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March 10, 2012 • Reviews

Pimp Your Screen – Your Device Never Looked Cooler for iPhone/Touch and iPad

We all know that iOS is not the king of customization, but sometimes a little change is a breath of fresh air. I have been through the jailbreak stage with plenty of themes and fancy alternate icons, each time causing my phone to become deathly slow. About the only way iOS users can set their devices apart is through custom lock screens and backgrounds. It is fun to have some pictures of my kids or a cool Apple background, but it still is not exactly custom. As I scoured the app store this week I came across a little gem that lets you change the devices to appear to be customized. Pimp Your Screen-Your Device Never Looked Cooler is a collection of options to give that boring home screen or lock screen a new appearance.

Features:

* Retina Display High Resolution 640×960 for iPhone 4/4S
* High Definition Resolution 768×1024 and 1024×1024 for iPad
* Normal sized 320×480 images for iPhone and iPod touch
* Universal application, install once, use it across all iOS devices
* Neon Combos/Icon Skins/App Shelves
* Landscape and Portrait images available for iPad
* A million different combinations, variety is the spice of life
* Categorized view
* Recent and Popular tabs
* Share your screens on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or email
* Lock Screen Maker
* Home Screen Maker

Bring some color and glow into your everyday life and change the look of your device every single day. It’s time to Pimp Your Screen!

I am aware that this is simply a collection of background pictures that give the illusion of putting icons on shelve or being wrapped in colors. Similar photos can be found in various places and applications. What I like most about Pimp Your Screen is the fact that there are hundreds of options in one location. The application is easy to navigate and the different pictures are separated by App Shelves, Icon Skins, Home Screen Maker and Lock Screen Maker. Each section is easy to navigate and allows the user to save the picture to be assigned from the photo album.

One unique feature to this app is the ability to create custom home screen and lock screen images. Using a large number of possible photos, it is easy to overlay frames, shelves and even calendars to make the images how you like. Images from the photo album are also useable for the customizations, so the options are literally endless. To help narrow choices, the app offers tabs for recent and popular options. It truly is a great way to customize the look of your iOS devices, especially since it is a universal app. All of this can be found here in the app store for a mere $.99.

What I like: Hundreds of customization options to change the appearance of all of my iOS devices.

What could be improved: It would be nice to see some further grouping such as Holiday or sports, etc…

We are all feeling the financial pinch! Blue Plate Special is a weekly review of bargain apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Nothing over $.99.

Current App Bargains

Peggle HD

On sale from $2.99 to $.99.

Game Features

FOUR WAYS TO PLAY
Clear all the levels and train with the Peggle Masters in Adventure mode. Revisit your favorite levels in Quick Play. Face off with friends or your iPhone or iPod touch in Duel. Unlock Challenge mode and prove that you have become a Peggle Master.

ACTION ON MANY LEVELS
Raise the Fevermeter in spectacular, colorful levels including snow banks, tulip fields and outer space.

MASTER MAGIC POWERS
Hone your skills with the help of 10 Peggle Masters and learn their magical skills.

EXTREME PRECISION WHEEL
Fine-tune your aim to bust more pegs with every shot.

COOL NEW STYLE SHOTS
Rack up more bonus points with tricky shots like Off the Wall, Double Long Shot and Eye of the Pyramid.

TROPHY ROOM
Build a shrine to your own awesomeness in the new Peggle Trophy Room.

SAVE AND REPLAY YOUR BEST SHOTS
Relive your Peggle glory and show your friends your most spectacular shots!

Plants vs. Zombies

On sale from $2.99 to $.99.

Game Features

50 FUN-DEAD LEVELS
Conquer all 50 levels of Adventure mode — through day, night, fog, in a swimming pool, on the rooftop and more! Replay levels in the all-new Quick Play arena.

NOT YOUR GARDEN-VARIETY GHOULS
Battle zombie pole-vaulters, snorkelers, bucket-heads and more. Each has its own special skills, so you’ll need to think fast and plant faster to combat them all.

SMARTER THAN YOUR AVERAGE ZOMBIE
Be careful how you use your limited supply of greens and seeds. Zombies love brains so much they’ll jump, run, dance, swim and even eat plants to get into your house.

FIGHT LONGER, GET STRONGER
Earn 49 powerful perennials and collect coins to buy power-ups and more.

GROW WITH YOUR GAME
Earn 25 iPhone-exclusive achievements and show off your zombie-zapping prowess.

MORE COOL FEATURES
-Looks dead good on your iPhone4 — now updated with full support for Retina Display. The fun-dead have never looked so sharp!
-Compatible with iOS 4 multi-tasking.
-Loads of performance enhancements and bug fixes.

GroupShot

On sale from $.99 to Free through the weekend.

GroupShot solves a common problem found in group photos, namely one person who isn’t facing the camera or whose expression doesn’t fit the rest of the group.
Usually people take several shots of group photos, with the hope that one will be perfect.
With GroupShot, users can pick and choose parts of each photo, then combine all the parts to create the perfect shot that looks exactly the same.

The usage is incredibly simple. All you need to do is to load your images, mark the parts you wish to replace, and choose the best option from the rest of the set.

GroupShot is very easy to use and requires no technical knowledge.

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