When comparing CM Launcher vs Mi Launcher (MIUI), the Slant community recommends CM Launcher for most people. In the question“What are the best launchers for Android?” CM Launcher is ranked 32nd while Mi Launcher (MIUI) is ranked 36th. The most important reason people chose CM Launcher is:
CM Launcher contains a variety of wallpapers, themes and icons to make your Android reflect you.
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CM Launcher contains a variety of wallpapers,
themes and icons to make your Android reflect you.
Pro Simple interface
CM Launcher includes only the basics in order to make it as lightweight as possible. It has no effect or resource intensive advanced functionality. The interface is clean and intuitive if somewhat basic.
Pro Little resource usage
CM Launcher is very lightweight both in terms of size (3.6 - 8.6 MB depending on the device) and resource usage. It even pauses the launcher itself when it's not used to conserve resources.
Pro Independent of Google services
Almost all Google services are removed from this Android-based UI in favor of creating a competing ecosystem of apps, games, themes and services.
China government prohibit the Google services
Pro Combines best of iOS and Android launchers
MIUI has visual similarities to iOS and TouchWiz and combines functionality from both iOS and Android OS and its variants. For example, MIUI has no apps drawer and instead puts all app on homescreen pages the same way iOS does.
Pro Runs faster than stock Android
MIUI includes performance tweaks that give it a edge in speed compared to stock Android.
Pro Detailed installation instructions for supported devices
Step by step instructions (with screenshots) for flashing MIUI ROM can be found for each of the supported devices on the companies website. For example, here is the flashing guide for Nexus 5.
Pro Fast development cycle
New features and updates are released regularly.
Con Misleadingly drains battery life
Cheetah Mobile products, despite being advertised as saving battery life, actually drain battery life.
Con Some bundled services are available only in Chinese
Xiaomi, the developers of MIUI are Chinese and their primary maket is China. As such primary language for most apps and services is Chinese and not all of them have yet been translated to English or any other language.
Con A Mi account is required for using bundled services
Various services and apps require a Mi account. For example, buying new themes requires spending Mi currency that can only be obtained if a Mi account is available.