Total Score: 27.5
Keeping your iDevices happy is something that is certainly important. Using a battery app like Battery Doctor HD (for iPad), may prolong the life of your battery. The science is out as to whether it really works or not, but I can tell you that this app offers you a clear display showing your re-charging progress and is organized in a way to keep from overcharging. FYI – there are a number of apps titled Battery Doctor. Be sure to check the icon to ensure you are getting this app.
Price Rating = 5 Free. If you agree to push notifications, you start getting ads.
Ease of Use Rating = 5 There is nothing really complicated here.
Readability Rating = 5 On the iPhone the fonts are small. On the iPad they are a good size.
Will You Use It Rating = 5 It is a handy way to see the progress of your recharging and to check on available battery power.
Downsides Rating = -1 Note: Currently the iPhone version is not showing up on the iTunes store. I still have it installed, but can’t provide a link for you. I did not take any points off on this, but there is not an English version of the website. I have never needed help, so this does not seem significant.
Consumer Review Rating = 4.5 There are over 1,400 ratings for the iPad version with an average rating of 4.5. The company’s info on iTunes indicates that they have 50 million downloads worldwide.
Why Do You Need This App Rating = 4 I am not sure there is an actual need for this software. I know that I like it because it keeps track of my charges and other system information.
How does it work?
- You should have the Battery Doctor app open before you start charging. If you do, it will immediately go to a screen saver that shows you how much time remaining for a full charge. Swiping to the right (RECHARGE tab) allows you to see the detail of charging. It charges at full charge for about 80% of the time, then moves to a slower charge and then a trickle.
- The STATUS tab shows you how much time is remaining and how to extend the time. You can also click on “Used Detail” and find how much of the time is available if you chose an activity. For instance, right now on my iPad I have 18 hours of reading available or 9 hours of video playback.
- The PROCESS tab shows you which apps are using the most juice. This could be helpful if you want to cut down on apps that are draining your battery. This information may surprise you. Some apps are using power that are not even open.
- The SYSTEMS tab gives you all the information about your device. It has all the info including version, model, memory, WI-Fi and carrier. On this tab you will also find your hardware specs.
- On the MORE tab you will find an alarm clock and tips for battery life. The alarm clock seems to have standard functionality.
- On the SETTINGS tab you will find options to create a “do not disturb at night” function, send a reminder when charging is finished or you can delete old records. On the iPhone there are additional settings. You can turn the auto display screen saver off or on, change the screen saver color, and turn weather on and off. For the iPhone, the SETTINGS information is found on the MORE tab in the top right hand corner.
- There is a message center in the top right corner. The icon looks like an envelope. Battery Doctor provides updates through this method.
There is a lot of functionality in this app. You will find it helpful for battery recharging and controlling your app usage. I do have this app on my iPhone, and it seems to work, but it doesn’t seem to be available on the iTunes store now.
Devices: The Battery Doctor HD is compatible with the iPad. It requires iOS 4.3 or later. It was developed by Beijing Kingsoft Internet Security software Co. Ltd.