Monday, March 23, 2009

iPhone Wallpapers on iPhone Fridays

Remember the Motorola RAZR, that sleek, slim, had-to-have, geek-chic cellphone that was everywhere, and still is for some. I had one, my best friend had one, his boyfriend had one, the little old lady down the street had one... It wasn't just a cellphone it was a status symbol proclaiming, "Hey, check it out, I'm riding the wave of trendiness," "I'm on the edge," and, "don't you wish your cellphone was hot like mine."

All was good in the world and I was content in my cellphone self-worth. Then all those happy illusions of cellular mass-market consumer bliss came to an abrupt halt. The culprit in my cell-fashion identity crisis... the Apple iPhone.

The iPhone over night became the must-have accessory for anyone looking for some bling to breath a little life into their cellphone drudgery. Any self-respecting technophile or geek-chic Apple fan boy was in line a minimum of 18 hours before they went on sale. We were there, and we got ours and we were happy. Again, once more, we were ahead of the curve, individuals escaping from the herd of mainstream cellular-cows. We were in love and loving it.

And as soon as we had it in our hands we were seeing what it could do, what doors will now be open that were until then not realized and how can I best show it off, in a discreet way, to all those around me, my new look-at-me-and-be-in-awe iPhone. We changed the ring tone, took a picture and set it as the wallpaper for the iPhone. It was again, unique.

Then, less than 30 minutes later while sitting on the porch with my fellow fan boys, a call came. I think I got goose-bumps. Yes! It's my iPhone. It's my ring tonnn...wait a second... That's your iPhone ringing!

I was not unique, I was not noteworthy, I was just another fan boy .My friend and I had picked the same old-fashioned phone ring tone for our phones. We looked at each other. Damn! I was betrayed by the limited options of that stock device.

Ever since then I've tried to personalize my iPhone. I wrote music to use as ring tones. I created individual ring tones using Apple's latest "voice" for OS X, Alex, who would announce the calling party's name. And I also made several (hundred) wallpapers for my iPhone. I couldn't help it. It was like crack. iCrack.

It's been almost two years and I'm over those individualistic tendencies that were consuming me, and the space on my laptop. I've learned to share and share I will.

Starting Friday and every Friday afterwards I will release a few wallpapers for you to download and use on your iPhone or iPod Touch. Sometimes I will impart tidbits of information I've learned or tutorials on creating custom ring tones using Apple's iTunes, Garage Band and Automator. I will call it iPhone Fridays and it will be good.

My first entry will be a tutorial on how to save the wallpapers for use on your iPhone. I hope you like them as much as I enjoyed making them. Leave a comment and feel free to make any suggestions on what you'd like to see as a wallpaper or if you have any questions.

Take care!

Oh, and in case you were wondering, I still have that old RAZR, just now it lives its life as a paper weight, sitting next to a Sony Erickson something-a-rather and some other cellular antique - gathering dust and looking enviously at me and my iPhone's love affair.


Jerry said...

Yay! Looking forward to your wallpapers so I can make my iPhone just like yours. :)

Unknown said...

Love the comment about a herd of mainstream (bellowing) cellular-cows (moooo). I'm looking forward to checking out your iPhone wallpapers----and using my hubby's boring old Blackberry as a paperweight in the near future! As far as ideas for an iPhone wallpaper, how bout a pix w/the uber handsome Hugh Jackman.

Unknown said...

I think I love that you called it your iCrack. As a content provider I guess that makes you an iPusher of sorts. I'll look forward to iPhone Fridays (or maybe it should be called iCrack Weekly). You can use that. No charge :) Ugh

Kevin Bomberry said...

@Jerry: Nice. Thanks.

@chughes: Tyty. I don't think we can use Hugh's pictures tho - something about copyright issues...

@jeffsmc: lol Thank you for your offer, but I think I'll keep it iPhone Weekly. (^_^)