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Review: SBHT MyHome

With modern mobile devices it’s not enough to simply offer a long list of features. Consumers these days expect the best of everything; this is why we’ve seen a trend of Windows Mobile device manufacturers designing a custom user interface into their products. Additionally, more software developers are putting their effort into home screen replacements in an effort to fill the gap for one of the shortcomings in Windows Mobile.

You may not have heard of SHBT (Sellit Hungary BT), but the Hungarian developer has been building applications for Windows Mobile since 2004. Many of SHBT’s products would seem to be targeted at niche markets such as Mobile Electronic Suite and Mobile Resistor; both of which are designed for electrical engineers and builders of electronic components.

Features

As with most other interface replacements for Windows Mobile, MyHome is primarily a home screen replacement. MyHome features touch capability as well as giving additional interactivity by using vibration when various functions are activated. Getting the vibration functionality going required some minor configuration. MyHome optionally integrates with SHBT Weather as well as Windows Media Player.

One thing that I haven’t seen done before is the ability to design and create custom themes or skins. Documentation and tutorials are handled through the user forums.

Advanced control about which application is activated by various interface elements is also possible. This is especially useful if you use third party applications for email or web browsing.

Use

MyHome features a row based design that allows you to cycle through different shortcuts on each row. Different rows offer different functionality. The first row features a clock and integration with SHBT Weather and Windows Media Player. Row 2 gives you a quick view of pending messages, when activated you are able to view the individual message types and click through to access your messages. The remaining three rows enable you to access your calendar, various phone settings like connectivity and ring profile, and often used profiles.

Conclusion

To me, if you’re looking for an interface enhancement, you’re probably looking for something more usable and probably something customizable. SHBT has done an admirable job on both accounts. Navigation can be accomplished with the hardware D-pad or with your finger or stylus. For those that are looking for the ultimate in customization, a quick browse through the SHBT forums will leave you with skins designed by SHBT and other users.

MyHome is a solid application with a complete feature set. As always, I would recommend taking the trial for a spin and see if it delivers the functionality that you are looking for. MyHome can be purchased at the WMExperts store in both QVGA and VGA versions for $19.95.

Ratings (out of 5)

Features: 5Use: 4

Overall:

Pros

Skins allow for unlimited customizability.Vibration feedback adds interactivityAbility to configure what program is launched is VERY nice

Cons

Developer is a relative unknown

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

6 Comments
  • The one problem I have ran into is, that it has been 9 days since purchase and have not received my key code. I sent them an email inquiring but have never received a reply. I liked the product enough to purchase it but the customer service is a no show.
  • the icons in these screenshots (voicemail, missed calls...etc) are exactly the same as in the WM6.5 tabbed panel in the leaked roms as reported here
    http://www.wmexperts.com/early-windows-mobile-65-build-wild coincidence?
  • better view of leaked icons
    http://www.pdamobiz.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=196828&PN=1
  • Thanks for this review and for showing us SHBT MyHome. I love the software - however the landscape functionality is missing - they seem to work on it as they are currently making a poll which function should be implemented:
    http://www.shbt.hu
  • I apologize for not making a note of the landscape issues. I would think that this would be up toward the top of their "things to fix" list. The two minute self destruct demo is very annoying.
  • I'm not a big fan of Today screen replacements but this one looked promising. I really liked the concept of the Sliding Panels in WinMo 6.1 Standard so I had to try this out in my iPAQ 910c. It DOES NOT WORK with landscape screen devices. The screen looked all messed up. The demo runs for TWO MINUTES only!?!? Needless to say, I uninstalled "MyHome" before the two minutes elapsed.