Having something new and beautiful can often feel refreshing. Finding worthwhile wallpapers is a different story though as it could well be a time-consuming and somewhat tedious task. This is especially true if you’re doing it with limited screen real estate, unless you’re browsing mobile wallpaper-rotating apps. Last year, we gathered a huge collection of wallpaper apps and sites that provide high-quality backgrounds for all types of phones, iPhones, Android devices, and Blackberries. That list is over a year old so today, we’ll focus on sites that might prove handy to iPhone and iPod Touch owners.
Here are a few things to keep in mind. Right now, the iPhone and iPod Touch resolutions are 320px by 480px, while for the iPhone 4, resolution is at 640px by 960. For the iPad, you’ll want 1024px by 1024px. Without further ado, let’s look at some great sites for iPhone wallpaper eye candy!
Poolga is a distinctive site that features artworks by professional graphic artists. That means you’ll find original and high-quality illustrations and be able to download and save these works on your iPhone or iPod and your PC as well. The site currently has no sorting or search feature, so you’ll have to manage with the blog format. Poolga additionally offers wallpapers for iPad as well.
This site has a fairly large collection of iPhone wallpaper-friendly images with more than 40 categories. Though the site offers over 10,000 wallpapers, it doesn’t offer a mobile-friendly view so you’ll have to zoom and pan or simply transfer the images via USB cable. Many of the wallpapers are quite stunning, as you can see in the following screenshot, which shows wallpapers from the Architecture category.
Sciphone not only has a mobile-optimized website, but it also counts with its own 4-star iPhone app [iTunes link]. On the actual website for desktop, there’s plenty of sexy wallpapers for the male audience, but the mobile site gives less skin and more beautiful shots.
This place needs no introduction as it’s probably one of the best repositories of stunning landscape photography and wallpapers. It doesn’t offer a mobile website for you to browse on your iPhone, but you can certainly transfer the images via cable or some other creative way, like using Dropbox, SugarSync, etc.
To browse a truly enormous collection of wallpapers for iPhone and other devices, DeviantArt is a great choice that’s filled with constantly updated goodies. Since the art community is always creative, there’s a wallpaper for all users of all tastes. A quick search on the site for “iphone wallpaper” will yield plenty of results.
With over 6,000+ members and 20,000 items combined, this group offers quality wallpapers and has been active since 2008. Only pool members can add to the collection so if you want to contribute your images, be sure to join the group first.
This site may offer lots of ads and some video ads, but it contains some unique wallpapers for iPhone that you probably can’t find elsewhere. Wallpapers are categorized in 20+ topics, although you can also sort them by popularity and time. They’re also sortable by brand in the Collections section.
I should warn you that there are auto-playing video ads on this site so if you hear people talking aloud, simply head near the lower right corner of the site to pause the video if you find it annoying.
Much like Sciphone, this site offers a mobile-friendly website, but unlike Sciphone, you’re better off not exploring the site from a desktop browser as it’s not meant to be explored from Windows Explorer. There aren’t lots of categories on this site, but it’s an alternative for those users who don’t want to download wallpaper apps but still want to refresh their lockscreen wallpapers.
If you’re interested in coming up with your own original iPhone wallpapers, here’s how to create your own iPhone wallpapers and themes (which requires a jailbroken device).
Do you have any wallpaper site recommendations that aren’t iPhone apps? Let us know in the comments!
Image credit: Prax_08
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