If you glance down at your BlackBerry in your hand, you will realize that you work it (most of the time) based on your icons. AG Designs has created Insight; a new theme for OS5 and OS6 phones that makes your BlackBerry work like you do: with text icons, and if you need them, a few hints.
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I hate to say efficient, but really, you can’t call this theme anything but efficient. I find the text icons refreshing and there are 10 of them listed! I rarely need more than 10 icons in a day for any of my apps or functions, so Insight has you covered. Not only that but there are shortcuts as well, so that parts of the home screen are shortcuts to various native apps.
The text dock appears on the left side of the home screen and although you can’t see it in the screen shot above, there is a darker transparency behind the menu listing for easier viewing. The weather icon in the lower right corner is something I added for myself. This is BeWeather ‘s wallpaper function and brings up the theme’s only flaw…no OCD slot. The developer was going for a clean and unencumbered look at the wallpaper so I understand but think it could be enhanced with a hide able OCD slot.
Show your text dock with the small icon in the lower left-hand corner. The little list highlighted in blue above. The check mark next to it is the icon hinting. When you scroll over the text icons, if you have this box checked, you will see the icon that corresponds to the text name pop up. Here is an example:
As you can see here, I scrolled over SocialScope Lite and the icon popped up. This is handy for those of us with aging eyes or if you are maybe in the sunlight and can’t quite make out where your cursor is located. When you see the icon you are searching for pop up, you know you are in the right place.
Let’s look at the other half of the efficiency aspect. Along with the stylish text listing; which is very neat and polished looking, you also have several shortcuts that add to the efficiency. If you scroll to the clock, the Clock icon pops up and you can set the options. The battery leads to Manage Connections and the corresponding icon will pop up. The notification bar at the top middle leads to your Messages inbox; an extremely handy shortcut and one which I have paid developers to make for me in custom themes!
And in the upper right hand corner, the date highlighted is a shortcut to Calendar. Oh how could I forget? Profiles, as in whatever profile you are using, is always first in the text list and will, naturally, show the Profiles icon if you check the icon hinting box. So, in total that is 14 icons or shortcuts. Hey. I know what I said. Efficiency; as in model of.
I was worried at first that the text font might be a bit too small for me. I’m a freak about having larger text. But I will tell you honestly, I do not have any problem reading the text; even without my reading glasses! And the icon hinting really helps me. Of course, you young whippersnappers can uncheck that box and just have text. Go ahead; be a show-off! I don’t mind!
This theme is characterized by OS7 icons, smooth and fast movement, a smart banner with shortcuts, icon hinting (uncheck to turn it off!) and hide-able text dock (just use the back key) and a full view of your wallpaper. Professional looking and efficient…but still classy..
Make your BlackBerry work for you the way YOU work…utilize a text dock and icon hints and become a model of efficiency; thanks to AG Designs.
Thanks to AG Designs for the title of my review as well.