Whether its TouchWiz, Sense, Motoblur or HTC’s own Optimus, custom skins seem to have come to stay on Android smartphones. Almost every manufacturer of Android phones puts a custom skin or user interface on it.
Personally, I am not a big fan of skins unless they add significant functionality to the OS. They generally appear to me to spoil things – and in many cases affect the performance of the devices. If I had to pick my best custom skin, it would be HTC’s Sense UI. While not perfect, it seems to me that it makes more sense to Samsung’s TouchWiz. That’s my preference, but I am sure that there will be those who disagree.
I wish there was an option on each device to allow end-users disable the custom skin and enjoy the pure Android experience, especially with OS 4.0 (ICS) and above. Can Google make this a mandatory feature?
Android users, do you prefer the pure Android experience or very much prefer custom skins. If the latter, which skin is your preference?
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.