This launcher kick-starts Windows Mobile apps

Elecont Launcher is a small and handy application-launcher for Windows Mobile phones.

Elecont Launcher options window
Add shortcuts for system indicators, most-used applications, and Web sites. (Credit: CNET Networks)

There are two ways to get to your most-wanted applications on a Windows Mobile phone. If you're lucky, your program of choice is among the icons of six recently-opened applications strung along the top bar of the Windows Mobile interface. Otherwise, you'll be picking or clicking through the randomly-arranged icons in the application explorer, the platform's inert portal to your collection of programs.

Until the Windows Mobile interface gives people more options for starting programs fast, there's Elecont Launcher, a much more direct solution for quick-launching applications. This small, simple, and handy install takes out some of that manual labor by adhering your preferred applications and files to the home screen. In addition, you can create as many Web short cuts as you'd like, which also saves you time scrounging through Pocket IE's bookmarks.

Elecont Launcher home screen
Elecont Launcher makes the second icon row a permanent fixture. The visuals vary by phone model. (Credit: CNET Networks)

A few tweaks and tune-ups, however, would tighten the launcher's presentation and utility. The tool tips naming each icon were a tad out-of-sync with my scrolling and often didn't register until after I had clicked the short cut. Web short cuts were all associated with the Pocket IE icon, which could get confusing. The product would offer better service if it allowed users to override icon assignments. Also worthy of loosening-up is the three-day trial period for this $6.95 application. We'd assign a week for try-outs, like many other mobile publishers, if we had our druthers. Elecont Launch isn't the prettiest app launcher out there, but its easy customizing mostly won us over.

About Jessica Dolcourt

Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.