For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we’ll be taking a look at one of the things I miss most about BlackBerry: Themes. If you’re a longtime BlackBerry user, chances are you had several custom made themes on your legacy devices. Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and discuss all our favorite themes.
A BlackBerry theme was a way to add a whole new level of customization to your device. You could totally change the look and feel of the phone by having custom made app icons, crazy home screen designs, and color schemes that were practically limitless. The craze started when the Pearl 8100 was released, and consumers realized they could create custom themes on their own with very little work.
Last week I shared how I purchased my first BlackBerry on a whim. Well immediately after that I began my obsession with all things BlackBerry. I would spend hours on end researching how to do different things like updating software, changing settings here and there, and eventually, downloading and applying themes.
I kept my Pearl for about two years, which is an incredibly long time for me. After that, I upgraded to a Bold 9700. That one I kept for more than two years. Amazing. I know. My last BlackBerry before the Z10 was the Bold 9900. As you can guess, I held on to that phone for a long time as well. Each phone had it’s own share of themes that I would download.
I can’t even begin to tell you how much time I would spend searching through all the big BlackBerry fan sites and forums searching for a theme that fit me perfectly. I would find one, download it, use it for a few weeks, then eventually get tired of it and grab another.
I guess that’s why I stuck with those three devices for so long. With themes, I didn’t have to go out and get a new phone; a new color scheme and icon design every couple weeks or so made it seem like I had a new phone.
I’ve never claimed to be a huge knowledge base of the more technical side of BlackBerry, and before I became BlackBerry Elite, I didn’t really connect to much with Team BlackBerry, but I did know that the themes out there were made by people who cared about the community and wanted to express their creativity by throwing together their own theme.
I miss that. It would be nice to see a feature like this return to BlackBerry devices. Some of the old school fans and developers I’ve met in the past couple years would love to jump on the wagon and get to designing their own themes again, and it would even be great on the enterprise side because a copy could have a custom theme for all their employees.
I suppose that’s another article for another day. For now, we’ll just have to reminisce on days gone by.
Tell me all about your favorite theme in the comments below! Might as well share some screenshots if you’ve got them somewhere.