Owners of Apple devices often boast of their device’s displays (among other things), citing that they have the clearest, sharpest, most vibrant text and graphics around…especially now that the iPhone 4 is out. Of course, such a display should have a wallpaper worthy of gracing it’s screen, right? Enter JokeShuffle.net’s iWallpapers HD app, perfect for outfitting your iPhone or iPod Touch.
iWallpapers HD has more than 510,000 wallpapers for you to choose from, all sorted into over 50 categories. Just tap on a category to view all the albums within, and tap on an album to see all the photos it contains. The default sorting is four pictures on a page, which you can navigate by swiping, but by tapping a photo, you open it up to full size. The full size views come with a sidebar (which you can move from side-to-side or hide entirely) that allows you to save, Favorite, and share the photo; you can also manipulate the photo itself with pinch-zoom. Once on the home page (with the categories), you can tap the ellipsis button on the top right to access those favorites and review your browsing history.
Unfortunately, not all the albums/photos can be accessed…some are locked to VIP users only, which is determined through a point system. For example, registering gives you 50 points, and uploading an album is worth up to 100 points (the more HD the pictures, the more points you receive). Once you pass 200 points, all those pesky ads down at the bottom disappear. This points/VIP system is what keepings iWallpapers swimming in photos. Access all of these options (registering, uploading) through that ellipsis button on the home page. Or, if you’d rather skip all that hullabaloo (for lazy/creatively challenged people like me), just pay $4.99 to upgrade to iWallpapers HD.
The best thing about iWallpapers HD–the sheer amount of choices; more everyday!–is also a weakness. It takes a great deal of patience (and a good internet connection) to sift through some mediocre additions to spot some really great ones. I wish I could customize which categories show up on my home screen (or even better, edit the main database’s “categories”), but having everything on there at once isn’t so bad, either. If you can handle those, the app is pretty easy to navigate, once you learn what each of the icons mean. And there are some really gorgeous wallpapers in this app, ready to grace your screen.
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