RingTime Lite: Written Android App Review
Picture this – it’s date night at the movies. The good guy is about to enter a trap. The theater is dead silent when, all of a sudden, roughly 50 pairs of eyes are focused directly on you and your blaring ring tone. Your date is embarrassed, you missed the best part of the movie, and the call that ruined it all turned out to be a wrong number.
Don’t be a victim of awkward situations like this. RingTime Lite, developed by Romarc Digital, is an extremely handy app which allows you to not only set ringer schedules, but also automate a number of other hardware settings.
Concept and Functionality:
Though many devices can be silenced by a touch of a button or a flick of a switch, it’s always helpful to have a backup system that ensures your device makes noise only when it’s allowed to.
When you first open RingTime Lite, you’re shown a list of preset alarms which either you have created or were included in the app. For some, these preset schedules might be perfect as they are. However, it’s likely that you have to tweak a few things, which is where RingTime shines.
RingTime Lite has two settings pages. “Quick Set” allows you to quickly and easily enable or disable settings for a certain amount of time. For example, you can set your phone to vibrate and enable airplane mode right before your two-hour flight to New York takes off. Upon landing, your phone should revert to the previous settings. You can also use Quick Set to enable or disable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
“Schedule Set” includes the same functionality as Quick Set, but gives you the added capability of changing which days or hours your settings will be enabled or disabled.
I tried to create a few test run profiles just to see whether or not RingTime Lite actually delivered on what it promised. I created a schedule which would turn airplane mode on for roughly 5 minutes, then turn it off. Unfortunately my results were hit and miss; sometimes airplane mode wouldn’t turn on and sometimes it wouldn’t turn off.
RingTime Lite definitely isn’t the free equivalent of Tasker, but it has many useful features which are perfect for everyday users. You can even schedule settings for a date in the future instead of the generic days of the week. Remember the hypothetical movie story in the beginning of this review?
RingTime Lite also alerts you when a schedule is enabled via pop-up and/or notification bar. This is perfect because you don’t have to constantly monitor the app or memorize your schedule settings.
Lastly, ring time lite allows you to create and maintain a maximum of four profiles.
RingTime Lite is definitely an app you should download if you have a tendency to forget to enable or disable certain settings on your device. However, I suggest testing the app first and learning your way around before relying on it. Also, if you’re looking for more features, there’s a $3.99 Pro version of RingTime.
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