Review: Phone Clean Pro

Review: Phone Clean Pro

Disclaimer: I’ve worked with iMobie in the past to provide giveaways of other software they also develop. However this review/post is in no way associated with iMobie. This software was purchased personally.

Phone Clean Pro is a utility provided by iMobie that allows you to clear up space on your iOS device be it iPhone, iPod, or iPad. By scanning for common junk files & temporary data allowing you to reclaim space on your drive. The major problem being it deletes data you don’t tell it to. Here’s my review & experience on why you should not buy Phone Clean Pro.

Video Review:

What it’s supposed to do:

So what does Phone Clean Pro actually do. The trial version offers a free scan feature while you’ll the pro to actually delete content.

You can scan, use the tools packed into the app, and restore iTunes backups of your iOS device (thankfully). Phone Clean Pro is meant to save a ton of space by deleting files from your device easily & all in one place. There are some tools packed in as well that allow you to optimize performance for both native & jailbroken iOS devices. Scan wise you have quick & deep option. Each scanning mode describes what you can specify for deletion and after the scan is complete you can then clean up your device…or so you think.

Note: Phone Clean Pro does backup your data before any deep cleaning

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What it did:

All of this is well & great however as mentioned above the big flaw here is a countless number of users have experienced deletion of files that you do not even specify. In my own testing I had it delete over 1,300+ photos & some videos from my camera roll. So it achieved its goal of freeing up space…just not the data I told it to delete. Luckily I keep constant backups of my data & had a restore point that I could jump to but still for an app that’s main feature is cleaning & deleting data you’d think it would get that part right.

I thought maybe just maybe I had a bad scan or something got corrupted. Nope, further research showed all sorts of people having similar issues. iMobie had the same robotic response to their Facebook feedback.

 

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Now the above images are just a sample of what I found from some very upset customers & rightfully so. The whole “rare” issue problem doesn’t seem to be so rare. The app clearly has been deleting key files for users without any permission whatsoever. Now I’m sure once in a blue moon it actually deletes only the data you set but the likely chance of it also deleting private data of yours without any acknowledgment to the user is a big sign to steer clear from this app.

Mind you in my own experience the app had deleted my data on my very first deep clean. My apps, messages, and other parts of iOS remained untouched however again my camera roll was completely wiped & while I could restore the data I had issues with albums, corrupted photos, and other issues. So to say I restored everything to 100% would be a lie.

What to do if your data was deleted:

While I can’t give you a definitive answer that’ll help everyone out there, here are some options. Try using iTunes to restore from a previous backup that PhoneClean made or you have made recently with your iOS device. This is usually the best course of action & can help salvage the deleted data. If you don’t keep regular backups & had no iTunes restore points you can try to invest in other software that restores iPhone lost data. Keep in mind iMobie also ironically offers this software, that choice is entirely yours. You may want to steer clear entirely & use other software.

You can also use software such as iExplorer to find old iTunes backups & manually comb through them to gain the data you want. For example grab just photos that were deleted & then sync them back to your iOS device.

Conclusion/Rating:

In a way this has been one of the easiest reviews to write in that I simply reccomend to all my audience & those who stumbled upon this wondering if it’s worth the paid edition the answer is simply no. This is a big fat DO NOT BUY warning post. Normally if I have any negative thoughts I don’t expand much further than that, however when my word can help others in wasting money & investing in tools that don’t work I’ll gladly take the time, risk, and money. There’s no use in me breaking it down pro/con style when the main feature & aspect of the app isn’t even working.

Rating: DO NOT BUY (Two Thumbs Down)

I’ve used iMobie products in the past with success & even hosted a giveaway with them. I think they make some decent mobile tools for iOS. However this is one of their products I can’t recommend to any of you who may read this. Save your money & spend it elsewhere or at that rate look for another solution or just stick to manually wiping data off & reading that usage menu to see what’s taking up the most space.

Parental Control Tips for iOS

Parental Control Tips for iOS

My thanks to Curbi the makers of an amazing parental control app for iOS for sponsoring the web safety series of content. Curbi allows you to monitor, block, and curb your children’s iOS devices easily and safely. Ensuring the most priceless of things peace of mind with your kids on the internet. Try out Curbi today!

Nowadays kids everywhere have iOS devices be it their parents, siblings, or even their own. So its important to ensure their safety on the device to prevent any trouble, wrongful spending, or just general safety. Here’s a rundown of some iOS tips you can use on any current iPhone, iPod, or iPad.

Video Overview:

 

1. Restrictions

iOS allows you to actually restrict you kids access to the device. This is highly useful in that you can tailor specifically what they can or can’t access. A great example of this being app-store purchases this prevents them from spending on your iTunes account and can save you countless dollars from kids who are purchasing things without knowing any better.

This is achieved by going to Setting-General-Restrictions

 2-Guided Access Mode

GAM or Guided Access Mode allows you to actually lock the iOS device to one app. Normally this is used on devices within the apple store or presentation devices. However using this to lock kids to one app can be highly beneficial. It has the ability to prevent tapping in defined areas of apps or even set a time limit usage.

This can be enabled by going into Settings-General-Accessibility-Guided Access 

3-App Solution

Overall these built in iOS tips are great tips packed into the OS that most parents may be unaware of. They’re great ways to control the experience of your child and limit or prevent harmful usage on the iOS devices. However all of this can be achieved even easier within an app solution. Curbi for example does all of the above from restrictions, time limits and even more but a simpler package. Furthermore the benefits of Curbi extend in that it monitors your children’s usage tracking information and reporting it to you even when your away.

You can’t always monitor your kids usage and actions on a device let Curbi handle that for you. Check out our overview post we did on the service for more info on setup. Overall these tips provide a safer experience for you and your young kids be it on their own device or yours.

Amazon Dash buttons Allow you to Order with just a click

Amazon Dash buttons Allow you to Order with just a click

No this is not an Aprils fools joke on Amazon’s part, this is a real and useful product. The Amazon Dash buttons will allow consumers to order frequently used items in tap of a button. These tiny receivers that connect via your Wi-Fi network allow you to reorder products in your house by simply clicking them.

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The update is sent out to your phone to alert you so you can cancel the purchase if need be. Otherwise the button will automatically place the order so that you can receive the items as soon as possible. Dash buttons are held up via a reusable adhesive & a hook for you to hang it on certain places/surfaces. All of this is linked up between your Wi-Fi network & the official Amazon application making it easy to purchase products on the fly.

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Amazon plans to offer these for a range of brands & products such as Tide, Bounty, Kraft Mac & Cheese and more.

Just press & never run out

 

Simple yet effective these basic buttons can come in handy in many households. Again this isn’t some April fools hoax. The tiny assistive devices are exclusively for Prime members right now. They’re currently free with an invitation request & you can sign up and learn more here.

Periscope Overview: Twitter’s Live Streaming App

Periscope Overview: Twitter’s Live Streaming App

Video Overview:

Periscope was purchased by Twitter several months ago for $100 mllion & was going to be their entry into the livestreaming space. The company officially released the mobile app yesterday to the public for iOS users. This comes at a time where live streaming & social network integration has become a big thing with competing services like Meerkat.

The idea behind Periscope is to see the world through someone else’s eyes. The application is a mixture of livestreaming & the social network Twitter integration. Combining socializing & sharing to the world whatever it is your seeing.

Periscope’s app has a very polished & clean look to it. Compared to its counterpart Meerkat the app features a much more complete & native experience. From streaming to viewing other streams Periscope offers a great UI.

The app features the ability to:

  • Live Stream to your followers (private stream) or public stream w/external or front facing camera
  • Chat with your stream viewers/streamer (Built into the app) Unlike Meerkat which carries the conversation through Twitter
  • Tap to “Heart” the stream
  • Save your stream as a “Replay” feature for others to watch later

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Your account is based off your Twitter account so you automatically have the option to follow your exisitng followers who have Periscope acconts. Live streaming has been around for quite a few years now & is nothing new. However the integration on the mobile end allows users to share their moments live with their own social following. Creating an interactive experience thats easy to turn on/off. Apps like Periscope or Meerkat are paving the way to make live streaming a social norm.

That said we’ll have to wait to see how Twitter continues to integrate Periscope within their already popular social network & how it’ll stack up to Meerkat overtime.

 

Download Persicope for iOS (Coming for Android soon)

Review: Layout from Instagram

Review: Layout from Instagram

Instagram has released yet another app in the photo/video tool space to acommpany their social network. Previously they released Hyperlapse their stop motion tool & today they’ve released Layout. As the name entails its a photo collage based app, making it easy to upload multiple photos in one to your Instagram or across the web.

 

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Focusing on simplicity & ease of use controls.

Download Layout for iOS (Coming for Android soon)

You can view our full video review down below:

The app in itself features a very simple interface thats easy to use & navigate. Compared to other layout based apps I’ve used it has the most inuitive design from swapping photos, adjusting sizes, and more. However it is lacking in some areas as well. To break down here are the pros/cons

 

PROS:

  • Simple Interface
  • Instagram Friendly Resolutions
  • Supports up to 9 Photos
  • Built in Photo Booth

Cons:

  • Lack of “Undo” button

 

These line of apps have been something Instagram/Facebook has been focusing on to keep the tools & experience in-house. Rather than incorporating these features into Instagram they’ve made completley dedicated apps to solve these solutions then tie back into Instagram. As of now this will replace my default collage app based on the UI experience alone. Grab your copy for iOS today for free!