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Why wait for the iPhone? Get an iBerry today!!!

By Kevin Michaluk on 8 Mar 2007 02:18 pm EST
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iBerry 8700 theme for BlackBerry
I'm a creature of habit. I get into my routines and don't like to mess with them. Wake up, Check Email, Exercise, Check Email, Eat Breakfast, Check Email, Shower, Check Email, yada, yada, yada. When it comes to my blackberry device, I'm not one to change the wallpaper, theme, or ringtone very often. For me to even attempt to change things up, it needs to be something that I REALLY like.

And, I'm sure like many blackberry users out there, when I watched the Steve Job's Apple iPhone release a few weeks back I have to admit I was salivating - not so much over the functions or features of the device (which after much analysis by everyone on the net doesn't really seem all that appealing to me anymore), but because it looked so darn good! Oh Those icons!!

iBerry 8700 theme for BlackBerry
iBerry 8700 theme for BlackBerry
BlackBerry users can now have the best of both worlds with the iBerry theme for the BlackBerry. Now you can have all of the looks and beauty of the iPhone, combined with the BlackBerry functionality and rock-steady performance blackberry addicts are accustomed to.

I recently installed the iBerry theme on my 8700R and have been LOVING it. The iBerry Theme is also available for the BlackBerry 7100, 8100, and 8800. I may not like changing up my routine, but this theme has garnered my undivided attention (my crackberry addiction has actually gone up - I keep my berry beside me during the day on top of my computer desk. Since installing the theme I find myself flicking the trackwheel or clicking a key just so I can see the screen light up with all those pretty icons). In addition to the homescreen icons looking good, all of the other standard blackberry screens look great as well. The "calling number" screen is my next favorite.  After spending quite a bit of time with this theme on my phone, I can definitely say it's a smooth running performer.

Any Drawbacks?
While the iBerry theme is near perfect I do have two minor complaints to report on (so minor that they should not prevent you from giving this theme a go):

1. After installing the theme I had to take 3 minutes to rehide and reorder the icons on my desktop as they all became visible again and were out of the order I orginally had them in.  This probably isn't an issue to most, but I use the berry so much that my brain has trained trained itself to open applications without me even having to look at the screen. Changing up the order of icons would put a temporary end to that ability I love so much, so I'd much rather have the icons retain their original position. Again, not a big issue, but I'd rather this not have to be the case when changing up themes. 

iBerrry theme - no text under 3rd party applications
2. In your standard BlackBerry Theme, the text under an icon is not part of the icon graphic, it's text written onto the screen.  With the iBerry theme, the text is actually part of the graphic icon image. What this means is that only the default blackberry icons will have text underneath them, whereas any third party applications will just be the icon with no text beneath.  If you take a look at the screen shot to the left it is easy to see this - Notice Brickbreaker has text underneath while Ace's No Limit Hold'em, Google Maps, and Ascendo Fitness do not.  I'd love to see a version of this with NO text under the icons.  The graphics are actually so good that it's easy to tell which application is related to an icon. For the real blackberry addicts out there, the need for explanation text is limited. 

my 8700r with iBerry themePurchase & Installation
The iBerry theme is available for $6.00 from the CrackBerry Store , which for this particular theme I think is totally worth it.  You'll get your $6.00 worth of kicks just by showing your "iBerry" to all the co-workers in the office. And if you use the coupon code CRACK20 before the end of March you will save 20%.

Once you have purchased the theme, you can either download the .zip file to your desktop and install using BlackBerry Desktop Manager, or you can email the installation link to your Berry for easy Over The Air installation.

Once the theme is installed, you will have to install one more file - The Plazmic Theme Reader file. Without this installed, you won't be able to locate your newly added theme. Once the Plazmic Theme Reader is installed activating the new theme is easy. Simply go to Options > Theme and select the 8700 iBerry theme. If you choose to install using Desktop Manager, the Plazmic Theme Reader file is included in the .zip.  If you choose to do an OTA installation, you can get the Plazmic Theme Reader by visiting the link below from your berry's browser.

iBerry Theme Download Links:

iBerry theme for BlackBerry 8700

iBerry theme for BlackBerry 7100, 8100, 8700, 8800

Plazmic Theme Reader:  http://www.blackberrythemecentral.com/8700ota/ota/com_plazmic_theme_reader.jad

This is an OTA install link, so copy & paste the above URL into an email and send it to your Berry.  Click on the link from there and the file will install hassle free. 

Compatibility: BlackBerry 8700c, BlackBerry 8700f, BlackBerry 8700g, BlackBerry 8700r, BlackBerry 8700v, BlackBerry 8703e, BlackBerry 8707v

As more versions of this Theme become available in the CrackBerry store, we will update them here.

Developer: BlackBerry Theme Central

14 comments

Stinsonddog

Stinsonddog

My problem with all these homemade themes are the cheesy wings that seem to be locked into the themes made. You think those wings look like an Apple?

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Kevin Michaluk

Good point! I guess there's a quick answer - kill your battery and you turn off your wireless (or at least have no signal reception) and the wings will be gone! I guess you'll have a Mac looking berry at that point...it just won't be very functional :)

loconite

pls get this theme for 8100...as a zip file for Desktop Manager install....I want my BBerry to be iBerry..

manniefresh

would this iberry them work for the blackberry 8300 ???? please let me know thanks

Anonymous

Downloaded everything and it said it was sucessful but I went to look for it and its not there do I have to restart my Blackberry?Tried it twice still do not know where its located looked in themes still not there. HELP ASAP

DLacaria

take out the battery on the back of your blackberry and there is panel take it off and take out the battery and wait for few seconds then reinstalled the battery and cover the panel and turn it on. Good Luck itshould be work by now...

Anonymous

I downloaded the iphone theme, but I can not find it anywhere on my phone... Where does it go after you download it???

Tasha4573

I have the same problem...did you get a solution to this? I paid $6.00 for my iberry theme and now it doesn't work ;-(

Ocho Kiko

In addition to the two glitches noted in the review, I have noticed that when you are online and trying to navigate to a new webpage using the GO TO function, you can't see the highlighting when you scroll down to access your recently viewed webpages. You can still scroll down and select a page already visited, click the trackwheel, and load the page - you just can't see for sure which page you are selecting.

Highlighting works in all other situations, though.

iain

hey, those are wpg numbers on that bb... u from 204?
i am... its a nice city, just glad i live in calgary. lol

MarkhamMax

I'm on a 7250. I feel pained by being left out lol.

psalministry1

Ok....
I purchased the IBerry theme from BPlay.com and got my download, but after multiple times of downloading and pulling the battery out, this theme will NOT show up! HELP! HALP! PLEASE!

Anonymous

How much longer before the storm gets berry.

Anonymous

How much longer before the storm gets berry.