So a few days ago, I read an article on Gizmodo about how one blogger made his iPhone better by crippling it down to essentially a simple feature phone. He deleted all of his apps and restricted use of Safari and other default applications. His premise was that he couldn’t handle infinity in his pocket. When I read articles like that, I generally tend to take them with a grain of salt. It is a bit impractical and overdone. I don’t know why you’d buy such an expensive phone, only to cripple it severely. Nonetheless, I was intrigued by the idea.
In looking at my phone, I realized that I honestly don’t use about 80% of the applications I’ve downloaded in conjunction with default apps and features in Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwhich. Not only this, but that all of these apps are distracting and take up both my flash storage and memory. The conclusion is that there is something to be gained in productivity and smartphone efficiency by streamlining your device as much as possible. After deleting a massive amount of applications, limiting my homescreens to just one, and streamlining my Android’s settings, I’ve found myself more productive and more efficient. It’s easier on psychological level to deal with less and I feel more secure in the scenario, should it arise, of losing my phone. With cloud synchronization, Google backup, and a simplified phone, I find my Android device much more approachable. It works for me rather than working for the phone.