Atomic Clock Wallpaper – LWP for those who require precise time
Jun 25, 2012 10:48 AM –
Atomic Clock Wallpaper is a live wallpaper that displays the time accurately synchronised with the Internet. While phones can often allow for tiny errors time-wise, this ensures your time is always spot on. The wallpaper is relatively simple but does come with a few customisations to let you personalise it.
Price: Free, ~$4.99
Tested on: HTC One X
Pros & Cons:
- Helps you keep incredibly accurate time!
- Let’s you select your own backgrounds!
- Easy to set up and configure!
- Translucent settings screen so you can preview the wallpaper!
- Far less customisation than many live wallpapers.
Atomic Clock Live Wallpaper is probably the most accurate way to keep the right time on your Android device. With some devices deviating occasionally, if you need a really precise means to tell the time, something like this could be a superb option. Syncing with an internet time server means that your wallpaper clock is as accurate as it feasibly can be.
As live wallpapers go, it’s pretty good and gives you a number of choices such as what information/visualisations are displayed (seconds, operator name, Wi-Fi SSID, battery value, flashing dots and week). You can choose a background of your own via your gallery app, even letting you have a slideshow of your gallery contents. There is also the option to select which NTP server to use (if you require one different to the default).
The highly accurate time reading aside, the app doesn’t provide any backgrounds itself, and the placement of the time, etc. cannot be tweaked. You can choose between light or dark, but there’s no choice of different fonts and the last syncing information cannot be hidden. Also, and this might be down to the device I used, but the time cuts off slightly at the top. Therefore, if you need your time reading authentic and exact, this is a great solution. However, if you place as much importance on customisation, you could find this falls short of your expectations.
Atomic Clock Wallpaper – Integrated into my homescreen
Atomic Clock Wallpaper – Landscape mode
Atomic Clock Wallpaper – Show on lockscreen
Atomic Clock Wallpaper – Preview
Atomic Clock Wallpaper – Settings
Atomic Clock Wallpaper – Select wallpaper
Atomic Clock Wallpaper – Choose solid colour (grey), select image or slideshow
Atomic Clock Wallpaper – Turn image
For keeping highly accurate time, this is incredibly useful. There are all manner of reasons why exact time might be important to you and this is a great way to keep it. It’s not the most customisable live wallpaper you can find in the Google Play Store, but you’ll be mainly using this for its Internet time server syncing abilities.
Ease of Use:
Everything is very easy to use, typically formulaic if you’re used to Android menus. You can select an alternative NTP server if you wish, but you’ll have to identify and enter this yourself.
The wallpaper (and subsequently the clock) runs in the background so technically you’re using it all the while. Any usage really depends very much on the individual user and their purposes for requiring accurate time.
The interface is simple, functional and certainly works well. I felt the settings were a little limited- even a different choice of font would be a good improvement. That said, it all works faultlessly.