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Monday, February 21, 2011

[ANDROID] Bloat Freezer Review

As mentioned in a previous post yesterday Ill be reviewing my first Android app. Up first on my chopping block is an app that can only be used on a "rooted" Android phone running Android v.1.6-2.3+. Its written by Trey Holland. An over view and product description can be seen here by clicking the link or using a QR Code reader on the following code:

The app looks identical to what is shown in the screenshots above. Its really that easy and straight forward. You open up Bloat Freezer, find the app you want to freeze, and click it. If its in a "defrosted" state it will ask you to freeze or cancel. If you want to defrost an application just click it and it will ask for a defrost or cancel.

The GUI is laid out and logical. The frozen apps are on a blue background with an ice cube where the application icon would be. The legend is at the bottom of the application so there is absolutely no confusion.

Ive compared this to Titanium Backup Pro and TiBackup seems to be the preferred application. However Ti is limited, it can not freeze Amazon MP3. Bloat Freezer can back up its claims and does infact freeze Amazon MP3.

An important part of any business is the customer service. I can say that the creator of Bloat Freezer also offers exceptional customer service. The program is built to send logs upon Force Closes to the creator so that the proper debugging can occur. The email response time is fast day or night. I emailed him at about midnight one night for this review and around 10AM the next morning for a glitch I was experiencing. Both times emails where sent promptly within about 10-15 minutes.

Dont worry the glitch Im referring to was my own fault. I accidentally froze an important app for what I was trying to do.

Alot of people are going to pick this apart, but to be honest this program is boarder line perfect. Its simple, light, fast, and intuitive. The only thing I would like to see is a backup mechanism.