Featured App Review: Flipper HD Wallpapers
On Android there are a lot of things that we like to do with our devices and one of the biggest, is customization. There’s no other mobile platform that offers you the sort of flexibility for customizing as Android. We can change our launchers, change our default apps, our icons – pretty much whatever we want. When it comes to looks though, it all hinges on a good wallpaper. Without a good wallpaper your homescreen is never complete. Read on to see if Flipper can help you find the HD wallpaper you’re looking for.
Description: Flipper HD is a new application that aims to bring you not only a vast selection of wallpapers but, the best wallpapers. There are over 1,000,000 HD Wallpapers to choose from and with the help of homescreen widgets you can choose something that catches your eye right away. Flipper allows you to save as many wallpapers to your phone as you like, giving you the choice to set them right away or when you feel the time is right. You vote for which wallpapers are good by sharing them over Twitter, the more shares a wallpaper has, the better rated it becomes. To find out more about the app you can take a look at the Flipper Website.
How it Works: To start enjoying Flipper’s wallpapers you’ll need to head over to the Play Store and install it. This is what the app looked like for me when I first loaded it up, this is the Random view of the app, and is a selection of wallpapers that will change every time you load this screen:
There are three main views of the app, of which Random is the first one and then there is also – Top Rated, which will show you the most popular wallpapers at the moment:
On the far right of the app there is a Search menu, with which you can search using keywords:
So, let’s say that I’ve spent some time looking for a wallpaper and I’ve made my decision, once you load up a wallpaper it shows you the image fullscreen:
As you can see there are a number of controls surrounding the image, the top-right button allows you to set the wallpaper, to the left of that you can save the wallpaper and you can also share the photo through a number of different outlets supported by Android – such as a quick e-mail or through Google+ (which displays a nice preview image). Let’s go ahead and set this wallpaper, I think I like this one:
With the right combination of widgets and icons, you can get a nice looking homescreen. It all comes together with a great wallpaper though, without that, you’d have nothing! Flipper can help you create some stunning homescreen looks. This is just one of the 1 Million plus wallpapers available through the app. If you like it enough, you can go ahead and share it through Twitter – you’ll have to authorize the app – and then you’d tweet something like this:
Sharing a wallpaper will add to its vote count – votes are counted and go towards bringing wallpapers into the Top Rated section. I think this is a really nice touch and brings in some user intervention that a lot of apps are in need of.
Opinion: I’m always on the look out for new wallpapers and, my friends are fed of me asking for suggestions, with Flipper, I have a massive selection of high quality photos to suit whatever look I’m going for. Sharing wallpapers to Twitter is a real nice touch and the fact that it counts towards ratings is genius. Looking through the selection of wallpapers on offer I can see that there’s a lot for everyone: cars, soccer teams, comic book heroes, vistas, animals, wildlife – it’s all here.
- Speed (4/5) – The app is fast and runs well, a little slow when setting a wallpaper but other than that – a very fast app, indeed.
- Features (5/5) – Flipper is one of the best wallpaper apps I have used and the vast selection of wallpapers is very pleasing.
- Theme (4/5) – When it comes to the app’s theme it’s based around the Holo theme from Android 4.0 and it really lets the wallpapers take center stage.
- Overall (4/5) – If you’re the type of person to change your wallpaper a lot then you need to be armed with some serious wallpapers – Flipper can help and you won’t regret giving the app a go.
- Massive selection of wallpapers – over 1 Million – there’s definitely something for everyone.
- Good looking application that helps to show off these stunning wallpapers.
- Flipper’s widgets are something new for a wallpaper app and work well.
- Social element is a nice touch.
- Can be a little slow to set a wallpaper.
- Sharing to Google+ is not as easy as it is for Twitter.
Conclusion: We’ve seen a lot of Wallpaper apps hit the Play Store over years but, none of them can stand up to Flipper’s excellent selection. From the quality selection of wallpapers to the social element, there is a lot to love. If you’re one that needs to change your homescreen up a lot of the time then Flipper is perfect for you and it’s great to see developers taking advantage of this aspect of Android. We’ve been customizing our devices for years and Flipper is the best way to help in doing so.