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iOS home screen's simplicity "is Apple's innovation"
on Wed 20th Feb 2013 09:04 UTC
illustrates the dangers
of not having a clue about history: "The utter simplicity of the iOS home screen is Apple's innovation. It's the simplest, most obvious 'system' ever designed."
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on Sat 23rd Feb 2013 02:10 UTC in reply to "
Eh, he has a point. Managing app placements and folders on iOS is arguably more work than the android solution, especially if you have a lot of installed apps..
Stock Android (as in, what is on a Nexus device, such as a Nexus 7), is just as much work. Except, you potentially have 2 icons to deal with - the one in the app tray (which can't be physically moved, but you must delete to uninstall the app from the launcher) and the one that gets thrown on to the home screen when you install an app from the Play store (that you can manage a lot like iOS.) However, the icon on the home screen is just a short cut (though nothing visually tells you that) and you can delete it without affecting the app int the app tray. I'm sorry, that's just disjointed. Either let me put the app on the home screen, or the app tray - both is overkill. And the fact that the stock 4.2 app tray is in alphabetical order and doesn't appear to allow any other type of sorting is more than a little annoying. It turns in to a soup, especially when there are a lot of apps installed. Scanning through the pages to find a specific app is laborious, so I fond myself resorting to the iOS approach of putting the shortcuts on the my home screen. But then I do that with Windows too - I have about 30+ icons to various apps on my desktop. I really don't see that Android is any improvement over iOS - both have a fundamental flaw in the way they manage a pile of icons. For me, iOS wins because it's most like PalmOS, and PalmOS was where I started with PDA's (though I have also owned a MessagePad 120 as noted above, that was much later.)
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