The Home Screen
So what’s next? After you log in for the very first time, you will be greeted by the home screen. It will have several panes, which contain essential app shortcuts like mail, calendar, contacts, the dialer, etc. This home screen will be your launchpad for everything on your phone.
- To move an icon, simply click and hold on one until your phone vibrates and the icon is free. Drag it to where you want and let go.
- To delete an icon, drag the icon to the trashcan on the app tray (usually on the bottom or to the right side if in landscape orientation).
- To add a new icon, open your app tray and click and hold onto the desired app to create a shortcut, which you can then drag to your desktop.
Some of the apps I like to keep handy on my primary home screen window are the clock for my alarms, calendar, calculator, Facebook, Camera, Contacts, Market, and Google Maps. In my dock, I keep essential functions like the Phone Dialer, SMS Messaging, Gmail, and Browser so that no matter which home screen I am on, these are always available.
Other useful shortcuts to place on your home screens are 1-click and contact shortcuts for quick “speed dialing."
Widgets are quick little tools that sit on your home screen much like the Gadgets in Windows 7 or Widgets on a Mac. They can display the clock, weather, system resources, calendar appointments, Facebook feeds, scroll news headlines, play your music, or control your phone’s features through toggle switches for Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, Brightness, Syncing, and more. Like apps, more of these can be downloaded from the Market!
Widgets can be added by going to Menu > Add > Widgets or by selecting an empty space on the home screen and holding until the Add to Home Screen dialogue appears.