The Ultimate in Self-Indulgence

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I spend a lot of time tinkering with my phone, so I thought I’d fulfil all of your wildest dreams and give you a glimpse of how I’ve set it up.  First off, the (nerdy) specs: I have a Samsung Galaxy S2, which I’ve rooted and am running a milestone build of CM10, based off Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.  I’m running Nova Launcher Prime, which is still the best alternative launcher I’ve used (there’s also a free version here).

The clock widget up top I created with Ultimate Custom Clock Widget.  That app is amazing, it pretty much lets you create any sort of widget you can think of to place on a homescreen.  It’s a bit hard to figure out at first, but there’s a lot of help over at the xda forums if you get stuck.  I tried to get as much info as I could in there, time, date, battery %, etc.  Pressing on the battery percentage on the widget opens up more detailed battery stats, and pressing on the temperature opens up the Weather Network app.

I’ve disabled the dock and replaced it with the widget along the bottom, also created with UCCW.  It lists how many unread text messages or emails I have, as well as how many calls I’ve missed.  Pressing on either of the 3 icons opens my text messages, emails or the dialer respectively.

In the middle I’ve organized all my apps into 8 folders, most of which are self explanatory… but here’s the explanation anyway, because if you’ve come this far, I feel I owe it to you to bore you even more.

Apps: opens up the app drawer.
Google: contains the Play Store, Gmail, Maps, YouTube, etc.
Photo: all my camera apps and the gallery
Traffic: Google map shortcuts which show how long I’ll be sitting in traffic when I’m heading home, to (where I used to) work, my folks place, etc.
Music: music player, podcast apps, etc. For podcasts I use PocketCasts, which I can’t recommend enough.
Profiles: houses shortcuts to activate 3 Llama profiles I’ve created. Llama is a really impressive tool to automate actions on your phone, such as set the phone to silent when you arrive get to work.  It’s way too complicated to explain here, I’m planning on dedicating a whole other post to it’s awesomeness.
Utilities: All my favourite apps I use on a (somewhat) daily basis.

Games: I like games, and here are my favourites:

As I mentioned when I rambled on about the virtues of Flow Free, I like games that don’t stress me out.  Most of these are pretty popular, but a lesser known gem is Refraction.  It’s another puzzle game where you bend laser beams to hit coloured targets.  Well worth the $1.99, but there’s also a free version to try it out.

So yeah, that’s my set up.  For more (and for ones that are much more impressive than mine), check out mycolorscreen.com.

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