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Dual Battery Widget – The Jewell of Dual Battery Tracking

 Dual Battery Widget (Tablet App Review)

Excuse the blurred screenshot, it's a deliberate attempt to highlight the widget on my over populated homescreen.

So here we are, our first Tablet app review on Android Apt. Although I say review, it’s more of a top-tip and even then it’s a tip that only really applies to anyone who happens to own an Asus Transformer. So, to the 3 people still left reading this here’s my top-tip app recommendation.

Designed by Artiom Chilaru with the Asus Transformer in mind, Dual Battery Widget is a handy visual tool that tracks the status of both the battery in your tablet and the one in the keyboard dock.

There are a number of options that allow you to tailor the widget’s appearance to your requirements plus it’s completely resizeable.  You can have it take up just one cell of your home-screen or expand it up to fill the whole display.

You can also use the widget to access the battery stats if that’s the kind of thing that gets you all giddy on the inside.

Without any default way to track the charge in your Asus keyboard dock, Dual Battery Widget is nothing short of an essential install for any Asus Transformer owner.

About This App :

  • Version Reviewed : 0.7.7
  • Requires Android : 1.6 and up
  • Category : Tools
  • Size : 306k
  • Price : Free

Links : Download via Android Marketplace, Download via AppBrain, Developer’s Website

Bottom Line : Quite simply a must-download for every Asus Transformer.

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Super Box 10 Tools In 1 – Is it a bird?.. a plane?.. No, it’s Super Box!

 Super Box – 10 Tools In 1

I have to say I was slightly dubious about ‘Super Box 10 Tools in 1’ when I first laid eyes on it. On the one hand I thought it had a whiff of ‘Jack of all trades, master of none’ about it but mainly my doubts centred around the fact that I really didn’t like the app icon. I know, shallow.
Thankfully, despite my ridiculous first impressions, Super Box performs it’s 10 functions very well and does a pretty good job of making similar ‘one task’ apps redundant in the process.
So what tools do you get for your initial down payment of FREE?

It may not be uber-flash on the eyes but it's quick & simple and that's what counts.

Memory/Cpu : This tool gives you an overview of how much memory and cpu your handset is using. There’s also a rundown on storage space with regards to your sd card and internal storage. A ‘Free Memory’ button is also included although I usually avoid these as (in my personal opinion) Android seems to do a pretty good job of handling memory.
Battery : Selecting this gives you full details on your battery, it’s health and how it has been used.
APK Installer : If you have any APK (Android App Files) on your phone, this tool will sniff ‘em out and give you the option to install them.
Uninstaller : This allows you easy access to your apps list so you can remove them quickly if needs be. You can also perform batch-job uninstalls as well as backup apps in case you lose them, bonus points for adding these features.
Apps2SD : This tool will show you what is installed and where. From here you can choose what apps should be installed in which locations. It’s a very well thought out interface which makes the process far easier than the standard Android apps menus.

Oooh TweetDeck. I love you but you can be such an utterly bloated cache cow.

Cache : Despite rooting my phone and having my apps runs from a separate partition on my SD card, I still have issues with apps eating up my handset’s limited internal memory by building up huge caches of data over time. The Cache tool lists all those data hungry apps so you can blitz them all or individually with just a few presses. On my first go my total used cache went from over 28MB to less than 3MB. Excellent!
TaskKiller : I’ve never been an advocate of Android Task Killers (due to their supposed lack of requirement) so I can’t really comment on the effectiveness of this tool. Despite my limited knowledge it seems to tick the required boxes.
Settings : This tool gives you quick access to a selection of toggle buttons that control a whole manner of power related tom-foolery on your mobile. You can quickly switch on/off your wi/fi, bluetooth, mobile data, GPS and lots more. It’s a lot like Quick Settings which I highly recommend.

Safe Guard is an excellent tool for keeping those sneakier apps in check.

File Manager : A functional file explorer tool. I’m not entirely sold on the folder view but the auto scan function is very useful giving you easy access to all the music, videos, pics and APKs stored on your handset and SD card.
Safe Guard : This is a very good tool that checks the permissions of your installed apps. With this you can find out if apps are helping themselves to permissions they shouldn’t be dealing with (i.e. permissions to make calls/texts and costing money without you knowing).

Seeing as it’s a free app there are ads built-in but they only reside at the bottom of the screen and never get in the way of what you’re trying to do. At a modest 2MB install footprint, Super Box is a worthwhile app to download if you want to tweak your handset to it’s fullest potential. Personally speaking the ‘Cache’ tool is worth the install alone.

About This App :

  • Version Reviewed : 2.1
  • Requires Android : 1.6 and up
  • Category : Productivity
  • Size : 980k
  • Price : Free

Links : Android Marketplace, Install via AppBrain

Bottom Line : Jack of all trades, and great at all of them. Super Box – 10 Tools In 1 confidently fills the shoes of other apps that can only perform one of it’s many tricks. Recommended.

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