Zeam hands on: a lightweight and minimalist Android launcher
Zeam switches out your home screen and apps list with minimalistic, snappier replacements. It supports Live Wallpapers, and rather excitingly opens up programmable bindings swipe up, swipe down and double tap. With Zeam, you'll never have to hit the 'home' button -- just swipe down!
MinimalistDespite the "minimalist" moniker, Zeam is very full-featured. It is minimalist in the sense that icons are smaller, and there's no unnecessary fluff. There's even a full screen mode which removes the status bar (until you hit the Menu hardware button).
Being able to bind actions to gestures allows for a much cleaner interface, too. With Zeam, rather than having a huge 'apps list' button in the middle of the home screen, you just swipe downwards. You can also program what happens when you swipe up, double tap, or hit the Home hardware button. By default, swipe up does nothing, but I was quick to map it to Phone Dialer.
By default, Zeam gives you three completely blank home screens. Instead of big icons and widgets, you get a dock at the bottom of the screen. If you want to put something in the dock, just swipe down to display your apps, push and hold an icon, then drag it to the dock. The dock can be re-arranged, and you can slide the dock left and right -- basically, you can have as many docked items as you like.
More widget real estate
Double tapping, incidentally, zooms out to show you all of your home screens -- and from there, you can zoom in on one of the screens. Handy if you're the kind of person that uses all seven screens.
Not only can Zeam be run in full screen mode, but you can also configure it to react to your phone's orientation. Turn your phone on its side, and your dock icons and widgets flip through 90 degrees. Up and down swipes still work, too (you don't have to swipe left to right; phew!)
Ultimately, Zeam seems to be better than default and manufacturer-provided launchers in every way -- so give it a go! You've got nothing to lose, and plenty to gain.