Dashboard – Categories
It works like this:
A dashboard is the welcoming screen of your app. It provides a starting point for the user. A dashboard can be static or dynamic, e.g. you can incorporate live wallpapers or changing content such as news items.
On a category dashboard, entrance points to content are displayed in several categories. The categories are represented by an icon and a title, and lie full screen in a grid orientation. This lay-out allows the user to find content faster.
A category dashboard can be used when your app is content-focused and your content can be divided into categories. To improve searchability, a search bar can be incorporated into the dashboard. The dashboard can also be used together with an action bar.
- Good overview of the application's content
- Easy starting point for navigating through vasts amount of content
- Much better if a user can customize the order of the items on the dashboard. It helps user to quickly access the most frequently used item. (Borrys Hasian)
- A dashboard takes up a lot of screen estate
- Can mean an extra step in navigating to desired content
- For some apps, it is more useful to land directly into the application, instead of going through a dashboard
- defining a set of categories may appear to a user that the application is limited to these specified categories. This may not be the case. (RoyL)
- Might be confusing for beginners, as they tend to ask \'Where to start?\' (Borrys Hasian)
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