Over 40+ Magnifier and Flashlight

Total Score:  28.5

I can’t believe it took me so long to find Over 40+ Magnifier and Flashlight.   It isn’t often when I find an app that makes me say, “I wish I had thought of that.”  This is certainly one of those times.  In a nutshell, this app magnifies text (or objects) and turns on the flashlight to help you see.  How simple is that?  You can easily think of a number of uses like reading fine print on labels or reading menus in dark restaurants.  I can’t wait to find more ways to use it.  

Price Rating = 5     $3.99 and $1.99.   Like most people, I would like everything to be free, but I think that this is a reasonable price.  In order to maintain an app you need resources and resources cost.  You can choose either the full-featured version (no ads), or the one that has the key features and ads.  I think you will find this app worth the money.

Ease of Use Rating = 5     There are simple visual commands that make this app easy to use.

 Readability Rating = 5     There is not a lot of text to read, and what you need to read is primarily on the settings screen.  It is easily readable.

 Will You Use It Rating = 5     I think you will find it very handy.   You might have a magnifying glass at home, but you do not always have it with you.  Having an app gives you that ability to have one wherever you are.

 Downsides Rating = 0     I haven’t found any bugs.  It worked as expected every time.

  Consumer Review Rating = 3.5      Most people were positive about the app, a few people had trouble with app crashes (never happened to me) and one commented that it did not help with things that had little contrast.

 Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5      As we age it becomes more difficult to read small print.  This app helps you through that difficulty.

How does it work? 

  1. You have a number of options when you open the app.  You can see a magnifying glass icon on the bottom left.  The slider bar allows you to zoom in on objects and the magnifying glass shows you how much you are zooming.  It goes from 1X to 10X. You can also pinch and release to zoom in.
  2. If you tap on the magnifying glass icon, it flips to a view of you and can be used as a mirror to check your makeup.  I’m sure guys need to look at their faces too.
  3. The middle icon at the bottom is a flashlight.  Tapping it turns on the flashlight and helps you to read information in low light.  This option only works if have an iPhone 4 or 5.  It uses the flash from the camera.
  4. The third icon at the bottom is a camera.  Photos can be saved to your photo library.  When I did it, the item always saved as its original size, not the zoomed in size.
  5. There are two icons at the top.  The one on the left is the settings icon.  You can set the app to view left, right or full screen.  With the left and right selections, you see a magnifying glass that frames the item.  Full screen shows, well the full screen.
  6. You can select how long the flashlight stays illuminated. There is a sliding scale to keep it on until you release it, through 5 seconds to a minute, to until it is tapped again.  Using the flashlight can impact batter life.
  7. There is also an option to turn on or off developer news.  I left mine set at the on position because I want to know what is new with the app.  On this screen you also have an option to provide feedback about the app.
  8. There is an icon on the top right that allows you to share your love of the app through Twitter, Facebook and email.
  9. There is a lock icon in the middle of the top of the screen.  I admit I couldn’t figure out how to use it.  If anyone knows, feel free to share it with me.

I find iPhone apps a lot of fun.  Some I pick up and find enjoyable, but I lose interest after a while. This is one that I can see lasting for the long haul.  Test it out and let me know what you think.

Devices:  This app can be used on either the iPhone (3GS, 4, 4S and 5), iPod Touch (4th and 5th generation) or iPad2 and iPad (.  It requires iOS 4.2 or later.  App developed TLA Investments LLC.

2 thoughts on “Over 40+ Magnifier and Flashlight”

  1. The lock icon indicates that you tapped on the screen to “lock” the focus. When the app is first launched, it is in autofocus mode. Tapping anywhere on the screen locks the focus at that point. Tapping the lock returns the app to autofocus mode.

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