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Friday, 11 January 2013

Battery Saver review from Android Headlines


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If there’s one thing about our smartphones we hate, it’s that their batteries are awful. Not all of them but, if you were to think back to the days of Nokia phones you’d no doubt remember battery life that lasted for days on end. These days a lot of us are lucky if our phone even makes it through a full day and I know that I’m struggling to get the most out of my current smartphone. It’s a real shame that, in order to get the most battery life out of your device you’ve got to micro-manage your Android smartphone and that can get really tedious, really quickly. What if there were an app that could help you do this without having to deal with all the hassle? Read on to find out if Battery Saver – Extra Power is the app that can help you.
Description: With a 4.5 star rating on the Play Store, Battery Saver promises to get your battery through the day by intelligently dealing with your network connectivity, screen time out and brightness. When it comes to battery life, it’s often the little things like this that add up through the day. There are a number of different stages to optimize battery and depending on your situation can be a real life-saver when you need that juice the most. It’s an application designed to be easy for everyone to use and it’s super easy to get your battery on the right track to lasting longer. With a welcoming UI and emphasis on ease of use, Battery Saver could be the best battery extender for you. Read on to find out how to get started with Batter Saver.
How it Works: To get started with the app, you’ll have to go and download it from the Play Store and that’s about it, then you’re ready to start saving that precious battery power. It’s a good idea to start using the app off of a fresh charge, that way you might get an idea of how much battery saving you’re really doing.
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As you can see there’s a lot of info relating to your battery that could be helpful, it’ll straight away tell you if you have a healthy battery which is always a good start as no matter how good an app is, an unhealthy battery is never going to work well – Battery Saver tells yo right away. It’s from here that you can change which saving mode you want to activate but hitting the button that says “Normal” – which will change depending on what mode you’re on.
2013-01-09 07.31.56What’s nice here is that the modes are quickly and easily laid out for you so you can simply turn the phone into whatever mode you want, whenever you need it. For instance you can make sure you never miss a call or SMS but also have enough power to last and you can go even further and put the phone into a sort of hibernation for those times when you’re going to be really far away from an outlet. For me, I need to stay connected for e-mails, messages and that sort of thing so I’m going to go with the “Smart Saving” option because I think it’s going to work best for me.
2013-01-09 07.33.36Here you can see all of the aspects that Battery Saver is going to control or monitor in order to keep your battery use down. Smart Saving is a good option for those that want to save a little battery power but want to keep their usage more or the less the same. For the most part Smart Saving does little but turns the brightness down, adjusts screen-off timing and haptic feedback. Which might not sound like a lot but it’s these little things that will add up to a little extra battery at the end of the day. If you need to get even longer out of your battery then there are other modes you can try, like Extreme Saving, take a look to see what Extreme Saving will control on your phone:
2013-01-11 13.37.17As you can see, Battery Saver will take of some more aspects in order to save more battery when in this mode and while there’s no specifics on just what the app does, it did seem to make a difference. I’m not going to go through battery graphs or anything like that because my usage is perhaps very different from yours and so as with a lot of things, you need to give this a go to see how it might benefit you.
Opinion: I’m the time of person that might not spend too much time using my phone, especially at the office but considering HTC have some real issues when it comes to battery like my best option for getting more out of it is to use an app like this. It’s either that or I have to micro-manage the battery on my One X and I really don’t want to do that. During the day I’m mostly using my phone for the odd phone call, SMS messaging, e-mail and a little web browsing. That’s about it but my battery is pretty terrible, through the use of Battery Saver I’ve noticed a little extra juice left over at the end of the day when I come, it might not be much but if I were to choose a different battery saving method I would probably get a lot more out of it.
Ratings
  • Speed (4/5) – Battery Saver is a quick app and there were no problems with it during my use.
  • Features (4/5) – For a battery app, there’s a lot on offer here and while it might not have as much as others it’s very simple to use.
  • Theme (4/5) – There’s a good-looking theme on offer here that’s easy to understand and take in.
  • Overall (4/5) – As Battery apps go, battery saver is perhaps the easiest to squeeze some more power out of your smartphone for those extended periods away from an outlet.
Pros
  • With a friendly interface this is an app that is going to appeal to everyone and will be easy to grasp.
  • Simple, one-touch application of different battery profiles makes switching real easy.
  • With a number of different profiles you’ll be able to get a little extra juice to a lot of battery life when you need it most.
Cons
  • Being able to see just what Battery Saver is doing would be really nice.
Conclusion: If you’re the type of person that is disappointed in your smartphone’s battery life and need to get a little extra from it then this is a good option and could really help you out in a bind. After all, we can’t all have Droid RAZR MAXX HDs now can we? With Battery Saver you can enjoy a normal experience with your phone or you can go ahead and really eke out all the battery life you need through the “Extreme Saving” mode. I might have a phone that doesn’t do well with battery life but even if the battery life on your phone is good, this could make it that little better and when you’re under 30% and know you’ll be away from an outlet this could make the wait bearable. Go ahead and give the app a try, it is free after all!


Thursday, 18 October 2012

Alportela Labs Privacy Policy


At Alportela Labs we are committed to protecting your privacy. We only use the information we collect about you to provide a more personalised experience.



What information do we collect? How do we use it?
In order to provide the best possible user experience our application uses Google analytics to anonymously track and report on activity within the application. We might collect the serial number of your device with the only purpose of identifying you as an unique user. We do not collect other type of information such as phone number or e-mail address.


In summary
We are committed to protecting your privacy. We use the information we collect on the application to make your visit as useful as possible and to enhance your overall experience. We will not sell trade or rent your personal information to others.


Your consent
By using our apps, you consent to the collection and use of this information by Alportela Labs. If we decide to change our privacy policy, we will post those changes on this page so that you are always aware of what information we collect, how we use it and under what circumstances we disclose it.

Tell us what you think
Alportela Labs welcomes your questions and comments about privacy. Please send e-mails to support@alportelalabs.com




Thursday, 9 August 2012

appToola - The only app manager you will need!

appToola is the newcomer to the Google Play Store. It's an app that targets all the mains apps problems such as storage, removal, organization, task managing and sorting.

 Some of the features include:
• Easily find applications with the custom app drawer and sort applications in a better way
• Clear application cache, data or move to sdcard with the Manage Storage section
• Uninstaller with 1 click uninstall
• Task Manager integrated
• Recent apps list
• Sort applications conveniently in any section
• Search and filter applications on every section
• Beautiful ICS search bar style

 The app is still in its early days so stay tuned for plenty of future updates, cool new features and improvements. Follow all the latest on twitter @appToola

 Some screenshots:

App Drawer
Main Menu
Storage Manager
Search
            


Wednesday, 17 August 2011

New re-designed UI for Diet Assistant

Diet Assistant have undergone a UI surgery to use the latest design techniques on Android. Check out the screenshots bellow... there is a video too!




Here is a short demo.


Monday, 16 May 2011

TrackerSavvy

TrackerSavvy is a handy app that allows you to easily track things like water, weight, expenses and time.

Features:

Weight Tracker
• Logs your weight records
• Built-in BMI calculator (Body Mass Index)
• Excellent tool while on a diet

Water Tracker
• Monitors your daily water intake with a very intuitive interface (by tapping cups to drink them)
• Set reminders to help you remember to drink water through the day at customisable intervals
• Keeps track of all your past records
• Excellent tool for workouts, exercises and diets

Expenses Tracker
• Logs your expenses using different categories so that you can easily see where your money is going!
• Calculates your current balance
• Bill reminder section - allows you to add upcoming payments and we help you by notifying you
• Customizable categories

Time Tracker
• Logs the time you spend doing different tasks
• Easily lets you see where you have been spending most of your time
• Customizable categories

Profile
• Set weight & water goals
• Displays the current state of your trackers (current weight, water today, current balance & last task) and displays a preview of your trackers
• You can also add your height to use the built-in BMI calculator


Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Diet Assistant

I should have done this post sometime ago but for one thing or another it has been put on hold.. This app is called "Diet Assistant" and it got released to the Android Market on the 16th August 2010 (7 months ago now). It has currently over 250000 downloads and its paid/ad-free version has more than 1000 downloads, although to be fair this one got released 2-3 months later.

Here is the summary:

Diet Assistant is an app for people who want to improve their eating habits and carry out a healthy lifestyle.

Features:
• Healthy choices of diet food with the right combination
• Nutrition facts
• Weight tracker
• Built-in BMI (Body Mass Index) calculator
• Diet plans to suit your needs
• Easy to use
• Weight Chart / Graph
• Diet and weight loss tips
• Data backup/restore
• And much more!

Here are some screenshots:


This is the main menu. From here you have access to your diet, available diet plans, chart and your profile. Also by the Menu you can go into the preferences, about page and share the app. What you see at the bottom is tips that pass automatically which tapping on them will show it on a small popup.




This is your current diet. Here you can see your plan for the week, also you can see the nutritional information for the food items and portions details plus you can also change a food item for another suitable one. From the Menu (Press the Menu key on your device) you have access to "Today", "Restart" and the Shopping list.


This is your profile. Here you can update your details such as food preference, gender and goal weight. From the menu you have access to the weight entries which contains useful information about your progress which is also displayed in a chart.

There is a lot more in the app but that's left for you to discover. There are many new features queueing up to be done so stay tuned for cool updates!

Hope you enjoy using it!

Sunday, 2 May 2010

topsee mini

topsee mini was an exciting and challenging project for Android which I developed with the labs team at lastminute.com. It finds the nearest great things in central London at any time compiled by an all-star cast of London bloggers. You can browse through more than 400 top places, view information about them and add them to favourites.

For more detailed info: