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It's not often that we see a live wallpaper that's interesting enough to feature all on its own, but Tiny Phone People fits the bill. This elaborate wallpaper makes your phone a window into the tiny life of one diminutive denizen, as he or she makes their way around the house. The wallpaper gives you a cutaway view of their living place, not unlike a modified version of The Sims... or a certain Hitchcock classic. You might not even want to clutter up your viewing area with useless junk like apps and widgets.

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Tiny Phone People cycles through a real-time day and night rhythm, with the character in question puttering around with appropriate actions like sleeping and watching TV. You can choose your house among a handful of locations, all of which seem to be inexplicably floating in the sky. The graphics are a combination of polygons and pixels, with quite a lot happening inside and outside the house, so it might not be a good choice if you want to save battery life. For everyone else, it's a $1.29 purchase in the play store, and it's compatible with just about any Android device out there.

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Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    wish i could try it before i buy, oh well.

    • Rek Aviles

      You have 15 minutes in where you can try and return for full refund. Never done this myself but it's an option, if you just want to try it out.

    • Ryan Emerson

      You can for 15 minutes.

      • LiamBryant

        I really wish this was longer...some apps you really can't evaluate in only 15 minutes

        • Goldenpins

          it's a live wallpaper takes seconds to download activated it and scroll for a bit to make sure there's no lag. I can understand a game but not a live wallpaper

  • cheapass

    dev needs to offer a free version or GTFO!

    • le_lutin

      Pay for the app or GTFO!

      • http://www.facebook.com/normanpefarmer Norman Paul-Eric Farmer

        Some people like to give it a try first. And no, 15 minutes isn't enough. I don't think he's asking for the full version for free. Just a free version to test drive. I don't know why developers think people just wanna hand over their money for an app they haven't had any experience using.

        • le_lutin

          That's the dev's perogative.
          If you think he should offer a free version contact him and let him know. Telling him to GTFO certainly isn't going to change anything.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

            I think it would be cool if there was a free version, but with no customisation options like the free versions of the legendary DualBoot live wallpapers.

          • spydie

            I'll bet it does! LOL

          • http://twitter.com/s99nj S. Ali

            Its not our job to demand things from developers if they are too stupid to offer a free version in the first place. Dev just lost MANY potential customers. Paying for a wallpaper is like buying in-game items in farmville. So yeah GFTO.

          • le_lutin

            Saying GTFO makes you sound about 12 years old.

        • Justin Swanson

          Because that's what people have done with software/games for decades before mobile gaming/apps. I'm not saying mobile gaming/apps haven't changed things, but I don't think it's too wild to try something out for 10 minutes to see if you like it and return if you don't.

          • smeddy

            I lay on the side of 15 minutes being too short. Even 30 minutes would be better.

            At 15 I feel I need to rush and pay attention to it right there and then, and make every minute count before making a considered opinion. and that, for me, takes away the carefree ease of buying a cheap app, and the feeling is worse on a more expensive app.

          • Justin Swanson

            I would probably agree that 30 min would be better for the user, but most of the time I can get a good feeling for an app after 10 :) (the main exception being games of course ;))

          • Ionut Costica

            Actually, demo/trial versions existed for most software/games way before the mobile era. I seem to remember buying magazines for the CDs they'd have full of demos so I could figure out what's what and if I should bother buying it...

  • spydie

    It really needs some interaction like Little Computer People had. Ignore him and he'll tap on the screen (clink, clink, clink) to get your attention. Pet him to make him happy. Get him a dog, etc.

    • T

      I wondered if anyone else would remember Little Computer People. Classic :)

    • Cheeseball

      Haha, memories. :)

  • bat0nas

    I wish my Galaxy Nexus didn't die at noon using Live Wallpapers :)

  • http://www.geekchoice.com/washington-dc Dagmar Schneitz

    So wait, this isn't a game, but wallpaper for your phone?! And can I make up my own house and everything? I can't wait to see this.

    • T

      No you can't make up your own house. The only options are gender, house front on/off and dim the screen. The review states you can choose your house but from what I see there's only 1. All you do is watch a little guy/girl wander around doing various things. There is no interaction. My kids love watching it though :)

  • basteagow

    Do the characters ever get naked?

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    I am completely baffled, on a Live Wallpaper, why the developer doesn't post a video!?!?

  • angry abo

    when i set it as my wallpaper it says loading then it remains a black screen and doesnt load whats going on