For a long time, my favorite program for Android was Locale. This app made it possible for me to set up profiles linked to the time of day and my location. So when I drove to work in the morning, my phone’s sound settings were normal, and Bluetooth and WLAN were switched off. Locale then switched my profile, so that once I was at the office the settings turned silent, and Bluetooth and WLAN were switched on. The app costs $9,99 nowadays, and because that’s a bit too pricey for me I started looking into possible alternatives, which is how I came across Timeriffic. What does Timeriffic have to offer and can it replace Locale?
Today’s test review was written by Kevin Taron.
|Tested version||Latest version|
|1.8.12||Varies with device|
Features & Use
At first glance, Timeriffic comes across as somewhat confusing. Once you’ve spent a bit of time trying to get the hang of it, you figure out which functions Timeriffic has to offer, though.
This is the best way to use Timeriffic:
• • First off, you set up a profile (e.g. work)
• • You can set up different actions, edit, or delete them within this profile
• • Once you’ve set up an action, you can decide when it should be executed (e.g. Monday-Friday 7am)
• • You can set up the action in detail (you can also choose not to change any of the options)
o o Ringer on/off
o o Vibration on/off/Vibration for messaging only/Vibration for calls only
o o Volume in %
o o Message notification in %
o o WIFI on/off
o o Screen brightness in %
o o Flight mode on/off
o o Bluetooth (not yet supported)
o o If APNdroid is available you can choose if Dataroaming should be on/off
• • You can then set up more actions (e.g. Monday-Friday 5pm), and then change your settings accordingly
So, for instance, you could set up a profile that switches your phone to silent, switches WLAN off, etc. every morning before work, and as soon as you finish work everything is switched back on.
Once you’ve chosen which other profiles you need (flight mode on at night and off when you wake up in the morning, and so on), you can set them up according to your preferences so that you won’t have to do anything manually any longer. No more embarrassing interruptions by callers during meeting, just because you forgot to change your profile.
There are still a few options missing from the profile configuration details: there’s no display timeout, lock screen, or Bluetooth (mentioned above).
Also, it isn’t possible to select profiles manually, so that you can use the set up whenever you like, and not just at the designated time. And there’s no Widget, either.
Timeriffic is alright, and to a certain extent it does live up what it’s meant to be able to provide. And although it works fine, I’m still missing a few things. I can’t help but compare it to Locale, and unfortunately Timeriffic just can’t compete with it. Too bad!
Screen & Controls
The entire app is a bit too busy with graphics and colorful text blurbs. I had to get used to the app’s design, but once I did I found that it pretty much does what it’s meant to.
You’ll find a display in the upper margin that lets you know when the last changes were made, as well as when the next action will be taken (the details of the action are also shown).
Profiles and action set-ups are next. There you’ll find an overview of different profiles and the action details. It isn’t possible to shift around action details amongst the different profiles, unfortunately.
Controls are relatively simple. To change an action all you need to do is click on it; to delete it you have to press on it for a longer time. You can rename or delete profiles by clicking on them for a long time.
Speed & Stability
Timeriffic didn’t crash during the testing phase. No problems to report—all the actions were carried out at the correct times.
Timeriffic can be downloaded for free from the Android Market.