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Placement wise, I tend to disregard the upper-left side since I use my right thumb most, particularly when on-the-go/driving. Interesting to see that you have that whole left side as popular. I wonder how much one's lifestyle, left/right handedness, and transportation affects the setup.
I think about this type of thing but tend to leave it in my head…makes me want to visualize all sorts of my own personal data, which I am collecting all the time anyway.]]>
At some point I became aware of how my apps were self-organizing, and decided to try to stick to a few principles in actively organizing them — and reached a similar result to you. My loose rules:
— Move unused stuff far away from the “home.” You've apparently also done that, since many of the stock iPhone apps that can't be removed aren't in your screenshots.
— Limit redundancy. I've removed the Phone app from the dock and put it with my other unused apps. A double-click on the home button, which is extremely easy to find (even without looking) will call up my phone favorites, which *is* the phone app, and displays missed calls, voicemails, etc at the bottom of the screen. With the addition of voice dialing on the 3GS. There's *really* no need for a phone app icon anymore, and it frees up a valuable dock space (I have my Twitter app there).
— Value the corners, probably because they're easiest to hit. My corners on my home screen are Calendar, Maps, Camera, and Skype. I wish there were a way to leave holes in the grid — the only way to have an app in the bottom right corner is to have the page full.
— Other than the first page, I try to group my apps by when I use them. Travel, photos, and nearly a page of music-related apps.
I'm really interested in how systems like this sort of set themselves up, and often wonder whether consciously tweaking them actually adds anything.]]>