Today I stumbled across an app called ZDBox. Since installing this app I’ve found it makes 2 of my other apps redundant.
- Lots of tools in one app
- Works well
- Lots of options
- Nice clean UI
- It’s Free
- App killer widget only in white
RATING: 4.6 Stars
UPDATED: October 12, 2011
CURRENT VERSION: 2.2.122
REQUIRES ANDROID: 1.5 and up
INSTALLS: 500,000 – 1,000,000
CONTENT RATING: Everyone
From the Market page:
ZDbox is an amazing all-in-one toolbox. Five stars in xda forum.
ZDbox is an amazing and free all-in-one toolbox. It holds a collection of useful tools and has a nice and easy to use interface. With ZDbox you’re getting your mobile/cell phone under control, do easily some optimization and customize it to your needs. An essential tool which you will love! 5 stars in xda forum.
★ Widgets: Keep screen always on, kill all tasks, WiFi on/off, airplane mode on/off, brightness adjustment, sound settings, rotate screen on/off, bluetooth on/off, start/stop sync, switch between 2G/3G, app lock on/off, GPS on/off, APN on/off (mobile access point), flashlight on/off
★ Battery: Monitoring and showing lots of information about remaining battery time, temperature, health, time since last boot, necessary time until full charge and so on
★ Traffic counter: Monthly/daily mobile data usage overview, shows remaining data traffic, detailed data usage information for each app.
★ Do not disturb: Just set days and the time when you need your privacy and you won’t be disturbed by your phone. Set phone to silent, vibration or airplane mode.
★ App lock: Protect apps with a password or pattern, for exmaple your contacts, Facebook, Twitter, Gmail and so on
★ Task killer: Kill all apps at once, define protected apps which won’t be killed, set auto kill when screen gets locked, mark single or multiple apps to kill
★ Notification bar: One tap on the bar shows remaining battery time, running apps, how much data traffic is left and if app lock is active or not. A tap on these informations starts ZDbox.
★ Uninstaller: Shows used/available internal and SD card memory. Apps can be easily uninstalled. Single or multiple (batch) uninstall possible.
★ App to SD: Move apps to your SD card. Single or multiple (batch) move possible. Only for Android 2.2 and 2.3.
With Cache Cleaner you can clean your cache fast and easily.With auto cache cleaner ,
you don’t need manual operation by yourself everyday.ZDbox is your best scavenger,free your phone’s memory,make it as light as a feather.
So as you can see there’s an extensive feature list and a good rating to boot. Let’s have a closer look and see if it lives up to its claims…
It’s well laid out and scrolling down will get you to the other options. There’s a Settings button in the top right and pressing the Menu button will let you access more areas, including an option to backup and restore the settings:
Let’s take a look at each section. We’ll start from the top:
The battery info is a single page which shows a lot of information. You’ve got the current remaining battery as a percentage, how long it’s been charging/discharging, voltage, health, temperature, how long it’ll take to fill the battery (if charging, time until it’s empty if not charging) and the time since boot. Pressing on Battery use details will take you to the Android battery use screen.
This screen keeps track of your mobile data usage. In the Settings you can set your monthly allowance from your tariff, your billing date, enable warnings, etc. More details takes you to a screen showing which apps have used the data.
Do Not Disturb
This screen lets you set up times for your phone to be completely silent. You can specify if it should vibrate or even enter Airplane mode. You’re not limited to just one time either – multiple times with different options can be set up.
This is one of my favourite sections. It allows you to set up either an unlock pattern or a PIN before an app can be launched. This is great for apps where you might have sensitive data – gallery, Facebook, Twitter, banking apps, contacts, etc.
You select the apps you’d like to protect, press Set password and choose whether you’d like a PIN or pattern, enter the desired PIN or pattern then press Tap to turn on. From then on, for any app you’ve selected, you’ll need to enter your PIN or pattern before you can open it.
The task killer will allow you to close selected programs, or all of them if you’d rather. With a long press you have the option of adding programs to an ignore list so you don’t accidently close them if you kill all. More information takes you to the Android app screen.
Pressing the Menu button shows the settings which allows you to set the app to automatically kill apps at certain points and to show system programs in the kill list.
The uninstaller is simply that. You can select one app at a time to uninstall or do a Batch Uninstall where you can tick a few apps and uninstall them in a sequence.
This screen also shows the memory status of your internal memory and SD card.
App To SD
This screen shows you where your apps are installed and allows you to Batch Move them to/from your SD card/Internal memory.
If you install an app there’s an option for ZDBox to notify you if it can be moved to the SD card.
This screen lets you clean the cache of apps. A press on an app takes you to the Android app information page where you can clear the cache, but at the bottom there’s a Clean All Cache button which will clean them all in one go. It’s interesting to note that this button also works on non-rooted devices, although it does take a good while longer to clean them all.
There are a few options for widgets. There is a 1×1 widget that allows you to choose the tool from a selection of those you see above, or you can put then in a 4×1 or 4×2 widget, all of which allow you to choose a white or black theme. The other widget is a 4×1 task manager which, unfortunately, only allows the white theme.
The notification gives you information on the battery level as both a percentage and time remaining, how many running apps, how much mobile data you’ve used and if the app lock is currently enabled (there’s a widget to turn it on and off). You can choose which of the above icons you’d like to be shown in the status bar – in the screenshots above I’ve used the running apps. The default is the battery level, but I’m running CyanogenMod and use the inbuilt battery level tweak, so I changed the icon.
Overall, this app is an essential toolbox for any Android phone. By having access to so many system tools all in one place and by having a simple to use UI, I recommended you give this app a try. And why not? It’s free!