Folders or pages?

Posted by: John Rougeux

Folders or pages? - 06/05/11 10:03 AM

On your iPhone/iPad/iPod, do you prefer to have your apps in folders or spread across pages?

I'm still debating on which I like, but leaning towards folders since you can double click the home button to get to what you were just using.
Posted by: six_of_one

Re: Folders or pages? - 06/05/11 02:14 PM

Folders are God's Job's gift to iPhone/iPad users =D

I tried the pages method and hated it ... I was thrilled when folders came and I could consolidate everything onto a single page -- much easier to manage, imho =)
Posted by: MacGizmo

Re: Folders or pages? - 08/09/11 05:55 PM

I use a mix of both
Posted by: zwei

Re: Folders or pages? - 08/09/11 06:26 PM

I use folders for apps I rarely use. They really need to make organizing them easier.

Bad thing about folders is that you forget what all you have on your device.
Posted by: Nagromme

Re: Folders or pages? - 08/11/11 02:47 PM

My top apps are on my home screen, plus a couple key categorized folders (like Info which has news, weather, movies, and some bookmarks, and Comm which has my IM, videoconferencing and social apps).

For “the rest” (mainly games) I have pages of very organized folders; sometimes two folders for the same category. But I do two things to make it easy to find the right folder:

1. I use emoji to give every folder an icon before the name. Like a movie slate for my Media folder, and a space invader for Retro games.

2. I pick one app as the “poster” app (either the nicest/most distinct icon, or the one I launch the most—which I can change at will). This goes on the left side, followed by three folders. The first folder is the one that icon came from. The other two folders are at least related conceptually.

This way, every page has a distinctive stack of 4 icons on the left, and 12 folders. I can easily know what page I’m on without reading folder names, and I can get to any app quickly. Every page and every folder has a visual identity. And 12 folders fits nearly 150 apps per page, so I don’t have that many pages to flip through. I like this MUCH better than when I used to use more pages and fewer folders.

For instance, one of my screens is:

Doom Resurrection, the "poster" for these 3 folders:
1st Person - 3rd Person - RPG

Then Soosiz, the “poster” for:
Platform - Platform - Hook

Then Asphalt 5, the “poster" for:
Driving - Flying - Running

Then Galcon, the “poster” for:
RT Strategy - Turn Based - Board Games

(This is a little more awkward with iPad, since each page has two arrangements—but I arrange for Portrait mainly.)
Posted by: leicaman

Re: Folders or pages? - 08/27/11 09:15 PM

I put my most used apps on the first two pages and then scatter in some categories, and then the rest are in folders. The more I use my iPad, the more I like having that combination.
Posted by: padmavyuha

Re: Folders or pages? - 08/30/11 12:58 PM

I keep it down to 2 pages, and keep everything I use every day out on the page, everything I use every week in folders (all on one page), and everything I might use (but hardly ever do) in subfolders. I nearly always remember where stuff is smile.

I used to get so tired of scrolling through all those pages.