Review: SystemDash for BlackBerry smartphones
We’ve heard time again how important it is to keep an eye on your memory and battery level. As hard as we try, there are times where we slip and forget to check. I’ve forgotten to close a few apps before flopping onto the couch to watch a movie or two. The next thing you know, my BlackBerry is almost completely drained. Nothing alerted me. I swear, if only my BlackBerry cried for help, I would have paused the movie to take care of the situation.
If you don’t have your BlackBerry in hand, SystemDash will keep you in the know. Battery level alerts are integrated into your BlackBerry profiles, while the app monitors items such as your available memory and battery temperature. Looking to save your battery juice instead of squeezing every last ounce of it out? Take a look.
SystemDash was developed by Mobato Ltd and is their first BlackBerry application. It’s compatible with BlackBerry smartphones running OS 4.6 or higher, though there is no OS 7 support at this time. The most current version is 2.3.0 which has a file size of 185.7 KB.
Rating in CrackBerry AppStore – 4/5
Rating in BlackBerry App World - 4.5/5
SystemDash is a hub of information about your BlackBerry smartphone; more specifically, its memory and battery life. It’s true that there are a number of applications that report on the same stuff, but I did like the UI of the application. It’s simplistic in nature, colourfully informative and customizable. In the initial view, without any tweaks, the following categories can be seen; Applications, Battery, Memory, Storage and My Device. Let’s take a peak at each
Applications – On the main menu, this category will quickly tell you how many applications are running; divided into visible and background. Clicking on this category will take you to a list view of what’s running, in alphabetical order and with icons. The icons will indicate if the app will auto-run on start-up, is a background process, is a system process or will restart on exit. Clicking on each application will give you information such as its version number, description and file size. There’s no option to close an application using SystemDash.
Battery – The main page displays a battery representing…well, battery life of course! The battery icon will display the general charge level, where a more accurate numerical value is shown next to the category title. You can also see the battery temperature and voltage. Click to go further into the Battery view and you can also see Camera, Radio and Wireless availability. If the battery level is too low, some of these may be unavailable. On the home screen, SystemDash provides a small battery icon with the percentage level next to it.
Memory and Storage – The next two categories cover your flash memory and on-device storage memory. Look at the background colours in each- the lighter shade represents the free memory. Clicking on each category will take you to a screen where you’re given a breakdown of items and how much memory they are taking. In the case of Memory, it’s broken down into: Application, Data, Objects, Ram, Transient and Other. Storage is split into: Documents, Music, Pictures, Ringtones and Videos.
My Device – This category shows you your PIN, number, model, platform and software.
Everything I just listed doesn’t necessarily have to appear in the order that you see; SystemDash allows you to shuffle the categories around. Too bad you weren’t able to hide categories – I didn’t really need to see my device info.
Tools and Alerts - Either from within SystemDash, or your Profile menu, you can set up alerts for when your battery level dips below predefined levels or when your memory has been boosted. If you went through the application to set these up, you can also choose to see a popup or not. From your BlackBerry menu, you can access SystemDash tools for a quick memory pick me up or clean, view the event log (instead of pressing ALT+LGLG to access it) and clean the log.
SystemDash does a great job of monitoring your memory and battery life. I would have liked to see more options, such as which actions to take when levels hit a certain point. I loved how the application gave multiple views to satisfy those who prefer a quick glance and those to crave detail. Other commands offer an alternative access point for the event log, device info and charging status. If you want to check out SystemDash for yourself, it’s currently available for $1.99 from the CrackBerry App Store.