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Pimp Your Screen is an iOS port that has received a complete makeover for its Android debut. While the original gives our Apple peers customizable app shelves and themed locked screens, our version comes decked out with a trunkful of decent wallpapers and nifty widgets. There's little here that we Android enthusiasts couldn't find elsewhere, but this is a nice tool to hand to a new or casual user who wants to pimp their ride without having to give it too much effort.

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It doesn't take long to discover all there is to Pimp Your Screen. There are two tabs available when the app opens, one for wallpapers and another for widgets. Wallpapers are divided into six categories, and each has maybe a dozen or so to choose from. The selection is adequate, but more come in eventually, providing reason to come back after enough time has passed. As of right now, I like the feel of a few of the offerings, but most do nothing to turn me on.

Wallpapers can be applied from within the app, and since your resolution is automatically detected, it all works as expected. The preview button, on the other hand, does not. Pressing it gave me a faux outdated TouchWiz interface that wouldn't be convincing even if I weren't testing the app using an HTC One.

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Pimp Your Screen can't set widgets from within the app, but it can tweak them. Some widgets come with a basic set of customizations that change how battery life, time, the weather, toggles, etc. are displayed. A preview is provided, but that's the extent of the service offered here. Much of the selection is gaudy and over-the-top, as it should be.

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Pimp Your Screen is very transparent with its offerings, as what you see is what you get. All of the bling above can be purchased for just 99 cents in the Play Store. Most of it is probably available for free elsewhere, but do you really want to spend all that time searching? That's what pimps are for.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Phill_S

    Charging money for that is a huge insult if you ask me.

    • Michael McGrade

      Exactly. Too many free and better alternatives out there.

      • ithehappy

        Could you tell me what 'better' alternatives are there? Please don't say Zedge, is there anything which will download correct resolution wallpaper for a phone? Like 1280x720 for my Note 2, but 1440x1280?
        I am still in search for one................

        • Phill_S

          You dont need an app to download wallpaper.

          Just google image search on a computer, find stuff you like at a high resolution, put it on the phone and make it your wallpaper using the gallery.

          • ithehappy

            Google images? Wow, I didn't know that :/

        • QwietStorm

          Wallbase

        • Jace

          Why do you need an app for that? Take the extra 30 seconds to download it from the web directly from any number of wallpaper sites.

    • http://www.joostslager.nl/ Joost Slager

      You can read minds, I was thinking the sam thing

  • Michael McGrade

    Zedge covers my needs.

    • ithehappy

      Right, it sets a weird size wall on my 720P Note 2.
      What's that kiddish thing is called again? Oh, scrolling wallpapers....meh.

  • Jacob Thomas

    lol "That's what pimps are for."
    ...how do you know Mr King?

  • MagicMiguel

    No offense, but if you are just now releasing a brand new app for Android, why the f--k wouldn't you conform to the new UI guidelines? And by "new" I mean the ones in place since ICS came out in October of 2011! At this point, any app using the legacy menu button (which is even more annoying than normal on the HTC One) is automatically uninstalled.

    • Bertel King, Jr.

      I largely adhere to the same policy of uninstalling anything with a legacy menu button. The worst part about it in this app is that there isn't even a menu. It's just there for decoration!

      • MagicMiguel

        WTF? So lame.

  • Thatguyfromvienna

    So they pay me only a dollar if I uglify my Android?

  • Martin Dubai

    Apple's "Pimp your screen" = change wallpaper.

  • Armus

    Tried it and it took 2 minutes to load, 1 minute to decide it was crap

  • wayne c

    Don't want to burst anyone's bubble here, but I had this app from Samsung apps on my original gtab

  • Victor QuyUy

    Eh, what a price..
    But it really provided some good wallpapers :). And I really wanna know where it stores the downloaded images! Any ideas everyone ^^