Droid Manager – Manage your Android
Tested version: 1.1
Latest version: 1.2
Requires Android: from 2.3
Three cheers for apps that help us get organised. The Droid Manager app description sounded promising so we decided to check this app out to see in how far it could really make life easier for us—read on if you care to find out more.
Features & Use
Tested on: Samsung Galaxy Note II
Android version: 4.1.1
I liked Droid Manager right from the get-go. A brief intro informs users what can be done with the app—or rather, what the app can do for you. Logging in is easy (alternatively you can log in via Facebook).
You land on the dashboard which is already filled with some automatic locations and stream posts that serve as examples for new users. The dashboard lists infos re: your locations. The map displays your current position and any events you may have added. This is a great feature which I've really come to appreciate: you can add events to arrival/departure destinations.
I also like the stream option: send a message, link, YouTube video or map to any connected device. This can basically serve as an alternative to having a WhatsApp group.
The Droid Manager also provides a local server with which files can be moved from smartphone to computer and vice versa. This includes image galleries and music. Starting the server on a device will take around a minute (that's quite a lot). Unfortunately, I wasn't able to transfer data using the Galaxy Note II. The same goes for music, which couldn't be played on Firefox or Google Chrome.
The quality of the image gallery is sadly not optimal. It's more of a slide show than a real gallery—you can't flip through the images and the whole thing is rather shaky.
Share your current location using the provided link (valid for a limited amount of time) and send it in an email in case you wish to communicate your position to someone. If you've worked with Google Latitude before, this should feel familiar to you.
Droid Manager is top banana. It can do a lot to help manage your smartphone, though I should underline once more that not all of the app's features feel fully mature as of yet. We are, however, optimistic that the app will keep getting better.
Screen & Controls
Droid Manager controls are simple as pie and the design is good. The app is set up in a user friendly way and using it feels intuitive and easy. The web interface is just as good if not better because it provides additional features.
Speed & Stability
Droid Manager run well for the most part, but a few features kept lagging. The app also crashed once.
The Droid Manager is free of charge and available from the Play Store. The app has a lot of potential for becoming a real manager suite-powerhouse.
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