Every once in a while, a good jailbreak app or tweak sneaks past our radar. We feel we do a pretty good job of covering most new notable Cydia packages, but every now and then, one slips through the cracks. And that’s exactly what’s happened with BatteryDoctorPro.
For those who aren’t familiar with it, BatteryDoctorPro is a jailbreak app that monitors your iPhone or iPod touch usage to essentially lengthen your battery life. But it also has Notification Center settings toggles, a multitasking bar and several other handy features…
Installing the app adds an icon to your Home screen, which is where you can customize your settings and view your usage stats. You’ll be impressed by the amount of settings it allows you to tweak, and how much data it offers about your device and its power needs.
Presets are also a big part of the app, as they allow you to quickly activate custom profiles for your device. There’s ‘Outdoor,’ which kills Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, ‘Indoor,’ and ‘Alarm,’ which shuts nearly everything down. There’s also a more-customizable ‘Smart’ preset.
Once you have everything configured how you want it, there are two external parts to the app: the Status Bar widget and the Notification Center widget. Both can show Settings toggles, like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc., and a multitasking bar. And both are fairly customizable.
This is where the whole NCSettings/Auxo replacement comes in to play. By offering both NC toggles and an app switcher, BDP removes the need for these two tweaks. At least I think it’s a better solution—i.e. it’s more convenient and reliable etc. But to each their own.
And the features don’t stop there. There are several nice little touches around the app, like a ‘Task Clear’ button to quickly get rid of BG running apps, a Usage list that tells you which of your apps use the most power, and a System Status page that offers all kinds of stats.
I have to say, I’ve been thoroughly impressed with BatteryDoctorPro, and I recommend to anyone who hasn’t yet, to try it. You can find it in the BigBoss repo, in Cydia, for free. Oh, and it’s worth noting that there are some Asian letters in its title, so it’s kind of tough to spot.
We’d love to hear what you guys think of BatteryDoctorPro. Do you think it’s better than Auxo/NCSettings? Why or why not?