One of these days we’ll get around to reviewing some OS 6 themes. But, since the platform is available on just one handset, and a brand new one at that, we’ll hold off for the time being. Most readers have older devices, so we’ll continue to concentrate on them for our theme reviews. This week we brings you three relatively new themes from some well-known developers.
While we’re staying away from OS 6 themes, we’re open to themes that mime the new BlackBerry platform. That’s what Hedone Design has just released. Having used OS 6 for a while this is a pretty good facsimile, from the bottom bar to the icon placement. The only thing it doesn’t do is provide all the functionality. The home screen features a scrolling bottom dock that features 16 icons, 12 of which are user defined. For Storm devices that’s 20 and 16. For those who like the true OS 6 feel, there’s a Zen version that leaves your wallpaper untouched. But for those who like to preview their emails, a TodayPreview edition is also available. Like most of the themes we review, this one works with OS versions 4.6 through 5.0. You can get the OS6Like theme for $6.99.
It’s still summer officially for another 20 or so days, and it might feel like that for a bit longer. Or it might not. This is an unpredictable time of year when it comes to weather. But no matter what’s going on outside you can always enjoy the view on your BlackBerry. The Autumn theme from Javatek Media brings it like none other. The theme is feature rich. It has two hidden docks, one that reveals a bottom dock and the other that loads up all your essentials: messages, phone calls, and calendar. When you open that dock you also get a TodayPreview. The best part about the docks being hidden is that it leaves room for the crisp fall background. Staring at that wallpaper makes me think it’s autumn all year round. This is available in many different versions, but it runs on any BlackBerry running OS 4.6 through 5.0. You can get the Autumn theme for $6.95.
Sometimes a wallpaper just catches my eye. There might be some aspects of it I don’t like, but if something stands out I’m usually going to feature it here. I wasn’t especially impressed with the functionality of Serendipity, but I liked the layout enough to point you towards it. The theme is pretty basic, in that it contains six home screen icons from the Apple set. Well, that is, six icons in the bottom dock.The wallpaper features an assortment of icons, which makes the theme look spiffy. It also employs script for its home screen text. That might turn off some people, myself included, but it actually looks pretty good in conjunction with the theme as a whole. Like the other themes we featured, this one is good with OS 4.6 and above. You can get the Serendipity theme for $7.99.