A couple of days ago I read a post that talked about what your home screen on your smartphone says about you. If you are a true geek then you certainly have arranged the applications on the home screen of your smartphone. If you haven’t bothered to organize your apps or your 5 year old flip phone does not have a home screen, then you are probably not a geek and won’t care what I have on my home screen.
On my iPhone my applications are arranged in a manner that suits me. I know where all of the applications are located and can recall the one that I want without much thought. But I have never thought about what these applications and their placement says about me. Instead of trying to decipher that question, I figured I would just tell you what apps are on mine. Who knows you might find something useful in this collection of applications.
My iPhone home screen setup contains some of the original Apple applications; Safari, Calendar, Contacts, Reminders, Calculator, App Store, Settings, Mail, Messages, Music, and of course Phone. In addition to these I have the following applications added to my home screen.
- WordPress – a must for any blogger that uses WordPress. This program has evolved to the point that it is almost like using WordPress online at your desktop.
- ESV Bible – since I have adopted the ESV as my preferred version of the Bible, this application has remained on my home page. It does one thing and it does it well. You have the entire ESV Bible in the palm of your hand with no internet connection required to access God’s Word.
- Audible – I love to read and I love my Audible account. In the past I have always just downloaded my audio books to my computer and synced via iTunes to listen on my iPhone. But now the Audible application is mature enough to be my preferred way of managing my audio books. I can download books directly to my device without having to connect to iTunes and listen to them right from the application. Over the past couple of months this application has performed flawlessly.
- Tweetbot – the iOS application for those that want to take full advantage of their Twitter accounts. I can do anything with this application that I can do from my desktop logged in to Twitter. I think that this is one of the best applications on the market for the money today.
- Instapaper – I use instapaper and readability but I have used instapaper longer so I prefer this application. With this application I can tag anything that I find on the web, on my phone or my desktop, and come back later to read it. I use this application all the time when preparing lessons that I need to go back and refer to later. I also use this application when I find an interesting blog or article that I just don’t have the time to read right away. Later when I have some time I open up the application and find all of those things I didn’t have time for earlier.
- Evernote – The ultimate note taking and syncing application has it’s own special place on my home screen. I have used this application off and on for a couple of years but I have come to realize that the more I use it the more I rely on it. I use this application for work, for my Bible lessons and study, as well as for keeping personal receipts and notes. If you don’t use Evernote you should download it as soon as you are finished reading this article.
- Reeder – This is my preferred application for reading my Google RSS feeds on my phone. I have tried many different programs but Reeder is the one that tops all of the rest. I use this to check all of my favorite blog feeds all throughout the day right from my phone.
- WeatherBug Elite – I have many different weather applications on my phone and one of them always holds a spot on my home page. Today it is WeatherBug but tomorrow it might be The Weather Channel or AccuWeather. Regardless of which app I am using, I always keep a weather program handy on my phone.
So that is the complete list of applications that I have for my iPhone home screen. I don’t know if it says anything other than “Geek” about me but I will let you be the judge on that one.
What applications are on your home screen? Or what applications should I have on mine that I don’t? Let us know in the comments.
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