Oct 23, 2013
Sometimes we all need a little help keeping things in working condition. I have my boiler looked at every couple of years. My car seems to need constant servicing. My phone? I donâ€™t really think too much about my phone. It seems to be working fine. Surely thatâ€™s all there is to it?
Well, Mobie looks to make sure your phone isnâ€™t just working, but that itâ€™s working as best as it possibly can. Mobie has a few tricks up its sleeve to make sure itâ€™s as useful as possible. This doesnâ€™t happen straight away though. Mobie has to learn a little about you first.
Thatâ€™s right, Mobie spends the first 7 days on your phone quietly watching how you use your phone. Itâ€™ll pick up on patterns of use and react accordingly. For example, as soon as I leave my home, Mobie knows to turn off my phoneâ€™s Wi-Fi. As soon as I turn up at work, however, itâ€™ll turn it back on as it knows that I can connect to my employerâ€™s Wi-Fi.
Another habit it picked up on was the fact I never use Bluetooth devices. I admit, it wouldnâ€™t take a genius to work that out, but credit where itâ€™s due to Mobie. It soon learned a few of my phone-using habits.
All of this â€˜learningâ€™ wouldnâ€™t be for much if it didnâ€™t make a noticeable difference to how the phone works. This is no doubt the point at which other peopleâ€™s mileage with this app may differ. I personally didnâ€™t see too great of an improvement in my phoneâ€™s battery usage. To be fair, Mobie did claim that my phone was in â€˜greatâ€™ condition and I also donâ€™t use my phone a great deal during the day. (I work in a school. If I used my phone during lessons it would cause a black-hole of hypocrisy)
One feature I did like was the fact that Mobie would politely alert you to anything it deemed â€˜out of the ordinaryâ€™. If a particular app is running for longer than usual or if youâ€™re using more Wi-Fi than you normally do, youâ€™ll get a message. This can be handy for those of us that accidentally leave apps running all day. I know others do it, it can’t just be me.
Other than that, Mobie offers a few other features, some useful and others less so. For example, Mobie can clear out temporary files stored on your phone. Exactly how important it is to clear out a few Kbs of these files, I don’t know. Even less useful has to be the built in ‘Do you know’ feature that asks you questions about how your phone has been doing the past week. ‘How often has your phone run out of power this week?’ Who cares?
All in all, Mobie is an easy to use app though just how useful it is will depend on how you use your phone and how much battery the app can save you. The inclusion of a built in data usage meter, anti-virus protection and all round monitoring of your device means that Mobie is a no-brainer for Android owners.