45 Unique iPhone Home Screens Explained

Last week we asked you to show us your iPhone’s home screens, and the response was overwhelming. So much so that we decided to show off as many home screens as possible by packing it into one big roundup.

Now, of course, there are a few duplicates here and there, but we did our best to trim it down and make the list a bit more manageable. Thanks to all of you who submitted your home screens, and hit the jump the check them out!

Brynley M.

Seeing as I’m a student in High School, I just have to have my timetable and homework app front and centre wherever I am. I’m a Facebook-aholic, so that’s on the dock too. Other than that, the only other things on my home screen are my two frequently used folders and the Apple apps I use, plus a folder for the ones I don’t. You don’t want to see any of the other pages — lots and lots of assorted folders for different apps.

Tomasz B.

Polskie Radio is a great app that gives access to the national Polish Radio channels which I listen to.

My most used apps are:

I’m a creative freelance professional and those apps give me the ability to plan and set up working, as well as my financial schedule.

Kerri

Zak K.

  • ProCamera because I want more control over how I shoot.
  • Notifyme to remember things I repeatedly have to do.
  • Due because I can keep multiple timers.
  • Notefile to keep all of my fast notes in sync everywhere; much better and faster than the default app.
  • Omnifocus for the features and the excellent OTA sync.
  • Tweet It for the bookmarklet which inserts the title and url from the current Safari page to my tweet.
  • MegaWeather for the temperature icon and because it provides better info than Celsius.
  • Tweetbot because it is the best looking Twitter app with tons of features.

Bryce

  • Hipstamatic: I’m always snapping photos of random things and i love the effect it offers.
  • Soundhound: I’m a bit of a music nut, so this is always good to have quick access to.
  • Posterous: My favourite blogging platform with good connections to Twitter and Facebook.
  • Consume: Has all my accounts in it that i constantly need to check. Plus, it has a clean and simple UI.
  • IMDB: The best movie app (because it’s free) and it has trailers I can view without having to go into Safari.
  • OzTV: Always handy.
  • Meernotes: Personal daily diary with good UI.
  • Miso: I’m addicted to checking in at movie theaters.
  • Westpac: Banking. I need it.

Folders:

  • Travel: Public transportation and overseas travel necessities such as timetables, currency and language guides (I like to travel).
  • Day-to-Day: Apps I use a lot such as weather, calendar (Agenda), clock, notifications and settings, but I don’t want them cluttering the main screen.
  • Sport: I’m a big sports fan, so these are all my essential sporting apps.
  • Games: For those boring train rides. Includes must haves like WordsWithFriends and HangingWithFriends, Plants vs. Zombies and Tiny Tower.
  • Messages, Phone, Safari & Facebook: My most used apps so I always keep them available.

Raul S.

I use a lot of apps, but I keep these ones on my home screen so I can access them quickly, like Weather, Mail and Twitter.

I also have apps I don’t have to access quickly, but I use them daily. These include iBooks, Bible, Byline and a folder of videos, photos, YouTube and quick games.

Down on the dock, there are things I always use. Dictionary is there because English is my second language, and I’m not aware of every single word in English. I like the default notes app for its simplicity. The Camera app is there for things I need to capture quickly.

Jelleke V.

  • Instapaper/iBooks: When I have to wait for something, I like to pass the time by reading. With iBooks, I’ve got all of my books with me all the time. With Instapaper, I can read some of the articles I saved when the waiting shouldn’t be too long.
  • Gowalla/Google+/Twitter: Together with Instagram, these are the four social network apps of my choice. I don’t have Instagram on the home screen because I like to take pictures with the native camera app first anyways.
  • Skype: Having relatives on the other side of the planet and friends all over the world, it’s just easy and cheap to use Skype for phone calls and video chats.
  • Notes/Pages: I take quick notes with the native app, but when I feel like writing down something more coherent, I use Pages. I’ve tried a million different note taking apps, but I just feel Pages does  everything that I want to do with it, so why spend money on or use anything else?
  • Wunderlist: I’ve tried a lot of to-do apps, but I ended up using Wunderlist. It looks wonderful, it’s easy to use and having it on all of my Apple devices, the syncing is great.
  • Dropbox: Quick access to all of my important files on all of my Apple devices. What more can I ask for?
  • Consume: Dealing with a data limit and thus managing my usage is so easy with Consume. I wish they had a Mac app as well!
  • Lastly, the native Messages, Settings, App Store, Weather, Camera, Phone, Mail, Safari and iPod, just because I use them all multiple times a day.

Timotej K.

Why these apps?: I like photography and Twitter. Im always online with the Twitter app and Instagram.

Malia K.

  • Viber: So I can text friends who live in other countries. It also comes in handy when traveling.
  • 2do: It syncs with my iPad and replaces the default Calendar app.
  • The Weather Channel: Living in NYC, you never know what the weather is going to be like.
  • Squee: These are all of the things I wish I had room for on my home screen, so it gets a folder.
  • Bank of America: Your usual bank app, nothing special.
  • Tipulator: I hate math so this is handy.
  • Squarespace: So I can update my blog on the go! A beautiful app.
  • Yelp: This app is a blessing and a curse. I’m almost always in charge of deciding where to eat, and then I’m faced with too many choices.
  • Currency: I use this on my travels. I like that you can arrange the list so I always have USD and Euros at the top, then the current country I’m visiting.
  • Twitterrific: I use this mostly for reading.
  • Gif Shop: Makes animated gifs — kinda fun!
  • Camera+: This is a great camera app with light editing tools.
  • Super 8: I mainly got this for the video feature. It shoots vintage looking video with a variety of features.

Weid

All of these are universal except for that Piggie app. I only allow universal app on my home screen, and they all have to be either useful or with gorgeous UI.

Naceron

Why these apps? Because these are my favorites and can’t use my iPhone without ‘em.

Iynque

I use some apps on my second screen and the last screen (where my games are) a lot more often. But the home screen and dock are reserved for the apps that, when I need them, I need them NOW!

  • Remodium: This links via WiFi to Adium on my Mac so all of my conversations are logged and searchable in one place. It sits on the home screen for fast response.
  • 1Password: This gets space on my home screen because it also includes a wallet screen with my personal info. What was my account number? What’s the PIN for my new card? Got it, and it’s all encrypted and secure.
  • Cloud2Go: Works with my Cloud app account. I can upload a new image, video, text, archive, etc., and as soon as the file is online I have the URL on my clipboard and it’s ready to paste to a tweet or email. I used it to get this screenshot over to my Mac!
  • Note taking apps Evernote, ScatterBrain and Meernotes are all optimized for different sorts of note-taking tasks, so they all get to wait for inspiration on my home screen.
  • My dock includes a folder for actually making the occasional phone call with my phone, as well as other apps that perform basic functions I want close-at-hand, regardless of which home screen I’m on. There is also Shuffle+ — an iPod controller, Google+— a pointless experiment in market takeover, and Camera+, a speedy little wonder-app.

Jamie Y.

I am obsessive compulsive about my apps. Using them, organizing them … petting them; I really just cannot help myself. After all, it is my job to be on the pulse of the app community (I write at AppAdvice).

My home screen is, of course, mostly just filled with the apps I use daily. I am a gamer at heart, so Game Center is a must so that I can keep my gazillion folders of games on a different page, tucked away in folders. And I am a Scrabble nut, so Words With Friends also makes the cut.

OmniFocus is my everything. I use it for work projects and simple tasks (e.g. take out the trash) alike. Of course, you have the basics: Calvetica is my calendar of choice, Shine for weather, Reeder for news, Dragon Go for everything I need to find. And last, but certainly not least, my camera app. I use Camera+ and have been pretty happy with it in the long run. Putting it on my dock makes it available to me at all times; it’s a must.

Dialvetica is another one I use multiple times a day and can’t live without. It makes it so simple to call, text, or email people instantly and the interface is gorgeous. Gotta love pretty apps.

I listen to podcasts religiously and I am loving Instacast. And to keep me synced with my Mac, I use Cloud, so Stratus brings that to my iPhone. Another insta-need is Instapaper. I’ll typically read Instapaper and listen to Instacast simultaneously when avoiding sleep at night.

I would like to not have ANY folders on the home screen, but I have so many apps it just isn’t going to work out that way. The folders are filled with the most important things, as well. Namely, 1Password. 1Password is one app that is “hidden,” but that is the one of the apps I could never live without.

I have a check-in folder and a social folder with all of my social apps. My favorite? Tweetbot, of course.

I have a work folder so that I always am ready to get things done. My favorite thing in there is Photosync. It syncs photos quickly and wirelessly from my phone to my Mac.

And my phone wouldn’t be complete with out the very-adult wallpaper: Ms. Pacman. What can I say? I’m a sucker for games.

These are the main ones. I’ll spare you the other half of this fangirl novel, and quit while I’m ahead.

Intervention time? Possibly. But I still can’t get enough. I breathe apps, and I don’t see that stopping anytime soon.

Jay

I LOVE seeing other people’s home screens! Especially when they put some thought into it. A few things about my homescreen: I have three rows and the dock. I like the way it looks. Four rows is just too cluttered for me.

First row — Apple default apps that I actually use. Calendar, Maps, Weather and Settings.

Second row — Productivity apps. Dropbox — I use it ALL the time — perhaps my most used app. Evernote keeps track of everything — receipts, notes, web pages, events, trips, etc. I could live with this app alone. Wunderlist is my go to to-do app. It’s clean, simple and syncs beautifully. Reeder is the GREATEST RSS reader. Again, beautiful, functional and easy to share information.

Third row — Social, music and camera. Tweetbot is a great Twitter client. Love it. The Facebook app is still in the regular rotation because so many of my friends are still on it. Spotify — it was a close call between this and Rdio. I love the Rdio app and music discovery, but there were too many bands that I enjoy that aren’t available on Rdio, so Spotify won out. Camera+ is a great camera app, with effects, options and sharing capabilities. It will be whatever you want it to be.

Sean E.

  • Camera+: Much better overall than the stock Camera app. Pretty much everything is built in.
  • Instagram and Twitter: They’re both fun.
  • Gowalla: It’s nice to keep track of everywhere I’ve been.
  • Outside: No need to explain.
  • Instapaper: I read a lot at home, but there’s still quite a bit I can’t get through. So I add them to Instapaper, and read the rest on the commute to work and/or school. It’s probably my favourite app ever.
  • Reeder: I don’t like coming home and seeing 800+ unread items, so I open up Reeder from time to time to see what’s going on with everything.
  • Simplenote: A lot happens during the day that I need to remember, so I jot them down in Simplenote. It’s quick and easy. I also often switch back and forth between this and Notesy since the latter has free Dropbox sync.

Sebastian

I try to put everything on there that I use really every day. And I hate folders, so there is only one, because the space would seem too small without it.

Can S.

They’re the ones that I use the most, so I want them to be on my initial screen.

Robin A.

The dock:

  • Camera+: This is my go-to camera app that I always want quick and easy access to.
  • Mobile Safari: This is probably my most launched app.
  • Captio: This is a really quick n’ easy email-yourself app for when I want to remember something.
  • Other essential standard Apple apps that always come up.

Home screen: I keep it simple to be able to enjoy whatever wallpaper I currently use.

  • Daily Folder: Apps I use every day to check news and social networks. It includes MyPad (Facebook replacement), Google+, Mail, Tweetbot, Ego and vvall (my photo diary).

Andreas Z.

Why? These are the only apps that I need to access quickly.

Most people find it funny or interesting that there’s no iPod and Phone app on my home screen. The reason is that you don’t really need to have the iPod app anywhere, because you can access it with a double click on the home button. Even when another app is currently playing audio, I find that the iPod app is often still somewhere in the most recent apps.

  • iCab: It’s a better browser with gestures and downloads. Also, it opens links in a background tab.
  • NewsRack: Best Google Reader app that I’ve found.
  • Tweetbot: One chic Twitter client.
  • IM+: To keep in touch with partners and friends.
  • WhatsApp: So I can send messages to my girlfriend. It will be replaced by iMessage.
  • Stuttgart Trip Planner: Public transportation information for Stuttgart.
  • Lexisgoo: English dictionary. It’s better for learning English since it forces me to look up more words than I anticipated.
  • dict.cc: German/English dictionary.
  • Hipstamatic/Instagram/8mm/Camera: I use them to make photos and videos.
  • TimeLog: To log activities for clients and then export to iCal.
  • Office apps: Apps for note taking, contacts, tasks, etc. (OmniFocus, CalenGoo, Doodle, MindNode, Trunk Notes, Soulver and iWork)

Mac

Yeah, I take my time to have them in color schemes, but not only that, they are also arranged with accessibility in mind. Holding the iPhone with one hand makes it difficult for the thumb and it blocks my logo, so I leave that place free (on every screen) which serves two purposes: showing my logo, and not leaving apps uncomfortable to reach for my right thumb. Dialvetica killed the need to have the two native apps around; I only have the Phone there for the contacts portion. Travveling is a must have for any designer whether you have a Dribbble account or not. I prefer the Cloud App over  Dropbox or anything else as I only need quick access to recent files, and not to back up my hard drive (I don’t know what will happen when iCloud arrives, but it seems it won’t kill Stratus). Hipstamatic is my default camera. Feedly is a hidden gem for getting up to date — it’s the closest thing to Flipboard on the iPhone right now.

One of my most used apps, You&Me, is a romantic way to stay in touch with my wife. The rest I believe are more obvious as why they are where they are.

Paul M.

Top priority to me is quick access to my video and still camera functions. After that, I like to check and add notes and ideas to Simplenote and Day One. Email, Twitter, text and phone are all used heavily. For reading, I always turn to Reeder and Instapaper.

Brad M.

These are all apps I use on a daily basis to manage my social media presence and keep my life organized. I have my Stitcher app open probably 8 hours a day, consuming podcasts like a BEAST.

Zach

I can never have too many apps on my iPhone, so all of them usually fit on one page.

All the apps I use the most are right there on my home screen, and everything else is organised into folders.

Konstantinos L.

MobileRSS is a great RSS reader. Springpad is a part of my GTD system alongside Simplenote for quick, plain notes. I prefer it to the built-in Notes because I can sync everything.

MyKeePass is where all of my passwords are kept (KeePass Password Safe is the desktop version).

PCalc is a more functional calculator than the built-in one, in my opinion.

Air Meter helps me keep track of my monthly 3G data plan, and finally, I use Camera+ with Instagram for my photography addiction!

Shaun K

I love photography, so i have a few folders dedicated to cameras and image editing. iScrob works just like the iPod but sends real-time data to my last.fm account. My calendar, Wunderlist and MobileRSS keep me up to date on all my freelance work. Seattle-based OneBusAway is a perfect complement to Maps, and gets me around the city on time.

Dries V.

I mostly have the default Apple apps on my homescreen. The ones that I use the most (Phone, Calendar, Photos, Camera, Safari, Contacts and Mail) aren’t in the default Apple layout on the home screen.

I also have the My Viking app (which gives me info on my provider), a festival app for an upcoming festival here in Belgium (Pukkelpop), a to-do app (Things), a budget management app (Back in Black) and the Flashlight app which I tend to use often when I’m looking for stuff I lost in the dark.

Besides that, I have the apps I tend to use a lot more than other apps stuffed into four folders on my home screen. The first one contains my social network apps, the second one has my game apps, the third one features every other Apple app I haven’t already set up on the home screen and the fourth one contains the rest of the frequently used apps (eBay, a soccer results app, Velo Mobile which gives me status updates on public bicycles in my city, and a remote app for my Mac devices).

Last but not least, I have my most used apps on my bar below. SMS, Tweetbot, iPod and Settings (which I constantly use to switch to Wi-Fi or 3G depending on where I am).

Holly G.

I’m in high school, something which usually requires piles of personal organisers, diaries and homework planners, so my iPhone has saved my bag untold amounts of strain.

Evernote: While it isn’t perfect, Evernote is brilliant for quick note taking with attachments, although the OCR/searchable images feature is what lifts it above the other note apps I’ve used.

Grades 2: I’m British, so the GPA functions are useless to me, but percentage-based grades are international and this is the best app I know of to keep track of your grades — and what you need to meet to get an A average.

Beejive FB: Facebook chat has established itself as my main form of communication — apart from texts — at my school, and I happen to strongly dislike the official app so this is indispensable.

NY Times: At one point, I stayed in America for three months. While I was there, a habit I picked up was reading the NY Times. Now, I read it to get both sides of world affairs. It’s far more leftist than my usual British paper, the Telegraph.

Piggie: At 14, my personal finances consist of pocket money, prize money, summer job salaries, clothes, gadgetry, phone bills, school meals, coffees and books. Ah, the blissful simplicity of youth. That doesn’t stop me from trying to monitor and control my trivial expenses, and Piggie is the second best app I’ve used for this. I find Toshl better, but I’ve been using Piggie for months, and there’s no way to import Piggie backups.

Stanza: High school demands a lot of wasted summers spent slogging through required reading lists. Because about 40% of them are typically classics, downloading from Project Gutenberg through Stanza makes required reading that little bit faster.

Abeworld

My iPhone is always with me, and so my most used apps are on the home screen. However, the beauty of the retina display cannot be denied. And so, my home screen contains only those apps which are supremely useful AND gorgeous. Of course, like any avid home screener, it keeps changing as newer and prettier apps are developed. Here are the apps I use multiple times a day and are some of the prettiest apps in the App Store. If you don’t know the app, check it out in the App Store. The wallpaper is minimal and from the website fiftyfootshadows.net.

Salfrico

I have this on my first page as I consider them my important, basic tools. Clock, for alarms for appointments; Weather, for expected conditions for the day; Contacts, for accessibility to make phone calls; Calculator, for charges and invoice sums; Calendar, iStudiez, aNote and Evernote, for school schedules and important things to do daily; Movie*Slate for my video productions; Find iPhone, iPod, iTunes and the App Store just because they are Apple; Remote, for my AppleTV; Off for powering off my MacPro if I am in bed and decide to shut down the Mac in my home office.

Nate L.

My dock primarily contains my most used apps: Phone, Messages, Mail and Instacast. My country is big on sms, so it’s one of our primary modes of communication.

Instacast: I don’t listen to my music on the road nowadays, once I discovered how easy it is to listen to podcasts with this app. I can check out the show notes, subscribe to my favorite podcasts and have it downloaded or streamed through 3G.

Localscope: This app always saves me from getting lost, and helps me find the place I’m looking for.

Saver: I’m not looking for any fancy financial app, I only need a way to track my spending most of the time, so Saver is the best app for me.

Reeder, ReaditLater: These are my primary apps for reading content. Any article that is too long for me to read on Reeder, I save them on RiL.

Wunderlist, NotifyMe: I use Wunderlist to list out my tasks and use NotifyMe to get reminded on urgent things, especially my bills. Anything that I need to do ASAP, I place them in NotifyMe.

SimpleNote: I’ve tried all of the notetaking apps for the iPhone, but I still go back to Simplenote. I use this little app to sync with nvALT on my Mac. This way I can take down notes or ideas while on the road and continue editing using nvALT on my Mac.

If you’re wondering about my wallpaper, I created it from an iPhone app called Visualator.

Garrett G.

  • Pages: I use this for my daily journal. That way it is an easy transfer into my permanent journal which I keep on my desktop.
  • Garrett Gee: This is just my customized bookmark icon which I created for my online portfolio.
  • Gospel Library: This is an all-in-one library for my religion.
  • Jessica: Using Pumba, I created this speed dial icon for my wife.
  • Keynote: Giving my presentations from an iPhone has been an instant crowd-pleaser.
  • Scan: This is my own app. It is a simple QR code scanner. I tried to make it simple yet powerful.

Sivil

  • Balance: Great, simple and clean GUI checkbook app. I have never overdrafted since I started using it.
  • Mobile RSS: This has a dark and clean GUI for staying up to date on all of my favorite sites, including this one.
  • Rowmote Pro: I have a Mac Mini home theater system with Elgato EyeTV and PLEX. This is essential for controlling it all.
  • iLove: For calling my wife.
  • Camera+: Hands down the best camera app, and I have a newborn so I take a lot of photos.
  • Folders: They contain lots of apps that I dig into on a daily basis, so I spiced them up with emoticons in the folders names.

Dave M.

  • Agenda: A great Calendar replacement.
  • 2Do: The best reminder app out there.
  • Grocery IQ: Can’t do the grocery shopping without it.
  • MLB.com At Bat 11: Need I say more?
  • Gas Cubby: I keep track of gas and other maintenance on both of our cars in this one.
  • Calcbot: A great simple calculator.

Notes contains:

IM contains:

  • BeejiveIM: I keep both of these handy because I …
  • IM+ Pro: can’t make up my mind which is best.
  • WeightBot: To track my weight (I’m trying to lose some).
  • Health Cubby: Also to keep track of weight (it has better graphing).
  • Off: A great app to put computers to sleep or wake them up remotely.

Weather contains:

Dock:

  • Mail, Phone and Settings for quick access

Useful  contains:

  • App Store, Safari, Maps, iPod, iTunes, Compass, Messages, Game Center, Calvetica, Calendar, Elapsed and Clock.
  • Elapsed is a great timer app. You can create a bunch of timers, like 9 minutes, 55 minutes, 1 hour 20 minutes, etc., then start one counting down and it will message you with one of about 25 sound effects.

Jonathan E.

  • Hipstamatic: Finally, taking photos is fun again.
  • Outside: One of the most beautiful weather apps ever.
  • Calcbot: Really nice UI and really functional.
  • Res i STHM (SL): An amazing app for me. With this app I can plan my travel around my city (Stockholm, Sweden), plus it keeps track of all trains and buses and warns me if there are delays. I don’t know how I could have lived without it.
  • Reeder: The best way to handle my RSS feeds.
  • Spotify: Almost every track I like to listen to in one little app.

S.V. Macias

Awhile ago I decided to use my iPhone sparingly, so I ditched a lot of apps that most use daily and frequently.

First Row: My day planner. Pretty self explanatory, but one thing to note is that I use Voice Memos throughout the day, then I process them in a semi-usual evening GTD typing session.

Second Row: The only time I text is usually about the surf conditions (Surf Report), weather (The Weather) or where to go.

Third Row: It’s all about the info. Reading (Instapaper and iBooks) and the San Francisco Giants (MLB.com at Bat 11).

The Dock: It gets the Phone, Settings, iPod and Camera.

Sarah

  • Flud: My only news app! It’s like Pulse, but better.
  • HQ: One of the best simple checklist apps. It’s got a really great UI.
  • i.TV: This is the app I use to know whether or not I should bother turning on the TV. You enter your cable (or Dish or whatever) provider, and which package you use, and it shows all your channels! Then, you choose your favorite, and you can see if any of them are on TV at any time. It’s better than it sounds.
  • Shine: Best weather app by far.
  • Soundhound: Because I hate when you can’t figure out what a song is called or who sings it.

Note that all of these apps have sweet UIs. I wouldn’t let them near my phone if they didn’t.

Stepa M.

The first row contains the four apps I use the most:

  • Foursquare: Quite obvious. I use this a lot and every time I’m going out somewhere I need to launch it quickly.
  • Tweetbot: I miss geolocated tweet from official the account, but anyway, Tweetbot is much more cooler and has some nifty features other apps don’t.
  • Read It Later: Oh, my, I use this A LOT! And I find interface of RIL much better than Instapaper.
  • Альфа-Банк: The official app of my bank, where I can check my account and do any kind of money operation.

Second row:

  • Calendar: I seldom use the calendar on my iPhone, but I still couldn’t move it away from my home screen just because I like to see the current date somewhere on my home screen. It’s the same reason why I couldn’t switch to Calcvetica or some other alternative.
  • Shine: Weather forecasts by hours is so much fun.
  • Few apps for quick notes: Simplenote, Birdhouse, Купи Батон and native Notes.
  • Navigation app: Maps, subway map and so on.

Third row:

  • Settings: it’s been three years since I started using an iPhone and Settings is the only app that has never changed it’s place. My finger is kinda getting used to this place already and it always hits that spot when I need to quickly change brightness or switch to Airplane mode.
  • And then there are three photo apps: Camera, Camera+ and Instagram. I would love to fully switch to Camera+ and throw away the native Camera app, but Camera+ doesn’t record video.

Fourth row:

  • I always keep the last row empty (on every screen).

Jay D.

I use a method where I have only three rows of apps per home screen and a maximum of three home screens. Warning though, once you try this there is no going back — it just looks too clean!

My home screen contains my essential apps: The App Store; Simplenote for quickly taking down notes & ideas; and Hipstamatic. Given that the iPod has a very lo-fi camera, pairing it with Hipstamatic actually lets me take some great shots almost as if I was using a toy film camera and settings.

This is followed by the communications apps: Textie — a well designed texting app for iOS devices (soon to be replaced by iMessage); Skype; Verbs — A really well designed gTalk client; and Tweetbot — what can I say about Tweetbot? Sometimes I wonder if I use Twitter just so I can stare at the delicious UI of Tweetbot.

Last are the content apps and probably the ones I use the most: Reeder — a super slick RSS client; Instapaper — a must, if u do any kind of reading online; iBooks and Instacast — A MUST HAVE if you listen to podcasts!

Sheri

These are my frequently used apps.

Steph

Apps News is a folder with Apps telling me what hot apps are out or what apps are free.

Mac4Ever is a french Apple News site, so this is their App.

Dvdfr.com is a web shortcut to my website.

Teamviewer and Splashtop are remote controlling apps to let me access my Mac Pro and its contents.

Jordan L.

  • Dropbox: So I can access and share my files with my co-workers and my Power Mac G5 at home.
  • Find My iPhone: Pretty self explanatory.
  • Facebook and Twitterrific: So I can do my social thing.
  • ESPN: I have to keep up on all my teams and scores.
  • iStat: Probably one of my favorite apps ever to keep track of my G5 at home and my server at work. I’m still waiting for an update from Bjango to add more things.
  • Screens: To remote into my G5 or whatever. It comes in very handy when I don’t have time to boot up my MacBook Pro.
  • Reeder: I have to absolutely be keeping up on my tech news (mostly all Apple stuff) from AppStorm, Engaget, 9to5mac, OSX Daily and TUAW. I need them to keep me up to date on my Apple Fanboy stuff.

As for Music, Mail, Camera, Safari and the other default apps, those are just plain essentials for any person using a mobile device.

Sai Krishna K.

Messages: To keep in touch with friends (I’m looking forward to iMessage).
Due: For reminders.
Photos: I keep changing wallpapers daily, so need it handy.
Pages: To edit any word documents on the go (I always want my resume updated).
Momento: For quick journaling.
Things: My most used app (love it as a companion of the desktop app), but sadly, it does not support alarms.
Awesome Note: For quick note entries.
Springpad: For bookmarks and miscellaneous lists.
Kindle: My e-reader.
Reeder: The best RSS client (I wish it had the capability of adding and deleting feeds).
Instapaper: For offline reviewing.
App Store: ‘Cause I’m always downloading apps.
Meebo: The best free IM client.
Facebook: What else? for Facebook.
Moneybook: To track my expenditures (it replaced Ixpenseit which got too complicated for entries).

SoloSalsero

Hi from Colombia

My iPhone is an iPhone 4 and I have on my home screen all I need.

My favorite is Tweetbot, the best Twitter app for the iPhone. My next favorites are Camera+, a super app for the camera, and Feedly, which shows Google Reader in the best way.

Other fantastics apps are:

Sleipnir: An amazing web browser.
Tiny Tower: An addictive game.

Jessie S.

Most of the apps I have on my home screen are pretty basic; I arranged them so that the ones I need most readily are across the top, in the dock or at the edges. The apps that do not, perhaps, make it onto most home screens are Nike+ GPS, which I use every time I walk — about four times a week; Smurfs’ Village, which is my guilty pleasure; Path, which is my social tool of choice; and ToDo, which is how I keep track of my everyday life. I rarely, if ever, use the Calendar app unless I just need to check the date. I group all my weather apps together in a folder — each one gives me different information, and since my husband is a pilot, having specifics on the weather is a good thing in our household. The Utilities folder represents those handy apps that I’d like to keep in an easy-to-reach location but that don’t get used often enough to merit their own place on the home screen. Every other screen on my phone is completely organized by folders — this is the only screen with apps appearing directly on the screen.

Levi B.

They are all ones that I use more than once a day, usually.

Conclusion

What did you think of everyone’s home screens? Any other great suggestions? Let us know in the comments!


  • http://nathanielmott.net Nathaniel Mott

    I’m amazed at how many people don’t use Reeder. I think that that goes to show you just how much difference there is among phones with the same physical casing.

  • Sarah

    This is probably one of the best articles ever on here. It’s so interesting! I’m also extremely curious as to where all the backgrounds came from..they’re so cool!

  • Zach

    Does anybody have a link to Sean E’s wallpaper?
    I would greatly appreciate it, thanks!

    • Sebastian

      Isn’t that just a gradient? You could do it yourself in Photoshop.

    • http://seanhasablog.com Sean E

      Sorry for the late reply, I just came across this. Here’s a link to my wallpaper: http://cl.ly/7LzE

      Also, here’s an update of my homescreen: http://homescreen.me/sean

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  • Ben S.

    Yes, definitely one of the best Appstorm articles! *round of applause* Now, time to download these new apps! :p

  • S.V. Macías

    I decided the experience of Reeder was much better on my Air – so I ditched it on my iPhone. I do believe it is and continues to be a stellar example of a great iPhone app.

  • Brett

    Very cool list, I actually grabbed a few apps. Wallpaper would be another good thing to see, along with links naturally.

  • http://www.tomaszbiskup.com Tomasz Biskup

    Update to my screen: I don’t use Money anymore. It has so many bugs, that I was unable to work with it. Don’t go for this one, just save your nerves for something else. Seriously.

  • Sai

    Update to my screen: Added “week cal” (excellent calendar app); “quick cal” (excellent natural language input); added Evernote (the sun is amazing); replaced “Meebo” with “Imo”..

    • Sai

      sorry.. typo error.. its sync.. not sun

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  • http://twitter.com/SoloSalsero SoloSalsero

    Thanks for having me in mind. Very good collection of apps ^_^

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  • Tom

    @Jay D.

    Can you send me a link to your Background Image???

  • Dmitry

    Thank you!!! Great!
    And please, make the same for iPad!

  • mr.wu

    CAN YOU DO A IPAD HOME SCREEN REPORT AS WELL! THIS TOPIC IS VERY INTERESTING!

  • name

    i think that was not a unique home screen at all
    the home screen setup was quite thesame in every iphone
    the diferenci was the wallpaper and apps position
    now i created a screen setup that actualy is unique and quite
    interesting and clear all i did was
    search on google for iphone boot image then i download that boot
    image that looks amaizing on iphone home screen
    i set it also for the lock screen .

    so created 3 filders ob the dock the midle one
    full of apps that i use more.
    and 2 others on the rigth and left side.
    try it out it looks realy like an iphone
    And is a verry clear look.

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  • André Julius

    What I was looking for!! Thanks!!!!

  • Josh

    Does anyone have a link to Dave m’s wallpaper I think its cool

  • Dom

    Mmmm these all look exactly the same…

    Jealous? ;)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/26921558@N08/6921568083/

    • jookyone

      I was going to say the exact same thing, however I think the full envy of expressed creativity can be found here:

      http://mycolorscreen.com/popular/

    • sarah

      not at all, that’s super ugly. Are you colorblind or something?

  • Sarah

    Can you guys do this again!? I constantly come back to this post whenever I’m looking for new apps. I love it!

  • Nilesh

    I dont how many of used or seen the Android Home Screens. How much can they be configured to. I dont even have to open an app to check for the updates like say twitter or facebook or news update. Its right there on my home screen as a widget.

  • Android rocks

    LOL. This article made me laugh so hard. HOLY CRAP YOU PUT THE CAMERA ICON IN THE CORNER, DUDE I NEVER WOULD HAVE THOUGHT OF THAT!

    Behold, iSheep, what real device freedom looks like:

    http://mycolorscreen.com/popular/
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1352163

    • Android Rules

      hahaha, hilarious comment +100000

      • ipon

        WTF LOL!!!

        YOU ARE CORRECT BRO!!

        Go NEXUS!!

    • Loony2nz

      Wow…this is their concept of “unique”? Thank you for showing the power of customization on Android. That’s freedom :)

  • Poppa Boner

    All I see is the same thing just different wall papers. iOS is so lame.

  • LOL

    LOLOLOL. I almost crapped my pants hahahahahaha. “Customization” loooooooooollllllllllllllllllllllll

    • ipon

      LOL!!!

      and they think they are CRATIVE and INNOVATIVE, MIND BOGGLING
      MY ASS!!

      I think this article by an Android guy just to mock ipon users…

  • Dach

    I don’t want to seem like an Android fanboy, but all these homescreens look pretty much the same to me. I was under the impression that if you jailbreak the iPhone, you could do things like add widgets to the homescreen, or at least not have it full of apps like that.

  • WTF

    hahahaha sick isheep

  • Nexus

    WOW! Your telling me you can put your settings icon on the top right hand corner!!!! I Didn’t know the iphone could be so customizable!

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  • iphoners

    Wait,

    what are you going to do with wallpapers for iPhone,

    You can not even see the wallpaper, clogged by squares of apps…

    crazy iSheep… :D

  • Ray Andrei

    What’s different ?

  • Samuel

    To be honest, all of them look the same, the only difference, albeit a minor one, being the change in wallpaper and positioning of icons.
    That can hardly be classified as customization.

  • Dingleberry

    My blackberry 8300 had more customization than this. This article is too funny. Change the wallpaper and rearrange some icons deserves a huge pat on the back and admiration?

  • Android AOSP

    This is customisation? I honestly don’t know if this article and all the comments pre-mockery are a joke or not, I’m confused. I want to laugh at this epic iFail but I’m scared that I won’t be able to stop and I’ll die of asphyxiation

    • B1gd4ddyx

      I agree, this has to be one huge joke, the comment about wanting an ipad article has to be complete mockery as well.

  • Random_Name

    Could you please update the Headline?
    I counted the homescreens and found out this article really contains 45 iPhone Homescreens, but you have to delete the word “Unique” out of the headline.
    These homescreens look all the same!

  • Nuadar

    Wow…45 screens of same boringness…

  • Jay

    Lmfao! THIS is the extent of iPhone homescreen customization? God, I’m glad I own a Nexus!! #facepalm

  • Redsmith

    Hehehe, what do you know? iPhone users actually have a sense of humor.

    Wait a sec… this article is just a joke, right?

  • Arus

    I always forget how bland the iPhone is compared to Android!

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  • Shelia

    I just got an iphone 4 and I truly miss my galaxy. I had about 7 homepages with my grandbaby picture. My display screen was waaay bigger. I only had limited apps on each page. Apps should be seperate from homepage, A homepage is where you express who you are without all the apps. I am not getting the hype on having an iphone. What am I missing?

  • Steve

    What is all the customization of your Android homescreen worth if there are only 5 decent apps available on Android (before they get abandoned after a couple of months). If you look at those homescreens and only see the same thing over and over again you just don’t get it. Go home and play with your shiny clock widgets.

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    The constitution guards the liberty of the people.He grasped both my hands.It sounds great!I appreciate John’s helping in time.I’m full.Its origin is still a mystery now.Its origin is still a mystery now.No problem!Don’t forget to keep in touch.Am I allowed to stay out past 10?

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  • Cam

    This is a really great article. Please update it on a regular basis; at least annually. It’s the only way to really know which apps are worth having.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/94636567@N02/ David C.

    Does any know the background name or where can I find the same wallpaper as Jay D. ???
    Helpp asap!! Thank you :)

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