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iPhone App Review: 1-Click Flashlight

iPhone App Review: 1-Click Flashlight

September 13th, 2010 by

One of the most surprisingly useful things my iPhone 4 has is an LED flash. It’s actually terrible as a flash, but I really quickly found myself opening the camera app in order to use the flash as a flashlight. It was only a matter of time before flashlight apps started springing up on the app store.

One app in particular I like is 1-Click Flashlight, a stripped-down flashlight app that does one thing and does it to perfection: give you light.

The LED light comes on within seconds after tapping the icon, and a tap to the otherwise black screen brings up a big blue button. You may think touching the blue button turns the light off but no, you would be wrong. Depressing the blue button causes the LED light to strobe, for the occasional impromptu rave.

This is the app, folks. Touch that and you got strobe.

Those of you with toddlers also know that a strobe effect is always a big hit, though be careful. Strobes are known to trigger seizures in those that are susceptible.

One of the subtly brilliant things about this app is that it does NOT have an off button, and the reason why is that the iPhone hardware already includes one: the home button. Rather than waste screen real estate or user-interface overhead on drawing an off button, the developers just put the built-in feature of iOS to work for them. When you quit the app, the light turns off.

Another small but priceless feature is that the app retains the strobe state when you quit, so if you left it in strobe mode it will be in strobe mode when you start the app again. I’m not sure why you need an LED strobe light so much but hey, there it is.

I should point out that this app replaced my previous flashlight app of choice, which in comparison had a screen cluttered with graphics, buttons, and useless information; and it didn’t really offer anything beyond what this one does.

All in all, 1-Click Flashlight is a terrific slimmed-down flashlight app that doesn’t waste resources on giving you things you don’t need.

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