Who's found a good home screen method?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by steffi, May 2, 2010.

  1. steffi macrumors 6502a

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    So are there any recommendations or common ways folks organize their home screens? I'm sure it's easy to obsess over this.
     
  2. Payton3485 macrumors member

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    Do you mean the order of the apps? If so, I organized mine by categories so it was easier to locate things.
     
  3. Alrescha macrumors 68020

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    I won't claim that it's 'good', but my method for organization is as follows:

    Home screen: Apple-provided apps plus Apple apps that I have installed.

    Screen 1 thru n: iPad apps in alphabetical order.

    Screen n+1 onward: iPhone apps that I have installed on the iPad, in alphabetical order.

    A.
     
  4. steffi thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It's a mistake that Apple doesn't make it easier to identify apps that are optimized for the iPad.

    I should easily be able to swap out apps for the iphone that now can be replaced by apps for the iPad. But on the home screens I should easily be able to identify apps optimizing for the iPad.

     
  5. steffi thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    What do your categories look like?

     
  6. illutionz macrumors 65816

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    Yes! I am obsessed with the order of these apps!

    The following is how I organize mine:
    Dock - Safari, Mail, iPod, iBooks, Kindle
    Page 1 - Apple apps, Streaming Apps (eg: AirVideo/Youtube/Netflix/WunderRadio), News and reference apps (eg: Bible, Wikipedia, AP News, BBC, Bloomberg), TweetDeck.
    Page 2 - Notes and productivity apps, Photos apps (eg: Picasa Web Albums, Photopad), Location apps (eg: Urbanspoon), Eyecandy apps (eg: Star Walk, Guardian Eyewitness)
    Page 3 - Games
    Page 4 - iPhone Apps (Skype, Remote, Meebo, Speedtest)
    Page 5 - Useless Apps (Contacts, Videos, iTunes)
     
  7. CarboysDesire macrumors 6502a

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    I'm a neat freak so it is freaking me out that the iPad varies the number of apps. in a row depending on if you are viewing it portrait or landscape. I like my dock apps to be in alignment but in one or the other formats it won't be.

    Is it just me???


    Oh, and I try to organize them by function.

    Utilities (notepad, calendar, pis, maps, contacts, weather, calculator)
    Newspapers (times, usa today, wsj, bbc news)
    Entertainment (youtube, abc, netflix, yahoo, ew)
    Fun Stuff (piano players & crap)
    Games (games!)

    But I don't separate them by pages. My neatfreakness does not allow me to have pages with apps missing. Each page must be full before I can start a new one. :eek: :eek: :eek:
     
  8. HXGuy macrumors 68000

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    I have all apps sorted by alphabetical order, no matter if it's an Apple stock app or something I bought. I find this the easiest as doing it by category means that I have to remember what category a certain app is.

    In the dock I have my most used apps...Mail, Maps, Atomic, Mail, App Store and Settings.
     
  9. WDW macrumors newbie

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    Right now, I have Apple apps + my most frequently used (multiple times per day) on the home screen. On the remaining screens I have iPad apps in alphabetical order then iPhone apps in alphabetical order.

    I find that as long as my key apps are at my fingertips, the spotlight search is great for evereything else.
     
  10. f00f macrumors 65816

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    Here's looking forward to the Fall when iPhone OS 4 hits the iPad and we have folders to tidy up the cluster@#$k that we know as the Springboard.

    Until then, the most frequently used apps are kept as close to screen #1 as possible. I keep the most frequently used apps with badges in the Dock (Mail, SMS, BeejiveIM, etc). If there's an app on page 7 or 8 it probably shouldn't even be on my iPad. ;)
     
  11. 4DThinker macrumors 68020

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    Wait until 4.0, and you'll have a folders option. Then you can simply create seperate folders on the home page for each type of app, apps named A-D/E-H/I-L/, or any other organization strategy. Very desktopish. :D
     
  12. CarboysDesire macrumors 6502a

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    The neat freak in me is going to love 4.0.
     
  13. California King macrumors 65816

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    Is it just me, or do you guys avoid using the last row? I always make a new screen instead, :p
     
  14. Aydin macrumors member

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    I always leave the last row empty. A page that is completely full of icons is not so... attractive.
     
  15. barefeats macrumors 65816

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    DOCK - Atomic, Mail, Notes, App Store, Settings, iPod
    HOME - Fifteen More Often Used Apps
    PAGE 1 - Utilities
    PAGE 2 - Books, Newspapers, Magazines, Document readers
    PAGE 3 - Apps for photo and art manpulation
    PAGE 4 - Apps relating to video and music
    PAGE 5 - Games and goofy apps
     
  16. Zepaw macrumors 65816

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    I sort by usage. Most common 6 in the dock of course. Also since there are so many they are in sub catagories. First row are general Apple apps, next are video players like NetFlix, then games and such! Next pages are just a jumble sorted by general likelyhood of being used.
     
  17. CarboysDesire macrumors 6502a

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    But then when you turn it sideways don't you have a dangling app???

    I wouldn't be able to sleep at night. :eek:
     
  18. Alrescha macrumors 68020

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    I agree it is not easy to tell the difference on the iPad itself, but it's trivial within iTunes, which is where I do all this organization.

    A.
     
  19. steffi thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    How are you able to make this distinction in iTunes? The reason I have to launch them on the iPad is to see if they using the iPad display or not. I don't see anything on the SyncApps screen that tells me an App is written for the iPad vs iPhone vs Universal.

     
  20. MikhailT macrumors 601

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    I only put the most used daily apps on the first page. Everything else, I don't care because I use spotlight to find them. So I'm always on the first page.
     
  21. FlashHead macrumors regular

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    LOL, I thought I was the only one obsessed about this. I'm still reefing my system, but I went with categories also:

    Dock (6)
    Mail,*Atomic Browser,Calendar, Settings, Alarm Clock,*Skype,*

    Common/Usuable (15)
    Video,*
    iPod, *
    Maps ,*
    Notes, *
    Pad Notes, *
    (weather Channel (or) weather HD (or) Weather Bug),*
    Evernote,*
    my lite Flashlight,*
    Safari,
    Opera,*
    Atomic Browser,
    Adobe Ideas,*
    Sundry Notes,*
    Pages,*
    Numbers,*
    App Store
    iTUnes
    school notes pro,*

    Viewing/Communication (6)
    You Tube,*
    ABC,*
    NetFlix,*
    Pandora,*
    Sling Player(P),*
    AIM,*

    Occasional/Usuable (12)
    Desktop,*
    Offline Pages,*
    Contacts,*
    iDisk, *
    Dragon Dictation, **
    (Readable Docs),*
    Air Sharing(P),*
    Voice Memos,*
    Calculator,*
    (Draw),*

    Reading/Study (15)
    iBooks,*
    Good Reader,*
    iPDF Reader,*
    Kindle,*
    Marvel,*
    Classcs,*
    Pocket Korean 1,*
    Pocket Korean 2,*
    Word Power -Korean (P),*
    101 Classics(P),*
    Instapaper,*
    free books,*
    Toy Story Read Along,*
    Alice for iPad Lite,*

    Novelty (9)
    Beautiful Planet,*
    Colorful Aquarium,*
    Shazam,*
    Sky Grid,*
    Star Walk,*
    Talking Carl(P),*
    Pro Keys,**
    Holotoy,*
    NY 3D Rollercoaster Rush
    Functionality (7)
    extra weather app,*
    extra weather app 2,*
    Backgrounds,*
    +300 WallPaper,*
    Remote(P),*
    speedtest.net,*
    iPad info
    Motion X GPS

    News (12)
    CNN,*
    BBC News,*
    Men's Health,*
    NPR,*
    NYT,*
    Yahoo Entertainemnt,*
    AccuRadio,*
    Fluent News,*
    Broadway,*
    Rachel Maddow(P),*
    tv.com(P),*
    Reuturs

    Reference (13)
    Kor Subway, *
    Constitution,*
    Dictionary,*
    Periodic Table,*
    World Atlas,*
    World Book, *
    App Box PRo(P),*
    Docmemnts,*
    Free WiFI (P),*
    Seoul Metro(P),*
    Subway in KR(P),*
    Kayak,*
    Articles for iPad

    Action Games (14)
    AirCoaster,*
    Aqua Moto Race(P),*
    Audi A$ Driving(P),*
    Mirror's Edge,
    Top Gun(P),*
    Wave Blazer(P),*
    Word Girl(P),*
    x-plane Trainer(P),*
    2XL Supercross(P)
    Karate Kid
    Tilt HD
    Cocoto Kart HD
    Heavy Gunner HD



    Arcade Games (8)
    Touch Hockey Extreme
    Pinball HD
    Arcade Slingshot HD
    Zen Pinabll(P),*
    Vegas Pool Shark(P),*
    Missile Pad,*
    Tap Tap Radiation,
    Tetris(P),*
    Touch Tank Online

    Table Games 1 (11)
    Tic Tac Toe,*
    Backgammon(P),*
    Boggle(P),*
    Trivial Pursuit(P),
    Jumbalaya
    War Chess HD
    Table Checkers HD
    Yahtzee Adventrures
    Labryinth,*
    Big Bad Sodoku book
    Clickomania HD

    Card Games/Misc (9)
    Black Jack,*
    Shanghai Majong,*
    Poker Odds(P),*
    World Series of Poker(P),
    the solitaire
    Solitaire Fantastic
    Bubble Rap,*
    GodFInger,*
    What's the Difference
     
  22. Alrescha macrumors 68020

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    Sorry, I was referring to the Apps page under Library, where they are broken out by type.

    A.
    (who doesn't have so many iPad-only apps that this is a hardship)
     

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