The Spice Handset Manager is a rebranded manager as you would expect from the Spice mobile phones carrier. It is very similar with Micromax handset managers, Lava Phone suites, Intex Suite and other similar brands. This Handset manager however carries the Spice logo and it is a bit different in colors too. The installation file contains the handset manager and drivers for the mobile phone in question. The version of managers can differ from one phone to another as some phones contain more features and some are the bargain basement types, meaning they only contain the basics of a mobile phone in management. We have chosen the most feature packed version available (the version for the X phones and the QT ones) and this one works for most of the other mobile phones as replacement for their normal handset managers as well. When the app is searched in the spice mobility website, users will find it difficult to actually download it as it seems, most of the download links from that website are broken. Not at all a good start for our review on this software. We had to manually find the download section by cutting on the original link and editing it to find the real package path. All the downloads are zipped in ZIP or RAR formats but the names are not recognizable so users will have to manually download each package until they find the one they are searching for. We found it easier to look in the original download link which is broken and see the file name, then click on the respective archive to download it. After the package has been downloaded, just unzip and install it locally on the computer. It will ask to put a shortcut on the desktop for easier access.
The application interface is, again, very similar with other pc suites from different brands. We have the File , Edit and Help buttons at the top opening their own functions when clicked, on the right we have the main functionalities opening their own tabs on the right and specific actions above the sections. We will take each of them separately and describe what they do.
PhoneBook opens the Handset folder, the PC folder and the Trash can. Users can create a new contact, open an existing contact, cut, copy and paste a contact from the phone to the PC and the other way around, delete a contact and download them from the handset. Also a detailed list for each contact can be accessed in this section.
Message contains the Handset Folder (Inbox, Outbox), PC Folder (Inbox, Outbox, Sent Message, Draft, and Personal Folders) and the Trash can. Users can create a new message, open up a message, reply and forward a message, cut, copy and paste a message from the pc to the phone and vice versa, delete a message, download the messages from the handset and send all the messages at once. Also details about each message from the list are shown including expeditor, receiver, date and content.
Settings contains General connections setup, dial-up settings, new connection wizard, phone memory related settings, language settings, phonebook settings (Outlook, Outlook Express and Lotus Notes).
Images opens up the preview for the phone where users can setup their wallpaper. Also a file manager can browse the files to get to the one that is needed for the editing. Types of images that can be edited include bmp, gif, jpg and ems. Users can create a new image, edit an image, save an image, copy and paste images from the phone, delete images and upload/download images from and to the handset.
Melody follows up on the same setup as images with the previewer and the file explorer. Music can be selected and played, users can create a new melody, edit an existing melody, copy and paste a melody, delete a melody, upload and download a melody on the phone and the pc.
MMS is for multimedia messages. Users can load a new mms to preview it, copy and paste it, edit the mms, delete the mms, download and upload it to the handset.
File manager is for handling all other types of files. Users can install apps on the handset, cut, copy and paste files, delete files and edit them if applicable.
Overall this handset manager is used for basics really; a good way to keep your phone updated and manage it on the go with a laptop or a PC.