Tuesday, September 27, 2005

SmartPhone Themes

As you know, I got the Audiovox SMT 5600 some while ago, and I felt special. That was until 18,000 of my closes Microsoft peers also go the same phone, then I felt more like a lemming.

But, after putting on my thinking cap, and applying my same knowledge of customization to my smartphone that I do with my desktop, I got to thinking: I could make this phone truely mine.

I started with ring tones & sounds. I have the Pirates of the Caribbean theme song as my ring tone. It works out quite nicely. I also have some pretty wacky sounds as reminders and new item notification.

I still felt like a lemming, my phone looks like everyone else's... So naturally, I started putting my own photos on the home screen, then I thought about the colours, and I found this wonderful page on SmartPhone Themes! (make sure you drop the "goto category" drop down, there are hundreds of themes here!).

Then I figured, why stop there (by this time, you know how much of a time synch this has been, my poor puppy, he wants to play, and I'm knee deep in xml writing a new SBS 2003 unofficial smartphone theme!

That's right, you heard me, In my spare time, I'm writing a new theme, I'm optomizing it around visibility, simplicity and clarity. Which of course just sums up in "damn cool!" Once I get it complete, I'll post it here. I'd say I'm about a 1/4 of the way through.

Don't be lame, customize!