Home Screens - Matt Myers

This is the 23rd post in a series called Home Screens. David Sparks over at MacSparky has been doing this for a long time and I thought it would be interesting to ask my friends, family, and former co-workers what is on their Home Screens!

I am a Pastor in Kenosha Wisconsin. I enjoy all things tech. I play a lot of games (strategy, family, computer, video). I am married with three sons, and love my family. I really like food and especially eating or sharing a meal with others. I love Jesus Christ and sharing Him with others.

What are your most interesting home screen apps?

I really enjoy an app called Paper (by 53) it is a drawing app. It allows me to take notes and brainstorm and doodle. Sometimes while taking notes and things, I don’t want it to be typed text, but I need to draw examples, or draw things out while I brainstorm. This has been a great app for that. It is free, although the free version only comes with some basic features. If you want more pens and brushes, you will need to shell out a couple of bucks.

What is your favorite app?

I love Flipboard (especially for the iPad). It is a social magazine app. It connects to Facebook and Twitter, but is also the way that I read my news, blogs and tech updates. It makes all the news sites and even Facebook read like a magazine and I absolutely love it. I use it multiple times a day. They have an iPhone/iPod Touch app as well as iPad app. The iPad app is is a lot better as you have a lot more screen real-estate, but I use the iPhone app as well. This is hands down my favorite and most used app.

Which app is your guilty pleasure?

I cannot stop playing a game called Fairway Solitaire. I have beat almost every level and it is extremely addicting. Before that, I was stuck on a game called Spice Bandits.

How many times a day do you use your iPhone/iPad?

I constantly use my iPhone and iPad. I have everything sync through iCloud so I use it for everything work related / home related from shared calendars with my wife to shared calendars with staff members. It has become an extension of me.

I also use it to read books, read the news and stay connected socially. As a pastor, it helps me keep tabs and stay connected with my congregation.

What is your favorite feature of the iPhone/iPad?

Without a doubt, it’s the iCloud. I love how everything syncs and when I add things, they sync with all my devices as well as others that I am connected to. It has single handedly changed the way in which I communicate and work.

If you were in charge at Apple, what would you add or change?

Apple seems to do things that are almost perfect at every step. Small things like limiting the amount you can download while not on wifi. That should be between a user and their mobile service provider. If someone pays for unlimited service, they should not get errors saying you need to connect to wifi to download this item.

With Apple, it is always the small things that are annoying. It works really great, except for this one thing. For example, I hate the way Pages saves files. I would like to be able to integrate it better with Dropbox, but that will not happen, because they want it to integrate with their cloud and they will not play ball.

These are not deal breakers, they are just small annoyances.