My android set-up has been tweaked and honed over more than three years. It is really a bit more than the original HTC Desire is capable of coping with.
The focus of my home screen is communication. Two email apps – Yahoo and Gmail, Viber (messenging), Facebook Messenger and LinkedIn. My phone calls, SMS and a shared calendar are a fifth, sixth and seventh way of communicating respectively.
This is primarily for enabling and disabling WiFi and 3G to conserve the battery. It’s one swipe to the left and then one button press. It’s not quite as convenient in Windows Phone, even using Quick Settings.