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July 6, 2008 8:35 PM   Subscribe

Poolga: iPhone and iPod Touch wallpapers from a selection of designers and illustrators from around the world.
posted by defenestration (26 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite

 
You know, I don't have an iPhone (yet?). But I'm not sure I need to spend that much time picking something out that'll be largely obscured by icons.
posted by Tomorrowful at 8:40 PM on July 6, 2008


The whole point of a portable device is to turn off the display just as soon as you can get away with it, to save power. (I did a little bit of work on Rockbox on this; just fractions of seconds saved here and there can add up to hours more battery life.) So a wallpaper -- something you look at when nothing else is going on -- seems a low priority.
posted by orthogonality at 8:46 PM on July 6, 2008


This is pretty cool. Thanks. And yeah, the icons will potentially obscure the wallpaper, but part of the fun of owning a device like an iPhone is pimping it out just so.
posted by docpops at 8:47 PM on July 6, 2008


There are about ten billion mobile phone wallpaper websites. Personally I like the animated ones for the eye candy, but that's just me. Like orthogonality, I have my prefs set up to switch off the display immediately following most screen interactions, and to not even light up during most voice interactions.
posted by meehawl at 8:56 PM on July 6, 2008


Bah, don't be a buncha fun-hatin' poopy-heads! They're free ferchrissakes.
posted by dobbs at 9:01 PM on July 6, 2008


Seriously! I don't know why people feel the need to complain about pretty free stuff.

Thanks for the link, defenestration.
posted by Weebot at 9:03 PM on July 6, 2008


Also, on the iPhone, you must look at your wallpaper when you activate your phone, as you slide your finger to unlock it, before your icons pop up. So you have to look at it for at least a second every time you use the phone. Some of these wallpapers are quite nice, thanks defenestration.
posted by Rock Steady at 9:06 PM on July 6, 2008


Okay, saw the top page, thought the artwork was cool and looked at all 5 pages. My day is better for that, and I understand you aren't selling anything. Thanks defenestration!
posted by Bixby23 at 9:10 PM on July 6, 2008


Seriously! I don't know why people feel the need to complain about pretty free stuff.

Welcome to the Internet.
posted by Tomorrowful at 9:12 PM on July 6, 2008


MetaFilter: Pay $5 to complain about free stuff.
posted by Poolio at 9:17 PM on July 6, 2008 [9 favorites]


Is the wallpaper glue still made from horses?
posted by ...possums at 9:18 PM on July 6, 2008


Simply excellent! My new favorite wallpaper site. Reminds me of a Swedish beautiful acquaintance's artwork:
http://www.olofsdotter.com/
posted by avocade at 9:21 PM on July 6, 2008


This is tasty delicious. Thanks.
posted by Eccentric Genius Billionaire at 10:50 PM on July 6, 2008


obliquely eponysterical.
posted by bashos_frog at 2:50 AM on July 7, 2008 [1 favorite]


The best part is the new version of Mobile Safari will allow you to save images directly onto the phone's photo album, thereby bypassing the whole go to computer/save to iPhoto/sync to phone hassle.
posted by sourwookie at 5:25 AM on July 7, 2008


The best part is the new version of Mobile Safari will allow you to save images directly onto the phone's photo album, thereby bypassing the whole go to computer/save to iPhoto/sync to phone hassle.

I'm actually kind of shocked that wasn't a default feature. I guess that's what you get when you build a locked down system and don't let anyone develop for it...
posted by delmoi at 6:23 AM on July 7, 2008


There are some icon themes that have translucent/transparent icons so your wallpaper is more visible. The one I use is available in Installer.app.

Then again, I don't know that I want to see any more of this.

And don't forget, using an iPhone is like driving a bright, yellow Hummer.
posted by kableh at 7:41 AM on July 7, 2008


On a related note, can someone out there who has bought an iTouch tell me if they're disappointed they didn't go for an iPhone instead?
posted by Dave Faris at 8:23 AM on July 7, 2008


when you build a locked down system and don't let anyone develop for it...

You're kidding, right? A year from now there will be more third party apps in use on iPhones than on any other platform.
posted by rokusan at 8:44 AM on July 7, 2008


On a related note, can someone out there who has bought an iTouch tell me if they're disappointed they didn't go for an iPhone instead?

There's a selection of both around my workplace. The touch is terrific: it pretty much is an iPhone without the phone, and it comes in bigger sizes (up to 32Gb). One feature I didn't notice was "missing" until someone moaned about it was the camera. With the new iPhone, GPS becomes a third difference. But the wifi-browsing and e-mail experience (with wifi) is exactly the same, and of course all the music functionality is identical.

In other words, the only real market difference so far has been "wanted a phone or didn't want a phone."
posted by rokusan at 8:47 AM on July 7, 2008


... the only real market difference I HAVE DETECTED...
posted by rokusan at 8:48 AM on July 7, 2008


Dave Faris
I'm perfectly happy with my iTouch. However, I bought it expressly for watching movies and listening to music on my bus/train commute. I already have a perfectly good phone that I use for talking, and didn't want the additional data plan expense. I do use the wifi at home to check my email or do quick web stuff if the pc is turned off or is in use by the wife.
posted by owtytrof at 8:49 AM on July 7, 2008


A big difference on the Touch is that there are no hardware volume buttons as there are on the iPhone.
posted by hellphish at 10:21 AM on July 7, 2008


Is there one that just says Don't Panic?
posted by bonaldi at 10:58 AM on July 7, 2008


But I'm not sure I need to spend that much time picking something out that'll be largely obscured by icons.

And yeah, the icons will potentially obscure the wallpaper

There are some icon themes that have translucent/transparent icons so your wallpaper is more visible.

iPhone wallpaper does not show up behind the icons. That would be a mess.

You only see the wallpaper before you swipe to unlock the phone.
posted by designbot at 11:00 AM on July 7, 2008


Just a heads up.

Between some previous posts here, and some emails from the upcoming Tor site, I have discovered iPhone wallpapers work beautifully for my Palm TX (I use Zlauncher).
posted by Samizdata at 1:35 PM on July 7, 2008


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