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Last Updated: November 23rd, 2011

Following up on the success of our 404 design and banner design contests, we've decided to run another creative giveaway, graciously sponsored by NVIDIA and Philips. Personally, I think the creative contests are always the best - we get beautiful graphic assets and designs, and our talented readers get a platform on which to showcase their skills and creative abilities. Besides all that, looking through the entries is always a good time.

The Contest

This time around, we're looking for static wallpapers. Specifically, we're looking for well-designed, versatile wallpapers that are clearly related to Android Police - think of it as designing the official AP wallpaper.

Your entries should be creative, visually appealing, eye-catching, and formatted to various screen resolutions (which are listed below). We want to see the most creative designs our readers can come up with, so the design parameters are wide open.

General Guidelines

Here are a few tips on how to ensure your entry is viable:

  • Upload your entries to imgur.com and post a link (or links) here in the comments. Be sure to include your real email address in the comment form so we can contact you. Please also be sure to save your original file for us (preferably in PSD format).
  • You can submit as many entries as you like (within reason).
  • Try to avoid using existing AP art work, as it is always subject to change. Give us a timeless design.
  • You may or may not include copy (including our official slogan - Looking after all things Android), that's up to you.
  • You may enter with only one wallpaper resolution below. Keep in mind, however, that we'd love it if you submitted more sizes. Try to avoid uploading ALL the sizes at once however, until you've gotten some positive comment feedback.
  • On that note, the winner of the contest must submit their design in ALL the specified formats, together with their PSD counterparts, before the prize is shipped.
  • You may only include graphics (including photos, clip art, etc.) that you have created entirely by yourself, or those which fall under a Creative Commons License. Any entry containing copyrighted work(s) or apparent derivatives thereof will be disqualified. We have to stress this point, as we absolutely can't use works with copyrighted material.
  • Stay away from designs that are focused around a single photographic image. We want unique designs, not high-res photos.
  • If you would like to use the same font we use in the AP logo, you can find it here: XSCALE.

Suggested Resolutions

As mentioned above, the winner of the contest will be required to provide assets in all of the formats listed below (and corresponding PSD files), but only one of these is necessary for entry. This may be a rather long list, but including these formats will ensure that many people can grace their devices with your gorgeous design when the contest is over.

Each phone/tablet resolution listed below should accommodate swiping between screens. If you can't decide which resolution to start with, use 960x800 - that's the scrollable version of 480x800.

Phones

Tablets

Desktops

  • 1440x1280
  • 960x800
  • 1920x1408
  • 1280x1024
  • 1680x1050
  • 1920x1080

The Prizes

This time, we have two prizes up for grabs.

Sony Tablet S

First is a brand new Sony Tablet S. The S is a formidable, unique entry into the bevvy of Honeycomb and NVIDIA powered tablets out there, bringing a visually intriguing, lightweight form factor, all the Tegra 2 power you've come to love, and even IR remote capabilities to the table (or tablet - take your pick). Here's a more complete look at what the Tablet S has in store under its slender frame:

  • Android 3.1 Honeycomb
  • NVIDIA Tegra 2 Dual-Core Processor at 1GHz
  • 9.4" display with TruBlack technology (1280x800 resolution)
  • 16GB internal storage
  • Bluetooth Capability
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity
  • 1GB RAM
  • 5MP Rear Camera and .3MP Front Shooter

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Philips Fidelio AS851

Our second place winner will receive the Philips Fidelio AS851 stereo dock, which we recently reviewed. The Fidelio is, by all accounts, a powerful audio docking option for your Android handset and provides great sound quality and responsiveness. The dock will accommodate a wide array of Android devices, thanks to its swivel/sliding action. Note: You will receive our review unit, so it won't be brand new.

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Now that everyone is excited, we'll get to the official rules.

The Terms

This contest is now over. We have selected the winners and 25 runners-up - check them out in all their glory here.

This contest begins immediately and will run through next Sunday, November 13th 11:59 p.m., at which point deliberations will begin as to the best design. When winners are chosen, we will notify them via email.

Entry to the contest is open to anyone, but note that we will only ship the prizes to the countries listed in the terms below.

You can submit as many entries as you want, but keep this amount reasonable and refine your submissions before publicizing them.

This contest is for static wallpapers, not live ones. However, if you do submit a mind blowing live wallpaper, we won't disqualify it.

Please Note: All entries become property of Android Police upon submission.

ANDROID POLICE SONY TABLET S CREATIVE CONTEST OFFICIAL RULES

1. Eligibility

ANDROIDPOLICE.COM, A CALIFORNIA SOLE PROPRIETORSHIP (referred to herein as “Contest Provider”) IS THE PROVIDER OF THIS CONTEST. THIS CONTEST IS OPEN ONLY TO RESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES, CANADA, MEXICO, CHILE, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, SINGAPORE, INDIA, FRANCE, BELGIUM, THE UNITED KINGDOM, LUXEMBOURG, GERMANY, AUSTRIA, SWITZERLAND, SWEDEN, FINLAND, DENMARK, NORWAY, SPAIN, IRELAND, RUSSIA, THE NETHERLANDS, SOUTH KOREA, SOUTH AFRICA, TAIWAN, ITALY, PORTUGAL, SLOVENIA, MALAYSIA, VIETNAM, THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA, THE CZECH REPUBLIC, CROATIA, THE UKRAINE, POLAND, BULGARIA, AND HUNGARY WHICH ARE: (i) OVER THE AGE OF MAJORITY IN THEIR COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE ON THE DATE REFERENCED BELOW AS THE START DATE FOR THE CONTEST; AND (ii) WHO ARE NOT RESIDENTS OF THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND IN THE UNITED STATES; THE PROVINCE OF QUEBEC, CANADA; OR RESIDENTS OF THE AUSTRALIAN STATES OF VICTORIA, QUEENSLAND OR THE AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY ("ENTRANTS"). If you are under the legal age of majority in your country of residence, but are (i) over the age of 13 years of age and a resident of the United States of America, or a member country of the European Union other than Spain, or the United Kingdom; (ii) who is least 14 years of age and a resident of Spain, the United Kingdom, or Russia; or (iii) who is at least 15 years of age and is a resident of the Republic of Korea; one of your parents or legal guardians must submit a signed, written statement that they have read, understood and agree to these Contest rules with your entry, and that such agreement constitutes acceptance of these Contest rules on behalf of you and themselves. Residents of the State of Rhode Island in the United States, the Province of Quebec in Canada, or Queensland, Victoria, or the Australian Capital Territory in Australia are ineligible for participation in this Contest. All applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. There is no cost to enter or win. Offer void where prohibited.

2. Disclaimer

Contest Provider will not be responsible for: (a) any late, lost, or misrouted transmissions or entries; (b) any Contest disruptions, injuries, losses or damages caused by events beyond the control of Contest Provider; or (c) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Contest.

3. Contest Period

The Contest begins November 6th, 2011 at 12:00PM Eastern Time and will continue until November 13th, 2011 at 11:59PM Pacific Time (the "Deadline"). All entries must be received before the Deadline to be eligible to win the Prize.

4. Prizes

Two (2) eligible entrants will be chosen by the Contest Provider as the "Winners," one (1) first place, and one (1) second place. The first place winner will receive the designated first "prize," one (1) Sony Tablet S computing device, estimated retail value $499.99, while the second place winner will receive the designated second "prize," one (1) Philips Fidelio AS851 stereo dock, estimated retail value $99.99. No substitutions or exchanges, cash or otherwise, will be allowed. Prize is not transferable.
The Prize will be provided “as is,” Contest Provider and Prize Provider provide no warranties of any kind, express or implied, including any implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
ALL FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL TAXES ASSOCIATED WITH THE RECEIPT OR USE OF THE PRIZE ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER.
Shipment of Prize will be the sole responsibility of Prize Provider. Shipment method and carrier will be selected by Prize Provider. Contest Provider and Prize Provider assume no responsibility for loss of or damage to the prize prior to or during shipment. If the Prize, after shipment, is returned to the Prize Provider as undeliverable or for any other reason, Contest Provider and Prize Provider reserve the right to disqualify the Winner and to designate another Entrant as the Winner.

5. Collection of Information:

The Contest entry requires you to submit a first and last name, email address, and shipping address to meet the Contest’s Eligibility requirements.
If you are a citizen of France and/or any of the other countries whose citizens are eligible for this Contest, and pursuant to French law pertaining to data collection and processing, you are informed that the data collector is AndroidPolice.com, and the data collected will be transferred to the United States of America. Upon request, you will be provided with access to your personal data. To exercise this right, please contact [email protected]
The Winner consents to allowing Contest Provider to disclose the following information to Prize Provider for the purpose of awarding the Prize: (1) first and last name, (2) email address, and (3) shipping address. Shipping address must be located in one of the countries or regions listed in the Eligibility section. Failure to provide an address in one of the countries or regions listed in the Eligibility section will result in disqualification from the Contest.

6. General Release of Liability

By entering the Contest, you release the Contest Provider and Prize Provider from any liability whatsoever, and waive any and all causes of action, related to any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with the Contest or delivery, misdelivery, acceptance, possession, use of or inability to use the Prize.

7. Affidavit and Release:

As a condition of being awarded the Prize, the Winner will be required to execute and deliver to Contest Provider a signed Affidavit of Eligibility, which includes an acceptance of these Official Rules and a release of liability. The Affidavit of Eligibility may be submitted by email.

8. Contest and Prize Providers:

Contest provided by Android Police. Prizing provided by NVIDIA. Any questions regarding the Contest should be directed via e-mail to Artem Russakovskii at [email protected].

9. Choice of Law:

The Contest and these Official Rules will be governed, construed and interpreted under the laws of the United States.

10. Miscellaneous:

Entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and by the decisions of the Contest Provider, which are final and binding in all respects. Contest Provider reserves the right to change these Official Rules at any time, at its discretion, and to suspend or cancel the Contest or any entrant's participation in the Contest should any causes beyond Contest Provider’s control affect the administration, security or proper play of the Contest or Contest Provider otherwise becomes (as determined by its discretion) unable to run the Contest as planned.

With all of that out of the way, fire up your Creative Suite and get designing!

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

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