Show off your wallpapers

Wallpaper Changer HD now with 10.3 support

BlackBerry Apps

Send YouTube videos to XBMC using your BlackBerry 10 smartphone

BlackBerry Apps

Avatar Animator brought my BBM to life in this review

BlackBerry Apps

LittleBrother updated to include BBM integration

BlackBerry Apps

Where's a photo booth when you need one? Photo Booth Pro for BlackBerry smartphones in review

BlackBerry Apps

Accept payments on the go from your BlackBerry with PayAnywhere

BlackBerry Apps

Advance OS and LED updated to v.12.0.3: now includes everything but the kitchen sink

BlackBerry Apps

Need fashion advice? Try Trendstop Fashion TrendTracker Premium for BlackBerry

BlackBerry Apps

ShortcutMe updates to version 6 - brings customizable home screen and more

BlackBerry Apps

On the wrong side of the bed or not, puZZed gets you up in the morning

BlackBerry Apps

Want something new for your BlackBerry? Check out The Surprise App!

BlackBerry Apps

How to take pictures on your BlackBerry without the shutter sound - SilentCam

Software Reviews

Amazing video sharing app Snipper for BlackBerry reviewed

Software Reviews

Quick Review: Pocket Trainer for BlackBerry smartphones

BlackBerry Apps

Profile Scheduler - set your sound profiles to automatically change with your schedule

Software Reviews

Review: Wunderlist for BlackBerry smartphones

BlackBerry Apps

Do you like taking shortcuts? Try MyOwnHotkeys for BlackBerry smartphones

BlackBerry Apps

Valentines Week Sale: All ShaoSoft apps just $0.99 all week long!

BlackBerry Apps

TrackNSlim for BlackBerry smartphones tracks and reports on your eating habits

BlackBerry Apps

Photo Studio for BlackBerry updated to v.0.9.8.25 - includes Valentine's Day frames and more!

< >

Review: SixTools for BlackBerry smartphones

By Ryan Blundell on 20 May 2011 11:39 am EDT
0
loading...
0
loading...
51
loading...

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

Reader comments

Review: SixTools for BlackBerry smartphones

11 Comments

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 :(

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

Thanks.

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.

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!