This is how I use widgets on android... Lock screen: Main home screen: Some may say that looks cluttered, but it has everything I need most often right on the screen. I put the spotify widget on the lock screen so I can change tracks without unlocking the phone. The SMS/calls/gmail bits light up when I have a new message/call/email and I can tap to go straight to the app. The little square icons that I've blurred out automatically call/text my favourite contacts when tapped. The large calendar widget has another view which lets you see your agenda for the day (one of those buttons switches between the views). A lot of the time I don't actually need to leave my home screen to do things! As far as accessing the app drawer goes, the launcher I use allows custom gestures, so I swipe up to access to app drawer, and swipe down (anywhere on the screen) to access the notification bar. Widgets are a great thing to have when used correctly. Not everybody uses those massive weather/clock hybrids that so many people find so ugly. Some widgets have simple but time saving uses. If I want to see my agenda or add to it, I simply need to unlock my phone and look at the main screen. To add something, I just press the "+" button. Widgets like the ones shown here are fairly static and don't use any data, so they're not battery hogs. I think ios needs widgets badly. When used correctly they can only make the user experience more intuitive, not less so. In my opinion the purpose of widgets are to put the most commonly used things in the most convenient place.