May 24, 2012
Today in our weekly Theme Thursday blog post we will be looking at the aptly titled Cartoon theme for GO Launcher and its numerous, stylish icon selection. The first thing that will strike anyone after applying this theme is the almost creepy painted lady icon that represents the app drawer. This icon bears a nearly identical resemblance to No-Face from Spirited Away, and its strange aura is a questionable inclusion at best; considering the rest of the theme carries a much happier tone. Aside from that, each icon looks top notch, and it really seems like there was a decent amount of attention paid to keeping the whole theme consistent. These icons ‘pop’ slightly in the middle and, with an added shadow, this subtle 3-D effect is pulled off brilliantly. As stated before, the whole theme has a bright, pastel feel to it, and unfortunately this will probably limit its audience. I know that as a man, it would not be out of the realm of possibility to get some ribbing from my roommates for having this theme on my phone, but fortunately, my girlfriend found the app much to her liking and I suspect that opinion will hold true for a majority of women.
While it works just fine, I found that the wallpaper was just too plain and almost boring. All the icons fit in perfectly with the provided wallpaper, but, like most other themes, the wallpaper is usually the first thing to go, and in this case there is little reason to keep it. One good note about the wallpaper is the pretty app drawer background and folder display that features well appreciated details such as the double-layered edges on the folder panel. One final note is that the icon selection here is above par, and there are plenty of icons to mix-and-match to make that dock bar completely consistent. While I would not necessarily recommend this theme to any guys out there, Cartoon for GO Launcher is definitely something to recommend to those Android fan-girls out there.