A fairly awesome N97 custom wallpaper.

23 May
Grab a new wallpaper for your N97 or 5800 XpressMusic.Grab a new wallpaper for your N97 or 5800 XpressMusic.

A couple of weeks ago, I found a really, really, awesome desktop wallpaper. And so I decided it needed to be on my phone. After a little resizing, color changes, and experimentation on how the N97 deals with custom wallpapers (verdict: it doesn’t) – I came up with this.

Grab it inside. Also, more about the bugginess that is the N97′s custom wallpaper display feature.

The N97 has a 300×640 screen. Originally I resized the wallpaper below to the standard 300×640, expecting everything to just work flawlessly. Ha! While the image displayed correctly in Portrait mode (ie vertically), the N97′s landscape view completely obliterated the wallpaper, turning it into some blown-up piece of crap. Here’s why.

In landscape mode, instead of doing the normal thing and rotating your 300×640 image 90 degrees, the N97 actually takes a 640×300 slice of your picture, starting from the center. This is a little hard to explain, so check out the following picture:

A N97 custom wallpaper analysis.

The N97 will ignore the four corners of the above square wallpaper, and will just use either the vertical or horizontal center. That means, when creating a custom wallpaper, you should probably just use a square image to make life easier. Just remember that the N97 will only take into account the plus-shaped section of it for portrait/landscape display purposes.

Finally, don’t use a 300×640 picture. Otherwise, for landscape mode the N97 will just take the horizontal center, which would be a 300×300 square expanded to fit a 300×640 picture. Trust me, it’s ugly.


The original version was a red one, I changed it up to a cooler shade of blue. You can also use either in your 5800 XpressMusic, but you may want to resize it to 300×640. Since the 5800XM doesn’t rotate the home screen, the above doesn’t apply to it.

The Blue Flower Wallpaper The red flowers wallpaper.

How to Install

  1. First download the images above. Left-click on the thumbnail, then right-click on the image and select “Save Picture As…”
  2. Transfer the wallpapers to your phone
  3. At your N97′s Home screen, touch any widgeted area and hold for about 2 seconds. You should see a small menu pop up, with the last option being “Change Wallpaper”.
  4. Navigate to where you transferred your wallpaper and select it.

I don’t actually know who to credit for the original image. I found it via one of the 4chan wallpaper search engines, if that helps.

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