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Multifunctional combine for Windows Phone
Author: Evgenii Kostrov
Date: 27 Dec 2013, tested on Nokia Lumia 920
Insider is a cross-functional application for Windows Phone with which you can learn a great deal about your smartphone and get access to some of its capabilities. At first glance, the program may seem an ordinary battery status indicator but, firstly, the indicator has turned out to be quite unusual, and secondly, beside it there is still a lot of different schticks which will attract many users.
Application's interfaceHaving just started the program, you will find yourself on a screen summarizing the state of the battery, available memory and type of the active connection through Wi-Fi/3G. On the left part of the screen, in a vertical column there are shortcuts responsible for activation of modes and turning on various modules of the smartphone (Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, change of orientation, GPS, power saving mode, flashlight and other functions).
Having made a tap on a block with information about the battery, you will go to the next section where you can learn more details about rate of charge consumption, the time of the device's working until completely exhausted, view a graph of discharge and a lot of other information. Back on the main screen, you can tap on a block with data on available memory and go to a large section "System Information". Further navigation between subsections will be performed by using horizontal gestures.
System informationThe first page of the section will provide you with detailed information about the smartphone (screen resolution, firmware version, etc.). A gesture to the left takes you to a screen where you will find all the information about the network and operator, as well as an Internet connection. Another swipe to the left will take you to a section where you will learn how much free memory (physical and random access) you have got. Another gesture to the left will let you know what sensors are available in your smartphone (accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, etc.).
In the same section, there is another interesting feature which for some reason is hidden at the top of the screen. No matter how long you are swiping to the right and left, an icon labeled "Diagnostics" will be located at the top of the screen. Most users do not pay attention to this element because there's a feeling that all these screens refer to the diagnostics. In fact, you can tap on this element and get into a sub-menu that allows you to diagnose each module of the smartphone in real time.
Diagnostics of sensors and modulesThere you can find out if there are dead pixels on the screen, how the multitouch system works and how many touches it supports. In addition, it will be possible to get closely acquainted with the work of the gyroscope which many confuse with the accelerometer; make sure that the modules GPS, NFC and many other functions work properly. Back on the main screen, by using horizontal gestures you can get to a few more interesting sections. One of them allows you to download beautiful wallpapers which are regularly updated, the other will let you know about the characteristics of all smartphones running Windows Phone and even compare them with each other.
ResumeIn general, the program is really unique and not only useful, but also very interesting. The great thing is that you can download Insider for free and enjoy absolutely all its functions watching an advertising banner from time to time. The paid version differs only in the complete absence of advertisements.