Review: SixTools for BlackBerry smartphones

By Ryan Blundell on 20 May 2011 11:39 am
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SixTools

More power. It’s not just the Tool Man that’s looking to tweak and tinker in order to achieve that goal. Some do it with fewer explosions (and a lot less grunting). Admit it, when you get a new gadget that you love, a voice in your head will, without fail, say something along the line of “Yeah…it’s cool..but…I wish I could…(insert awesome tweak idea here)!” Don’t fight it, it will happen without fail. Some choose to ignore it, others strive to attain it. Want an example? Try checking out BlackBerry App World or the CrackBerry App Store- they’re called applications.

Take the SixTools application for example. Recognizing what is available in OS 6 it adds “what if” and “how about” through shortcuts, alerts, sounds and more. Those who weren’t completely satisfied with what OS 6 offers, should take a look at the functionality this application provides. I’d suggest you put down the welding gun or duct tape and have a read on.

About SixTools

The application was developed by ShaoSoft, who is also behind a wide array of applications including; Wallpaper Changer Pro, Leave It On, Plug It In and BreakingNews. SixTools is available only for BlackBerry smartphones running OS 6. The most recent version of the application is 1.0.40, which has a file size of 177.1 KB

Cost: $3.99 (currently on sale for $2.99 in the CrackBerry App Store)

CrackBerry App Store Rating: 5/5

BlackBerry App World Rating: 4.5/5

The main menu houses 3 different sections from which you can enhance your BlackBerry to your liking.

Main - In this section users can access options such as sounds, alerts, behavioural changes and notifications. Remember the BlackBerry startup video you watched oh so long ago? You can have it play every time you start-up. You can also associate sound notifications when your device goes into (or out of) your holster – with the Torch you can also assign sounds to when you slide it open or closed. Also on your Torch you can auto-lock home screen in portrait mode, as well as add the lock option to menus.

SixTools provides an additional battery meter that displays a charge percentage beside the icon. It has a Precision view or Classic view available. You can choose to have it display all of the time or when it reaches a certain percentage. Additionally you can use a low battery alert that will make your BlackBerry sound an alarm (found in your profiles) and make your LED indicator a specific colour.

Lastly, you can manage the behaviour of your BlackBerry when connected via USB or docked in a cradle – you can dismiss the USB pop-up after 5 seconds and unlock portrait when docked. I never pay attention to the USB Pop-up, so I’m glad to see it disappear.

SixTools Main

Status - Here you have access to the stats you need..and some you don’t (but say you have it anyway). By default, you will see standard info such as OS version, PIN, IMEI, signal strength, free device memory, battery level and battery temperature (both Celsius and Fahrenheit). In this section, you have access to the event log (no more pressing ALT+ LGLG for you). Network Diagnostics lets you see items such as Radio Access, Server names and verifies BlackBerry registration, ICMP Ping Echo and more. Each time you access Network Diagnostics, it re-registers your BlackBerry with your wireless network.

SixTools Status

Shortcuts - Yes! You know I’m all about shortcuts. I know I said it many, many times, but I miss having two convenience keys. What SixTools does is transform your volume keys, and mute/play key, into extra convenience keys! They can handle both native and third party applications. Of course, if you are accessing media or media apps, the shortcut functions will not work.

SixTools Shortcuts

Conclusion

You can count on ShaoSoft to make sure your BlackBerry has all the right moves. This unique application does well with adding shortcuts and alerts. The only problem I saw was the startup video didn’t always play. I would sometimes only see a split second darkening of the screen upon startup. If you want to check out SixTools, it’s available for $3.99 (currently on sale for only $2.99) from the CrackBerry App Store.

More information/download SixTools from the CrackBerry App Store
More information/download SixTools from BlackBerry App World

11 comments

vectrac19

I have been using this app for a long time with my Torch, and ever since I had OS .246 until now .570, I have had the same issue: Quicklaunch shortcut on the Volume Down button, it keeps "forgetting" the shortcut. I have to go into SixTools and re-select QuickLaunch as a shortcut, this usually lasts 4 - 5 hours until it forgets again :(

Shao128

Send me an email support -at- shao-soft.com we'll get it sorted out.

Gamesdmc3

Good to see developers that some developers go that extra mile to please their customers

mssca

I am thinking about buying QL or ShortcutMe app for my 9700. How this app is similar/different from those two?

Thanks.

Nashstruck

It's much better. period.
Search the forums and you'll find the same.

Harryl6134

I've been using both 6Tools and QuickLaunch for several months on my Torch, with no problems. I DID have to dig up my access code for each after updating the OS, but I had saved the emails. Recently added Utopia theme on top of OS .570, and re-arraned icon to give me an additional shortcut on the home screen; All is still good. In fact, SixTools recommends using one of the shortcut keys for quicklaunch.

shift2112

I have been using Six Tools on my TorchBerry for several months and really love it. I have never had an issue with the software at all. The three shortcut features are amazingly handy and love that it's like having four convenience keys on the phone.
With Battery Indicator, Orientation locks, stopping the annoying popup of plugging in USB... I can't imagine not having this app on your phone!

curvezzz

For the key assinment alone I might just give this a try! I absolutly HATE only having 1!!!

tdegard

what app puts the battery % in the actual battery meter?

Skezza

I use a free 6.1 themes for the battery %

YTLTY

It's all about the orientation lock =D