Themer Beta strays away from the conventional Android launcher in its own unique way. Instead of giving you another bunch of transition effects and some glitzy new icons, the aim of Themer is to completely transform the look of your homescreen and all its elements. Sounds like quite an ambitious thing to accomplish, but Themer does succeed in doing some of it.
As the name suggests, each new Themer homescreen brings along with it its own set of icons, wallpapers, widgets and other homescreen elements. All of these are heavily skinned, and some of them are truly complex. We enjoyed downloading the large variety of themes available through the Themer app and trying out the different styles of homescreen, but in the end we had to switch to the Aviate launcher we were previously using.
Why? Because Themer fails to provide a consistent experience across the board. While the variety of themes you can download are undoubtedly gorgeously and expertly designed, they all have a central flaw. That is every time you apply a new theme, you lose the homescreen elements of the last theme. For example if you organized some of your apps into folders, the next time you change your theme, you’re going to lose these folders. A
s we said before, each new Themer theme is a completely new homescreen. Quite literally. And matters are made even more difficult by the cluttered-looking app drawer. While Themer uses the same ‘Collections’ concept as Aviate (organize apps by their function), the interface makes the collections look really messy. So from a design and usability point of view, Themer is not quite perfect.
We really appreciate what Themer’s developers are trying to do. The app really does transform your homescreen, and you’ll love the new look of your device. That is, before you have to apply another theme. That’s where Themer’s current limitations will come into play and you’ll start to get frustrated of it. Themer is a fantastic concept but at its current stage it’s simply too much style over substance.