Searching to load apps has always seemed weird to me

Spotlight is coming to the iPhone. That sounds great on the surface, but I don’t think it’ll be quite as awesome for me as Apple are making out. I find search to be useful in OS X when I know exactly which app I want to load, but particularly on my iPhone that’s very rarely the case.

Maybe I just have too many toys / games to choose from but when I want to waste time with my phone I never have a specific app in mind; I spend 30 seconds browsing through the pages for something that I feel like playing. That breaks down with more than 2 pages but search won’t help at all.

Who knows, maybe I’ll just stop wasting so much time on my phone, and spotlight will become useful because I’ll know what I want to load every time.

But I doubt it 😉

2 thoughts on “Searching to load apps has always seemed weird to me

  1. I know this is an old, old article, but here are a few ways that Spotlight on the iPhone helps me: finding a contact (I keep fat-fingering the “+” when trying to scroll to the magnifying glass icon in Contacts), finding a specific song (Home + Home + type song name, is much faster than load iPod, navigate to “All Songs”, type in song name), finding an appointment in the calendar, and finding notes in Notes.

  2. It has been quite a while 🙂

    After a year or so with spotlight, I can say that the only thing I really use it for is accessing apps I left on my last page (6 or 7) knowing that if and when I need them, I can use spotlight.

    I don’t use the contacts app (although it might be useful for calling people, I’m happy enough with the phone app) and almost never have a specific song / album in mind when I play music. I don’t have enough events in my calendar to search for things, and I don’t use the built in notes (simplenote FTW).

    That’s just how I roll 🙂

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