Perfect Thumb is a fantastic development group that offers a wide range of Windows 10 Mobile apps. One of the company's latest is Perfect Tools, a collection of utility apps that can make your day to day life a little easier.
Perfect Tools shares the simplistic design Perfect Thumb's apps have mastered and includes tools such as a level, lux meter, compass, currency converter, dice, land area calculator, ruler and more. You may not need to use these tools on a daily basis, but Perfect Tools offers you easy access to them when the need arises.
The free app is available for Windows 10 Mobile and Windows Phone 8.1 (including low-memory devices).
The layout of Perfect Tools offers a user-friendly design for hassle-free access to the tool collection. The main page for Perfect Tools displays a series of vital statistics on your phone that includes battery level and life, phone name, Wi-Fi status, resolution details and OS version. The main screen also has quick access buttons running along the bottom of the display to send you to your phone's cellular, Wi-Fi, Airplane Mode and Display settings.
The tool collection can be accessed in two ways. First, you have a menu button on the main display that pulls down a navigation menu to access all the tools and the app's About screen. Second, you can swipe to the left to view the collection of tools.
The Perfect Tools collection includes:
- QR Code Reader: An easy to use tag reader.
- Ruler: Measures the length in centimeters or inches. On the Lumia 950 the ruler is a 4.02 inch/10.2cm in length.
- Compass: The compass supports magnetic and true north calculated using network location or GPS coordinates.
- Protractor: Determine the angle by dragging pointers directly or by entering the label on your phone's keypad. The protractor also has a camera mode for a more visual approach to measuring angles.
- Level: Determines whether a surface is horizontally or vertically level.
- Currency Converter: Converts more than 170 global currency exchange rates with support for converting multiple currency types at once.
- Heart Rate Counter: This is not a heart rate monitor but instead allows you to tap the screen as you manually monitor your pulse to determine your heart rate.
- Lux Meter: A simple light meter.
- Dice: If you are ever in a situation where you need a set of dice, Perfect Tools has you covered. You can shake your phone or tap the screen to roll six-sided dice. The tool supports rolling up to ten die. Yahtzee, anyone?
- Flashlight: This is a direct link to Perfect Thumb's Perfect Flashlight app (free).
- Time Kit: Like the Flashlight tool, this is a direct link to Perfect Thumb's Perfect Timekit (free) app that includes alarms, a stopwatch, a timer and a world clock.
- Recorder: One more direct link tool with this one. Here you are sent to Perfect Thumb's Perfect Recorder app (free) for the times you need a simple audio recorder.
- Sound Meter: A simple sound meter tool.
- Speedometer: Need to confirm your car's speedometer or see how fast you can ride your bicycle? The Speedometer app registers your speed in kilometers per hour or miles per hour.
- Area Calculator: Calculate the area for an arbitrarily shaped area of land and choose the points that define the area by placing push-pins on a map.
- Tile Maker: A simple means to creating your own Start Screen Live Tiles that feature your pictures or just a blank tile to fill in an empty space.
I would have liked to have seen the flashlight, time kit and recorder features integrated into Perfect Tools without having to go outside the app. This is not a deal breaker by any means seeing that all three of these apps are a) fantastic and b) free.
I do like the camera support on the protractor tool. It makes determining the angle on existing structures a lot easier. I'm also finding the speedometer coming in handy while out on the water to see how dreadfully slow I can paddle my kayak.
Perfect Tools is a free app and available for Windows 10 Mobile and Windows Phone 8.1 (including the low-memory phones). All of the tools included in the app are simple to use and, while many may not have a need for a lux meter or area calculator, I bet everyone can find a tool or two worth having around.
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George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.