App Review: aTimeTool for iPhone
aTimeTool is an iPhone device management tool that allows you to automatically toggle on or off various functions that you use everyday.
aTimeTool does require a jailbroken iPhone, so this is not an app you can find in the iTunes App Store. You can find it in Cydia however. You may check out my guide on jailbreaking your iPhone here.
aTimeTool is a great iPhone device automation app that allows you to toggle on and off the many built-in features of your iPhone. The following is the list of functions that can be toggled on and off automatically:
- Airplane mode
- Location Services
How It Works
When you first start the app, you are presented with a blank list area where you will eventually store your commands. Tapping the add button lets you choose which function from the list above that you want to work with, which day you want the function to toggle on or off and the specific time.
You can add an unlimited number of commands from the various functions and days allotted. Deleting commands is made easy with the standard iPhone edit button available on the list menu (or just swipe to delete).
Convenience & Battery Life
With aTimeTool, you no longer need to manually turn off specific services on your iPhone. If you know you are going to use your iPhone but turn it off when you arrive somewhere, you can set it so that that ‘Power’ can automatically turn off when you have arrived to your destination and then set it to automatically turn on when you leave.
All of this can be customized by day and time, so you can be very specific about when you need certain iPhone functions.
The other obvious benefit of aTimeTool is increased battery life. Since your iPhone is already jailbroken, the battery life may not be as good as it was, so any battery saving features are always welcome.
Setting aTimeTool to power off your device, turn off 3G, WiFi and/or Bluetooth will save your battery life. For example, I know many people who leave their WiFi on unknowingly when they leave home. Leaving your WiFi on will drain your battery very quickly, but with aTimeTool, you can make the on/off automated for WiFi so that when you leave home at an approximate time, you can be assured that WiFi is off.
A Great iPhone App
Overall aTimeTool delivers a very simple and clean interface, easy navigation and a great feature set. Being able to automate some of the functions many of us use daily is very convenient and it even goes so far as to save you some battery life. My only irk is the price tag, which seems a little steep considering that there are free alternatives on Cydia. Although, with those free apps, you do have to manage them manually instead of automated control with aTimeTool.
aTimeTool is scored a 4.5 out of 5.
How to Install aTimeTool
1.) Jailbreak your iPhone (See guide here)
2.) Launch Cydia and Choose the Utilities Category
3.) Choose aTimeTool and Install
Where To Download
aTimeTool Giveaway (remember you need a jailbroken iPhone)
For those jailbroken iPhones, I am going to giveaway five (5) copies of aTimeTool today! To win, just comment below on the following trivia:
1.) How can you and your iPhone benefit from aTimeTool?
Winners are chosen at random; Contest ends September 29, 2009 at 11:59PM PST. Contest open to Canada/USA residents only.
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2.) You may enter even if you have won something before. You can win again and again and again! There is no limit on the amount of times that you can win!
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4.) Winner(s) must claim prize(s)Â within 24 hours of me sending the confirmation email. Failure to do so results in expulsion from the contest.