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Lumiappaday #13: Toggle demoed on Nokia Lumia 800

| November 29, 2011 | 12 Replies

In case you didn’t see the other post, we’re going from 10 to 13 because I missed 10 out so we inserted it just before we did 13.

This is an app I think most would want on their homescreen given that variants of it on other platforms are quite popular.

#13: Toggle

Price: Free

Link:   http://www.windowsphone.com/en-GB/apps/50d96319-ba4a-42f8-8117-279fadaa10f3

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omHLgdZdrvw

Developer Blurb:

With Toggle, you can pin Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth and Airplane mode shortcuts to your start screen for direct access to them and more.

If you have used ConnectivityShortcuts, Network Dashboard or Connection Tiles, give Toggle a try for the complete package…

 

 

This lets you have quick access to WiFi settings, Bluetooth, Airplane mode and network settings.

 Rating: 8.75

Design: 8

  • The app appears as a set of 8 tiles, 4 of which you can pin on the homescreen .
  • The other 4 which I didn’t get to show are settings, share, about and Review. Before I go to the toggle tiles, the Reminder option that I didn’t get around to on video allows you to set yourself a reminded when to turn on/off certain radios. When that appears just tap to activate.
  • The tile colours are in line with your theme as is the iconography. That’s ok but I’d prefer to customise them with something else as I prefer to fill my homescreen with different colourful tiles, not just the default theme colours.
  • Tiles flip occasionally though all that happens is the title moves from the top to the bottom.  (You may have to use additional settings to get more info)

 

Usability: 8

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  • You can quickly access settings from the tiles from toggle itself. This means you only have one occupied tile for these radio settings.
  • However, you can also set the top 4 as homescreen tiles themselves. e.g. WiFi tile opens up WiFi settings.
  • Perhaps it would be nice to have a switch to turn it on and off from the tile. From my particular usage, I always have to search for a network anyway to connect to when at Uni so I’d be opening up the main settings anyway.
  • It’s useful if you turn these radios on and off and currently for me the best thing we can get short of having quick settings in pull down (or possibly enhance the volume buttons where you can contextually have information on media player controls as well as volume and profile)
  • The tiles do though indicate whether you are using them, and the WiFi one indicates how long it’s been on for.
  • There are additional settings to:
    • - enable background task to update app tiles with connection status
    • - enable status updates on main tile app
  • These are said to run every 30-40 minutes. I haven’t switched either of those on.

Performance: 9

  • Yeah it works. They’re pretty much just shortcuts to those particular radio settings, but they make it easy to switch these on and off if you’re so inclined to do that (and not want to go through a settings tile instead).
  • The main Toggle tile opens quickly but I use the individual tiles themselves.
  • The only performance thing might be the apparently delay when the phone switches flight mode on/off. That’s got nothing to do with the app itself though and you can just ignore this and go do something else. (Took about 6 seconds to turn flight mode on, 4 to turn off. I think it might be establishing WiFi connections)

Price: 10

- it’s free

Conclusion: For quick tile access to WiFi/Bluetooth/Airplane mode/Data try out toggle.

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  • MDF

    i prefer wp shortcut tiles thanks to their flipping tiles

  • Patata

    Is there no option to use smaller tiles instead of wasting that much space for something that doesn’t need so much space?
    Or is it possible to create own categories in the Applist, maybe a favorites list?

    • Jesse

      Yes, you do not have to pin them the application will always be in the app list and you can always open it by voice without seeing it too of course.

  • Jalpatine

    If it is called toggle. Why does is open up the settings screen for the function in question. The tiles should be once pinned on the home screen on/off buttons.

    Makes no sence.

    • Patata

      Does wp provide that tile behavior at all? Maybe there was no other way to realize that functionality?!?

    • Viipottaja

      Yup, agree, there should be an option to just click the tile to turn e.g. wifi on/off. It could change the color of the tile e.g. from green to red as well to make it more visual.

      I was also surpised when I tried WP (which I generally did like based on the very short hands on I had with it) at a store that the status bar when pulled to view does not seem to have any shortcuts to such profile/wife etc settings (unless I missed something). Nor could I find any other quick shortcut by e.g. quickly pressing the power key or something. Again, I may have missed something of course.

    • Jesse

      There are homebrew apps that do that. Just search for Windows Phone homebrew apps. You need an unlocked device though.

  • http://durian-tech.com Hawke

    Nokia Malaysia website finally get a makeover

    http://www.nokia.com/my-en/

  • RollerTroller

    never thought wp7 is that much cripple os

    • Matias

      Nah, there are some little inconveniences in all of the mobile operating systems, those do not make them “crippled” by any means. The only mobile OS I would call crippled is s60 5th edition (I used it with my 5800 for 1,5 years, then switched to s60 3rd edition, which is very much better :D)

      I hope they bring better native shortcuts for profiles, wifi etc. in future WP iterations.

      • RollerTroller

        I won’t buy a samrtphone in hope for future updates which will make it magically competitive with current smartphones

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