It’s getting harder coming up with a list of things you can do right from your smartphone. From sending work emails to sharing cool stuff with your friends on social media, smartphone have become an incredible everyday assistant. But if you’re like most people, you probably aren’t making enough out of your handset to replace analog tools and save money on handy household purchases. Below are some useful apps that can turn your Android phone into a handy digital toolbox.
1. Tiny Flashlight
With over 100 million downloads across the marketplace, Tiny Flashlight is a useful app that converts your handset into a multifunctional flashlight. The app uses the LED flashlight on your camera to turn your Android phone into a bright source of white light. The app also delivers a number of other gimmicks that might come in handy one way or the other. For instance, you can tint your screen with different colors. You may also turn the LED into a stroboscope that shows warning lights, or simulates police lights with your device screen.
2. Metal Detector
Did you just know that your Android smartphone can serve as a metal detector? The average android smartphone is equipped to detect electromagnetic fields for common metals, including iron and steel. All you need to do is install the app and calibrate it in a location where there are no strong electromagnetic fields (e.g. far away from your computer). Once this is done, you can try searching for coins and other electromagnetic pieces hidden in your sofa. It just works awesome!
3. Sound Meter
This is another fantastic app that turns your smartphone into a powerful tool that can measure noise levels in decibels. Sound Meter allows you to display the results in the form of a graph, or in the form of a meter.
If you sometimes have trouble reading tiny text or making sense out of small details, this is the tool you are looking for. The app allows you to use the camera’s LED flashlight so you don’t have to worry about low-light conditions. If you have any difficulties using the Live Viewing mode, consider taking a snapshot of whatever you’re reading, saving it on file and then going back to it at your leisure.
5. Spirit Level Plus
Have you been planning to purchase a spirit level tool anytime soon? You probably want to take a look at this tool before you spend your money. The app provides precisely similar functionality, and can be calibrated for enhanced sensitivity. If you do not find it handy, consider trying Bubble Level, which appears to be more popular in the market. However, Bubble Level has a major flaw in that it appears to have difficulties with device orientation, especially on tablets.
6. Smart Measure
How about measuring the distance or height of an object that’s up to 50m away from you. Smart Measure is a powerful Android app that just does that. The only thing you need to do is make sure that the height of your handset is entered correctly. You can use your own height as the reference. Generally, you should hold your smartphone like a digital camera, which is usually 0.3m or 1ft less than your body height. Aim at the foot of the object whose distance you want to measure and hit on the ‘get Distance’ option. You can also use the same app to get the height of the object.
While these apps won’t replace a serious toolbox, they can prove immensely handy, especially when you need to get going on the go. If you think we left anything out, feel free to add it through in comments section below.
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