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: Text Clock Pro

Theme Thursday: Text Clock Pro

Jul 5, 2012

I wasn’t initially planning on doing another Theme Thursday on a live wallpaper but Text Clock Pro really caught my eye and I knew I had to spread the word. Designers Biegert and Funk brought the world the beauty and simplicity of the cleverly designed QlockTwo. In short, this clock is a square field of seemingly random unlit letters that light up to tell the time in 5 minute increments. For example, if the time is 5:46, the clock would read “It is a quarter til 6 o’clock.” The big draw for the QlockTwo is the sleek, minimal, and, dare I say, sexy design as the jet black glossy square face with the thin, bright white san-seriff text creating an amazing contrast. Well, with a design that is so simple to replicate it was only a matter of time before this amazingly popular design made it to Android in some form, and Text Clock Pro does not disappoint.

It would have been almost too easy for someone to just quickly code up a widget that quickly replicates its real life counterpart. However, what Text Clock Pro does is takes the idea of the clock and allows for expanded user customization as well as making it a live wallpaper. I am torn about whether or not the idea to make Text Clock Pro a live wallpaper is a brilliant idea or a limiting one, but I have to say I find that it looks stunning even as it slides behind existing widgets. And it does look stunning, everything about this wallpaper is beautiful, including all the included fonts to choose from. For Pro customers there is the option to change the ratio from the original square configuration to a smaller 15×8 rectangle. Is it worth the buck to upgrade from Lite to Pro? That entirely depends on the user and I cannot say that the Pro version is necessarily a bad deal, because, come on, it’s a buck.

The biggest selling point to this app is its simplicity and its perfect customization options that allow any user to tailor the wallpaper to suit their liking. Looking at the app’s Play page the examples are gorgeous and the possibilities are sky high. At the very least, a must try for any Android owner, Text Clock Pro brings any phone one step closer to phone perfection.

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.