Themes are a great way to personalize your cell phone, add color to it, show off your personality and perceptions, your taste and everything. This holds even better in the case of the iPhone, since the device itself claims majesty. The themes that we bring to you in this roundup will magically transform your iPhone or iPod Touch far beyond the average interface, and offer new looks with newer icon sets.
A little note before we roll out our selection, though. Since these are winterboard themes, they obviously require your iDevice to be jailbroken. Mostly these themes are available from Cydia. Where some special instructions are associated with the theme, they’re mentioned. Please be forewarned that having a theme enabled on your iPhone or iPod Touch will drain your battery faster.
Without any further ado, here are out favorites.
HTC Hero Theme
HTC’s Android-based Hero brought with it the superb implementation of Sense UI, receiving much praise from users everywhere. While the iPhone implementation does not deliver the same functionality as the original Sense UI, it is still worth the praise in how it transforms your ‘homescreen’.
Installing this theme can be a little tricky. Luckily, RedmondPie has a detailed step-by-step guide on installing this theme, which you can check out here. Download links are also given within the guide.
Suave is a neat little iPhone/iPod Touch theme that you can enable through Winterboard. Default theme package can be found in Cydia under ModMyi repository. This theme comes with icons for stock applications and some popular applications, as well as alternate icons. Further contents include wallpaper, status bar, page indicator dots, badges and a dock.
Please note that five-column springboard and dock are not part of this theme, but installed through separate hacks. Also, the SBSettings theme here does not come with Suave either.
Generally, Suave’s icons are smaller in size than the stock ones.
A real beauty, this theme is available in Cydia via ModMyi repo. The name ‘Glasklart’ comes from Swedish, meaning ‘clear like glass’ and this is exactly what this theme does; showcasing your wallpaper. The theme elements are generally transparent, and work best in conjunction with a user-defined wallpaper, preferably one with dark themes to go with the theme’s general outlook.
Glasklart package comes with 5100+ icons, custom badges, lock screen skin, popup dialogs, SMS bubbles, calculator skin, dialer skin, call skin, and a lot of separate options for additional customization. Best part is that Glasklart is free!
Check out the screenshots:
Matte Nano is, simply put, beautify simplified. The overhaul that this theme brings is giving a matte-finish look to your iPhone/iPod Touch UI. Again available through the ModMyi repo for free, this beautiful theme comes with 2,295+ icons (including duplicate icons), wallpaper, dock, badges and status bar, with more additions constantly happening.
This theme also contains an icon template file as well as mask function which can resize icons for those apps whose alternates are not present within the theme. For the ultimate effect, use Matte UI Graphite along with Matte Nano to complement the perfect matte look for your iDevice. There is also a matte theme available for SBSettings (both available in Cydia for free, look them up).
I have to admit, this theme is my personal favorite. With ModMyi repo taking the cake again, Illumine is a gorgeous theme featuring a gorgeous matted icon art, smaller and more rounded icons, and a slightly softer palette compared to the default iPhone. What Illumine basically does is that it adds icons for a huge number of applications with a glowing neon underneath, giving one of the most beautiful effects you can imagine from the iPhone/iPod Touch’s glorious display. It also adds a glowing green orb for unlock screen.
Illumine is under constant support, which means new icons keep on adding to the theme. There is an Illumine effect available for SMS conversations, as well as for SBSettings. Best of all, despite its whopping download size (over 20 MB) and wide variety of customizations, Illumine is free.
One great tip regarding illumine would be to use it with the reflective dock tweak. The glowing neons look much cooler when they get reflected.
Ultimate Chrome is another all-metal look for the iPhone or iPod Touch. The theme outlook is a cool, brushed silver chrome with a great set of customizing features, including custom loader screens, a nice lockscreen that works great with AndroidLock, LiveClock, WeatheriCon, iPod Skin, SMS theme, Keyboard, some Cydia icons and apps store icons framed in Chrome.
Like most other themes, Ultimate Chrome is also available for free in Cydia under ModMyi repository.
That’s it for this week. We will bring you something even better next week! In the meanwhile, your comments will let us know how you found this list, so please, keep them coming!