Admit it, your life has been missing some heat. Icon heat. Icon hotness. The “Hot.”
Paris Hilton. Today, we bring it all back with a 3-pack. Yes, these icons are hot.
We were only slightly busy over the last two months covering a couple of devices you may have heard of, the Galaxy S6 (review), S6 Edge (review), and HTC One M9. With two of the three out of the way, we needed a break for a minute, which is code for – we needed to freshin’ them up with an icon pack or two. You see, when we do reviews, we almost always review a phone without a third party launcher, so that we can give you our thoughts on the stock experience a manufacturer intended. Now that reviews for the new Galaxys are out of the way, Nova is on and so are some icon packs.
Here are the three I am currently juggling.
In case you couldn’t tell from the name, this icon pack pays tribute to MIUI, the popular skin found on Xiaomi’s phones. Miu was created by artist djskarpia, the same icon creator who put together one of my favorite icon packs of all time, Moko. Like Moko, Miu comes with thousands of icons (2,500+), a whole bunch of custom made wallpapers, Muzei and Behang support, dynamic calendars, compatibility with your favorite launchers, and one of the best dashboard apps in the game.
The icon pack features that vivid, colorful palette that you know from MIUI, except it drags it across 2,500+ icons. So instead of just a handful of MIUI-like , square-ish stock icons, you get all of your apps looking like the MIUI style. As an added bonus, there plenty of alternate icons for apps like the dialer, Gmail, and folders. You shouldn’t have any trouble creating a home screen masterpiece.
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Belle is an icon pack that we should have featured long ago, as it is one of the most popular of all time with over 700,000 downloads. That’s a lot, right? It has been around since at least 2013, but it continues to receive updates to this day. It’s also still gorgeous and not at all out of style.
There are both free and “donate” versions of Belle, with each featuring over 1,300+ icons, a bunch of custom wallpapers, and of course, support for your favorite launchers. The icons are rounded, have subtle shadows that highlight depth, and a color range that is neither Easter nor dark cave – it’s somewhere in the middle. The colors all stay pretty true to the apps they represent, which makes for one of the most versatile packs you will find.
Again, I know that Belle is not at all new, but classics still need love.
With Vee, we’re just going completely out of the norm here. Too often do we feature semi-rounded icons, with vibrant colors and long-shadows. That’s not to say that we don’t love all of the icon packs we feature, but every now and then, stepping out of a comfort zone isn’t a bad thing. And so that’s where Vee comes in.
As you can tell from the screenshots, Vee basically turns each icon into an awesome looking comic book. I don’t know how else to explain it. I’m not calling them cartoonish, but there is something almost hand-drawn, raw, and unpolished about each. Don’t take that as a negative either – that’s just how I’m choosing to describe them. That rawness is why I think this icon pack is so great. Colors are toned down, but appropriate. You know exactly what each icon is.
Overall, you are looking at over 2,800 icons, 130+ HD wallpapers, 30 app drawer alternates, dynamic calendar support, and so much more. If you want something different, give Vee some run.
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