Video: Tour of the N900's Panoramic Desktop/Homescreens – What do your homescreens look like?

| December 7, 2009 | Reply

In this video I demonstrate how I’ve been using Maemo 5′s panoramic desktop on the Nokia N900.

  • Quick show of my four desktops
  • How to add apps shortcuts/bookmarks/widgets
  • How to change the background

What do your homescreens look like? [Ctrl+Shift+P to print screen]


We’ve had customizable desktops/homescreens on a Nokia for quite a while since the days of the 770 and “old” Maemo, somewhat with S60 and active standby to S60V5 and the live FIVE-space widget on the N97 (& N97 mini).

According to some research, 85% of your time on a mobile phone is spent on your homescreen.

I’ve been a big fan of it on my N97. Without opening up the menu to find the app icon, I can already see my latest emails/tweets/latest news and get to my favourite apps. All from the standby screen.

One of my biggest gripes was that I wanted more than one desktop! At least 3 so I could have quick configuration of widgets/shortcuts depending on my situation (e.g. work/uni/home etc)

Gradual refinement has brought us Maemo 5′s panoramic desktop – a highly customizable four panel desktop where you can add as much apps/bookmarks/widgets as you can get hold of.

You might not want a desktop as cluttered as mine, and you’ve got that option. You don’t even have to have all four desktops showing.

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  1. llaadd says:

    hey mate, you made the video private!

  2. llaadd says:

    no worries…btw these are mine…just stuck to 3 right now…i’m sure i’ll add more like websites, etc when I work out what i want!

    • Jay Montano says:

      Nice! How are you finding your N900? Your desktop looks so clean and organized – mine’s all about the place. ^_^ [Though my contacts bit isn’t how I normally have them – they’re like that to blot out names :p)

  3. llaadd says:

    Honestly I’m loving it! just waiting for the portrait mode and MMS and all will be good!!

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