It seems like we’ve been holding off on theme reviews for a while. I admit that’s partially because I got a Bold 9650 with OS 6, and have been spending more time customizing the OS than laying themes over it. But this week we’re back with three new themes, including one for OS 6.
Whenever I’m putting together one of these, I always head to Elecite. They pump out tons of themes every month, and each seems to approach the concept differently than others. Their Shift theme is no exception. This one is especially neat for OS 5 users who want a different interface. The theme is broken down into three tabs: Phone, Media, and Utilities. The phone tab has a Today preview up top, followed by five custom app icons. On the bottom of the screen are four static icons: messages, SMS, calendar, and browser. That’s as good a home screen as you’re going to find, and it’s not even the end of it. The media bar reveals your music, pictures, videos, ringtones, and voice notes, plus three custom icons. Finally, utilities brings you options, memo, contacts, calulator, profiles, and manage connections. Oh, and there are more custom icons there, too. That doesn’t even mention the applications menu, which is full of simply awesome icons. Elecite themes tend to run expensive, and it’s my one criticism of their theme. Yet I can say that this one is worth the cost. You can get Elecite’s Shift theme for $6.99. You’ll need OS 5 to run it.
I discovered this theme while browsing through new themes in the BBGeeks Store. It immediately caught my eye. While it’s not an uber theme, such as Shift, it does provide a neat visual display that will particularly appeal to car lovers. The home screen of Adrenaline resembles a car’s dashboard. There are a number of speed- and tachometer-looking interfaces, along with a couple of other gauges on the sides. The big one — we’ll call it the speedometer — features six custom icons arranged in a circle. The other one — tachometer, I suppose — has the date, time, and network information. The two gauges on the side measure your signal and battery, while the bottom right corner contains notifications. The font is a little funky, but as always you can edit that in the options. The developer, Vision Mobility, programs in a number of shortcut keys, kind of like your own QuickLaunch. It’s a bit expensive at $5.99, but if you like the visual looks you can get the Adrenaline theme at the BBGeeks Store. IT runs on OS versions 4.6 and above.
When we do these theme reviews we’re going to include one OS 6 theme. That said, I’m not a huge fan of OS 6 themes. I actually really like how RIM laid out the operating system, as it hits on all of the aspects that I loved out of the best themes for other OS versions. Still, people will want OS 6 themes, and we will provide them. One neat one is Hedone’s Cubix. The theme might confuse you at first. It’s basically like a sitemap for your BlackBerry. Everything is arranged in squares, so there’s nothing really visual to the theme. Yet it is consummately organized. Along the bottom you have tabs for favorites, media, and apps, which each reveal six icons. Then you have signal and battery meters to the right, also enclosed in little squares. This is definitely a theme for those who don’t need icons or visuals of any kind. I’d recommend going to Hedone’s Cubix page to look at more screen shots. Also, read the comments. This one got rave reviews. If minimal design is your thing, you can get the Cubix theme for $6.99. It works with OS versions 5 and 6. Also, check out the overwhelmingly positive reviews in the BBGeeks Store.