Theme Thursday – MIUI Cartoon Mob

Theme Thursday – MIUI Cartoon Mob

Nov 17, 2011

The theme chosen for this week’s Theme Thursday, MIUI Cartoon Mob, is an interesting one, no doubt. For one thing, I find it to be fun and visually appealing. The cartoony, hand-drawn style of the icons, backgrounds and other elements all look great. For another thing, it comes to Android and ADW Launcher by way of the very popular MIUI ROM.

I admit that I’m not quite brave enough to install a custom ROM on my phone. For whatever reason, I just don’t want to do it. As I said, I understand that this is kind of a weird hang-up, but it’s my hang-up and I don’t really want to go into it. Even so, to get this theme on my phone, I’d almost consider taking a risk and going through the process of installing MIUI. Well, thankfully, I don’t have to go through that process, I can just purchase MIUI Cartoon Mob and set it as the current theme in ADW Launcher. It’s that easy!

Of course, it’s easy because ADW Launcher makes it easy. The custom home replacement utility allows you to customize your Android’s user interface in a number of amazing ways. From custom backgrounds to completely new icon sets, everything is customizable — even the way the app drawer displays and behaves. It’s very powerful.

So, if you’re like me and want to install a cheerful looking theme without getting your hands dirty dealing with custom ROMs, buying MIUI Cartoon Mob and installing it in ADW Launcher seems like the easiest way to go. You can even mix and match it with other themes for a truly unique user interface. Just another one of the great things about Android; the sky’s the limit when it comes to customization.

You can find MIUI Cartoon Mob on the Android Market for US$1.49.

Theme Thursday – Hand Carved

Theme Thursday – Hand Carved

Apr 21, 2011

Well, it’s time for another Theme Thursday where, once a week, I go trolling the Android Market for themes that are compatible with ADW Launcher. For those unfamiliar, ADW Launcher is a highly customizable home replacement for Android devices.

Last week, we looked at a theme called Minimalist, which I liked because of how clean and simple it was. This week, the theme I wanted to highlight is called Hand Carved by Dan Josiah.

Hand Carved is a really fun theme that applies a neat wooden texture to the look of your device. Featuring several custom backgrounds (which you can access through the wallpaper menu) and a custom icon set, it’s a look that’s sure to appeal to those who are looking for something with a little more warmth and feeling.

The icons are the real stars of the show, here. If you take a look at the screenshot, you’ll notice that they each appear to be carved out of the wooden background. Some have touches of color in them while they all appear to be slightly transparent, allowing the wood grain to show through and complete the effect.

Most of your device’s basic functions and pre-loaded apps are represented, with icons for the dialer, text messenger, contacts, GMail, Maps and YouTube. You’ll also find icons for Facebook, Twitter, Pandora and more.

The only problem I have with the icons is that you don’t seem to have access to all of them. For example, if you wanted to use the custom browser icon on a folder, it’s not available. You only get access to a small number of generic icons.

Despite this small issue, I really like Hand Carved. I think it’s a very unique theme that is sure to get plenty of attention from anyone who sees it in action. Follow this link for more information on how to install it to your device.