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Review: RedWall makes social wallpapering a breeze

If you’re like me, you prefer that your Android looks as stylish as it works. Besides skinning your home replacement app or customizing your boot animation, there’s something even more rudimentary that can shift the whole motif of your phone: your wallpaper.

Unfortunately, all wallpapers aren’t created equal: a user usually has to properly re-size an image to their phone’s specific resolution, transfer it to an SD card then crop it from within the phone. This, however, excludes the monumentous task of finding wallpapers that aren’t crap in the first place.

I’ve found an app called RedWall that eliminates some of these frustrations.

Reddit is a portmanteau of the words “Reddit” and “wallpaper.” In simplest terms, it scrapes a certain Reddit sub-board (/r/redwall) for images and allows you to set them as your phone background; images are downloaded, cropped and set in one swift motion.

The backgrounds I’ve tried both look great and are sized appropriately; I haven’t had to worry about jagged pixels or misshapen images. This is a giant plus in my book, since there’s less work to do to get something great.

Perhaps what’s most interesting about this app is that the wallpapers shown are influenced by the Reddit voting mechanics. Top “day”, “week” and “month” sortings show what’s been voted on the most in those time periods; if you have a Reddit account, you can go to the board and contribute yourself.

So I’d recommend getting RedWall (it’s free, with ads) and try out a few of their offerings. There’s an extremely good chance you’ll find something you like. Reddit is good like that.

Download RedWall here

[Note: in the screenshot above, the "grey stairs" icons are replaced by image previews once they've loaded. I snapped my screenshot a little too quick. Also, the wallpaper I'm using is called "Coloured Pipes"]


Matt Demers is Droid Life’s app guy, and would like to pay his respects to Brian Jacques, the author of the lovely Redwall books. Rest in peace, Brian.

You can find Matt on Twitter, or e-mail him.

  • http://www.xoomcommunity.com/ Motorola Xoom

    most interesting about this app is that the wallpapers shown are influenced by Reddit voting mechanics.

  • Digg

    Don’t use this! Reddit is a hotbed for viruses!

  • Boooooyahhhh

    Zedge and Flikie. Enough said.

  • droidlover

    2 questions…

    what are the icons in the screenshot and the dock you are using?
    is that launcher pro too?

    • http://twitter.com/mattdemers Matt Demers


      There’s a note at the end of the article about the wallpaper, and I’ve answered the icons question multiple times in the comments not even an inch below this one.

  • Sesson

    Where can I get those icons?

    • http://twitter.com/mattdemers Matt Demers

      Go Launcher EX has a theme called “Original”. It automatically customizes all your icons, and replaces some (like your Twitter/Maps/Browser). It’s very iOSish, but I like the way it looks.

    • http://twitter.com/mattdemers Matt Demers

      Go Launcher EX has a theme called “Original”. It automatically customizes all your icons, and replaces some (like your Twitter/Maps/Browser). It’s very iOSish, but I like the way it looks.

  • GoNoles

    I knew Kellex didn’t write this after reading the first line.

    Matt – “If you’re like me, you’d prefer if you Android looked as stylish as it works”

    Kellex – “If you’re like me………WTF is up with all these buttons all over my screen?!?!”

    • http://twitter.com/mattdemers Matt Demers

      Journalism degree, woo!

  • http://twitter.com/SJFee SJFee

    +1 for use of “portmanteau”

    • http://twitter.com/mattdemers Matt Demers

      One of my favorites ;)

  • Anonymous

    saved your self a lot of questions by adding that note at the bottom.
    +1

    • http://twitter.com/mattdemers Matt Demers

      Took me a year of writing here, but I’m learning ;)

  • http://twitter.com/pcriz Perry Meg

    I’m curious how this stacks up to Zedge?

  • http://twitter.com/pcriz Perry Meg

    I’m curious how this stacks up to Zedge?

    • DBK

      I use Zedge, too. So this I would like to know.

    • Shiiiiiityeahhhh

      Flikie is better than both for wallpapers.

  • http://twitter.com/ThePeacedOut Phil Stout

    Just set Light rain as background with white text in my countdown widgets and white text in my typo clock… my OG Droid looks sooo fresh

  • http://twitter.com/ThePeacedOut Phil Stout

    RedWall_App > RedBox_App

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    1

  • http://www.gogats.com/ b

    actually would really like to know your full setup, i like the launcher and widgets as well

    • http://twitter.com/mattdemers Matt Demers

      Go Launcher EX with the “original” theme. My clock app is somewhere in the thread.

      • MrWolf

        Are you actually able to use Go Launcher for more than 5 minutes without going insane that 1/5 of the app drawer is wasted by the tabs on the top for “Apps/History/Running”?

        • http://twitter.com/mattdemers Matt Demers

          I use the 5 column/4 row app drawer, so I don’t lose that many icons.
          And really, I don’t care too much about that.

      • MrWolf

        Are you actually able to use Go Launcher for more than 5 minutes without going insane that 1/5 of the app drawer is wasted by the tabs on the top for “Apps/History/Running”?

    • http://twitter.com/mattdemers Matt Demers

      Go Launcher EX with the “original” theme. My clock app is somewhere in the thread.

  • dblj

    what is the clock widget?
    you knew that question would be coming…

  • Justin

    Boot animation too!