Standard and Average Monitor Sizes / Wallpaper Sizes / Desktop Background Sizes

Memphis Photography Service is all about creating resources which are relevant worldwide.  This resource is about creating images that are sized properly for backgrounds and wallpapers for computer monitors, mobile devices and tablets.

In one of our latest projects, we released a collection of Memphis-related, royalty-free images.  To ensure that these images would look great, we resized the images so they would display with the least distortion.

You can find that collection here:  http://www.memphisphotographyservice.com/royaltyfree.html

AVERAGE COMPUTER MONITOR SIZES OF 2011

If you are looking for standard monitor sizes so you can do your own resizing, you’ve found the right place!  As of July 2011, these are the standard monitor sizes that are in use.  The percentage (%) sign next to them is the percentage of all computer users who use that size.

1280×1024 (14%)
1280×800 (14%)
1366×768 (10%)
1440×900 (9%)
1680×1050 (9%)
1920×1080 (6%)
1920×1200 (4%)
1600×900 (2%)
1152×864 (1%)
1024×768 (14%)
800×600 (<1%)
640×480 (<1%)

SIZES OF COMMON MOBILE DEVICES

If you’re formatting for mobile devices, the iPhones are fairly straight ahead.  Android devices do a scroll where if you move to one of your multiple desktops, it scrolls over the image.  The dimension below is for the full, scrolling image!  If you use the resolution of the phone itself, then it will stretch or won’t display correctly — we hope this saves you a little time.

640×960 – iPhone 4
320×480 – all other iPhones

320 x 240 – BlackBerry 8300, 8310, 8320, 8330, 8350i, 8520, 8530, 8700, 8703e, 8707, 8800, 8820, 8830

960×800 – Standard Android Size Including:  Samsung Droid Charge, Motorola Droid X, Motorola Droid 3, T-Mobile G2X, HTC Sensation, T-Mobile G2, HTC Desire, myTouch 4G, HTC Droid Incredible, Droid Bionic, Samsung Nexus One, HTC Thunderbolt, HTC EVO, LG Thrill, LG Optimus, Samsung Captivate, Samsung Fascinate, Motorola Droid X2, Samsung Mesmerize, LG Optimus, Motorola Triumph, HTC Droid Incredible, HTC Inspire, HTC Legend, Motorola Photon, Samsung Infuse, LG Revolution (full scroll resolution, actual wallpaper size, same as stock pre-installed resolution)

TABLET DISPLAY SIZES

Tablets have their own consideration.  Tablets wallpapers will rotate and crop differently, depending on how you hold the device.  For example, an iPad display is actually only 1024×769, but if you rotate it, part of the 1024×1024 wallpaper that is not revealed in the first orientation is revealed!  This means you have to consider that everything from 769 to 1024 will be cropped, depending on how the user holds the device.

1024×1024 – iPad and iPad2 best resolution (it crops from 769 to 1024 when its rotated so position accordingly)
1200×1024 – Samsung Galaxy Tablet (same rotation prob as the iPad)
600×800 – Amazon’s Kindle
600×760 – Nook

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