I use SpbPocketPlus and it doesn't put anything in the upper right corner, though that's where you go to use it. For awhile I thought it was broken and then I figured out you have to actually press and hold in order to get it to display the drop down menu. Might be just what you're looking for.
Samsung i717 Galaxy Note. rooted and stock but upgraded to Jellybean 4.1.2
Samsung i727 Skyrocket, rooted but as yet unchanged from stock ROM.
TMOUS HD2 1024Leo (2)
Both now running:
ROM: Energy 21916 Max Sense by NRGZ28
ROM: 1.19.401.1 (51489) WWE
( 7/29/2011 Just flashed with 6.5 Energy 29022 ROM)
ROM version 1.17.405.1
ROM date 06/07/07
Radio version 1.02.00
Protocol version 1337.58P
ExtROM version 1.17.405.102