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Theme Review: Seven Point Five by BBThemes

I'm a huge fan of the the PlayBook icons and the BB7 look on my 9900. Seven Point Five delivers highquality icons without any flaws. Although this is one of my first theme reviews, I tend to be very nit picky about the themes I use and have never been satisfied with themes made by 3rd party theme builders.

The Homescreen
I am all about efficiency when it comes to BlackBerry. I love the look of the BB7 theme but I have always thought the top banner was such a waste of precious screen space on my 9900. The banner includes a battery indicator, clock, date, time, NFC, bluetooth, wifi and "4G" icons. I believe that these are the most common icons that are used for the average user; however, I do miss the network name because I am usually in areas where I have saved more than one Wifi profile on my 9900. The mobile hotspot icon is also missing but I have stopped using it since Bell charged me $90 for 12mb. A few users have reported to have the GPS icon on the top banner but I was never able to see that icon, even on the default theme. Sometimes I did have trouble touching the top banner on my 9900 because of the size, but I think its a good trade off at the end of the day.

In addition to the minimized top banner, the dropdown menu has been extended so you can see more notifications. This is a huge plus for me as it improves the efficiency of use on my BlackBerry. At the same time, you will be able to see four rows of icons instead of three from the default BB7 theme.

The Icons
In the beginning, I mentioned how I love the PlayBook icons. BBThemes extracted those icons and ported them onto the 9900 and, dang it, it looks good. One special feature that Seven Point Five has are the uniquely designed folders. Hit the menu key, add a folder and click the folder icon. Here, you will see a slew of new icons that look very slick and not outdated any longer. I personally throw my email accounts into one folder and was getting sick of my monotone looking folder. The Media, Applications, Games and Instant Messaging folders also sport the new icons that have the same style as the PlayBook.

The Compass and Music Player
Not did the homescreen get a makeover, the compass and music player are both sporting a sleek silver background. I like the new look on the music player with the new progress "dot".

All in all, Seven Point Five is a great theme that sports the classic BlackBerry look fused with the new look from QNX. You get the best of both worlds. If you were worried about the performance of the theme, I did not have any issues with my 9900. I did run into a couple weird folder problems when I first installed it because I did not reboot after I installed the theme. I highly recommend that you reboot your device before you start organizing your icons.

I would give this theme a 9.5/10 based on my preference towards a slightly larger top banner that has the network name. This is probably the best theme out there and $.99 is a steal. This theme currently supports the 9900, 9930 and 9981. Hopefully, this theme will be hitting the Torches and Curves soon!

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Last modified onWednesday, 01 February 2012 11:33

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