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My Absolutely Favorite App So Far?
on January 19, 2013
Since getting my Kindle Fire HD, I guess you could say that I've been collecting Free apps. I've been trying to use each one of them enough to see if they are worth keeping on the device, keeping in the cloud for using every once in a while, or getting rid of entirely because either I will never use them or they mess up my Kindle. It will take a while but as I make my decision on each App, I'll try to review it. I am more of a techie so I lean more toward the productivity apps than the games. I'm also trying to figure out all this stuff about Flash support going away and being replaced with HTML5 so a lot of my apps are TV/Movie/Video related.
Back To this Android App. I Love that I can start it and see my CPU, Memory, and Battery Info on one screen. To see this make sure the Monitor icon at the top of the opening screen is highlighted. The other icons at the top of this screed are Process and Tools.
There is a Quick Boost Feature at the bottom of this screen that when hit will tell you the number of items it will clean up and how much memory will be released. It is important to be able to release memory because some applications tend not to release that big hunk of memory that they grabed so they could run even after you have stopped or killed the application. If your available Free memory is too low some apps can't run or will run very slowly. Remember you can see the memory info on this "Monitor" screen.
The other option via icon at the top of this screen is "Process". If you highlight Process at the top of the screen you will see the processes running on your kindle. To the right of the processes is a grey box with a bright green check mark if a process is selected or a dim grey checkmark if it is not selected. You can select or deselect by touching the grey box. Then at the bottom of the screen you can select "Kill selected" or Refresh. Kill selected does just what you would think. It kills every selected process. Like other reviewers, I did not like that some of the processes were already selected but later as I got braver I decided I liked this. Now, I pretty much just use what is selected and hit Kill Selected which so far hasn't had any bad results for me and has been a quick way to clean up all the suff still running in the background. Yes, at first I was leery of killing stuff but I started by deselecting everything and just killing one thing at a time. Also, the first thing I chose was Freetime since I didn't care about ever using it. I wanted to make sure I could kill stuff and it would still be available on my system and that it would run ok when I restarted it after killing it. After Freetime was ok, I worked my way up to other Apps including ones I do care about like email, skype, etc.
The next icon on the top is Tools and if it is highlighted the option icons on the page are "volume control", Ringer, Save Battery Settings, Cache Cleaner, System Clean, File Manager, Batch Installer, Batch Uninstall, Startup Manager, Battery Use, System Info, and App 2 SD.
Out of time so for now that about all I can say about this App other than it is a great App, especially if you understand the terms I'v used in this review
Update on this review-I'll be playing a lot more with this App to see if it deserves to stay at the top of my list. Why? I noticed that it was telling me 500 and something Meg of memory was in use. I killed processes and I was still getting approximately the same amount of in use and free memory so maybe the right stuff didn't get killed. However, since I was having a problem with my Kindle where books that I had taken off the carousel kept coming back I finally called tech service and I ended up doing a factory reset to fix the carousel problem with tech support. The first thing I did after the factory reset was to add this favorite App of mine back. Now the weird thing was, it was still showing the same 500M of memory in use. Sorry but that doesn't make sense after a factory reset, especially since there had been previous times that it had shown a lot less than 500M in use. I think it is only logical that the least amount of memory in use probably occurs right after a factory reset. So this leads to a lot of questions like how do you really know an App is telling you what is going on or just putting out random statistics. So I'll be doing a lot more with this App to anser that question...01/21/2013
Updating again on 01/21/13-Ok, I've played a bunch more with this. I've checked process against running Kindle Apps(sweep down, select installed applications, sort by running.) These won't have a one-to-one correlation but you can see some process running with this App and then see they are running in the running apps, then kill them with this app and check running apps again and see that they have been killed. As with my original review, I've killed lots of stuff with this app and made sure it really was killed. Yes, the amount of memory used does seem to be changing. It still seems like it's using a lot of memory according to this App but maybe it is.