Tested version: 0.99.1
Latest version: 0.99.1
Requires Android: from 1.1
NetMeter is small but mighty in the sense that it’s a very useful tool for the Android platform. NetMeter allows you to monitor and control your network data traffic (WLAN/UMTS/GPRS); it also provides you with updates on the processor’s CPU utilization.
Features & Use
NetMeter has two functions:
• It displays data traffic (WLAN/UMTS/GPRS)
• It also displays the CPU utilization of individual CPU processes.
Now, while this might not look like much, users don’t tend to want or to need to know more than what this tool offers, so in my book the app delivers.
I very much appreciate that the NetMeter can run in the background without gobbling up too much CPU (approximately 3%). This means you can have NetMeter running in the background without giving it a second thought.
Screen & Controls
NetMeter is quite a basic tool that comes with only the above mentioned two functions. However, that also means that controls are very simple seeing as the entire programme consists of one single main display.
The homescreen is really well set up: the design is clear-cut and straight-forward and its restricted to the most important and relevant information. This gives the app an overall tidy and efficient look and feel.
Data traffic and CPU load are displayed as two graphs and texts.
A menu also allows you to select a time unit.
Speed & Stability
NetMeter doesn’t claim to be able to perform a whole lot of different tasks, but what it can do it does very well.
Throughout our test run of NetMeter it proved to be stabile, fast and dependable, even when it was running in the background. A few of us at the office have been using the app for a while now and it has never crashed on any of us.
NetMeter is available for free from the Android Market.
A data flatrate is not strictly necessary in order to run this app.