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Homescreens - What type are you?

Authored by: Stephan Serowy — May 25, 2013

Show me your Homescreen, and I'll tell you who you are. As unique as everyone's homescreen is, it's pretty interesting to see how every different type of person has a different way their homescreen is laid out and used. The hoarder, the nitpickers, the aesthetics, the nerd, the minimalists, just to name a few of the possibilities. But which type are you?

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The Hoarder

Maybe you're a free spirit who rebelled against the system, perhaps a genius that controls the chaos - or maybe you just can’t things in order. Your apps are thrown together at random, and you always look like a man who has been possessed by his home screen. Are you constantly late because you the train is driven off before you have found the app that you were looking for?

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Only the Hoarder understands how his homescreen works © AndroidPIT

The Nitpicker

Chaos makes you afraid. For you a homescreen should be manageable, even at a glance. The idea of ​​clutter on your display causes you to lose sleep at night. Therefore, you have all your apps meticulously sorted into thematic folders, so you never have search around for them. Downloads of new apps last forever with you. Not because of a slow Internet connection, but because you only have to think carefully which folder they belong to. 

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Order, folders, and neatness. The staple of a nitpicker / © AndroidPIT

The aesthetic

You don’t actually need a smartphone. In fact, you could probably just get by with one of those digital photo frames. You horde pretty wallpapers, and it is more important to you to be able to enjoy looking at them then it is for you to access your apps. If you were to install a Wallpaper Changer, you would probably starve to death, because the gaze of your Home screen would entrance you for hours on end. Therefore, your home screen is practically empty. Something that would clutter the space, like a weather widget or clunky clock is completely out of the question. Simple, beautiful, but not all together handy.

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The aesthetic in a nutshell. An efficient usage of his smartphone isn't at the forefront of his mind, but it sure is pretty. / © AndroidPIT

The Nerd

Your smartphone is not really a phone, but a Tricorder. The only reason you chose Android is because you can now pretend you’re Data from Star Trek thanks to a custom theme. You’re used to being stared at in public, because for every SMS message that you receive, a photon torpedo detonates in your pants at full volume. And that’s the only thing that will be coming out of your pants, most dates end with them walking out on you the moment that you pick up your device. I guess a Jean-Luc Picard Jr. isn’t in the works anytime soon….

Nerd Homescreen
Lonely but happy: The Nerd does not have a girlfriend, but he has his very entertaining (at least for him) LCARS-style homescreen./ © AndroidPIT

The minimalist

Secretly you are still asking yourself why you have a smartphone at all. Actually, you would be completely satisfied with owning a Nokia 3310. However, everyone needs to try and fit in from time to time. The handful of the apps you have on your device, you had your mother download them for you because when you hear “Play Store” images of an adult orientated boutique come to mind and you’re mildly ashamed. And if someone says "WhatsApp”, you respond with: "Not a whole lot…” 

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Not much to look at on the minimalists homescreen, however, he most likely has the fastest smartphone of all.  © AndroidPIT

So, which one are you? Do you fall into any of these categories or are you someone completely different?

 

What homescreen type are you?
After years of political journalism with WELT and ZEIT Online, it was time for Stephan to change direction. His background in social science and his enthusiasm about the future naturally led him to where socially transformative technology is being celebrated: AndroidPIT. He is a colossal science geek and a passionate musician, and he loves introducing people to the changing zeitgeist - beyond bare figures and spec sheets.

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  • Henrik Petranovic Jun 9, 2013 Link to comment

    Making home sreen according to your needs must be approach. It is normal, people of branch have similar screens. So the screen must be easy to edit according to anyone needs. But alas, to edit screen from the scratch is one of the weakest point among mobile manufactures. My Benq C72 has simple approach. I keep pressing number 5 a second or two, and immediately write SMS, 8 call my wife, 3 my younger son. The same setting has my wife vice verse.

  • Philipp Junghannß (My1) Jun 9, 2013 Link to comment

    @Henrik who needs a woman anyway they are noisy, annoying, I dont another female person, my mum sucked (NOT literally) enough...

  • Henrik Petranovic Jun 9, 2013 Link to comment

    Basic sreen is like a woman. You look at it a hundred time per a day. Wolud you marry an ugly woman? Sad truth is that nowadays, you spend much more time looking at your mobile screen.

  • Henrik Petranovic Jun 9, 2013 Link to comment

    I have found no newspaper or dictionary or anything that is supposed to be read with a fancy background, exept for kids. So the conclusion is to be a solid color background, like a paper.

  • CJ Brown Jun 7, 2013 Link to comment

    I am an aesthetic nerd ... and proud of it ! ;-)

  • Philipp Junghannß (My1) Jun 3, 2013 Link to comment

    1 have one Rule 1 Screen, 1 Happiness. (ok I have 2 other one but these are completely filles with 1 self Styled Clock Widget each) but I dont have to search for my apps everywhere

  • Dave Trouble Jun 3, 2013 Link to comment

    I usually have certain App Categories on each Screen ... Main Screen is for Apps that I use Most Often ... the other 4 Screens are Weather/Utilities ... Photos/Calendars .... Audio/Video .... Games !!!!

  • Brad Madin May 31, 2013 Link to comment

    I have a Galaxy S4 BTW.
    I'm none of the above, I would call mine organised productivity. I have 6 active screens 1 on each end blank (I dont know why i do that I know i could hide them but i like it that way) the 3 in the middle full but cleverly organised either grouped if similar or in a folder if in the same category eg games, banking.

    Screen 3, which is the center and the most logical launch point is my "home" which contains things i use all the time google now search bar at the top, below that 5 day weather widget.
    then below apps i use all the time flipboard camera facebook music maps gallery. ect.

    Screen 2 is all to do with my business banking emails scrollable agenda for upcoming events in my calendar and flashlight widget.

    Screen 4 probably seems a little bit less organised but everything still feels uncluttered
    top row is the "Walking Mate" widget which comes with S Health basically a 1 click pedometer.
    Below that in a 2X2 box 'Tasks' widget, then with a remaining space which is kind of like a 'L' shape apps that relate to entertainment or leisure. Games & shopping folder, cheezburger, SoundHound, Samsung WatchOn. ect.

  • Sterling Keys May 30, 2013 Link to comment

    Definitely in the nitpicker camp myself. I have to have everything organized into the proper folder so that I can find it easily. And yeah...I get a little panicky when things start to get overboard.

  • Baron Tankhe May 30, 2013 Link to comment

    I'm the "I'll build one myself" and in the process of building my own launcher.

  • Cody M May 30, 2013 Link to comment

    Well I'd be a minimalist I suppose but I don't have a single icon on my homescreen. Everything is controlled by gesture (two finger down for notifications, two finger clockwise for app drawer, counter clockwise for recent apps, two finger up to hide status bar, double-tap for voice search) or the pie control at the bottom-center:

    http://i.imgur.com/VMcS5Wh.png
    http://i.imgur.com/LmVIbMj.png

    edit: oh and galaxy nexus, so no hard keys, and nav bar is disabled.

  • Doğa Özkaracaabatlıoğlu May 30, 2013 Link to comment

    I'm developer user..everyday changing rom and customizing everything.don't like original things.A few apps i'm using whatsapp and twitter :D

  • cyberwarrior May 30, 2013 Link to comment

    I am tactical home screen user, I only have those items on my home screen that I use daily all other apps are removed

  • Chantelle May 30, 2013 Link to comment

    I'm a Nitpicky Minimalist who likes Pretty Backgrounds. Everything I use frequently goes into one of 4 folders -Cam/Gallery/Dropbox -Social (Facebook, GetGlue, Twitter, etc) -Games -Misc apps I like to use and not have to hunt for. Weather and clock are already on my lock screen so I don't need those widgets on my home screen. I don't need any of that covering my awesome and occasionally sexy wallpapers.

  • Werner Groenewald May 30, 2013 Link to comment

    I guess having 45 apps on my default home screen makes me a hoarder. But when I discovered the Apex Launcher it gave me the ability to put all the apps I regularly use on only one screen. I grouped them in categories and made them a bit smaller. Now my Note 2's screen looks like that of a mini tablet and that's exactly what I wanted.

  • Jordan Bevan May 30, 2013 Link to comment

    I make 1 homepage with Golauncher. use widgitsoid. So i can manage everything volume, brightness,ring mode, power, switch on and off wifi, gps, 4g, all from the homescreen then use multicon to make it so i have 4 icons in the place of 1 and put every app and contact i use often right on 1 screen.

  • Robert Rollo May 30, 2013 Link to comment

    Messy, totally disorganised. And I was a tech. Retired but I can never find any thing on the work bench, and passwords well.

  • G Wilkinson May 30, 2013 Link to comment

    I am a Widgetizer ,I fillmy homescreen with widgets.

  • G Wilkinson May 30, 2013 Link to comment

    I am a Widgetizer that means that I basically fill my homescreens with widgets.

  • Joe Miller May 29, 2013 Link to comment

    A nitpicky crammer who loves the dark side of life I have organizer apps with a Gothic theme a ton of Widgets but all kept in order ie home is time weather contacts camera battery widget etc page 2 calendar to do list 3 multimedia 4 news 5 sticky notes 6 productivity 7 social media

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