I am attempting Android setup perfection - therefore I ask for your
suggestions for improvement...
As an experiment, today I reset my ancient S3 not-rooted Android phone to
factory defaults, and reinstalled all the previously existing apps from the
flash card (all without Google Play, the cloud, or a computer).
Here is a screenshot of the near-perfect desktop:
Most apps seem to work just fine without a Google Play account:
I ask for improvement suggestions in the following three areas:
- Either improvement in organization
- Or improvement in missing apps
- Or further improvement in eliminating Google altogether
In a nutshell, here is what I did:
1. I reset the phone to factory defaults.
2. I installed the old apps from APKs on the sdcard.
3. Almost all the apps work just fine without a Google Play account!
The AppDrawer contains these 112 apps (some are T-Mobile required):
The single desktop is set up with three goals in mind:
A. Pyramid shape, most used apps on top, left to right.
B. Apps never more than 1 or 2 taps away (most used are 1 tap)
C. Folders organized with most used apps left to right.
Note 1: Unused or rarely used apps remain in the app drawer.
Note 2: App icons can (and should) be in multiple logical places.
Note 3: The "Google" folder exists to test for spyware logins.
I'm constantly improving with the goal of the perfectly organized Android
mobile device, so that's why I outline the setup for you to help me improve
with your comments.
Here is the organizational tree as of this moment.
The top of the pyramid is the phone app (it is a phone after all!) while
the bottom dock is useless in a single desktop setup - it's just the bottom
row of the desktop pyramid:
- phone (top of pyramid)
- recorder (bottom of pyramid)
- sms (bottom of pyramid)
- camera (bottom of pyramid)
The folders (in pyramid location) are:
a. *todo* http://i.cubeupload.com/5dayFF.png
b. *communicate* http://i.cubeupload.com/U1RwzI.png
c. *image* http://i.cubeupload.com/p1iDmw.png
d. *audio* http://i.cubeupload.com/JSsFcm.png
e. *video* http://i.cubeupload.com/y9Xhws.png
f. *browser* http://i.cubeupload.com/Y5FixO.png
g. *roadmap* http://i.cubeupload.com/rytr0A.png
h. *outdoor map* http://i.cubeupload.com/C5w9E5.png
i. *buy* http://i.cubeupload.com/r8Omha.png
j. *files* http://i.cubeupload.com/hsrbfN.png
k. *google* http://i.cubeupload.com/pxtfs9.png
l. *network* http://i.cubeupload.com/Zwpxlu.png
m. *system* http://i.cubeupload.com/zUOXcg.png
Since the goal is near perfection, I simply present to you what I've set up
in a few minutes, and ask what you might suggest by way of material further
improvement toward the goal of perfection.