Recently, the BlackBerry Theme market has seen an influx of themes trying to simulate other systems, the most popular one being iOS for iDevices. However, Theme builders have also tried to emulate unreleased OS's, similar to what happened when OS6 was announced. Well, this time, OS7 has been released, and many Theme Dev's have taken it upon themselves to create a theme that looks just like OS7. With the release of the OS7 icons, it is much easier to do so. One of the best Theme Dev's out there decided to jump on the bandwagon and emulate OS7. The result is Hedone Design's OS7Like theme.
This theme is amazingly well put-together. The homescreen doesn't look too cluttered, and the slideable 'tray' gives access to extra icons, while not taking up too much space, though I do wish that Hedone Design had added a couple more trays, for instance, one for media, one fore applications, etc. They should have also made the tray expandable, to make the best use of the space in the homescreen.
The icons are great. Admittedly, RIM designed the icons (and I extracted them...guys where's my credit!!), but using icons isn't just about putting them in and expecting them to look good. It's about the atmosphere of the theme. The icons could be great, but the way they look in the theme could ruin the whole experience. Here, Hedone has created a somewhat dark atmosphere, perfect for making the icons stand out.
Despite all of this, this theme isn't the best I've seen. I have tried Hedone Design's OS6 theme, and it looks like they just copied it, except for changing the icons and background. Sure, reusing old code could save a lot of time, but creating the same theme with different icons and selling it gives the theme a feel of low-quality. In addition, I wish they had added more trays to the OS5 version. So far, there are only 2 trays, one for Favorites, and one for Custom. If this was truly similar to OS7, they would have populated the homescreen with more trays (not necessarily User-Definable), such as Media and Downloads.
All in all, this is a pretty good theme, but will leave you with a sense of Deja-Vu, if you've tried Hedone Design's OS6Like theme. Also, I would like to see some more trays for the OS5 version. Despite this, I truly believe that this theme is worth the $2.99 (it's on sale from $5.99), so hurry up and get your copy today!
OS7Like by Hedone Design's Theme Thursday rating: Great (7/10)