Review: Menux v1.0 - 50 copies to be won!

By Alicia Erlich on 13 May 2011 12:46 pm
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Shortcuts play a pivotal role in my daily commute. When you're standing on a train platform with a three foot gap it's usually not a good idea to be handling your BlackBerry. Quickly accessing various functions is a must. When the topic of apps clogging up the BlackBerry system menu came up on twitter awhile back I couldn't help but think how lost I would be without them. Call me crazy but how else am I going to access FixmoTools, add an Easy Smiley to a BBM, or take a screen shot? I say bring on the loaded menu screen. If it ever gets too much then maybe just maybe I'll trim them back a little.

From Bach Khao University the developer behind BlackBerry One-Click Installer (BBOCI), comes Menux v1.0. Menux is an easy to use application that allows you to add shortcuts to your BlackBerry menu which can be accessed from any screen or app. For a commuter like me this is perfect for making a quick call, SMS, or Email with just a click of a button.

To answer that burning question on everyone's mind, yes it brings to mind other shortcut apps (e.g., QuickLaunch). However, Menux operates differently from the rest. While other applications may launch as independent popup menus, Menux creates shortcuts directly within the BlackBerry system menu. To be honest, I use QL more for screenshots and device reboots. I prefer using my BB menu and App Switcher for everything else. So for me this fits in nicely with my routine.

Navigating the interface 

Menux comes with a sharp, clear, and easy to navigate interface. There's no absolutely no fumbling through difficult menus. Everything you need is right there in front of you. Instructions are clearly laid out under each one and there's even a convenient help button for quick tips. As a warning, in order to add a new shortcut you'll have to remove the old one first.

Features

Add Time item - view the time and watch the seconds go by. Right now it only appears in 24-hr format. If you're like me and always flipping to the homescreen to check the time you'll definitely appreciate this one.

Time menu

Add applications monitor item - see how many apps are running, including those in the background. You can see the total number or click to launch a list of the actual apps currently in use. Thanks to a forum suggestion, the developer is currently working on sorting by Core and 3rd Party Apps. The update should be out by the time of this post.

Applications monitor in menux

Add Call/SMS/Email item - fill in the appropriate contact fields to add a contact to your menu. You'll have to enter in the information manually as there is no ability to access the contact list yet.

Menux call

Menux SMS

Email Menux 

Add Boost memory item - this little doodad will boost memory by wiping the event log and clearing what the developer calls "waste java objects." It even displays how much when finished. In my book you can never go wrong with freeing up memory.

Menux Boost Memory

Pros

  • Easy to access, navigate and input entries
  • Add a symbol or icon next to each menu item
  • No device reboot required to operate
  • Negligible impact on device memory (87.3 KB)
  • Seamless integration with BlackBerry menu

Cons 

  • Battery pull erases entries
  • Cannot backup to SD card
  • SMS shortcut fails to launch the compose screen on some OS 6 devices

Conclusion 

Menux is a great little application for those times when you need to text, email, or call those you communicate with the most while on the go. I really love being able to add shortcuts to the system menu even with the issues discussed above. The one thing I hope will be added in the next update is that I can customize the menu with more than one of each feature. Until then, I'm really looking forward to what the developer will add in future versions.

More information/purchase Menux

Contest: We have 50 copies of Menux to give away. Just leave a comment on this post to enter. Contest ends Sunday at midnight PST.

188 comments

Marvin-13

So not fair! I won this app and the email went to my spam folder and i didn't see it until today, 10 days later and now it says the promotion code is not valid >_< ...Can the code only be used within a couple days or did some idiot decide to give away someone else's prize by sharing the code???

JAKrzysztow

Looks like a useful addition!

5h4d0w

this is a great app. I would easily contacting my friend with a couple "klik".
It would be great if I have this one

bustermin

Very nice, I would love a copy.

zarblackberry

I need this app please ! Thx

DukeBB79

Sign me up. I could use it.

Flip4Bytes

looks cool, hope they fix the cons with battery pull, but ill try it out :D

WillHeSurvive

That's what I'm talking about.

dorian_gray

Yes please I would also like some ;-)

sjc2010

this app would be perfect for my quick pace life style..looks awesome

curlefry

A compliment to my QuickLaunch app? Please hook it up!!

pccdromaw

enter me please. i need this.

dgross07

Looks like a great tool. Yes please. Thanks.

Torchusername

Charlie Sheen Just Showed me The Form He Wins Every Time So i will test it

toppa

Very nice, I would love a copy.

efs300

Looks like an interesting app, count me in.

damian27

I would like this app.

ArgoFX

Cool. I would like to win one :)

gonzotwins

Very useful tool. I'm in.

Altarocks

Always looking for shortcuts

iSin

Im totally in! this little app can be very useful most of the times

davina_su

it's very helpful application..
CB.. can I have one copy?
thanks a lot CB team for the great contest this

BKillar

Looks like a great app -!

Yell0w

Count me in for the contest!

jrdnlc

I came back to BB from an iPhone 4, this would a nice "welcome back". I can haz? :D

mssca

Please pick me! I love to have this on my new 9900.

skynny70

Seems Quick Launch already does this better with out the glitches.

irnik

i am using the free version and yes, winning this will make me happy a lot!

ZiggyK

I'd love this one, please! ;)

lilhvn4me

I'd really like to try it out! I use ShortcutMe and it's great for most things, but it seems Menux offers a variety of options that aren't available with ShortcutMe. Thanks to CrackBerry for another awesome contest, you guys are THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Vijik

ShortcutMe's Custom System Menu (added several months ago) is not limited to few options available in this new app. ShortcutMe's System Menu can run all the features offered in ShortcutMe which is not limited to SMS, Email, etc, but also runs macros in ShortcutMe. You are spreading wrong info!

Why?

shtsbggls

Looks like something I would find really useful!

xxplosive82

Looks like a great app! I'd take a free copy.

south50

I want this crackberry! :D

hibanzai

I'd love to have a copy.

dewey32399

I'd love to win a copy

Wargama

I'm in for the contest ! Good luck everybody !

MADBRADNYC

I could use this as a helpful little brother to QuickLaunch!

askzeke

This would be a great addition to my torch.

owoseni1

any app on the menu is cool.

fragabas1

Menux v1.0 looks sharp and i want one

elmejor1009

dopeness in a bottle. Sing me up please.... and all the ppl that always complaint about blackberry brand falling behind, no other brand of phone out there can add these kind of things to their menus. Super convenient.

domenic_lo_russo

I'd love to try this out!

Don't like the idea of losing the entries with a battery pull, but still wanna give it a shot

mikeplus1

I will give it try for free!

PiotrJot

Looks like a useful app:)

Toxic

I would like to try this.

beanctr10

Nice....would love a copy of this app

frabas1

this will make a nice gift

chiripio

Hope to win one very usefull.

psyry

excited to win this app ;)

ba_hamilton

hook me up with this one please.

SnowXxFreakXx

I've always wanted an app like this!!!!!!!!!!!!!

fu53d

could me in, would love to win a copy!

crohns

this looks to be very useful. I will let you know once i win it!!!

PossumPete

You have to redo the options after every reset? That's a deal-buster.

ga.rhythm

Sounds like a tool I could use. My 9700 is in use for 95% of business & personal communications, etc. 18 hrs per day.

tbrenn

i'd use this.. count me in

ILUMINATIUNDEAD

I'd like to win! Love ya Crackberry!

hyunjin126

Cool hoPe I win this fingers crossed

Snypa

Very Nice.Wud love to try.!

enigmaspot

"Wrap it up, I'll take it."

ameetmedi

Hey Looks like a great utility. Would love to try it

hkwon

Very useful! I want to win one copy!!!

junelzkee

Me wants it! Thanks CB!

Tony_11

Oh snap, Im loving the idea! Would like to try it out!

petworks97

what an awesome app just another reason to stick with my bb.

lamabile

This is a worthy replacement for my quicklaunch. :)

saifgani

Show me some love!!! ;;)

hilgerone#CB

Wow. A lot packed in to one app. If I don't win it, I'll buy it!

jvdb

Nice, send a copy my way, please.

arieltf

I want to try it. Pick me!

jvjn1512

GREAT APPLICATION! REALLY NEEDED!

jvictor77

Wouldn't mind giving this a try at all!!

augiedoggie

This is something I could use!!! I'm in & I hope I win!!!

allanceki

I want this application! Pick me please! Thanks.

DJ_Xilk

Greetings from Peru =)

roneair

I would sure like to try this out on my device

JayBlack40

I'm feeling this. Pick me

npunk42

I would like to try it, at least until I do a battery pull, :)

armobarak

wow great idea,very useful.

would love to win one

pboudrot

1st Item on my menu - Win This !!!

Samson1433

Looks like a useful utility. I'd like to give it a try.

abrax

nice one, would like to win it!

koobyalp

As allways a nice review by crackberry.com. Good app for adding menu items. I would like to win this app for sure!

juancarlosrivas

Para probarlo y ver cómo evoluciona

Namtaro

Hopefully I get this :)

stormbabe

Thanks CB! Sign me up!

The Peace

Just want to try this. Plz count me in!

Marvin-13

I would realy like a copy of this app!

wnm

Another great app I'd like to win.

jedi214

I heard its better than the other Quick Launcher apps for BB and as I read the review it looks and might be better I really want to try this out Thanks

mackie1214

Create your own shortcuts. This all allow you more customization than before. Please send me a copy.

Thank you

lyricidal

This app looks very handy, great review

scottsizzle

Could use an app like this

AeroFly

It looks very simple to use and useful for daily. Amazing app, thank you CB!

joseph27cohen

Excelent app, i would love to have a some shortcuts on my Menu, thanks CB for the contest.

jamesp614

I'll give 1.0 a try.....

ilikebacon

Looks like a great app!

tyler_zyco

seems like a pretty sweet application, pick me!

Maiev

wowwwwww! lets get me one!

b0br0berts

This looks cool! Hope I win!

Skezza

Looks good, would like to try this one please

vecharo

this looks like a great app to have. count me in!