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Video: Hands-on with TSF Shell Pro, An Amazing 3D Launcher for Android with a Massive Price Tag

TSF Shell Pro is out and damn is it expensive. If you are looking for a completely new take on an Android UI, it may be worth it though. I’ve been using it for most of the day now and have to admit that I’m impressed. The abilities it has that allow you to customize, move, copy, and interact are like no other launcher or home replacement you have ever seen. And after seeing some of the widgets that have been included now, you get the feeling that this is only the beginning of something incredibly powerful. Themes are coming, extra features are already being worked on, and we can’t wait to see them all.

Again, the price hurts, but as long as the TSF team continues to provide updates and new widgets, you may want to consider it.  

  • Krustee

    I thkn everyone is forgettig that the SPB mobiel shell was $15.00 and lacked customization.

  • Krustee

    For me the only disappointment out of the gate was the limited amount of things you can put in a folder. I am used to have all my games in a singel folder. Also the box piece is not there, just folder.

  • Willard Potter

    Seems like an interesting home replacement… reminds me a lot of Bump Top.. 

  • Android Addict

    If it ever shows up as the free app of the day on Amazon I’ll try it out.  That’s way too expensive for a home replacement to catch on.

  • DasBoots

    I have been following this launcher for quite a while. I agree that the price is a bit steep, but I bought it anyway and couldn’t be happier. I really hope they keep developing it and release more widgets and features. 

  • EvanTheGamer

    Wait a second…is that an AT&T phone? SERIOUSLY, Kellex? WTF?

  • Lane252

    Kellex whats this AT&T crap i see on that phone ??? u betraying the BIG RED

  • chris

    I just bought it. its awesome!! yes alittle pricey but works amazing!! 

  • Benjamin Mackie

    What I cant wait for is some good showoff threads of what people have made

  • This is working on my LTE Nexus if anyone is interested in trying it.

  • Jon

    they have no mind for marketing. If they priced this at $4.99 they would sell this by the boat load. $17.99 is a joke. Yes you worked hard…but in this economy…your freaking nuts if you think people will pay $17.99 for a launcher.

    I’ve gotta say that they went way too far. There is something to be said about simplicity that I think is lost in this launcher. Cool stuff, but a bit more complicated than it needs to be. I would rather stick with stock ICS I think. 

  • Whatsup

    Kind do reminds me of the notion ink launcher.

  • Christopher Riner

    And on a side note, my one big quam (kwam? anywho) with this launcher is this:  Yes, this thing is sweet.  It’s really sweet.  As an avid boot manager user, I could definitely see myself setting up a slot with this on one of the roms.  BUT– everything about this launcher that makes it really cool (or most of the stuff anyways) has to do with simply setting up your home screen, or moving stuff around.  Once you’ve got it set up, you’re done with the magic.

    But, I would definitely like to see these widgets on the market.  Hell, I’d probably pay 2 dollars a piece just for those.  

    • JonnyRock


      • Christopher Riner

        ahh, thank, you

  • “Oh. It’s a swiping gesture. Of course it is.” I love DL.  

  • droidman101

    can the widgets be turned too?

  • Christopher Riner

    */Yeah, I’m gonna have to agree. Man some of those features are just awesome and you gotta give these guys some cred for thinking outside the box… But still, having a nexus, it would be hard for me to trade off my general ui for something like this.  It would be awesome to see some of the features incorporated (like the lasso and grouping and stuff), but all-in-all I think ics is just a little more stylish.   

    And man, as far as price- its just like my marvel comics app.  The app is free, but you have to pay for the (good) comics.  I would spend $100 a month on my marvel app if the comics were even half as much as they are.  Same with this launcher– software carries a particular business model– its kind of like an idea.  If you have a product that you can hold, and you give it to someone, then they have it and now you don’t.  But if you have an idea, and you give it to someone, then you still have that idea, and they do too.  It’s the same way with software.  It’s not like they have to build every single one they sell.  And man, if they had a one day sale where it was only five or six bucks I bet they’d see sales go through the roof. 

  • i thought youtube froze on me at about 21 seconds

    • Bcorrell34

       Hahahah so did I

  • Sax510

    Its working on my Verizon GN.

  • Granpa

    There is nothing practical about any of it.  It’s a gimmicky launcher… for $17.  No thanks. 

  • Steve


  • J H

    Smoke?! lol that cracked me up!

    • Christopher Riner

      I know, I heard there was good nug in portland but for it to hit the weather widget! Sheesh!

  • faber


  • Alex Dao

    “..still not sure if you would want to shell out 17 dollars for it”
    i see you kellex, i see you 😉

  • 11knives

    Cool… but WAY over priced.

  • willsours

    soooo, charge $17 and sell like 3 copies, or, charge 99 cents and sell like 10,000+… hmm… Great choice TSF guys.

  • So expensive.

  • Russ

    Well it looks really cool. How do you make a phone call? 😉

  • ADW will never be beaten, sorry :

  • Tim Buchanan


  • scuba_koop

    I thought it was sort of funny how Kellex had to hit his power button 4 times at the beginning because he kept on talking!!!  Maybe also a G-Nex battery issue to keep the power consumption at a minimum…..better get a Razr Maxx instead 🙂

  • works on my verizon nexus

  • ericsorensen

    Might have to try that chrome extension trick on this one just because it’s way overpriced. Just kidding…

  • Boblank84

    speaking of overpriced apps, anyone know when mlb 2012 will be released?

    • Boblank84

      looks like it came out today. hardly worth 15.00 but gotta have it…

  • Bought it. Love it. The only thing that’s weird is no more swiping between homescreens. O_o

    It’s so different. <3

  • That is why people steal apps. Shame on the dev/company for pricing it so high. I am anti pirating android apps since I am a dev myself, but this is a reason people do it. Not price correctly at all. 

    Needles to say you dont need it after all the hard work put into ICS. Just my .02.

    • LionStone

      Yea, I don’t get the price point either…I’d rather sell 1000 copies at $5, rather than 100 at $17. My .02 too 🙂

      • [[[…babysmoker…]]]

        lol, maybe if we all pooled our .02 together we could collectively afford the app 😉

        • MKader17

          That would take 850 of us!

    • Steve

      people steal because they are thieves who feel entitled

  • Blemast3r

    Just give me the music and weather widgets!

  • Da6me6in6

    I like the widgets, but it ends there 🙁

  • Sylense

    “How much for a order of ribs?”  2.50  “2.50????”  (pause)  “How much for ONE rib??”

    I like SOME of the features in this launcher and they would be great to have in stock ICS but I wouldn’t do a full trade off

    • Davros

      lol, you got change for a hundred?

    • LocBox


  • EC8CH


    Good Laaaaaawd dat’s a lotta money!

    • U made me Lol this morning!

      • EC8CH

        good ole in living color

  • buck i

    $18 launchers and $90 charging docks… What else will come out with a ridiculous price?

  • GawkerRedesignSucks

    I wouldn’t even pay 2 bucks for this.  I paid for Launcher Pro+ back in the day, but that was only because I was able to use it for free first.  Once I realized how great it was, I was more than willing to put money on the plus version.  Also, LP wasn’t $17.

    Good luck with that TSF.

  • This thing is just as gawdy and overbearing as anything HTC has developed. Yuk.

    • LionStone

      We get it, Mr. Adam ICS on my GN is my Truelove…we get it.

    • ILuvSoPa

       Yep and if Google put it in AOSP you wold magically fall in love with it 🙂

  • Thanassi

    Seventeen dollars??? Holy AppStore, Batman. Do they know they’re developing for Android??

    Does it make coffee and give BJs also?

    • Blootzm3

      no but your mom does 😛

      • youre right about his mom. she deos make great coffee.

      • Thanassi

        i know you are but what am i

  • 1bad69z28

    17 dollars for this app wow, looks great, but from what I am seeing and hearing it needs more work I guess. I can afford the 17 bucks but can’t justify it.

    Like my man says on Shark Tank “And for that reason I am OUT” 

  • Liderc

    lol it looks interesting and it looks like they put a ton of work into it, but I wouldn’t want to use something like that.  

  • NorCalGuy

    not a lot there besides some fancy transitions and some cool laso moves but for the most part I try and take everything off my home screen besides a clock and the folder features in nova are just fine for me. Honestly I was expecting a lot more from them for $18. When some one can get my wall paper to transition like my pages do I might consider this price tag.

  • lacokanosta

    Why would i spend 17$ on this when stock sense blows this way as it is.

    • DBK

      Dude, enough. In every single DL article you go and announce how much you like to have butt sex with Sense. We get it, you have this sick sexual attraction with Sense. Drop it already.

      Oh and you’re right, Sense does blow…….you.

      • lacokanosta

        Your just mad because Verizon wont unlock the bootloader of your POs moto device

        • Kellexismyhero


      • Futbolrunner


      • Dicknugget

        I litterally LOLd

  • EvanTheGamer

    I honestly could never justify spending $17 on a launcher even if said launcher is absolutely incredible in just about every way, especially given that there’s no trial version. Thanks, but no thanks.

  • Greyhame

    For that price it should at least be bug free.

    • and vacuum the carpet in the living room once in a while.

  • Instant_lunch

    I’ll be waiting for it to be the “Free App of the Day” on the Amazon Appstore 😀

    • Lane252

      you sir are a genesis 

      • genesis is a band. Genius is an apple employee

  • FortitudineVincimus

    No Landscape/tablet support 
    Not the best reviews in the Market. Many claim some of the functions shown in THEIR video are not actually available.

  • Hey Kellex, I was wondering which case are you using in this video? The Neo Hybrid or Ultra Capsule by chance? 

    • ChuckDz3

      Im pretty sure it’s this one 
      http://www.rearthusa.com/galaxy_nexus_slim.html . He did a review a while back. 

      • Christopher Riner

        yeah hes definitely got the ringke slim on it

    • gujupmp88

      I think he might just be using the white galaxy nexus, the gsm variant, but i could be wrong

  • All form, no function.  I think they forgot what makes ICS great, simplicity and elegance.  This is complex and tacky, just too much.

    • Jdstell

      You are completely correct. No need to over complicate my phone. ICS is complicated enough.

      • ICS is complicated?  Maybe once you master the toaster and VCR, you can move to a smartphone.  😉  I kid, I kid.  But seriously, ICS is complicated?

        • EC8CH

          maybe for people who want all their shortcuts on the homescreens

          • There’s a name for those types of people.  They’re called idiots, or iPhone users, same thing I suppose.

          • H@@

            friend’s ṡister earned $19763 past mōnth. she makes money on the internet and bought a $498500 home. All she did was get bleṡṡed and put into work the advice written on this website..MakeCash2.com

          • Hateuponhate

            whats wrong with shortcuts on home screens? it is handier…i myself dont really like widgets.

          • Jdstell

            They’re called, “people who want to get sh*t done quickly and not be inconvenienced with clicking through multiple homescreens and menus” Think back to the WinMobile7 commercials about simplifying things and getting the phone interface out of the way of users.

            Also, your little jabs about running a toaster, VCR, or “iPhone idiots” are real classy, not being a douche to everyone you reply to on here goes a long ways.

          • Boo flippin hoo.  He said he was kidding.  

          • Matthew Rosidivito

            Ah, another comment stating that the lack of choice in iOS is a feature.

            Well one widget on my homescreen lets me check the weather without scrolling through any menus. Another has my email, and another has my calendar. All that information without ever clicking on a single menu or shortcut. Further, if you really want to argue this, Android users can set up their homescreens to be exactly like iOS by just tileing it with application shortcuts.

            Give credit where it’s due. If Android has only one thing going for it, it’s the customization.

        • Jdstell

          Compare ICS to iOS, yes it is much more complicated. Personally, I love it, but I could never imagine my mom running an ICS smartphone. She did figure out her iPhone 4 in a week. She even texted me to tell me she found the internet on her phone.

          • Lane252

            lol my wife and wife’s mom did the same thing

    • Agreed, but it appears to not be available for ICS devices anyway, so there is that.

  • no market link?

  • Michael_NM

    Maybe I missed it, but how do you make a phone call? Is it dependent on where the dialer app shortcut is placed?

    • 1bad69z28

       Yeah, good point I was just thinking that same thing when i saw your comment lol

    • put your phone app in the “smiley face”

      • Jon

        lol!!! that says it all I think. 

    • Guest

      I successfully failed to make a phone call all together, I could not locate the dialer app shortcut. Until my friend just opened contacts, I got my dialer. It’s smooth as butter but I can’t see myself using this as my launcher. 

  • FortitudineVincimus

    Jesus… 3 false starts in the video… get it togther

    • What’s up your butt, dude? lol 

      • FortitudineVincimus

        nothing my man,… just simple freedom of speech. I just don’t see the point to redo the video they already did. I was hoping for something different I guess.

        • justincase_2008

          So all the ladies can watch Kellexs hands.

        •  Nothing like “freedom of speech” to allow someone to act like an arse.  I’d never seen their video, probably wouldn’t have searched for it, but I hit DL multiple times a day so I watched it, found it informative, and didn’t cry about it. 

          • EvanTheGamer


  • Smeckle

    Wow, incompatible with my GNex and my Iconia A500 but compatible with my D1. 😐

    • Sylense

      When I go to the Market it says its compatible with my Gnex

  • FortitudineVincimus

    Pretty creative & admittedly unique but NOT worth the price of admission

    • It’s unique like orange shag carpet and pink flamingos on your lawn are unique.

      • FortitudineVincimus

        If you can’t admit this is unique… your a tard.. truly truly a tard

        • Umm, did you not read my comment?  It IS unique, but not in a good way.

        • Wow, rage much?  Orange shag carpet & pink flamingos ARE unique, they’re just really damn ugly. 😉

          • I think that is what Adam Truelove was trying to say…

            Unique isn’t always a good thing.

        • Kellexismyhero


          • I don’t normally like it when people correct the grammar of others in the comments, but well done.  You hit the same guy for the same error.   

        • EvanTheGamer

          PLEASE go away.

  • O_o @ $17 but looks fun