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Quick Settings - Can it keep up with Android 4.3?

Loie Favre (translation)
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In Android's early beginnings, user interfaces were a big part of their functionality. Android doesn't offer many ''comfort'' functions, leaving it up to the user to create their own look and feel with applications which they can install from various app markets.

One of these apps is Quick Settings from halfbit. Whether Quick Settings can still keep up in the era of Android 4.3 will be explained in today's app test review.

quick settings
© halfbit
3 ★★★☆☆

Rating

Good👍
  • No crashes
  • Free
  • Overall good design
  • Great for phones running on older Android versions
Bad👎
  • Obsolete toggle design
  • No longer necessary for new Android versions
  • Doesn't offer quick access to mobile data toggle
Tested on Android Version Root Modifications Tested version Latest version
Google Nexus 4 4.3 No 1.10 1.10

Features & Use

As mentioned above, this app was tested on a current smartphone. The Nexus 4 was recently equipped with Android 4.3 which allows you to control many actions via the notifications bar. Tasks like turning Wi-Fi on and off as well as airplane mode can now be completed with just a few easy gestures. This is undoubtedly more comfortable than the usual way through the settings, a reason why our friends from Cupertino are now building these so-called quick settings into their upcoming operating system updates. Quick Settings ultimately offers you these various settings options in the form of a clear app, allowing you to activate or deactivate brightness, volume, Bluetooth and WiFi. Other useful things have been included like a flash light and battery indicator. To top it off, you're also able to have a view of your smartphone's current memory status.

This sounds all well and good, but many of these functions can be set on newer Android versions without needing to install an additional app. They've already made it possible to place widgets onto the homescreen which offer the settings options mentioned above, meaning you won't have to open any further apps to get them. Personally, I'm more of an iOS homescreen user: icons are arranged in rows and columns on my homescreen and for the most part widgets have been left out.

The only exception to this rule is the clock widget presented with the weather and battery status as well as the above-mentioned quick access to my most important settings. In particular, GPS and Bluetooth are very important for easy access.

In my opinion, apps like Quick Settings are basically wasted space on newer Android versions. Even though function controls via the notifications bar still have room for improvement, it's definitely rarer for people to use an external app than this built-in solution. A Nexus 4 using ''pure'' Android was used for the test, which is slightly misleading, since other manufacturers, Samsung in particular, put more of an emphasis on quick settings via the notifications bar than Google's own model.

Screen & Controls

Quick Settings makes a good impression in its graphic presentation and controls. The app integrates well into the overall picture of the operating system, although the switches for each respective function are obsolete.

The app controls are average and at the end of the day, they receive a fair evaluation of 3 stars.

Speed & Stability

Quick Settings didn't crash during the course of the test and has been working smoothly for nearly one year.

Price/Performance Ratio

Quick Settings is available for free in the Play Store. With regard to the average performance this app deserves a fairly good evaluation.

Final Verdict

I personally believe that Quick Settings is no longer a must for modern smartphones, especially with the abundance of capable, pre-installed widgets and shortcuts.

This app will definitely offer a great deal for ''older'' smartphones missing these quick settings. A huge let-down on the other hand is the missing option for turning on and off mobile data, as the phone must first be rooted. Too bad, since this is exactly the function which would have justified installing the app in my personal case.

The evaluation in this category targets modern devices as well as those running on older Android versions. For all devices with ''newer'' versions, 2 stars are appropriate. Older versions can consider it a 4 star rating. The overall result is therefore 3 stars.

This review also applies for the Quicker and Settings Extended apps. Again,

very little real value is offered and the question remains: do I really need this?

(originally by Nima Begli)

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Developer

halfbit

Comments

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  • Mark Kornak Aug 6, 2013 Link

    I still use Quick Settings. It is still easier to access.
    I also like to know I have a consistent way to do things even after Google and Samsung change their UI. Four Stars!!!!

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