Android App of the Week Android’s live wallpapers offer the kind of personalisation that iOS users can only dream about in their most fevered imaginings but I’m still not a fan because they don’t do your battery any favours and more often than not they make it difficult to see what else is on your screen.
But now I’ve found one - suggested by a reader; thanks Ted - that’s rather good. Called Hologram Live, it displays a box with a rotating 3D object suspended in the middle of it. Move your handset and the box and the object change their apparent position as if your point of view were changing.
I call these 'Red Thing in a Crate' (left) and 'The Doctor Will See You Now'
Yes, of course there’s nothing really 3D or holographic going on, it’s just optical ersatz. But it’s pretty impressive ersatz. It probably looks even better on a 3D phone though that’s still not a reason to buy one.
The killer feature is the huge amount of variation available. The shape and size of the object, the textures and colour of both object and background, the depth of field of the background, all can be changed as your whim and fancy dictate.
There are plenty of objects to pick from (left) and you can download more (right)
You can even opt to remove the background all-together and just have the object rotating in a black void.
Apart from the obvious advantage of being able to have a wallpaper scheme unlike any other Hologram Live user, you can set a colour scheme that still renders your screen usable for its primary function: looking at stuff.
Options abound (left) to change how the object appears on your phone
For all the optical trickery, the basic design is very simple and this overcomes another issue I have with live wallpapers: the effect is often diluted when looked at on a screen covered in widgets and icons. Here though the rotating object draws the eye to it and so enhances the overall effect.
The only thing lacking is an option to change the speed of the object’s rotation, and there is a slight pause when you flip between screens. But other than that it’s hard to find fault. All it needs now is a Princess Leia graphic. ®
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You know, I once went to the cinema to watch a film. It was OK, it didn't change my life or anything, but it entertained me for a couple of hours, and I didn't mind paying the price of the ticket (although I can't say the same for the popcorn).
What you seem to be missing, Marvin, is that for 60p you have something that makes you smile for a bit and gives you something to show your mates down the pub, especially those with iPhones. For something to be worth a price, it doesn't have to _do_ anything apart from, perhaps, take your mind of your lot (and the feelings of inadequacy that seems to give you in particular) for a short while.
What a world that has such noble titles in it
Answer: why not?
- the general
How much power do Live Wallpapers actually use?
They only use the CPU when visible and generally I don't sit with my Home screen visible the whole time and when it is visible the AMOLED screen is drawing significantly more power than the CPU for live wallpapers to really make a difference to battery life IMHO.
App of the week??!
What a terrible waste of my time and 61p, the app is poorly designed, poorly coded and poorly supported.
After un-installing due to instabilities and several pointless emails the developer have refused to provide a refund.
Avoid 'Droidbean' in future.
A bit naff
The concept is good, but it's just a bit, well... naff. The '3D' aspect reminds me of those early PC games - and not in a good way - and the orientation seems to be based on the handset being horizontal, which means that the more normal way of looking at the phone when it is nearer vertical puts the perspective out of whack.
Still, a harmless waste of 64p I guess. Worth a try.