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500px Wallpapers offers stunning photographs from 500px.com to decorate your home screen

May 3, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka

Android App Reviews, Lifestyle, Reviews

500px-wallpapers

Evaluated version: 1.3

Pros: Great resource for beautiful wallpapers, option to auto shuffle between images

Cons: Doesn't open links in browser, no search function

500px.com is chock full of beautiful, emotive, and stylish photographs. It’s a place where professional and amateur shutterbugs go to share their work, and someone could easily lose part of their day browsing through the website.

While the official 500px app is fantastic for browsing the website and admiring that work, it doesn’t offer an opportunity to download images and continue appreciating them everyday. The Android 2.2+ app 500px Wallpapers uses that as an opportunity to deliver some of that great work directly to an Android device.

500px Wallpapers is a simple viewer for photographs shared on 500px.com. There are no options for search or editor’s choice like the official app – just a continuously scrolling view of the popular section presented as thumbnails. What the app lacks in filtering it makes up for in the ability to set an image that catches someone’s eye as a wallpaper. A user can select a single image or turn on AutoShuffle, which randomly selects a popular image every hour, 2 hours, 6 hours, 12 hours, day, or week.

One problem I have with 500px Wallpapers is that it’s not very good at going to the source. There were times were I was interested in learning more about the photo and wanted to go to 500px.com, but Wallpapers doesn’t provide an easy link. Though it does have a “Share” function, that’s designed for sharing through Facebook, Twitter, etc. apps, not the browser. It would be nice be able to appreciate the work online as easy as it is to set it as wallpaper.