I like to keep my iPhone and iPad as minimal as possible while keeping all the function I need from them. After all, if I didn’t feel I needed these devices, I would not own them. I have several friends and family members of different generations that are very happy having a simple phone and no other tech devices–some even with no computer or internet–but that’s just not for me.
Though I think I could definitely survive sans smartphone, there are a few things I am very grateful to have at my fingertips most of the time.
- A reasonably high-quality camera
- Work and personal email accounts
- Music and podcasts
Other practical apps I’m happy to have include the weather, a calculator, alarms, and document-related apps for file editing and transferring.
Some fun apps I keep on my phone include a few photo editing apps, social media apps, and some health/wellness apps. Admittedly, I use Photoshop Express 90% of the time so I could get by without the other photo apps and I hardly ever touch Twitter, but I’m not too bothered that they’re there. When I need them they are easily accessible.
You might notice some apps that aren’t there. I keep a folder of system apps I never touch but can’t delete on the second home screen page. I don’t have any games on my phone (aside from Charades, which is for family gatherings) as I think that encourages me to develop bad habits. I also chose to delete several social apps that I found to be big time-wasters or were less pleasant to use on my phone than on the computer. A bad user interface can be a big turn-off for me. And so is scrolling through Facebook when someone is trying to talk to you.
Finally, GroupMe, Yik Yak, and MobilePASS I have for work.
My iPad contains a lot of the same basic apps as my phone. I don’t have any social apps on my iPad, but I do include more entertainment in the form of a few games and Netflix. I rarely reach for the photo editing apps, but I do make good use of the iMovie app on here. Just like on my phone, I keep the non-deletable system apps in a folder on the second home screen.
For those who might be wondering, I have an iPhone 6 64GB and an iPad mini 2 with Retina display, both in space grey.
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