Features & Use
The app’s name alone leaves little to the imagine as to what StopWatch & Timer might be all about.
The app’s functionality is really pared down to the bear essentials. Both the stop watch and timer functions are easy to use and perform well. However, it isn’t possible to use more than one timer at once in the free version—you will have to download the pay-for version in order to use this feature.
There is an option for saving countdown times so as to enable fast and easy access, which is especially useful if you’re into interval training.
There are also a few settings options: the countdown timer or remaining time can be displayed in the notification bar, meaning you can quit the app but continue using either the stop watch or timer function. The alarm sound can also be selected, which I personally found to be absolutely essential seeing as I find the preset alarm tone to be really annoying. Instead, I opted for one of my own jams.
I should mention that the app will suck up a lot of battery life if you choose to activated the feature that permanently runs the app in the foreground.
StopWatch & Timer is a great app for Android. So why opt for this particular app when there are so many others featuring similar functions floating around the Market? I was won over when I saw that the required permissions are all within reason—the app requires that the device remain in stand-by mode, which makes perfect sense.
The full version has a lot more to offer than the free one, which is why we’re giving the free version a ‘good’ rating in this category. The app does what it says it will do and it does it well, but it doesn’t do very much.
Screen & Controls
There’s not much to say about StopWatch & Timer’s performance as far as both controls and graphics go: it’s fine, but that’s about it.
Too bad there’s no option for switching from stop watch to timer by swiping; other similar apps do offer this option.
Speed & Stability
StopWatch & Timer scores big time in this category. I’ve been using this app for months and months and it has never let me down.
StopWatch & Timer is available for free from the Android Market and there are no ad banners. In case you’re wondering why, then, we’re not awarding a full five stars in this category: it’s because while the app is certainly useful it’s not amazing, and this is reflected in how we have evaluated its price/performance ratio.