Just a few weeks ago I got something of a curse, which turned into a blessing. A bit of water had splashed out of a cup I kept on my nightstand, and landed on my BlackBerry. When I woke up I dried it out, but a few days later the trackball still wouldn’t work. Disappointed that I’d be without a properly functioning BlackBerry for a few days, I submitted my insurance claim. But instead of sending me a 9630, they sent me a 9650. This not only meant more internal memory and Wi-Fi, but also compatibility with BlackBerry OS 6. That was the best part to me. While BlackBerry 6 might not be the most revolutionary operating system, it represents a distinct improvement over previous iterations of the BlackBerry OS. The first thing I did after installing OS 6 was to search for a proper theme. I prefer to do this first, before rearranging icons, because oftentimes changing themes messes with the alignment. And so I rooted around the BBGeeks Store for themes. I also headed to some of my favorite theme sites, such as Hedone Design, Berry Good Themes, and Elecite. After narrowing it down to a select few, I chose my theme and installed it. It was then that I realized that it might not have been necessary. As I scrolled through the home screen, I appreciated the graphical interface. There were definitely aspects in this OS 6 theme that simply couldn’t have been present on previous themes. Yet the more I played with it, the more I realized that it was really just a graphical difference. Many OS 5 themes had similar navigation panes. It made me wonder how necessary a custom theme was for OS 6. While I was playing with this one all I could think about was how smooth and intuitive the navigation was on the Torch I had tested last year. After a while I switched back to the default theme — changing the wallpaper, of course, because who wants to stare at the Verizon logo all day? I found that I liked the standard interface better than the theme I had tried. To test this I tried another theme, Cubix, a theme we reviewed last week. Again, I enjoyed it, but I found myself quickly switching back to the default theme. I just liked the way it works. And there are plenty of ways you can customize it, too. And, as we learned a few weeks ago, OS 6.1 will bring even more customizability, including the ability to remove home screen panes. This line of thought made me wonder whether anyone else feels the same. Do you prefer a custom theme with BlackBerry 6? Or are you happy with the default? I’m sure that we’ll eventually see some killer themes that take advantage of the possibilities of the new operating system, but for the time being I’m sticking with the default. How about you?