HTC One Homescreen
A few weeks ago I picked up an HTC One to replace my dying Galaxy Nexus. I’m extremely pleased with the One, and might write up a review of my experience soon. In the meantime, here’s a quick tour of how I’ve set up my homescreens.
This is the default homescreen. I like a lot of what HTC has done with Sense 5.0 but the launcher is one of my chief complaints. Nova launcher is a huge improvement over HTC’s stock launcher. I generally go for a minimalist look with the digital clock, notification bar toggled off, and neat square icons from the Tersus icon pack without text labels. The Talk icon is actually a folder of every Instant Messaging app I use: Google Hangouts (formerly Talk), Snapchat, Google Voice, GroupMe, Facebook Messenger, Skype, and WhatsApp.
Here’s a nifty trick that allows me to still use HTC’s BlinkFeed with Nova Launcher by simply double-tapping the desktop.
Swipe to the left and I have my “leisure” homescreen. Apps are grouped by categories. I really like this approach since it makes searching through 100+ apps much easier than the app drawer (who can keep track of all these apps’ silly names?). From left to right: Audio, Video, Photo, Read, Games, Order, Entertainment, Travel, Tech, and Social (I have a lot of these apps because I work in social).
Spotify and Google Music compete on a regular basis for the 4×1 widget. Spotify has it for now, but that could easily change after Google Music’s I/O announcements.
To the right of the default homescreen is my more “productivity” based screen. It’s simple with a calendar widget and work related apps and folders. Any app related to writing, cloud, and money/numbers lives here.
Other general themes are 5 icon columns instead of the 4, and I “smaller” font size across the OS for a cleaner look. The wallpaper was found randomly, either using Zedge or entering some abstract queries in Google Images.
There you have it. Be on the lookout for a review soon.
What does your phone look like? Shoot me some comments or questions below.