Review TapDeck - Wallpaper Discovery
An awesome concept that doesn't pan out in execution
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 23 Mar 2015, tested on HTC One M8
Really unique and interesting concept, makes finding new wallpapers simple and exciting
Auto crops photos regardless of your homescreens and your screen's resolution, wallpapers always appear to be low resolution, there is no way to change your preferences after you start
TapDeck for Android is an interactive and dynamic wallpaper experience. It’s one that wants to encourage you to shake things up a bit and discover new wallpapers on a regular basis. How exactly does it do this? By instilling gestures that allow you to randomly swap wallpapers on the fly and it learns as you do it.
The idea for this app is incredibly strong and the moment I read about it I was extremely interested in seeing how it panned out in real world usage. And at the moment it’s a bit lackluster, to be quite honest.
First off, the setup has you pick out three different wallpapers from a very limited selection and this is how it determines your taste in the beginning. Unfortunately for me, I didn’t find any of the wallpapers very nice to look at. You can kind of fix this as you search through new wallpapers, but you’re still limited to one similar to what you chose in the beginning. I really wish there was a way to search and discover by category.
Wallpapers are automatically cropped when you randomize them and this makes the picture look really low resolution and simply awful when you have less homescreens than the developers want to assume you have. This means that for me, personally, I’d never use the app simply because I’m only going to get a low resolution crop of the original image I wanted in the first place.
TapDeck is still in beta, but they’ve still got a really long time to go before it’s a good wallpaper app. The alarming thing is that my biggest complaints are pretty basic features that should have been addressed in the alpha, long before being released as a public beta.