Theme Thursday: Paperland Pro Live Wallpaper

Theme Thursday: Paperland Pro Live Wallpaper

Jul 12, 2012

I know that I have been getting sidetracked with all these live wallpapers instead of the normal Theme Thursdays, but I got completely blindsided by Paperland Pro while browsing around the Play Store. I have been more interested in the live wallpapers recently because I had to hard reset my phone the other day, and with the right touches I discovered a newfound love for HTC’s stock launcher. Honestly, I was surprised just how much faster and responsive Sense UI was when compared to any of the other launchers.

But enough about that. Paperland Pro is a great wallpaper by the same company, Joko Interractive, who brought us Photile Pro which I did a spot about a few weeks ago. Paperland is actually really just that. It is a live wallpaper that presents a beautiful and intricate paper world that pans around behind the home screen. The first thing that stood out to me about this app was the amazing clarity and level of detail of the backgrounds. Everything is clearly layered and the subtle drop shadows are a great effect that really makes this a beautiful wallpaper. The animations are expertly executed and bring a surprising breath of life into everything, and I particularly love the flying birds.

As with other Joko Interactive live wallpapers, pretty much everything here is customizable and there is a large list of different themes that come with the Pro version. These are basically color scheme and texture changes, but I was surprised at the amount of variation between different themes. Beyond that, everything that shows up on the screen is customizable, like mountains, lakes, birds, cars, etc, as well as the abundance of all of these parts. By default the whole app pans slowly across the world and reacts subtly to swipes between panels by accelerating accordingly which is just another impressive touch to an already extraordinary app.

I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by Paperland Pro. Maybe the paper theme can be a little effeminate but, honestly, it didn’t bother me, and I was able to find a theme and configuration that matched my style perfectly. As for whether or not to upgrade to Pro, I cannot make the call; it all depends on whether the limited theme options are sufficient for each user. Some may find it disappointing whereas others might find their love right away, but as I have said before, it is only a dollar. Paperland: the best way to turn any Android to a living paper diorama.

Theme Thursday: Exodus Pro Live Wallpaper

Theme Thursday: Exodus Pro Live Wallpaper

Jun 28, 2012

I guess I said everything I needed to say about live wallpapers in last week’s Theme Thursday, but I’ll give a quick rundown for those who do not feel the need to go check. I will admit there is a certain stigma surrounding live wallpapers, and some of it is deserved. Some of the highest quality, more effect oriented live wallpaper can only be run seamlessly on higher end devices, and it can be a bit of a battery drain if used in a specific manner. I, however, feel that the whole idea of having a live wallpaper should not be discarded as, under the right circumstances, they can produce stunning results that can really spice up a normally drab phone. This week, I focused my attention onto the fun and creative Exodus Pro Live Wallpaper which is made by the same design team, Joko Interactive as last week’s Photile Pro.

Unlike Photile Pro, Exodus Pro does not allow for custom images; instead it fills the background with an empty field full of floating cubes. The sense of depth here is very impressive and for home screens that feature a lot of flat widgets and icons there really is a great sense of space behind the screen. As with most live wallpapers, Exodus Pro is incredibly customizable and just like Photile the themes that are included are probably the best ones are the preset options within the app itself. Every setting here can be tweaked, such as size and popularity of the shapes as well as how busy they become; which should not come as much of a surprise as they are all pretty standard and expected.

This wallpaper is very middle-of-the-road when i comes to processing power needed to run. It should not be a problem for medium to higher end phones which makes it available to a wider audience than some of the more expensive and technically demanding live wallpapers out there. For anyone with the right phone, I would definitely recommend Exodus Pro Live Wallpaper.

Wallpaper Wednesday – Beastly Sexiness, Doom and more…

Wallpaper Wednesday – Beastly Sexiness, Doom and more…

Mar 9, 2011

Who doesn’t love a good wallpaper? They’re one of the first things we customize on our mobile devices. Some people pick one and stick with it, others change them like they’re TV channels. Wallpapers are as unique as the individuals who use them. They represent our moods, thoughts, ideals, and just plain insanity. I mean if it weren’t for wallpapers, app markets wouldn’t have the ludicrous numbers they so proudly boast.

Here we are again. It’s Wednesday and we’re ready to give you some wallpapers. This week features a live wallpaper with a blast from the past. A few static wallpapers from the new tween movie sensation Beastly and our usual showcase of randomness to pick from. Give them a look, read the wallpaper announcements and instructions and turn your device into a unique reflection of your inner soul (say what?). Don’t like what we have, send us some suggestions. We love hearing from our readers!