Downloads Pro: Written iPhone App Review
Are you a download junkie? Do you feel that the current browser offered on your device is too slow? Looking for something that is capable of handling multiple downloads at once? Downloads Pro from developer Sensible Code can help you manage your downloads quickly and simultaneously. This app is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), and iPad. It requires iOS 4.1 or late, however, I’ll be focusing on the iPhone version for this review.
The basic concept of Downloads Pro is to provide a similar function to that of Safari (current browser on devices), but simply put, to do it better than Safari. It is a web browser that can support multiple tabs without crashing, offers an advanced PDF viewer that can open and view large PDF file (similar to iBooks, GoodReader, and so on), has a movie player that can play all sorts of formats (such as AVI, WMV, FLV, XVID, and RMVB ), and it can also access ZIP, RAR, and password protected archived files. The thing about Downloads Pro is that it really is a faster browser, and much more clean-cut in comparison to Mobile Safari.
Appearance and Layout:
The layout of Downloads Pro is very organized and appealing on the iPhone and iPod Touch, even with their smaller screens. Everything is grayscale and monochromatic themed (with the exception of the actual browser), and when you load the app you can pick from the following option tabs: Browser, Downloads, Files, and Settings. You can change your default engine settings, manage and organize your download files, switch to private browsing mode, and even add a passcode lock for added security. Everything is easy to access and locate with these four tabs, and it doesn’t take a genius to figure out what does what and what goes where.
Overall, Downloads Pro is an excellent app for its value on the iPhone and iPod Touch. Users will definitely notice the faster browsing speed and the capability of managing larger files, a definite benefit on these smaller mobile devices. Also, the downloaded files organization is a huge plus and to have everything together in one app, instead of closing the browser and having to open another app is another benefit. Having the added the extra security cushion of private browsing and putting a passcode lock also protects your browsing history and your downloaded files safety.
Downloads Pro iPhone app requires iOS 4.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), and iPad.
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