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Handy Shell ! The ultimate replacement of standard S60 active standby?

Well, recently, Epocware has released a “powerful” replacement of symbian standard active standby. it’s all about Handy Shell ! it allows you to carry out most common everyday operations quick and handy.

The application has 3views : Today (standby) view, Applications view and Contacts view !

–> Today view : allows you to get information about your phone settings, ongoing calendar events, calls diary (missed calls by default), sms (received by default), e-mails, weather forecast (Handy Weather v.6 or higher), and provides with application shortcuts with the help of different plugins. there are 6 types of plugins:

– Clock Plugin
– App Shortcucts Plugin
– Phone Indicators & Settings
– Calendar Plugin
– Weather Plugin

Each plugin can be moved, edited and removed ! (options –> parameters –> plugins –> options)

–> Applications view : Allows you to acces quickly to your favorite 12 applications and also we can move, edit and remove any apllication ! (options –> shortcuts)

–> Contacts view : The same as the applications view, it allows you to sms or dial 12 of your prefered contacts (Thumbnails are supported), no stress, you can of course move, edit and remove any corresponding contact shortcuts ! Also you can define a default action when you select a contact (call, send SMS) or choose a prefered number to dial when contact has more than one number (work, home etc.)

–> that’s not all ! we have two more features (views) !

Speed Dial or Start option/view ! all you’ve to do is to start typing to invoke Instant key-and-find view, This view searches through available applications to start or contacts to dial. If no applications or contacts meet search criteria, it simultaneously suggests you to dial, add or sms corresponding number, just like SkyeQuiKey or the recently released T9 Nav.

– Also, the application includes a part of Handy Taskman 😉

–> Notes : To switch between HS and the traditional Standby screen, all you have to do is to press the red key ! or press menu key (in rotation : traditional standby screen –> menu –> HS –> traditional ss and so on…), you can also define the rotation cycle, that’s great because we can remove selection from Active Standby, that leaves only Handy Shell and standard Menu in the cycle. 😉

– You can define wich view will be active; allow application to start automatically, automate de keylock…

What i don’t like :

– Doesn’t show a received file (message) via bluetooth (or infrared), except of the classic message icon on the top…

– Not compatible with Handy Calendar (for the moment).

– Doesn’t use standard S60 icons for some apps so i can’t easily find “what i’m looking for” !

– Default action (for the contacts view) limited (for the moment) at sms and call (email, mms etc. would be welcomed)

– Speed dial not working properly with AZERTY keys (tested on my E90).

– Be able to use more of the screen (especially on the inner screen of the E90) for calendar entries.

– Battery drains a lot faster when HS’s active (or the battery meter of Handy Shell is more accurate) !?

– Application plugin in Today view always contains 6 shortcuts (especially on the inner screen of the E90).

– No music player plugin (for the moment).

– Could we please change (remove) theme and profil shortcuts?

Download it !

  • Could it easily replace Tracker? Yes : more smooth, need less resources and designed more logically !
  • So, is Handy Shell the ultimate replacement of standard S60 active standby? For an E-Series phone : Almost ! for an N-Series (and others) : yes !
  • Is there other solution than using HS? Yes : Standard Active Standby + Smart Settings !

NB : The version that was tested : v1.0

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