Well, being a lover of all things Android, I’m usually not inclined to point someone to any other type of UI or skin overlay. However, this is just freaking cool. SPB, the popular mobile software company has taken their SPB mobile shell to new heights. When I had an HTC HD2 running Windows Mobile 6.5, I was quick to run to SPB Shell to gain that lost Android functionality, but didn’t like how all of the icons were completely different, as they were the default icons that came with the shell. When I saw the quick demo video for SPB Shell 3D, I wasn’t as reluctant to consider the application because you get to obviously keep the look and feel of your standard Android icons.
The SPB Shell 3D is truly a next generation mobile user interface. The application shell sports a 3D Home screen launcher, smart folders, 3D widgets and a slew of other panels and widgets to select from. The 3D engine is smooth and superb with live animation occurring within the 3D panel view itself. I think this is an excellent alternative to those who want something new and fresh but aren’t of the ROM’ing and hacking community. Unfortunately, an app like this also comes with a pretty hefty price tag. The app comes in at a whopping $14.95 Is this a deal breaker for you? This might not be an overall difficult decision to make if the Android Market didn’t have a 15 min return window. It’s going to take a lot more than 15 minutes to explore all of the ins and outs of this application. But hey, if you’re willing to give it a go, then head on over to the Android Market and don’t forget to let us know what you think of the app in the comments below. Hit the break for a plethora of pics and info, including SPB’s user manual, which comes jam packed with pics and quick tips for you. There is also a quick video demo of the app in action. » Read the rest