|Available In: App Store||Price: Free|
Backgrounds is the number one free application right now in the App Store. So, I decided to see what all the fuss was about! Backgrounds is an application that allows you to easily look through wallpapers and add them your iPhone or iPod Touch.
When you open Backgrounds, you will see a upper menu bar with three options; Popular, Recent and Category. The Popular option will display the most popular wallpapers, the Recent option will display recently added wallpaper and the Category option will give you a list of categories for the wallpapers. You can scroll through the wallpapers by using the arrow at the bottom of the page. Once you have found a wallpaper that you like, select it. This will open a page with that wallpaper. From there you can save the wallpaper to your iPhone or iPod Touch or you can report the wallpaper. If you select Save, you will get a pop-up saying that the wallpaper has been saved…if you select Ok, you will be brought back to where you left off in the wallpapers. If you would like to report the wallpaper, scroll down and select Report Background. You are then given a few options for the reason why you are reporting the wallpaper.
The wallpapers that you save from the application are saved to your Camera Roll. For some reason the application says that it saves the wallpapers is your Settings and then Wallpapers but, it saved mine to my Camera Roll. Either way, once you find the wallpapers on your iPhone, you can select it and save it as your wallpaper. For people with stock iPhones or iPod Touches, the wallpaper will display on your lock screen. For people with jailbroke iPhones or iPod Touches, you can display the wallpapers on your lock screen and/or SpringBoard. You can also submit your own wallpapers to the application by going to http://stylem.com/iphone.
There are a few things I like about this application and a few things that I’m not huge on. I like that the app is easy to use, that it is relatively quick and that did not crash once during testing. I also like that there are a decent amount of wallpapers to choose from. I’m not huge on the fact that most of the wallpapers are 1024×768. Which means they require cropping when adding them as a wallpaper. It is probably just personal preference but, I would prefer the images were already 320×480. Also, it would also be nice if the app would save where you are in the wallpapers when you close and reopen the application. That way, you do not have to scroll through them all again. Overall, I think it is a decent app that provides a quick and easy way to find wallpapers.
Note: As with all wallpaper applications, this application may contain images that some deem inappropriate.