Starting from zero on the iPhone home screen

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This is what my iPhone looks like right now. No, it’s not because iTunes went crazy and deleted all my apps. I’m trying to figure out which apps I actually use.

I’ve downloaded over 150 apps from the App Store. Of those 150, I have roughly 100 of them still in iTunes. I’ve tried grouping them using springboard pages, but I find it frustrating because I don’t usually have 12 related apps. (I’m really looking forward to Folders in iPhone OS 4.)

Here’s how I have been organizing my pages:

Page 1 and 2: anything app I use a lot or that may pop up a “badge” that I want to see.

Everything else: launch using search.

Here’s the thing: I’ve gotten used to putting some apps on page 1 or 2 because I think I’m going to use them. The Phone app? I finally moved it off my Dock, but I left it on Page 1, even though I bet it’s one of the apps that I actually use far less frequently than others.

Read on for more…

Update: A hat tip to Patrick Rhone’s MinimalMac, where a version of this experiment appeared in January.

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