If u want to get ur hands dirty on some other websites that offers free
theme downloads, u can check the websites below. And if u try ur luck with google, u may find other websites or forums wherein
there are folks that posts their own theme creation for free!
Games and Apps:
If u want to download free games and apps, www.getjar.com website is my one stop shop. If u know any other websites that offers free apps and games dl, please do inform me, thanks!
I have already mentioned sound quality related issues on my previous page. But if ur looking
for a neat software that can do all the conversion easily for u, try dbpoweramp. U can download it at www.dbpoweramp.com
Firmware / Info:
All the shortcut keys that I know (except for the firmware version display that can be accessed
by >*<<*<* ... in other words
its: Joystick Right, Star, Left, Left, Star, Left, Star are already posted on pages 1 and 2. Features, shortcut keys,
performance etc may slightly differ depending on the firmware version that the phone uses. For more info on different firmware
versions, visit these websites:
Bdway I'm using version: R2AY004
(released around May of '05)
Animated Themes / Caller ID:
Creating animated GIF's will be a lot easier if u have the right tool for the job. I'm used to
Ulead's interface since I've experimented with some of their other video editing softwares before so for GIF animation I'm
using their GIF Animation software. Its a pretty good software, easy to use but a bit short with their built-in animation
Anyway, if ur going to use animated wallpaper for ur themes, all u have to do is gather urself
a couple of pictures, resize it to 176x176res, and use the software to animate it for u. U can also use the software to use
frames from videos and turn it into animated GIFs w/c is extremely cool!
Now pretty much the same goes with phonebook pictures, the only difference is that the size for
the texter and caller pop-up picture size is not documented. However, I experimented and found out that the text pop-up picture
size is 152x146. Any picture bigger than that will force the phone to resize it for u w/c will cause jagged lines and/or pixelation.
However if the picture size is smaller, the phone will not resize/enlarge it for u, u will just basically end up with a small
pop-up picture. For pop-up picture when making and receiving calls, the height is a bit smaller because of the progress bar
on the lower portion of the pop-up window. The width AFAIK remains the same. I haven't discovered the exact size myself since
I text more than I call, so I opt to have the correct size for the text pop-up picture than the smaller call ID pic.
Animated pictures for themes may lag or not run as it would on ur PC. Its ok since u cannot expect
a cellphone to have the same processing power as ur computer (unless its jurassic). For animated caller ID pictures, if u
for example have 1sec space for the first animation to kick in, expect it to be processed 2-3sec later. And when ur trying
to make a call, the first few seconds may lag because the phone is busy doing numerous things at a time.
If ur looking for quality, its best to stick with JPEG's than animated GIF's. Be informed that
GIF's have a max of 256 colors. That's the price that u have to pay for having cool animated pictures ... it may not be all
that obvious for animated or cartoon pics, but for photos its going to be noticeable 90% of the time. To minimize the pic
quality degration, use a prof photo editing software like Adobe Photoshop (use "Local" setting) to directly convert the
picture to GIF rather than letting Ulead (for ex) convert it for u. The difference should be noticeable but not night and
Having animated pictures of ur friends looks really cool especially when ur having a call since
the phone continously display the picture while ur on call. So its like talking to them directly w/o 3G ... or something bwehehe!