First, for those of you that don’t know or heard of Touch Shell,
Touch Shell is an application offering modern and flexible user interface for Windows Mobile Devices. The ultimate must-have for all Windows Mobile Pocket PC Phone users, Touch Shell makes your device more usable than ever and adds rich graphics and fabulous 3D effects to the interface. The application features an additional Today screen, which puts all the most frequently used functions at your fingertips.
Touch Shell offers two version;
Touch Shell Free
3D visual effects
Big clock and date
Separate page for plug-ins
Touch Shell Pro
An advanced version of Touch Shell is also available. It has many additional features:
Photo contacts page
Program launcher page
Weather forecast with animation effects
Media Player control page
Second, can Touch Shell be an alternative to TouchFlo 3D?
After using TF3D for quite some time, I decided to look into alternatives. My first choice was Spb Mobile Shell and in my opinion, would be the best alternative but I was looking for a more TF3D like alternative UI and MobileShell was just not that. So then there is MobilityFlows,s Touch Shell which would be the closest replacement. But, can it size up to TF3D?
Third, my review and just my opinion.
So after playing with the free version for a while, I opted not to get the pro version. Here are some of my deciding factors,
Supports QVGA and VGA Windows Mobile 5, 6 Based Devices
Has a Free version
Transparent background which allows you to use your own wallpaper
Not a today plug-in but ran as a program
Animation is choppy
look and feel outdated
The flow and transitions from tab to tab is slow
I have to admit that I was excided when i first heard and seen Touch Shell and anticipated it’s release. But being spoiled by TF3D, it now only seems to be a good alternative if you have an older device not equipped or capable of running TF3D but even TF2D might have a leg up on it. I’ll leave it up to you to decide…..