I haven’t taken to reviewing any themes because I’ve found so few that really satisfy me. But I recently stumbled across an eye-pleasing theme that changed all of that. The Curve 8900 Replica Theme by BNS Designs is sharp and clean, effectively turning your old curve – one you may thought of turning in for a new BlackBerry 8900 – into a fresh new device. Yes, it’s just the theme – you won’t magically find the wi-fi icon in the home tray (unless you already have that feature) – but it’s much more aesthetically pleasant than Telus’s OS 4.3 stock theme.
OS Support: BlackBerry OS 4.3, 4.5
Device Support: Any Curve 83XX and 88XX
Price: $7.00 regular; $5.00 for the first 50 people to comment on this post (a discount code will be emailed to the address you use when commenting. Offer ends April 13th)
Company/Developer: BNS Designs
Where to buy: The BlackBerry Cool store!
Official user guide: None
Installing themes are easy. First, from your device, click on the mobile download link sent to you in your confirmation email after purchasing the theme from our store. Follow the mobile download link and click ‘download’. After nearly a minute, the theme should be installed and ready to use.
To select your new theme, enter the ‘options’ menu from your homesecreen, then scroll down until you reach ‘Theme’. Click on the ‘Theme’ link, then select and click on the ‘Curve 8900 Replica’ theme. Within a few moments, your old curve’s OS will look significantly different.
Most themes don’t really pack what one would call “features”. This theme, however, groups all of your setting apps – options, profiles, bluetooth manage, manage connections, etc. – and places them in one convenient folder called ‘Programs’ by default – though this can be changed. If you don’t like this option, you can delete the folder – moving everything back into the main applications menu.
All in all everything looks great. The graphics seem sharper, and the simplicity of the post-OS 4.5 icons helps emphasize the quality of the theme. The menus look great too – as you would see them on a Bold.
The theme looks great, it’s consistent, and it doesn’t slow my device. I even liked the default theme setting which groups all of my setting-oriented apps together in one folder; I found it immediately uncluttered my main menu. I found the price to be a tad high, though the discount (for the first 50 people to comment on this post) would bring this theme into the higher strata of a reasonable price range.
- Looks sharp, clean
- Doesn’t slow my device down
- The setting-oriented app folder
- The price, but not by much
Overall, I think this is the cleanest, sharpest looking theme I’ve ever seen. For one theme, the price is a bit much, but to be fair, it really is gorgeous.
4.5 out of 5