Every year Fred Wilson posts a screenshot of his phone’s home screen. It’s interesting to see what apps are important enough each year to earn the most valuable real estate on your phone…the home screen.
This is what I’m currently rocking on my home screen. I usually leave the top half with the default apps the phone comes with. Aside from Settings, I actually use the top two rows of apps quite often. The middle row, starting with Shazam, is where I download content (music fits in well here). I download songs from Shazam after I’ve tagged them, and I am quick to look up an app or song when someone mentions it to me.
The bottom three rows are the apps that I use most often. You can see there is a combination of social apps, utility apps, and media apps. HackerNode is the a mobile app (I don’t believe it’s an official app) for Hacker News, an aggregated news site by Y Cominbator. That’s the first site I look at in the morning, where I find the latest in tech. The ESPN app allows me to keep close tabs on sports scores, without having to actually watch the games. Evernote is where I recored all my notes and Uber is my default ridesharing app.
Take a particularly close look at my “hot zone.” The T shaped formation starting with Twitter and moving up, between Facebook to Snapchat.
I hold my phone in my left hand and navigate my phone with my thumb. So that T formation of four apps indicates the easiest area of my home screen I’m able to access very quickly. When I hold my phone, my thumb hovers over Twitter. So Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat are my most accessible (and must opened) apps.
It’s not a completely scientific process, but this home screen works well for me. The order of my other screens is no where near as organized. I have no idea where other apps are past the home screen.
I wonder what will be on my home screen next year?