Having owned a Galaxy SL for nearly 6 months now, one of the features that I miss the device is the external flashlight. Watching some of my friends click away nice pics using flashlight in low lit conditions or use the flashlight as a light source while finding something that fell under the bed or while walking on a poorly lit road always made the absence of flashlight felt.
Recently I came across an app on the Android Market that claimed to provide the functionality of a flashlight on Android devices with or without external flashlight. The app is named “Tiny Flashlight + LED” developed by Nikolay Ananiev. A detailed review follows….
The main screen off the app contains a power button which switches on your external flashlight or the screen light to maximum brightness if you do not have an external flash. The main screen of the application is customizable to any one of the different lighteffect screens provided by the app, you can set any one of the screens as your default app main screen.
There are a wide range of screen options that are displayed and the options are device specific, ie the options can vary for different android devices. Here are the features of the app….
* Camera LED flashlight – Uses your phone’s camera flashlight (led flash) to emit bright light. Note that some devices don’t have a camera flashlight. In this case the led flashlight option will be disabled, but you can still use one of the screen lights.
* Screen Light – This is the basic white screen flashlight, which is bright enough for daily use. You can use it as your primary flashlight option in case your device doesn’t have a camera flashlight or you want to save the battery.
* Warning Lights, Police Lights, Color Flashlight, Strobe Flashlight, Morse Code, Text to Morse, Manual Morse Code – Different light sources, which may be useful in many situations. You can change the brightness and the colors.
The morse code option was unavailable in the app that I installed on my Samsung Galaxy SL. I checked for an update for the app but none were available. That means that the morse code feature is not available for my device, may be due to the lack of external flash or due to the android version on my device. But as per the screenshot they have provided on the android market, this feature is supported on some devices, which they have not mentioned.
Conclusion and Rating
We say that the application lived upto our expectation. The flashlight for the phone with no external flash, the screen brightness is pretty good and gets the job done. The various other features like the yellow warning lights may come in handy in unexpected situations. The police light is purely for fun and the intensity controled light bulb is good if you want to vary the brightness and use the brightness level that you require. The one thing that we did not understand is the morse code availability for only a few devices.
Our Rating : 4/5
We would love to hear from you guys, your feedbacks and suggestions are most valuable to us. If you guys have a device with an external flash or a device on which the morse code functionality is supported, your feedback on the working of the app would be much appreciated. until next time guys, sayonara.