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Home screen nirvana

"In my opinion, the real strength of Android is in the user customizable nature of the OS, including Widgets.

"Here you see a slightly obscured screen-capture of my Android home screen. The Weather Channel app in the corner tells me if I should bring an umbrella today or not. The Digital Clock widget displays time and date. Beneath it is a picture frame.

"Next to those are a 1touch folder and an internal memory use widget. The 1touch has a collection of icons that do what they say – perform a 1touch dial of my most frequently called numbers. The memory widget reminds me that I can't wait for Froyo to allow app developers to install their programs to the SD card, instead of the limited internal memory of my phone.

"The control panel below controls WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, Push Refresh, and screen brightness. Home screen nirvana."

Image credit: Donovan Colbert

About Sonja Thompson

Sonja Thompson started at TechRepublic in October 1999. She is a former Senior Editor at TechRepublic.

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