Tap That App
Measuring is a snap with the Smart Tools appCNET's Antuan Goodwin taps the Smart Tools app for Android. The Smart Tools app combines five different measuring tools into one convenient app.
I'm Antoine Goodwin and this is Tap That App, the CNET show where we dig up the hottest application in the mobile space and then just kind of touch them a lot for your viewing enjoyment. Today, we're taking a look at the Smart Tools app for Android phones, it basically combines all five of Smart Tool companies, Pro Measurement apps into one package giving you 15 tools at a bundled discount. Now, when you fire the app up, you'll find all of your tools right here on the home screen. Linked and angled tools include an on-screen ruler that's good for measuring small items and a level that's good for shoring up those crooked pictures on your wall. There are also two protractor tools for measuring small items with the screen and larger items using your phone's camera. There are also tools that give you access to your phone's internal compass if it's equipped with a GPS antenna which about all them are these days; that same compass is used to power a metal detector tool which actually works on the HTC Thunderbolt, be it only at very close ranges. There's a flashlight tool that can either use your phone's LED flash or the screen to light up dark areas, and there are also tools for measuring ambient sound levels in decibels and physical vibrations in a scale from weak to cataclysmic. Finally, there's a distance calculator that I frankly haven't even figured out how to use yet, it's a little bit confusing. Just about all of these tools perform admirably on my test phone; however, I did run into an issue where the decibel meter became a bit unresponsive after exiting and reopening the app; fortunately, there's an option to reinitialize all of the settings right there on the home screen that fixed everything right on up. This app's available today in the Google Play Store for $2.50 or you can get each of the individual tools if you don't want the whole pack at prices ranging from free to about 99 cents each, depending on which particular tool you want; for that price, you should go ahead and probably just spring for the whole kit. That's it for this week's episode of Tap That App. If you've got an app that you'd like to see tapped, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm Antoine Goodwin, you could find me on Twitter @antgoo and thanks for watching.