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OK, I’ll concede that the HTC Touch is a Windows Mobile 6 phone with a cool shell. Inside the chocolatey-center it’s still Win Mo 6. If the Touch isn’t quite satisfying your taste buds, you can still put a very nice shell on on your Win […]

Spb_mobile_shell_1_5OK, I’ll concede that the HTC Touch is a Windows Mobile 6 phone with a cool shell. Inside the chocolatey-center it’s still Win Mo 6. If the Touch isn’t quite satisfying your taste buds, you can still put a very nice shell on on your Win Mo handset with SPB’s Mobile Shell, just upgraded to version 1.5.

New in this version:

  • Now Screen professional layout
  • Menu customization
  • Easy item pinning on Today
  • Ability to change order of pinned items
  • Third party plug-ins support
  • Now Screen as lock screen
  • Device locking usability improvements
  • Assigning Spb Menu actions to hardware keys
  • Bigger city database (10000 cities supported)
  • Simple phone profiles
  • Phone profile, alarm, graphic calendar on Now Screen
  • Option to hide menu after program launch
  • Battery life optimizations
  • Performance and stability improvements
  • Better and more reliable appointment handling on Now Screen
  • Minimize All added to Task Manager
  • Two additional photo speed dial tabs
  • Talk button works from Spb Contacts
  • Several more minor changes and bugfixes

The initial version scored a 5 out of 5 from Aximsite, so with all of these upgrades, I expect to see a 6 out of 5. If you can’t wait for a full review, just click the link for a 15-day free trial. You’ll need Windows Mobile 5 or 6, plus a touchscreen; Mobile Shell isn’t for the Smartphone or Standard Edition of WM.

(via Mobility Site)

  1. I installed this on a Pocket PC to see what it looked like before I even owned my new 8525.

    It was one of the first things I installed on my phone, and it hasn’t been off it. The new upgrade is great.

    The only thing it’s missing is an automatic key lock. Wtf? what is so hard about an automatic keylock? my free nokia phone had one. My treo 650 had one. my roommate’s free nokia phone had one. My freaking horrible crummy panasonic TDMA phone had one. my mom’s super ancient analog qualcomm had one!!! Not everyone shells out 100 dollars for a fine corinthian leather blingy case for their phone… some people deposit their 500 dollar phones in a cargo pants pocket. :)

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  2. Kevin I think all pocket PC’s have: Settings->Personal->Lock

    Or if you like the iPhone try: http://www.freewarepocketpc.net/ppc-download-slide-2-unlock-v1-14.html

    BTW I also like SPB Mobile shell.

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  3. The slide2unlock thing was quirky… sometimes it would screw up and ‘crash’, and I’d have to soft-reset to get it to start again. Also, you could defeat it by rotating the screen. It is, however, very pretty.

    The lock function in the Personal settings is password-protected device lock. I don’t need a password, I just need to keep from running stuff and keeping the device awake if I touch the screen after powering it on by accident.

    Start -> Settings -> System -> Keylock locks the hardware buttons when you power the phone off. However, if you push the power button (which is easy to do on the 8525 as it’s on the side), you still can touch the screen and interact with the device.

    (The WM Treo devices have a keylock that does what I want; it works just like the Treo 650.)

    MobileShell’s ‘lock’ and the Device Lock today plugin that comes with WM5 do what I want in terms of locking the device, but they don’t do it *automatically*. :P

    I’m just a typical whiny software user. “It doesn’t do THIS. Why can’t it do THIS? Every other program does this! Geeez I could write a program to do that in like five seconds!” (I couldn’t program my way out of a paper bag.)

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  4. Kevin, I’m using slide2unlock on my HTC Trinity without any problem. For better stability, if you set it to be closed after each run, try to leave it in the memory. If you still have problem, try batterystatus. It has an autolock feature which works very well. Other features are pretty neat as well, and it’s small and free. http://www.chi-tai.info/cs_BatteryStatus_XDA_Neo_WM5_iM_cs.htm

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  5. WHY DO YOU PEOPLE TOLERATE THIS CHEAP TACKY LOW QUALITY
    CRAP OF AN OPERATING SYSTEM SCREWING UP YOUR DISPLAY…
    THAT WHITE SPACE BETWEEN THE TODAY SCREEN AND THE UPPER AND LOWER BARS IS A QUALITY DEFECT IN WINDOWS MOBILE..
    AND IT MAKES ALL YOUR PROGRAMS, THEMES, AND BACKGROUNDS
    LOOK LIKE CRAP… WHY DO YOU TOLERATE IT..??? ITS NOT
    THE DISPLAY DOING IT..ITS WINDOWS.. IF YOU RUN A FULL SCREEN SHELL IT DISSAPEARS.. ITS WINDOWS DOING IT AND IT LOOKS LIKE S*#T….

    [Note from kct: edited offensive language. Opinions are welcome when written with decency.]

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