Theme Thursday: Live Wallpapers

Theme Thursday: Live Wallpapers

Jun 21, 2012

This week’s Theme Thursday will be different as I realized that because the “theme” of these posts were centered around launchers that only a small percentage of the Android community utilized. While launchers are one of the more popular ways of customizing a phone the amount of diversity in this field, with no clear-cut dominant app, severely limits the number of people that my weekly theme blog posts can affect. That is why this week I will be looking at something everyone can agree on, no matter what launcher is controlling the shots; live wallpapers. More specifically, Photile Pro by Joko Interractive.

Live wallpapers have a kind of negative connotation affixed to them by some as unnecessary battery hogs, but honestly, it is not as if a majority of my phone usage time is spent staring at my home screen; although with the right live wallpaper maybe now it will be. But for me, the battery life on my Evo 4G is not a main concern seeing as I am either in class, at work, or at my desk for most of the day which affords me a lot of time to have my phone charging or connected to my laptop, and I generally am responsible about keeping the data connections disabled and such. Using a live wallpaper will not create a catastrophic drop in battery life, and based off of some of the results from Photile, it is well worth it.

Anyone starting Photile Pro for the first time should take some time to look at the preset themes that come baked in as these are probably the best places to start. They come in a bevvy of designs, from simple fading hexagons to moving squares and popping circles. These can all be changed in the wonderfully simple and friendly customization menu that gives the user total control over every aspect of the design; ensuring that total satisfaction is always achieved. For best results, however, I would recommend downloading a high quality wallpaper off the internet or from another app, it is amazing what a stunning HD wallpaper combined with Photile Pro can do to a home-screen. I would also try to avoid adding too many effects because there was a tendency to bog down the home screen on my mildly powerful EVO 4G, but once those were taken care of the wallpaper ran, and still runs, smoothly.

All in all, Photile Pro is a tremendous app that will add a ton of flavor and personality to any Android smartphone, not just a select few. As with most premium apps, I would suggest picking up the free version to make sure this purchase is worth it, but I would say that, Photile Pro is a steal for just 99 cents.

Joseph Bertolini
Joseph is an Mechanical Engineering student at The Ohio State University as well as an amateur photographer.
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