As you can see from our review of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1, I’ve had some time to play around with the Honeycomb tablet interface, which is markedly different from Froyo or Gingerbread for phones. One of the easiest ways to customize your mobile device is by changing its wallpaper; if you’ve tried to do so on Honeycomb, you may have noticed that it is difficult to crop the image properly.
Why does a portrait phone have more landscape real estate than a tablet…
Honeycomb’s default wallpaper cropping scheme simultaneously displays both portrait landscape previews, which is pretty cool until you realize that the size of the crop is limited by the portrait’s vertical height, which limits the landscape view by 30-40%. Result? Landscape wallpaper is too magnified, and portrait wallpaper displays only the middle column of a widescreen image.
Comparison of wallpaper resolutions vs. Honeycomb’s wallpaper cropper
I praise Google for being the egalitarian corporation they are, but this is one occasion they can go forego the equal opportunity treatment in favor of a more practical approach. Unfortunately I have yet to find a setting that allows us to circumvent the portrait wallpaper restrictions, but there are a couple ways around it.
The two most primitive options are 1) Manually edit the photo and add a significant black border around the edges so you can crop past the edges of the image, or 2) directly long-pressing the image from an online sources and choosing ‘Set as wallpaper’ fits the image edge-to-edge in landscape mode. Both of these options are fail, which is why I have found a nifty little app that will make it so much easier to fit your wallpapers.
1. Download Wallpaper Wizardrii from Android Market
Find Wallpaper Wizardrii on Android Market or decode this QR code:
2. Run the app
Pretty much a straight shot from here, just navigate to the wallpaper you would like to use and press ‘Set.’ If you want the wallpaper to behave like a stock wallpaper, select ‘Scrollable.’
After crop spec’ing your talent tree using Wallpaper Wizardrii