There are themes that bang-on capture one’s interest and Valerie is most certainly one of them. Everything from the custom status-bar icons to the icons in the nav-bar has been crafted by the theme designer from scratch- which makes the project all the more “Original.”
[substratum]Valerie on the Play Store
Currently, as I glance over to the OnePlus 5 in my possession, I notice that I’ve been running the “transparent” variant of the theme. Almost every “system” element of the theme has been given a transparent, “see-through-to-the-wallpaper” spin.
As stated plenty of times already (in previous theme reviews- such as the review for Quetzal and the one for the Android Oreo theme,) the status-bar is the one aspect of the theme that receives the highest percentage of the eyeballs. Hence, a good looking status-bar is key.
Valerie nails the status-bar down to wicked perfection. The WiFi icon has been crafted to be angularly inclined toward the north, and the network icon has been compromised of three thick strips of inclining height. The Auto-Rotate icon as-well-as the Hotspot icon features a thick line surrounded by thinner, more progressive lines. Wicked perfection.
Valerie is heavy on customization. Everything from centered settings’ tiles to total transparency has been included in one single bundle. That said, Valerie isn’t the “only” theme out there to fancy transparency into them.
The fact that the Quick Settings panel blends right into the notification cards is what interests me when it comes to the “pull-down.” Although personally I do appreciate the fancy dividers and the shade-differences, there’s nothing as “minimal” or “clean” as a fluid blend from the QS Panel to the notification cards.
The “backgrounds” included into the theme are interesting as well. In-fact, Valerie is one of the few themes wherein customizations “just work.” All you need to do is combine random accents and backgrounds.
A lot of third-party applications including the Google Play Store, the substratum theme engine, Instagram, Google+, Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, and YouTube, for example, have been themed compatible to the theme’s global settings.
The theme ships with a ton of fonts, including “Dosis” and “Ubuntu Mono,” both of which we’ve been using on this blog. The (now) seeming “standard” boot-animation “Sakura” has been added-in as well. The famous “StarWarsLockUnlock” sound pack has been added with certain exclusive wallpapers.