Developer: Adi Shaviv
Price: $0.99 Download on the App Store
Do you need Battery Boost Magic?
Stop reading this review if:
- you don't care how much time you have left to talk on your iPhone, play videos or audios, or surf the Web;
- you really don't mind if your iPhone or iPad battery doesn't get fully charged;
- a smudgy screen doesn't bother you much; and
- you don't think there's a point to preserving your battery life.
Still reading? Then you are among the 99% of iPhone and iPad users comprising Battery Boost Magic App's target market. That is to say, those users that prefer to know how much juice is left, like being able to see their screens, and don't want to trundle down to the local Apple store to replace a battery before its time.
But what subset of that target market wants those things enough to pay for it? Heavy Duty Apps seems bound and determined to find out. They've maximized the functionality of this unassuming and basic little app and made sure it's worth every penny.
Battery Boost Magic captures the best "real-world" tips for you right in the app—those things any user can do to extend battery life and care properly for an iPhone touchscreen. But that's just the opening act. This app goes further, implementing solutions inside your iPhone or iPad—you know, for issues that aren't "operator errors."
For example, sometimes your device runs for longer than other times on the same "100%" charge. That's because charging is an approximate process. Battery & Screen Pro makes it a precise science, employing a three-step charging process with verification at every step. Use the "Charge Pro" feature, and 100% will really be 100% every time.
Or consider that little battery meter at the top right corner of your screen. Does that really tell you whether you can browse the Web all through lunch and still patch into the 2 p.m. conference call? Well, Battery Boost Magic's "Battery Performance" feature does, down to the minute. It tells you how time your battery can supply for 3G talk, 2G talk, Web browsing over 3G or wifi, audio playback, or video playback.
The "Screen Pro" feature isn't a bad little diagnostic add-on, providing color tests to help identify the spots you've missed after screen maintenance.
And of course, there are the tips. Read through them and become a common-sense guru of extended battery and touchscreen life.
Or, don't. Take your chances. After all, do you really need this much information about maintaining your iDevice's battery or a touchscreen?
If you're the kind of person that makes an appointment when it's time for an oil change, then definitely buy this app. If you're the guy that drives for three blocks before you notice the parking brake is on, well, then Battery Boost Magic probably can't help you. Unless of course, you hope to use your iPhone when it's time to call a tow truck.
(* Editor's Note: this review was originally written for Battery & Screen Pro. The developers have since changed the app's name to Battery Boost Magic App.)