Phone Doctor Plus is a utility for iOS and Android that tests the hardware to ensure the phone or tablet is working properly. Version 4 on iOS was recently released, and it’s free for a limited time.
If you are quick, you might just get the free version, but when I reviewed an older version last year, it was only $0.99 / £0.69 anyway, so it is cheap even when full price.
The old interface, which had a rather technical look, has been simplified and now there is a single large button on the opening screen. Press it and the app runs through a series of tests to check that that hardware is OK.
Just a word of warning here, you need your earphones because they are tested too. If you don’t have them to hand then the test involving them will fail. This is a minor problem because individual tests can be repeated at any time, so if your phone or tablet fails one, you can retry it.
Phone Doctor Plus tests the screen’s multi-touch capability, the earphones and microphone, earphone jack insertion detection, camera, flash, home button, volume control, speaker, accelerometer, sleep/wake button, and several more features.
It is a comprehensive series of tests and the results are shown on a certificate when the app has finished. There is also a screen that displays all the tests and ticks and crosses indicate pass and fail. Any failures can be repeated.
The app has a useful status screen that shows the remaining battery time, the amount of storage space available, the CPU load, memory available, and more. The information is presented clearly and it is useful if you want to keep an eye on these items.
There is more to this than you might at first think and tapping each of the items shows a new screen where there are tests and details. For example, press the Available Memory item and it measures the memory performance, and shows the memory usage including wired, active, inactive, free and so on.
Several items produce a similar display, but with different information. Available Network is slightly different and this enables you to monitor your data usage. The amount of data you have each month and the renewal date are entered. The app then monitors usage and you can see in the app how much is left, so you don’t use too much and incur charges from your phone provider.
Phone Doctor Plus is a great app that tests the phone or tablet, and enables you to view useful and important information. It is well worth installing on all your devices.
Title: Phone Doctor Plus (Google Play Store | iOS App Store)
Price: Free (for a limited time), was $0.99 / £0.69
Developer: Idea Mobile Tech Inc.
iOS: 8.0 or later | Android: 4.0 and up
Verdict: A great app for testing and monitoring your phone and tablet
- Written by Roland Waddilove
- Published: 08 September 2016