It’s been a couple of weeks, but that doesn’t mean people have stopped creating themes. We’re going to visit the usual suspects this week to see what they have created since the last time we checked in. I have to say, this is one of the more impressive crops we’ve featured for TRW. It starts with one of our faves.
Wheel themes have become a bit more common lately, and no developer has embraced them in the way that Hedone Design has. This one is for those who like a bit more color in their themes. The wheel has different colors at different layers, and it works perfectly with the rainbow background. In fact, if you want to use your own wallpaper on this, well, I’d recommend against it. The Wooty theme features two main wheel levels. The outer one contains customizable icons that you can cycle through. The next level contains four static icons: Messages, Calendar, Browser, SMS. I always thought that, since this is BlackBerry, BBM should be in place of SMS. But apparently there is more demand for a separate SMS bin, and that it should be prominent. Anyway, below that are the signal and battery meters, which is a clever little implementation. Once again, Hedone’s themes live up to the hype. If you dig the rainbow you can get the Wooty theme for $6.99. It works with BlackBerry models running 5.0. It also apparently works for 6.0 touch screens.
And now for something completely different. This is an OS 6 theme, so I understand that many readers won’t be able to download it. But OS 6 will become more widespread soon enough, and this theme gives you a look at the possibilities within. It doesn’t hurt that the theme is visually brilliant. We start at the top, where you can see Messages, Calendar, and Address Book in the screen shot. But the story starts with the icons to the right. Each of those four icons contains three applications. If you use some of those applications more than others you can click the lock button on the left. That places the application in the bar right below the top portion. As you can see in the screen shot, this user has locked address book, facebook, pictures, and calculator. Then below that comes date and time, followed by eight customizable icons. This is exactly what we should be seeing from OS 6 themes. We’re not going to see tons of them, because there are only a few OS 6 devices, and only one OS 6 touchscreen device. If you have a Torch and dig this, you can get the Ion theme for $6.99.
For the second time in this review feature we’ll turn to something quite unlike the previous one. We turn to Berry Good Themes, which always seems to turn out simple yet entertaining themes. This one has a winter bent, and even though it’s pouring rain here in the mid-Atlantic region, it’s still a nice reminder of what winter should be. The winter theme is all about appearances. The home screen is as simple as it gets, with six bottom dock icons and little more. In fact, you’ll find nothing out of the ordinary with this theme, other than the font and the wallpaper. Most of the time I bemoan out of the ordinary fonts, but it just seems to fit on this theme. It reminds me of Frosty the Snowman and other winter specials. After two themes that offer high functionality, I thought we’d go with a more visual one. If you’d rather look at a pretty theme than use a high-powered one, you can get Winter Ville for just $3.99. Also working in its favor is its compatibility with nearly every Blackberry model — even the old generation Curves.