Our mobile devices can be constant companions, accompanying us anywhere we go, so it's only natural that we customize their appearance to our liking in order to soothe, relax, show off our personality, or simply make the device easier to use. Here are a bunch of home screen customization apps, wallpaper galleries, and live wallpapers to make your Android or iOS devices your own.
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Apalon's Pimp Your Screen is a favorite when it comes to iOS screen customizations. The app allows users to choose from a wide variety of home and lock screen backgrounds and themes, app shelves, and numerous other visual tweaks. Sort through combinations by category, new entries, or recently popular combos, with landscape and portrait options available for the iPad.
Verdict: Numerous customization options, regular content updates, and more make Pimp Your Screen a great customization app.
Rather than mixing and matching individual combinations, iTheme uses a themed approach to customizations. Each theme consists of a matched pair ofhome and lock screen combinationsand there are more than 400 themes for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A Theme Editor feature for tweaking themes and adding extras (such as such ascalendars and other overlays, app shelves, and more) is also present if you want to add a personal touch.
Verdict: A good library of well designed themes, as well as additional options for customizing them, all for under a dollar. iTheme is a fairly neat iOS screen customization tool.
The Retina Wallpapers & HD Home Screen Backgrounds app (what a mouthful) provides users with a choice of thousands of Retina quality wallpapers, divided into numerous searchable categories such as art, space, etc. Daily wallpaper updates, a popular wallpapers category, lock screen wallpapers, and more are icing on the cake for a free wallpaper app.
Verdict: A large selection of wallpapers divided into easy, searchable categories. For the grand price of zero dollars, it's a pretty good deal.
The Zedge app for Android and iOS allows users to customize their phone appearance, with the iOS version allowing users to choose from a large selection of free backgrounds, wallpapers, and lock screens. The Android version also offers ringtones, notification sounds, and live wallpapers, as well as game recommendations and a game launcher widget.
Verdict: The iOS app provides a good selection of wallpapers, but its the Android version that really shines with its extra customization options.
Score: 4/5 (iOS) 4.5/5 (Android)
Kappboom's Cool Wallpapers HD, also available on both iOS and Android, features the usual galleries of wallpapers, arranged into convenient, searchable galleries, and more. In this case, the iOS version offers more than the Android counterpart, with a collage option that lets you stitch together wallpapers and your own images, app shelves and other customizations.
Verdict: The Cool Wallpapers app delivers, with numerous galleries of high quality HD wallpapers, regularly updated content, and some neat extras in the iOS version.
Backgrounds HD Wallpapers (available for Android and iOS) by Stylem Media provides a pretty baseline experience for a wallpaper app, with the basics covered by categorized searchable galleries and regular content updates. Still, there are some technical glitches. The Android app doesn't use all available display space on a large screen tablet, and the iOS version requires a change in privacy settings to enable image saving.
Verdict: An okay, regularly updated wallpaper gallery app for iOS and Android. It does nothing spectacular, but does have a cycle of wallpapers for you to work with.
PicSpeed HD Wallpapers for Android provides numerous free wallpaper galleries with daily updates, category and color searching, and an automatic wallpaper switcher that cycles between your favorite wallpapers. A wallpaper crop function allows you to tweak which part of the image that will become your wallpaper, recognizing the fact that not all Android screens are laid out in the same way. Extras include a recommended games page.
Verdict: PicSpeed covers the basics, features regular updates, and includes a wallpaper switcher. It's a pretty good deal for a free app with minimal ads.