BlackBerry theme roundup September 11, 2012

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By Alicia Erlich on 11 Sep 2012 08:35 am EDT

Welcome to another edition of our theme roundup my fellow theme addicts. I hope you all had a great weekend! Now it's time to get back to work and I have some great themes to show you in the roundup this week. Be sure to click on the jump and check them out.

If you developed a theme you want to share or see featured in the contest or discovered a really great one out there by all means shoot it on over to us! Submit your tips and suggestions to themeroundup[at] for consideration. I hope you enjoy this week's picks so be sure to click on the jump to check them out.

Dollar Theme

Dollar theme by BBornot2B

First up this week is the new Dollar theme by BBornot2B. This brilliant theme focuses on customizing your device to the color of money to make you feel like a VIP. More importantly though is the attention to detail and how just about every element has been skinned. From the stunning dollar bills, coins, and wallet full icon set to the customized colors, fonts, menus and dialogue boxes, and notification indicators, this theme is clean and polished. You can find this visually appealing theme in BlackBerry App World for $2.99. It is compatible with BlackBerry 9650, 9700/80/88, 9800, and 99/30/81 running OS 6 and higher.

More information and to purchase Dollar theme

My Flower Pot

My Flower Pot by Value Apps

If you happen to be a fan of clean and relaxing themes then check out My Flower Pot by Value Apps. From its custom home screen, OS 7 icons, matching blue and green colors woven throughout, to the light grey backgrounds it offers a great look for your device with a little bit of something for everyone. This simple and clutter free theme can be found in BlackBerry App World for $.99. My Flower Pot is available for BlackBerry 8520/30, 9000, 9300/30, 9630/50, 9700/80/88, and 9800 running OS 5 and higher. (This theme is not OS 7 compatible).

More information/screenshots and to purchase My Flower Pot

Dragon Blue Theme

Dragon Blue Theme by Forty Nine Media

Another bright and clean design comes to us courtesy of Forty Nine Media and their Dragon Blue Theme. Not only does it offer striking colors and fantastic dragon themed wallpapers, but it also comes with custom icons, fonts and beautiful graphics. This simple wallpaper friendly design is sure to impress especially for those who love fantasy and mythological creatures. Dragon Blue Theme is available for FREE in BlackBerry App World. If you are in the mood for something different make sure to click on the link below to download. It is compatible with BlackBerry 8520/30, 8900/10/80, 9100/05, 9300/30/50/60/70, 9630/50/70, 9700/80/88, 9800/10, and 9900/30/81 running OS 4.7 and higher.

More information/screenshots and to download Dragon Blue Theme

Blur One

Blur One by MNG Theme

For those want a crisp and clean looking theme and just happen to love the design of the Dev Alpha then there is Blur One by MNG Theme. This replica theme features a slide dock, 3 fixed buttons at the bottom, a small top banner to show off your wallpapers, 8-12 slots that are user definable based on device, and is chock full of customization. As this is skinned entirely, the icons on some OS 7 devices may not appear in folders and will have to be moved to the home screen. Be sure to head on over to BlackBerry App World and pick this up for only $1.99. Blur One is available for BlackBerry 8900, 9630/50, 9700/80/88/90, 9810/50/60, and 9900/30/81 running OS 5 and higher.

More information/screenshots and to purchase Blur One


Ataraxia by drkapprenticeDESIGNS

Do not let the name distract you from the simple elegance of this latest design from drkapprenticeDESIGNS. Ataraxia means tranquility and while this theme is a departure from their fully skinned creations the exquisite look and attention to detail shows how the team excels at coming up with a variety of designs for our devices. This theme is chock full of hotkeys that provides access to the vertical sliding dock and weather slot, their signature new message glow, a color picker so users can change the highlights of their screen (7 in all plus 2 border colors), and leaves the home screen clean to enjoy your favorite wallpapers. So why not lessen your anxiety and add this to your theme rotation? Ataraxia is $1.99 and is available for the BlackBerry 9900/30/81.

More information/screenshots and to purchase Ataraxia

That's it for this week folks. Hungry for more themes? Be sure to browse the themes in our forums and those available in BlackBerry App World. See you all next week.

Reader comments

BlackBerry theme roundup September 11, 2012


Apparantly you can do better?

I can't but I do appriciate the time and effort the dev community invests in us, even those who add little value to it.

We await your theme submission...

Off course i can do better, because im a graphic designer and an art director. Im not against any time or effort the dev community invests in us, but if you are gonna do something, even though it has a "little value", you do it right, period.

Urgh these are so ugly, who would pay money for these? the Blur One theme is okay, a Blackberry Dev Alpha theme is a good idea, but other than that the rest are ugly, I would recommend either: Lucky45 Classic, or Seven Point Five (The only theme I ever paid for because it was worth the pound)

+1 to Seven Point Five. I like my wallpapers, and the theme does a great job of keeping everything accessible, but in a trimmed-down theme.

I always looking for a unique theme, so far the coolest is the mini banner live, that's what I call unique, everything else seem to boring. Don't this guys have any imagination.

Comments like above, are why I stopped developing themes. You guys are spoiled, ungreatful jerks! Do you know how long it takes to make a theme? The icons alone can takes hours and hours! And with similarities with other themes out there, originality can be brain racking! And don't get me started on beta testing! See how you just complained by looking at them? Imagine if a font was just 2 pixles to big? Ya'll would bitch so much and leave a bad review! The truth is, you 5 wouldn't know what do beyond downloading theme studio. And God forbid you have a Bb7 device. Those have to be coded from scratch! The only code you idiots probably know is "up down left right b a b a select start"! Go troll somewhere else!

I know exactly what you are talking about...i also do animations in after effects and handling to many keyframes can be a real pain in the @#*", but like i said, if you are going to do something, you should take ALL the time you need to come up with some really nice stuff.

I feel what you are saying. But not all of us are graphic designers. If there's anyone to truly criticize, it should be those who take the default theme, only change the wallpaper, and sell them a 2 bucks a pop. These there's here are more than just graphics. The one where you can change the color of the banners is a huge pain in the area to make. The money icons take forever to edit one by one. And there's more icons than actually displayed on your device. I feel you that as a graphic designer, you know how much of a pain it can be, but if your not a professional graphic designer, and you make these themes, that alone is pretty phenomenal. I'm not a graphic designer. I've pumped out over 120 themes from 2007 to 2011. I was part of the first batch of theme devs to come out with the hidden dock back in 07 before I came to CrackBerry. One of the first batch of themes to think "outside of the box" with creating themes outside of composer. And what newer devs have accomplished in the last 2-3 years with customization boggles my mind! And should be applauded. As far as These themes here, they are catering to specific clients. One is for the ones who like specific customization. One appeals to the simplistic of theme users. One is based on another OS, which btw, is one of the most difficult to do IMO. Being a graphic designer is one thing, but IMO, doesn't give the right to seriously criticize themes. Being a developer does. And I really don't see a slew of theme devs picking apart these themes. It's bad enough they probably getting a bunch of emails with the most mundane complaints or requests for freebies. Now if you're willing to offer your services as a graphic designer to devs to help out with creativity, please, be my guest and then criticize. Please don't take this personally, but as I mentioned, as a former development myself, it pains me to see comments like most of these.

Don't worry i'm not taking it personally, i really hope that you continue developing new themes, even more now that "Blackberry Theme Studio 7" is coming out any time soon ;)

By the way i've been using the HedoneDesign "Phazer" theme for my bb 9900 since day one. It's really smooth, simple and elegant. I totally recommend it :)

Agreed. If you don't like them, move along. No need to be rude and bash the work people put into themes.

And if you think you have a theme that's better, or should be recognized, please feel free to submit it for next week's roundup. 

I can't speak for all Theme Dev's, but some of the developers, especially Lucky45 and DrkApprentice do a lot of coding for these themes. As a past developer, some of these just require changing color, wallpaper, or importing icons. But those like the Drk, the coding is what makes it unique and different. And they are usually priced cheaper.

I totally agree with kudos being given where it is due to theme developers, I produced quiet a few free themes before I began producing them commercially. I was always willing to customize for people where possible but it is incredibly difficult to find a balance between different peoples requests and tastes.

I'm more of a coder than an artist, hence I moved away from theme development to concentrate on app development. Designing themes, even for a handful of devices takes an incredible amount of time. When I developed my theme 'Morph' I had to hand code over 6,000 lines of SVG for the initial release and then hand customize this code, line by line, for every OS nd device screen size it was released for. Although I loved to create themes, the amount of time I had to put in (in addition to a full time job) just didn't justify the small income it generated.

I respect anyone who takes the time and effort needed to produce themes for our BlackBerry's and try to support them whenever I can, whether they be premium or free themes. The ability to so deeply customize our BlackBerry's is something that makes them stand out against the other smartphones, despite the current climate in the market, so lets give respect where respect is due to those who dedicate their time and effort to this endeavor.


I'm not a developer so I can't even imagine trying to make a theme, but I do appreciate the work that these people do, specifically the ones that make them for the 9850 which I understand is much tougher than the others.

I echo the above comments: if you can do better, do it. If not, or you're just too lazy to try, then shut it and just stay away.