Let’s start off this holiday weekend (woo hoo! wait, I freelance, we don’t get stat holidays…) with a pair of homescreens for you. Brad Grier (one of the Original Six Future Shop bloggers, who like me is back from a hiatus) gives us not just one, but two “homescreens” to check out:
And his descriptions:
Ok, my iPhone is a mess, I never did get it straightened out from my last update so we’ll just pass on it.
My iPad is really my iOS workhorse. I test a lot of apps for writing and tech work, so I tend to have a lot of stuff on my tablet. As such, I’ve got two main screens. The Home screen is basically a collection of folders to keep my apps organized. Writing contains all my writing tools. Readers holds news apps, RSS readers, PDF readers, iBook, etc. Utilities is where I dump my system and network utilities. Social is where all the Social Media stuff lives. Everything else is pretty much as it sits, with two exceptions.
Games. Yeah, 3 folders, organized by personal preference. RPGs, instant action and strategy are my general faves.
The other exception is actually the 2nd screen. Photography. I treat my iPad as a digital darkroom, my iPadDarkroom, if you will, so it gets a screen of its own. Broken down by function; Cameras (not much function for some on an original camera-less iPad, but some apps let you load and edit images. My cameras folder on the iPhone makes much more sense , Suites (if the tool does a bunch of things, it goes here) Frames (for all the cool framing and multi-image stuff)
And the Dock.
Settings – I like to tweak and modify things, so settings needs to live here.
Tweetbot - best twitter client ever
Dolphin HD -testing it out as a Safari replacement… we’ll see.
Mail, Calendar, Appstore, the usuals suspects for the obvious reasons.
Now, I normally I wouldn’t think you can have two homescreens, but you know Brad makes a great case for it. His first screen looks like where he has a lot of his “stuff” (three games folders Brad, wow). I’d say this is the starting point for a lot of Brad’s tasks, which then brings up Brad’s second screen.
This screen is focused too, but on pictures. It’s Brad’s digital (and mobile) darkroom. So if Brad is working on anything but pictures I bet he starts on the first screen, but for images…the second.
This, again, reinforces my feeling that tablets are more about getting stuff done and smartphones are more about communication and info-browsing. Oh, of course I “work” on my iPhone all the time. And I play games on my iPhone…though I prefer to play games on my iPad. But if you look at all the homescreen posts I think you’ll see the pattern very clearly.
This is why I think tablet computing is going to become the dominant form of portable computing in the next 3–5 years. Laptops? Sure we’ll have them, but I think they will become niche devices. I think we’ll go back to having non-portable computers at home and work and shuttle between the two with a tablet. Files? Files are going to sync among all the machines seamlessly. Heck with Dropbox you can pretty much do that now.
Will the iPad remain dominant? Yes, for the next 3–5 years, but after that I think it’s going to be anybody’s game.
Anyway, I need to poke my fellow bloggers to get some more homescreens. Until then, have a great weekend.
Apple has taken mobile computing to a whole new level. Beyond its slim, fit-easily-into-any-bag design, the new iPad with Wi-Fi comes loaded with features such as a Retina display, 5MP iSight camera that shoots 1080p HD video, and the power to connect to everything you need. And with apps for iLife and iWork now for the iPad, there isn't anything you can't do on the go.
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