SilverScreen 3.1.3 from PocketSensei
SilverScreen held large sway over the low
resolution launcher market a few years back. Its flashy interface
looked great in color back then. Time marched on, but little
has changed in SilverScreen since that time. Its claim to
fame continues to be colorful skins rather than functionality.
Like many of its brethren, SilverScreen
doesn't read the system category assignments, nor can it
import them later. All apps start out in All, and there are
several ways to categorize them, including dragging-and-dropping
to the tabs on a rotating tool bar.
SilverScreen's overall layout appears similar
to MegaLauncher's. The time/date/day appears on the top left
tab, the battery state next to that, with the category pull-down
in the upper right and the Quicksilver (recent/favorite apps)
icon in the upper right corner. The main display holds the
app icons. The arrow at the upper right of the app icons
changes the display to an application info list similar to
the info display in MegaLauncher. The major difference is
that ML lets you expand each entry separately while SilverScreen
either expands all or none. No tap-and-hold functionality
exists in the main display.
The bottom of the screen shows several
tool bars of fixed function called Popup Sheets. One centers
on file functions (info, category change/copy/move, beam,
and trash can), one provides the category tabs for drag-and-drop
capability, another activates the ticker, and the last displays
a user-definable picture. You select these in turn by tapping-and-holding
on the bottom right corner until a popup list shows the possible
bars. The selected tool bar becomes the default on brief
taps in the corner.
Dragging files to the Info tool gives basic
app info as well as permitting category changes. The hidden
and backup attributes can also be changed there. Dragging
them to the trash can removes them from the main display
but they remain in memory until you empty the trash can.
The running ticker stream optionally at
the bottom of the screen provides SilverScreen's unique contribution
to this group. To Do items and appointments provide the two
default tickers. Others, like the NFL schedule, can be downloaded.
These make nifty eye candy, but really aren't very useful.
Other functions center around hot screen
spots. Apps can be dragged to these areas to be assigned
so as to be executed when tapping the areas. A screen stroke
from the title bar crossing its bottom boundary can also
be assigned for a range of actions, like bringing up SilverScreen's
Some of SilverScreen's limitations stem
from its legacy. Like MegaLauncher, SilverScreen's tool icons
are huge, harkening back to the low res 160x160 days. Although
SS supports jpg/gif background images stored anywhere on
the card, the application text-label colors cannot be changed
to be visible on dark backgrounds. The font face can be changed
to several included fonts or FontBucket fonts. You can have
any font color, as long as it's black. That makes the small
icon view pretty much useless on a dark background image,
as you can see from the first screen shot. I also found that
SS loads quite slowly from scratch, taking 3-4 seconds to
come up on the screen—and that's on a 400 MHz CPU.
SilverScreen weighs in at 1,474K, plus
517K for support files, totaling 1,991K of RAM—more
than any other launcher reviewed. That includes the app itself,
Christmas theme, NFL ticker, icons, background, and database.
Unlike the other launchers with large footprints, SilverScreen
won't replace any of your other existing utilities to compensate.
At $24.95 ($19.95 currently on sale), SilverScreen
tied for the most expansive launcher in this roundup. For
that and almost 2 MB of RAM, SilverScreen provides some expensive
eye candy, but only average launcher functionality.
Supports background images
App labels invisible on dark backgrounds
No file manager or other advanced features
Slow initial loading
Large RAM footprint for its functionality