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I have spent some time recently playing with WID:GET, an app that is currently in beta and which, in my opinion takes the idea of iOS widgets to a whole new level.
It is highly customisable and if you have the time you can create some complex and very useful widgets for your iPhone or iPad, and that is what I attempted.
Below is a widget with 9 weblinks and 8 app links, and they are all tappable.
I was quite chuffed with the extra functionality I had access to for about 3 hours, but something was bugging me.
All of a sudden my iPhone felt like a computer and, crucially, one that I had to think about before I tapped anything. Just a moment of pause before each action, but it was enough to make me realise that, to me, there is probably nothing more efficient and useful than a simple grid of icons.
A few minutes later and I removed all of my widgets and went back to mere icons. IT JUST WORKS! It really does and is perhaps one of the features of iOS that makes the iPhone what it is. We just don't think about that very often.