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#1 +warwagon

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 22:38

Turn the wallpaper off
That is all!
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So I've been using this Samsung fascinate (black handset) for a month now (my first smart phone) and one day I turned the wallpaper off. I was surprised how much better looking it looked because you couldn't tell were the screen ended and the side of the phone was. Try it!


#2 Pupik

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 22:40

How do you turn the wallpaper off?

#3 McKay

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 22:41

Use a Black Wallpaper.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 22:42

How do you turn the wallpaper off?


Press and hold on the screen and choose no wallpaper.

#5 McKay

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 22:43

Press and hold on the screen and choose no wallpaper.


My Nexus doesnt have that option.

#6 Pupik

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 22:43

Use a Black Wallpaper.

Not what I was looking for :)

Press and hold on the screen and choose no wallpaper.

What rom/launcher you're using? No such option on 4.0.4.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 22:46

Now what I was looking for :)

What rom/launcher you're using? No such option on 4.0.4.


4.1 Cyanmod

But ya like someone says just choose black.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 22:49

You can tell its your first smartphone; Any person who has delt with any smartphone can clearly see where it ends.

And no, but it does not look "sexy"

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 22:51

So I've been using this Samsung fascinate (black handset) for a month now (my first smart phone) and one day I turned the wallpaper off. I was surprised how much better looking it looked because you couldn't tell were the screen ended and the side of the phone was. Try it!

Keep in mind your phone needs to have an AMOLED screen for it to look like that ;) Nokia and Samsung both use those screens, HTC uses LCD.

You can tell its your first smartphone; Any person who has delt with any smartphone can clearly see where it ends.

If you have a good AMOLED screen (super amoled or clear black) it's pretty hard to see where the screen ends and the bezel begins if you're looking at it head on.

#10 Pupik

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 22:58

4.1 Cyanmod

But ya like someone says just choose black.

Didn't want that option for the "sexy" look. Wanted it to free up even more memory, by disabling the wallpaper function at all.
All black is going to be boring after a while. I usually just use dark wallpapers to save battery, but still have something nice to look at when checking the phone.

#11 HawkMan

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 23:13

Looks nice with a nice plain well done wallpaper that doesn't try to be all graphical. Like a nice grey clean wood panel wall.

Didn't want that option for the "sexy" look. Wanted it to free up even more memory, by disabling the wallpaper function at all.
All black is going to be boring after a while. I usually just use dark wallpapers to save battery, but still have something nice to look at when checking the phone.


Only saves power on amoled, and even then it's insignificant.

Keep in mind your phone needs to have an AMOLED screen for it to look like that ;) Nokia and Samsung both use those screens, HTC uses LCD.


If you have a good AMOLED screen (super amoled or clear black) it's pretty hard to see where the screen ends and the bezel begins if you're looking at it head on.


HTC has used amoled on some and Nokia no longer use it on their top of the line phone since SLCD is better.

#12 Pupik

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 23:14

Only saves power on amoled, and even then it's insignificant.

Doesn't matter what kind of screen you got. The brighter it's on, the more battery it uses.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 23:18

Doesn't matter what kind of screen you got. The brighter it's on, the more battery it uses.


Agreed, if I dim my tablets brightness to half, I get a shed load more battery life from it, droid also reports screen being No.1 and WiFi being No.2 for battery killers

Darker wallpapers apparently help too

#14 Geoffrey B.

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 23:22

i generally always either use a solid black background or a textured black background on my phones, i also think it makes widgets easier to see with a lower backlight.

#15 HawkMan

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Posted 17 February 2013 - 23:25

Doesn't matter what kind of screen you got. The brighter it's on, the more battery it uses.


Brightness has zero to do with background color or wallpaper though.

Agreed, if I dim my tablets brightness to half, I get a shed load more battery life from it, droid also reports screen being No.1 and WiFi being No.2 for battery killers

Darker wallpapers apparently help too


How do you get wifi as number 2, have wifi on all the time, and it's less than cell standby. Right in between that and phone not in use which is about the same as google service.