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System Status - device activity monitor (battery level, disk usage, file stats, CPU load, network details, memory info, process list, work time, charge monitoring, connection overview, routing table, os data, hw report, console log, netstat information) - Techet

System Status

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Price: $2.99

Are you worried about your iDevice’s memory, CPU, network, or battery status? What about all those files sitting on your disc space: Ever wonder what exactly you’ve got laying about? System Status offers more information about your iPhone than you could ever shake a stick at, ensuring you know exactly what’s up with what, and where in your iOS file system.

Form and Function

System Status is an all-in-one systems analysis and log tool for iOS. The app allows users to peek inside the hood and get the what’s-what on all their iDevice’s inner workings.

The barrage of information offered here starts with battery life, giving a general status indicator as well as a percent value. System Status then moves on to CPU usage, giving a detailed and graphical look at what systems are absorbing what memory space. Disk space is next, providing a numbers-oriented look at what media, apps, and data are taking up the most room.

It’s an all out smorgasbord from there: System Status also allows users to track IP movements, see routing information, take a gander at their iDevice’s hardware statistics, and even sneak a peek at user and root subroutines. It’s like taking your iPhone to the shop and having the bonnet popped. If you’re ever wondering what’s going underneath that pretty face of iOS, System Status is a convenient way to satisfy your curiosity.

There’s currently no way to create detailed, customized logs, however. This is really the only thing preventing System Status from being the perfect development tool. Logs can be queried for specific strings, but without the option to track specified elements, or even export logs directly to email or DropBox, the functionality is more a curiosity than anything.

Design and Layout

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It’s worth noting that System Status looks absolutely beautiful on the iPad. The tabbed sidebar makes getting at the app’s various information tidbits extremely easy, while the data itself is laid out in a clear and concise manner. The plethora of graphical representations is nice as well: having a fluctuating meter for CPU usage makes things interesting, as well as informative.

All in all, it’s one tight package that System Status is sporting. I would have liked to see even more integration with cloud-based services like DropBox or Google Docs. Having the option to directly export data to a data bank elsewhere would take the app from useful utility to absolutely necessary geek tool.

Overall Value

At the end of the day, System Status is the perfect app for satisfying your tech wonders. If you’re concerned about what’s going on underneath your iPhone’s hood, the app gives you an all access pass to the hard data. It’s quick, simple, and looks fantastic. And with a combination like that, what more could you ask for? System Status is a great app, and certainly deserves a recommendation.

System Status requires iOS 3.1.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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