SPB Mobile Shell 3.5 For Windows Mobile Phones.

SPB Mobile Shell is a user interface for Windows Mobile Professional (touchscreen phones) that implements touch navigation, widgets, and multiple pages to put more functionality at your fingertips.

SPB Software has announced an update to its excellent Windows Mobile application, Mobile Shell. We saw major renovations to Mobile Shell with the release of version 3.0 earlier this year, and the updated version, 3.5, doesn’t break suit.Follow the break for highlights of the updated version along with some screenshots.

What’s New?

SPB Mobile Shell 3.5 Lifestyle LayoutSPB Mobile Shell 3.5 Professional Layout

The core functionality of Mobile Shell hasn’t changed. The application continues to have both Professional and Lifestyle layouts. However, if you want to restrict Mobile Shell to one layout, you can disable one layout or keep both active to swipe between.

SPB  Mobile Shell 3.5 Settings Menu

While the previous version of Mobile Shell included pages to the left and right of the main page of the Lifestyle Layout, the new version allows you to expand these pages up to five. You can also add side pages to the Professional Layout. The Professional Layout is now “widget-based” to allow you to position items to your tastes.

Widgets

Widgets are still present but you have more presets to choose from, including a Facebook status, Twitter status, Tasks, Birthday Reminders, Instant switches for WiFi, Bluetooth, Flight Mode, and Phone, Internet search, and many more. You can still create widgets to launch install applications, but having a wider range of preset widgets is nice.

SPB  Mobile Shell 3.5 Widget ScreenSPB Mobile Shell 3.5 Organize Screen View

Widgets are easier to manage, with a drag/drop trash can to delete unwanted widgets from the screen’s layout. There is also tactile feedback on tap and hold actions.

SPB Mobile Shell 3.5 Widget Size Selection

You can continue to edit the size and style of widgets ranging from small, medium and big as well as simple, professional, and text.

SPB  Mobile Shell 3.5 Horizontal View

One complaint I had with Mobile Shell 3.0 was that when you rotated the screen the widgets had a tendency to shift out of alignment. This is not the case with Mobile Shell 3.5 as the widgets remain aligned.

Weather

SPB Mobile Shell 3.5 Weather Tab ConditionsSPB Mobile Shell 3.5 Weather Forecast

The weather page has expanded to include local conditions as well as forecasts. Here you will see the local temp, wind direction/speed, barometric pressure, humidity and dew point. Additionally, weather forecasts are now carried over the Agenda.

3D Enhancements

You still have the Carousel and Tile views of the Mobile Shell pages and with version 3.5, these views have G-Sensor support.

SPB  Mobile Shell 3.5 Carousel ViewSPB  Mobile Shell 3.5 Carousel Tilted

The Carousel is one of the 3D enhancements SPB has included with the update. With the 3D Accelerator turned on, you can swivel, rotate and spin the carousel on it’s axis by touch. You can also turn on the G-sensor and swivel the carousel by tilting the phone.

SPB Mobile  Shell 3.5 3D Email

You also are able to view e-mail in a 3D view where you can scroll through your email messages.

Color Themes and Backgrounds

SPB Mobile Shell 3.5 Change BackgroundSPB  Mobile Shell 3.5 Online Gallery

You can still change the color theme, and those themes are supported by Windows Mobile 6.5 now. You still have the ability to change the background image on your Lifestyle layout. You can choose from your own pictures, a local gallery of images or choose from an online gallery of forty images. In downloading these images, they are stored in your local gallery folder.

Overall Impression

SPB Mobile Shell 3.5 Sunset Background

All in all, we are quit impressed with the updated version of Mobile Shell. SPB Mobile Shell has traditionally focused on putting more functionality at your fingertips and the updated version maintains that tradition really well. Add the vast amount of customization that is present and you get the flash with the functionality. Resulting in another outstanding application from SPB Software.

SPB Mobile Shell 3.5 is available here and if you’re not sure, there’s a trial version available. Already a Mobile Shell 3.0 user? Upgrading to version 3.5 is free. For more details on SPB Software’s upgrade policy can be found at SPB’s website.



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