Review of BlackBerry Theme “D-light” Produced by The World of Pootermobile
Pootermobile churns out consistently solid themes with enough variety that there’s one for every Berry user. Recently, he dropped a little ditty called D-light on the Berry-loving world and I have had the honor of using it for the past couple of weeks. As usual when I review a theme, I looked at both form and function; form being the visuals and function being the day-to-day use; both as they apply to me.
D-light’s layout is simple, which isn’t a bad thing by any means. I like simple, a lot. I like to be able to see my background image and still have a useable theme. D-light comes with a delightful (pun heavily intended) background of a bed of river stones. I liked it so much, I never changed it.
Something of note that kind of hides in the background on the theme is the icon set. I can usually set up a theme so that all my needs are met from the main screen and will I’ll never have to go to the all app screen. That would be tragic on D_light. The icon set is fun and not one I had seen before. You’ll know full well when you landed on an icon because it’ll be backlit by an orange square, a la the Manage Connections icon below.
D-light also includes transitions. Nothing super fancy, but they also don’t slow down the experience, even on my 624MHz 9780. The transitions aren’t random and don’t distract from the theme. Opening an app slides it in from the left and closing it slides out right back where it came from, to the left. In the screen shot above you see the app menu coming back in from the left.
On the home screen, in the upper left is your clock which looks like it’s partially tucked into a shirt pocket. The bottom portion of the numbers are hidden behind a line that had a shadow effect. While on occasion it was slightly annoying at first, but much like anything, one only takes a small amount of time to adjust.
Underneath the clock and set just to the right is the date. As one who often refers to my screen for date and time information, I love having the two in such close proximity. While not in the largest font, the date is readable. Just beneath the is a row of icons starting from the left with the WiFi, BlueTooth, Berry logo, UMA, signal meter and finally the battery meter. One row down is where you find your notifications for things like, BBM, Social Scope, Twitter, texts, emails, etc. All of the aforementioned information is contained in an area small enough that it’s not intrusive, yet not so small that it’s useless.
The left hand side of the theme is a translucent set of text based icons. There are 9 icons on my 9780 and they correspond to the first nine icons on the main app menu. The top icon is intended for a weather app. How do I know that and why is it weather app specific? In a brilliant move, Pootermobile has placed a logo based icon just to the right of the top two text icons and it shows your weather icon while the the high/low temperature is displayed in the text icon box. It’s a great layout and can only be made better by one thing; touchscreen, which brings me to the functionality of D-light.
Screen Shot D-light
I won’t lie, I’d love to have a 9790 for many reasons and the touchscreen is one of them. D-light is one more convincing reason to go that route. Every time I look at D-light, I want to touch my way to all my apps. As D-light is available for the 9800, if I had one, D-light is probably the only theme I’d use. Even without touch, though, I still like the layout of D-light. Again, simple, useable.
Using D-light is just as nice as the theme looks. There’s not a lot to get in the way. 99% of my scrolling is up and down and when my top two used apps are on top and bottom, a quick flick of my trackpad and I’m right where I want to be. That’s the kind of functionality I need.
There’s only one shortcoming I can find; “C” is not a shortcut for the Clock app. It’s not a standard shortcut. I’ve only found it on a few themes but it has become a staple for me as I use my alarm on my clock on a very regular basis. No, the actual clock isn’t a shortcut either and, strangely, that doesn’t bother me, I prefer the simplicity of the up and down scrolling.
If you have a Torch 9800, this is a no-brainer. With any other Berry, D-light should still be a top contender if you’re interested in a beautiful blend of wallpaper friendly and functional. While you’re downloading D-light from AppWorld or MobiHand, take a look at Pootermobile’s other themes!