07-02-2011 03:07 AM
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  1. Michael-Dallas's Avatar
    I'm confused

    Sent from my Samsung Focus using Board Express
    In the Chinese zodiac, I am a rabbit. The lucky colors for the rabbit are green and aqua. My WP7 theme color is green.

    Michael.
    kallemia likes this.
    06-08-2011 06:39 PM
  2. Winterfang's Avatar
    @rpm5101

    Who is the artist?
    06-09-2011 09:44 AM
  3. rpm5101's Avatar
    @rpm5101

    Who is the artist?
    In the Music hub? Empire of the Sun.
    06-09-2011 11:50 AM
  4. sketchy9's Avatar
    The biggest priority for me is having a high contrast between the background and tiles. So, a dark color (e.g. brown or red) on a black background loos awful to me. The two combos I like the best are dark/orange and white/red. I'll have to try pink, though, after all the endorsements here.

    @rpm5101, that is a bad-a$$ color scheme. Care to share how you got there (I'm developer unlocked as well). Thx.

    -R
    06-09-2011 07:32 PM
  5. jimski's Avatar
    The biggest priority for me is having a high contrast between the background and tiles. So, a dark color (e.g. brown or red) on a black background loos awful to me.
    Guessing you have one of those AMOLED screens, because dark red on black looks fantastic. And the dark red accent text in texts, email, IE, etc., looks great too. With the lighter accents I couldn't read any of the text.


    Sent from my HTC Surround using Board Express
    06-10-2011 12:58 AM
  6. rpm5101's Avatar
    @rpm5101, that is a bad-a$$ color scheme. Care to share how you got there (I'm developer unlocked as well). Thx.

    -R
    Thanks! It was all done through registry tweaks. The biggest things to change are:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/ControlPanel/Themes/1 (or 0 if using Light theme)

    • PageBackgroundColor - this is the background color for the home screens (brown in my case)
    • TextNeutralColor - this is the color of the text on the home screens
    • ChromeColor - this is the grey you see behind the keyboard, behind the options of the bottom menu, and in the menu when you turn the volume up/down


      Going into the Accents folder here brings you to the color of your tiles (among other things). Each is numbered, and each number represents a different theme:

      [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ControlPanel\Themes\0\Accents]
      "0"= AccentId ;0 - Green
      "1"= AccentId ;1 - Red
      "2"= AccentId ;2 - Blue
      "3"= AccentId ;3 - Yellow ;Id 4 - Used by OEMs
      "5"= AccentId ;5 - Pink ;Id 4 - Used by OEMS
      "6"= AccentId ;6 - Brown
      "7"= AccentId ;7 - Lime
      "8"= AccentId ;8 - Teal
      "9"= AccentId ;9 - Purple
      "10"= AccentId ;10 - Magenta


      When accessing these registry values, you will notice that their Dword values are in decimal form. Using any hexadecimal-to-decimal converter online, you can change these accents to any color you please. Just make sure you don't enter any hexadecimal values here (if you aren't sure what I'm talking about, PM me). Do not change the value of the accent that you are currently using.


      You will need to tweak other, smaller registry values to your liking (like most of the other text keys), but it really is pretty simple to do. Trial and error. To see any of the registry changes that you have made, switch your phone from Light to Dark or from Dark to Light and then back to where it was.
    Last edited by rpm5101; 06-10-2011 at 10:07 AM.
    06-10-2011 08:39 AM
  7. rpm5101's Avatar
    Guessing you have one of those AMOLED screens, because dark red on black looks fantastic. And the dark red accent text in texts, email, IE, etc., looks great too. With the lighter accents I couldn't read any of the text.


    Sent from my HTC Surround using Board Express
    Are you suggesting there's something wrong with AMOLED screens? They're known as the best looking screen on WP7....especially compared to your Surround's screen. But yeah, I don't know why he thinks dark colors on a black background don't look good, it looks fine on my Focus! Oh, and I can read texts against a light accent color, I'm guessing you have one of those WVGA screens. :happy:
    Last edited by rpm5101; 06-10-2011 at 10:03 AM.
    06-10-2011 09:37 AM
  8. jimski's Avatar
    Are you suggesting there's something wrong with AMOLED screens? They're known as the best looking screen on WP7....especially compared to your Surround's screen.. :happy:
    Not at all. When I played with the devices on launch day I will admit I was already partial to HTC devices, but I did try to be objective with the Focus. Aside from it feeling a little light to me (guess that comes from owning a few tanks) the screen appeared oversaturated, like someone turned the contrast on their TV way too high, compared to the more familiar Surround. I may have gotten used to it over time but it was not a deal breaker for me. I think all WP devices are good and won't steer anyone away from a device (except maybe DVP and Focus v1.4). Just try all that are available and take your pick.

    My comment was more directed at understanding why darker colors would not be appealing. I have tried orange, lime and pink accents and can't really see the white text through the colors on the tiles or the colored text within apps. May just be the difference (not better or worse) in screens.


    Sent from my HTC Surround using Board Express
    06-10-2011 11:14 AM
  9. rpm5101's Avatar
    So you're saying you don't like the AMOLED screen because it's more vibrant? Here are some reviews of the Surround's screen:


    cNet HTC Surround Review - Watch CNET's Video Review
    It's crisp and bright, but colors don't quite pop off the screen as they do on the Samsung Focus' Super AMOLED screen.
    Engadget HTC Surround review -- Engadget
    While the display is commendably bright and vibrant -- we actually thought it was a bit too bright at the lowest setting -- it's still not up to the standard set by the iPhone 4 and Samsung's Super AMOLED devices. On a phone built for video playback, that's sort of an issue, and it's one that's on Microsoft to solve -- WP7 doesn't support higher resolutions yet. It's also telling that even Microsoft refers to the Samsung Focus as having the best display of the Windows Phone 7 launch lineup -- side by side the Surround's screen is more color accurate, but somewhat more washed out.
    Phone Arena HTC Surround Review - Phone Arena
    Blessed with such a healthy sized display, we can't find too many issues regarding it aside from the fact that it doesn't look quite as stunning compared to the Super AMOLED panel used with the Samsung Focus.


    Just sayin'.
    06-10-2011 11:46 AM
  10. jimski's Avatar
    So you're saying you don't like the AMOLED screen because it's more vibrant? Here are some reviews of the Surround's screen:



    cNet HTC Surround Review - Watch CNET's Video Review



    Engadget HTC Surround review -- Engadget



    Phone Arena HTC Surround Review - Phone Arena



    Just sayin'.
    Not suggesting one way or the other. Different strokes for different folks. Reviews are good to zero in on things but nothing like touch and feel, which I did in this case. As I said, maybe its my untrained eye. If there were two Surrounds offered, one with AMOLED and one without, I probably still would have gone with the without. But your mileage may vary. That's why it's nice that we all have choices.

    Sent from my HTC Surround using Board Express
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    06-10-2011 01:26 PM
  11. jake69's Avatar
    went from teal to brown to lime and now back to teal. ;-)
    06-10-2011 03:06 PM
  12. rpm5101's Avatar
    That is true, it's all personal preference. People think I'm crazy because I have my screen so bright that I need to charge my phone at least twice a day. I just love to look at it.
    06-10-2011 03:07 PM
  13. Charles74's Avatar
    My theme is named as Aari c Blue, I think its the theme coming for Alien ware for computers.
    06-16-2011 08:16 AM
  14. kallemia's Avatar
    I'm a rabbit too. Though in the Vietnamese zodiac calendar, we rabbits are cats! Woo hoo! Hence I have a nice pic/tile of my gray kitty on the start screen, right next to "Me".
    06-18-2011 07:11 AM
  15. cdook's Avatar
    I've been using Lime for a while now, but I also like Orange and Blue. After seeing this thread I might need to change :D.
    06-20-2011 08:47 AM
  16. Yakolev's Avatar
    Dark with Teal, havn't changed it in a while.
    06-20-2011 11:27 AM
  17. angieh's Avatar
    Light with magenta.
    06-21-2011 02:56 PM
  18. rpm5101's Avatar
    Ever since my phone bricked and I had to get a replacement device...dark w/ teal.


    I miss my unlocked Focus. :(
    06-21-2011 03:14 PM
  19. VernonEL's Avatar
    For me, the more color and differentiation the better. Easier fo me to find unique looking tiles when scrolling quickly and it looks brighter, more colorful. I try to load my screen with live tiles that look different,...
    I have mixed my live tiles to have a bit of a checkerboard effect. The accent colored ones offsetting the uniquely colored ones.

    It makes them easier to find while quickly scolling through. I don't really care what it looks like (I'm colored blind), but my wife said that they have really good contrast, instead of there being large, inconsistently sized chunks of color splotches.

    And I use blue, on dark.
    07-01-2011 10:52 AM
  20. furygoalbrtis39's Avatar
    If a theme is not available through the installer, you will have to add it manually yourself. First, you will need to use the installer.app and install OpenSSH on your iPhone.You will then need to install WinSCP on your computer. To connect to WinSCP you will need to go into your settings on your iPhone into Wi-fi, click on the little arrow next to the Wi-Fi you are connected to and get the ip address. Now open WinSCP on your computer.the Host Name is your ip address the user name is root and the password is alpine.Once WinSCP opens, the themes go into the var/root/library/SummerBoard/Themes folder on 1.1.2 and lower and in the var/mobile/library/SummerBoard/Themes folder on 1.1.3 and above. nce you are in that folder you will see all the themes that are on your iPhone. This is where you will want to add your new themes.
    why are u talking about the iPhone?


    Sent from my Samsung Focus using Board Express
    07-01-2011 11:07 AM
  21. Rhody#WP's Avatar
    why are u talking about the iPhone?


    Sent from my Samsung Focus using Board Express
    My guess is to post a link to his wedding planner app.
    07-01-2011 11:16 AM
  22. flyeaglesfly's Avatar
    i've been using green for the past few weeks.
    07-01-2011 11:40 AM
  23. furygoalbrtis39's Avatar
    My guess is to post a link to his wedding planner app.
    but he's talking about putting themes on the iPhone

    Sent from my Samsung Focus using Board Express
    07-01-2011 06:47 PM
  24. RumpRoast's Avatar
    I've been using green against the dark theme up until last week. Now i'm rocking the dark/light theme with orange tiles in anticipation of Mango. I keep the brightness on low when using orange/light because I occasionally wake up in the middle of the night for water or restroom and check my phone (dunno why, habit I guess) and anything other than low feels like a flashbang went off in my room...
    07-02-2011 03:07 AM
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