Review: SPB Mobile Shell 3.5 for Symbian S60 5th Edition

SPB Software was one of the first places I used to visit for optimizing my Windows Mobile device and turning it into the device I wanted. Spb Software has come a long way over the last couple of years and now has software for all the major smartphone platforms, including Symbian. One of the foundational applications that I used on all of my Windows Mobile devices prior to HTC’s TouchFLO UI (and sometimes even in place of this) was SPB Mobile Shell. I was very pleased to receive the news last week that SPB Mobile Shell 3.5 was coming to Symbian S60 5th Edition and is now available for $29.95.

If you are familiar with SPB Mobile Shell on Windows Mobile then you know how much customization and functionality is in this application so I figured it was a bit easier to show this off with a video so I have the YouTube video I created below to walk you through the software. I also included an image gallery below of several screenshots, but there is even more than that available and I recommend you at least give the free trial a chance if you are at all interested in customizing the main user interface of your S60 5th Edition device. I personally tested it out on a Nokia N97 mini.

Installation and initial setup

The install file is quite large at about 7 MB, but since it is a user interface for the device I installed it right into the internal memory location on the N97 mini. It ran perfectly and I never experienced any lockups or freezes, even though I was testing a pre-release candidate.

You can install and then launch SPB Mobile Shell and then just start using it with the default settings. I imagine some people may do this, but the reason to use an application like this is to fully customize the user experience to your personal tastes and I doubt there are any two exact same SPB Mobile Shell setups across the spectrum of users.

Key features

As you can see in my video above, there is a ton of customizable functionality in SPB Mobile Shell and the software gives you a fresh device while we wait for Symbian^3. Here is a list of the widgets that are included with SPB Mobile Shell 3.5:

  • Shortcut to apps
  • Photo Contact
  • Wireless Control Switches
  • Battery
  • Phone profile
  • Analog clock
  • Digital clock
  • Tasks
  • Picture frame
  • Birthdays
  • Bluetooth/WiFi/Flight mode
  • Emails/SMS & MMS/Missed call
  • Backlight
  • Alarms
  • Agenda/Calendar
  • Weather, 5 day forecast and current weather conditions
  • Launcher
  • SPB Menu
  • Contacts
  • Photo contacts
  • Smart search
  • Call log
  • Contacts carousel
  • Home screen backgrounds
  • Skins

There are two main components of SPB Mobile Shell, including Professional Home and Lifestyle Home and you can easily switch between the two by simply flicking upwards or downwards on the display. This works if you have both enabled, but you can also just choose to use one if you never use the other. Each of these components is customizable to your liking and gives you access to many types of glanceable information and the ability to launch utilities and applications quickly.

Using SPB Mobile Shell 3.5

SPB Mobile Shell is a UI built on top of the S60 5th Edition interface and you can always switch back to the Symbian UI if you desire, but I think after you customize your device you will stick with Mobile Shell 3.5.

SPB Mobile Shell 3.5 supports OpenGL and provides a 3D carousel of your contacts, which is pretty slick and some nice eye candy. Even though the functionality can be overwhelming at times, keep in mind the software is focused on multiple homescreens, widgets, photo contacts/speed dial, and an application launcher. At times you can get lost down in the menus, but I found out on my Windows Mobile devices that you eventually gain a full understanding of the application and setup and then have a tough time trying anything else when your device is customized and optimized for you.

Conclusion

SPB Mobile Shell 3.5 is a wonderful way to customize your Symbian S60 5th Edition device. As we see some people complain about the user interface of Symbian it seems that this application can address many of those concerns and give you a fresh device without having to buy a new device. You may find the setup a bit overwhelming at first, but as you use it and set it up it really turns out to be a straight forward utility that is quite pleasing to use.

SPB Mobile Shell 3.5 is fast and responsive to touch and I am using it now as my main user interface on the N97 mini. We do not see a lot of these types of user interface utilities on Symbian so I was pleased to see SPB Software bring over just about everything that they have developed on the Windows Mobile platform.

Ratings (out of 5)

  • Features: 4.5
  • Stability: 5
  • Customizability: 5
  • Ease of use: 4

Overall: 4.5/5

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Pros

  • Extremely customizable
  • Fast and responsive
  • Stable
  • Fresh user interface without needing a new device

Cons

  • May be a bit overwhelming at first with all the settings
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88 Comments to Review: SPB Mobile Shell 3.5 for Symbian S60 5th Edition

Maurica.
April 5, 2011

I also need SPB Registration key! I have Sonny Ericsson Vivaz.. please someone help me, I’ll be thankfull 😉
– send it on my e-mail: maurica_tea@hotmail.com

saleh
May 9, 2011

please I need SPB Registration key, I have Nokia 5800 xp

thanks

saleh
May 9, 2011

please I need SPB Registration key, I have Nokia 5800 xp
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Rei
May 9, 2011

Nokia can really learn a thing or two from SPB. I have no idea why they stubbornly refuse to completely revamp Symbian’s UI to be as attractive, functional, and as fast as SPB’s Mobile Shell considering that Symbian’s market share is constantly dropping at an alarming rate.

river
May 20, 2011

i have nokia 5800 xp and i need a registrasion keys for my spb shell..please help me

Voodooman
May 22, 2011

Absolutely great piece of software. It took me only two days to realise that I really have to buy it. I was thinking to sell my C6, but now there’s really no need to do so.
SPB shell looks really nice, that’s fo sure. But the almost unbelievable thing is that it does not feel heavy, the phone is as responsive as it has always been with its own interface.
€25 very well spent!

raki
May 28, 2011

hi fnd i m using nokia5800xm my imei no.is 358247038254996 did any know spb mobileshell3.05 key mail me at gundla9@gmail.com thank u for all

arya
July 18, 2011

Dear All,
Pls help me anyone….
How can I reset to the default setting of this SPB-Shell, ‘coz I delete the SPB-Weather homescreen accidentally, and I can’t find how to show up again in my homescreen.

nuphure
August 7, 2011

assalamoaleikum.m using this application on nokia C5 03. . . Can anyone tell me its registration key?

raka011
August 26, 2011

asalamualaikum please help me, why when d install them on the phone asking SPB registration,., what its registration yaaa my phone nokia 8gb x6 d yes please help

aregaditya
August 26, 2011

ok to….

wale
August 29, 2011

pls, i nid spb reg key for nokia c6, version 3.7 build 598
imei: 354839043995920

thanx.

Tusi Sareya Da Puo
August 30, 2011

Hi,i did install this program on Nokia C6..it’s amazing but it lack with one problem that it consume too much of ram…for running this program forget multitask with other program….

Rohan
September 10, 2011

really something great, it turns your cellphone into a real smartphone. installed on my nokia C6, n believe me, every problem which i was having with my phones GUI just got lost in a flick of a second… absolutely stunning to expreience…

siddhant
September 10, 2011

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trojan
September 15, 2011

i have a problem with my ph coz i don’t know the registeration key of spb mobile shell.if anybody knows plz send me email to ninja.sasuke.psycho@gmail.com.thz bro..

mahmood
September 15, 2011

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September 23, 2011

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October 9, 2011

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October 13, 2011

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October 13, 2011

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November 2, 2011

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November 12, 2011

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November 16, 2011

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December 6, 2011

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December 6, 2011

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December 20, 2011

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Sam
January 7, 2012

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January 7, 2012

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jake
February 1, 2012

i dunno about half you guys but i have a samsung i8910 omnia hd and the stock ui is unbareable so then i installed hack firmware to free up more ram and space then covered it with spb … Never once had a problem with it i can run 20+ apps no worries and still have 50 or so mb of ram free and my phone is usable again! All you winging and nagging for keys plz respect the work gone into this great ui!
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noble
February 4, 2012

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tignamuh
February 19, 2012

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February 20, 2012

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SAUD HASAN
February 25, 2012

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Sikandra
March 17, 2012

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