It’s also easy to move icons around on the screen and between different pages or to delete them. In part this is because it blatantly copies the iPhone approach to icon management. To mange your icons all you have to do is press and hold on one of them. All the icons will then start to jiggle. Once they’re jiggling you can drag them around on the current screen, move them to another screen or delete them by tapping on a red X at the top right hand corner. To finish you just press the centre of the D-pad button and they all settle down again.
One of the shell’s major strengths is that many of the icons are dynamic. Stuff like battery level, signal strength and calendar date are shown on the actual icon so you can glean the information you need just by glancing at them rather than having to actually tap on them. It also uses an iPhone style number-above-the icon feature to notify you of new emails, new text messages and missed calls.
There are plenty of other neat features too. On the first page of icons you’ll find the Running icon that calls up a list of all the applications currently running in memory. There’s a button here to close all running applications or you can tap on a red dot next to each app to close them individually, while actually tapping on the application icon will take you directly to the app.
When you’ve got another app loaded you can use Winterface’s own gesture stroke to instantly return to it. All you have to do is draw a rainbow style arc with your thumb across the screen and Winterface will come to the fore again. In our experience the device recognised this gesture about 90 per cent of the time, although there are occasions when it’s impossible to get it to respond. For example, trying to draw it in the grid view in Excel just causes Excel to group select its cells.