member since: Jan 14, 2014

Simply.. iOS!

5. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

Silly Rabbit, you know that there is no customization or options on iOS.

28. Tahir215

Posts: 31; Member since: Jan 14, 2014

If only You know..

37. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Are there any jailbreak mods that are remotely close to Nova launcher?

19. PhoenixFirebird

Posts: 125; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

iOS is great

3. libra89

Posts: 2300; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Simple is key for me. Anything else is or can be too much.

4. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

I dont understand... Some tech sites (not saying PA is one of them) praise stock android. But make critics on light UIs like Sony's and HTC's. Same excuse: It is dated!!!

6. jellmoo

Posts: 2632; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

That has more to do with aesthetics than functionality though.

26. Heisenberg

Posts: 378; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

Same logic wasn't used against Apple despite using it for longer period

12. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

I guess it might like they want all those features but on a light looking ui.

32. megathaszrul89

Posts: 203; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Yup. That's what i thought, too.

7. TheOneSilveriusXZP

Posts: 64; Member since: Jul 01, 2017

Pure UI as it can get (minimalistic UI) with few-yet-useful features .

8. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Minimalistic, simple, snappy — that does it for me! That's what iOS used to be, but alas no longer. And seems like Android is also going to get a tad bit weight (visually speaking) if the Android 'P' preview is anything to go by. It's looking more like Samsung Touchwiz and less like Stock Android! Oh well, G'Day!

10. bucknassty

Posts: 1353; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

looks like i'll never get those air gestures back

13. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I prefer the best of both worlds. Simple & snappy and still great customisation. That's why I prefer custom ROMs, usually the best theming (& features) while still being simple & snappy.

21. Sparkxster

Posts: 1240; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Agreed. Smooth performance with useful features and no bloatware or unnecessary additions that bog down the experience.

24. Venom

Posts: 3747; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

But insecure and not always trustworthy since you do have to unlock the bootloader which can sometimes leave you out of security updates. I think custom ROMs are overrated, clueless rebel guy.

39. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Unlocking the bootloader isn't a security risk since the security updates are updated by the developers of the custom ROM. I am running the March security updates and the developers usually update on a monthly basis. And I don't have to download them manually, there is a ROM update utility that does that. Concerning trustworthy, if you just download any custom ROM you find on the internet, you are an idiot. If you know the developers, no issue at all. And custom ROMs aren't for anyone, I wouldn't recommend them to insecure humourless intellectually challenged people like that guy mxyzptlk who used to come here.

27. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Yeah simple and efficient but not in google purist way.

14. Jason2k13

Posts: 1469; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

I like the smoothness of the pixel, but it's just too boring for me in terms of features and looks. I prefer Samsung Ui, i like to play around with the theme store to make my phone look different and unique. It's not as smooth as the pixel or iOS, but 0.5 secs of lag never really bothered me.

15. Subpixel

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 22, 2018

It's all about what you prefer the most - speed, performance and smooth transitions - then stock android is for you . Or you are looking for more options to customize your user experience with usefull and not so usefull features, options and gimmicks.

17. jsjammu

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 13, 2014

People said minimalistic (Stock Android) not dictatorial (iOS) :)

18. Be_Mine

Posts: 291; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Minimalistic. But not Locked Down like....

20. Subie

Posts: 2398; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

I'll go against the grain here and say - I like Windows 10 Mobile! To each their own though, and it's a good thing we have options.

33. megathaszrul89

Posts: 203; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Mee too. There's something about it's ui that makes me still dreaming about new devices rocking W10M. Those activetiles. I like them!

35. mootu

Posts: 1530; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Me as well, WM is still my favorite mobile OS.

38. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Android > Win/Metro/whatever it's final name was > BB10 > iOS

22. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

Though there's no option for it, I'm in the middle.

23. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Yup me too. Stock Android with tons of bells and whistles.

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