Thank goodness for folders!

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  1. GAMESHARQ

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    My games and apps were starting to pile up lately and it was a pain having to scroll back and forth from screen to screen to get to the game or app I was looking for.

    Today, I discovered the option to create folders (which couldn't be easier). Now all of my icons are well organized in folders and all within 2 screens.
     
  2. SweetPoison

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    This thread is useless without a screenie. Helloooooooo?:D

    Glad you found this option!
     
  3. jsh1120

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    Coming from Android and Windows environments, I would have been appalled if there were no folder option. It was one of the first features I looked for when I received my iPad 2.

    Customization of the screens is still limited compared to other environments. Widgets would be useful. The rigid "grid" design is a PITA. And the absence of the ability to select a "home" screen is likewise disappointing. The limitation f six "always visible" apps is frustrating at times.

    Still, with folders the iPad provides a usable level of customized organization of a large set of apps. Hopefully, the iPad's user interface options will continue to evolve.
     
  4. Somerled

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    You can work within the system. The first screen is the home screen. you can have single apps on the home screen you use most often then have the folders on the subsequent screen(s). Hit the Home button once, you go back to the main screen.

    While I would not mind having a weather widget, personally, I cannot think of another I would really need all the time. But that is me.

    I have all 326 (added one today) apps in folders on my screen with my 6 most used on the bottom. Works well and I am used to it enough that I hardly have to look when I am going to start specific apps.
     
  5. graywolf

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    I know! :D
     
  6. jsh1120

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    No. The first screen is my daughter's screen. :D No option on that. Widgets are a mixed blessing. They're extremely useful in the Android environment mainly to provide real time information that would otherwise require opening an app. The downside is that they depend upon true multi-tasking and can drain battery power.

    The six icon limit on the bottom of the screen works OK. But on my android phone I can swipe the bottom row and expose more icons without affecting what else is on the screen.

    And finally, my phone allows me to have the same icon on multiple screens. Can't do that on the iPad and as a result my daughter is constantly moving Angry Birds from the bottom of the screens into her "Games" folder. :)
     
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    Nice. Thank you for the "No" as if I had any idea that your iPad was shared with other people.
     
  8. jsh1120

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    Sorry. Saying "No!" has become a habit with a six year old in the house. Actually, the inability to set up an iPad adequately for multiple users is probably my biggest gripe about the product. Separate accounts would be a godsend on that score.

    As a substitute, the capacity to create more customized screens than the iPad currently allows would be a help. And as I noted above, the ability to create separate folders was a bottom line requirement.

    I do understand that Apple has a somewhat different philosophy with regard to the iPad. It's seen as a purely personal device and Apple invests a lot in providing a common user interface and functionality for all customers. From a business standpoint all of that is understandable. Purely personal iPads designed for a single user encourages more iPad sales. A consistent and common look and feel simplifies support and avoids potential application conflicts.

    At the same time every customer is different with different requirements. Making the iPad work optimally for every different consumer is a challenge that will probably never be fully satisfied.
     
  9. K1W1

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    Folders have been around for a couple of years I've been using them on my iPhone 3G for ages. On both the phone and the iPad I have folders called "Games" and "Photography" that contain all the apps that relate to those activities. I would say that saves me at least two screens.
     
  10. bastones

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    I thought folders came in iOS 4. Either way it was long overdue as was copy and paste functionality in iOS.
     

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