Lifehacker reader UnMicD uses a completely black-and-white home screen with a clever method for sorting his apps into folders. Here’s how he set it up.
UnMicD explains the screens:
This is my somewhat-minimalist, white-on-black setup.
It’s on a Samsung Galaxy S Captivate running CyanogenMod 7.1.
- A simple, stock lockscreen (not pictured). It’s completely black with just the sliders and music controls, when I’m listening.
- The main home screen has a player widget at the top, an action bar on the bottom with some frequently used shortcuts (as appears on all home screens) and SMS/Gmail/Gtalk shortcuts down the right side for easy thumb-launching.
- The left home screen has a calendar on the top half and a to-do list on the bottom half.
- The rightmost home screen has five different words, each of which corresponds to an app group. For example: “Tell” opens a set of messaging and social networking apps. The others are “Show”, which contains media consumption apps (which may be a bit counter-intuitive, but I like the way it fits); “Play”, which contains games; “Make”, which contains creative work apps like Flick Note, My Writing Space, and Thinking Space; and “Believe”, which contains personal goal related stuff, like RunKeeper, JEFIT and Stopwatch.
Here’s how its put together:
- ADWLauncher EX, although the free version is probably sufficient
- Minimalistic Text widgets for the quicklaunch words
- The AndroidPhone7 ADW theme for the dock
- The Minimalist ADW theme for dock icons and centre home screen icons
- SiMi Folder, which provides the actions for the Minimalist Text widgets to quicklaunch
- The Simple Calendar widget
- UberMusic as my music player, which comes stock with the widget used on the centre home screen. I also use the ClearWidgets skin.
- Flick Note, the Simplenote client that I use for my little notes and the to-do list widget