Read the full SPB MobileShell for Symbian review

SPB's MobileShell for Symbian provides a nice upgrade to the dour touch-screen interface that Symbian provides. Its multi-faceted desktop arrangement puts far more functionality in easy reach than standard Symbian and it looks significantly slicker as well. It is however too expensive at £26.95 and we'd prefer to see this drop to nearer £10 before it's an outright recommendation.

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May 27, 2010, 6:08 pm


The vid says Klipsch Image X5. Doh!


May 27, 2010, 6:53 pm

It looks nice. But I wonder if it can perform on my Nokia 5800, which is already struggling just keeping the stock home screen running.

Well I think I will follow your advice and put the money towards a new handset... and it won't be from the Finnish factory.


May 27, 2010, 6:54 pm

Does this have access to the OVI store?



May 27, 2010, 7:02 pm

@HDRE: Yup, well spotted. We're sorting it now.

@Jesper: Good question. The 5530 XpressMusic that I tested on uses the same processor and operating system as the 5800 and it ran Mobile Shell fine.

@Zishan: Mobile Shell is just like an app. It sits on top of the rest of the interface but is just a first layer. Once you click through to a program or sub-menu, you'll find the standard Symbian interface. As such, if your phone supports access to OVI, then so should Mobile Shell.


May 27, 2010, 7:54 pm

Just installed it. I guess it is kind of a demo since I haven't paid for it yet (I did get it from their side). It runs fine on the 5800.

I must admit it is pretty nice. But since it does from time to time revert back to the old Symbian look, it gets a little confusing to use, when the buttons jump around.

But I wonder if they are going to extend the functionality (maybe even add a proper keyboard). And skin the remaining menus. If that was their plan, and I would get free updates when they did, I might actually consider buying it.


May 27, 2010, 8:18 pm

I wouldn't say its a UI shell, but a 3rd party homescreen. It is possible on S60/Symbian phones to have external homescreens. You can see it on Orange phones. All the native apps still have the S60 UI look and feel.

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