Over the past week and a half, I have been getting familiar with my new Windows 8X phone by HTC. Since I have been both an iPhone and Android user, the Windows 8X is a whole new experience! After admiring how great the Windows 8X felt in my hand, and telling my hubby how much I liked the pretty purplish-blue color, the first thing I did was customize my lock screen and homescreen.
Setting the lock screen photo was so easy with just a simple setting change. With the drag and drop interface, customizing the live tiles on the the homescreen is super easy as well. I have been having a ton of fun rearranging my tiles and trying new apps!
I love that I can choose a color theme for my tiles. I’ve been going back and forth between the Magneta and Lime green themes, I can’t choose which one to keep! Right now, my semi-organized homescreen is about 2 scrolls long and packed full of my favorites. Here’s what it looks like, for now!
Up top, I have all of my essential: the People hub, camera. messaging, mail, calendar, social media, weather and music — all apps and information that I use constantly.
Because the Windows 8X Phone has SO MUCH information, it can get a bit overwhelming. That’s why I created a live tile “Group” that has updates from the most important people in my life – family and local friends. It’s a lot easier to keep up with what’s going on in their lives when I don’t have to sort it out of the huge list in my regular People hub.
After the first scroll of the home screen, I have my own live tile so I can easily update my status. Then I have a hub of photo apps and my Photo files. Right now, I’m loving the Phototastic app, it can create collages and has some great editing tools. I just remembered that I can add a video to my homescren as a live tile! I need to add the one I recently took of my granddaughter so I can easily show her off to friends!
I also found this great countdown app called “Day Counter”. It lets you set up custom live tiles to countdown to any date you wish — only 175 days until our anniversary! Then, I’ve got a live tile for my hubby (he’s down lower because he hardly ever updates his social sites) and a mish-mash of favorite web pages, shopping sites and entertainment apps.
I love having all of this information at my fingertips! It’s so easy to see what everyone is up to and finding what I need is quick with just a glance at my homescreen. So, what’s on your homescreen?
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