Super Optimize 1.4 Review

Take control of system resources and features with this free Android app.

Super Optimize from Power App Tools promises to optimize your Android smartphone with a variety of tools, including memory optimizer, cache cleaner, uninstaller, and battery manager. Some of its tools simply give you a different way of accessing features your phone already has, such as brightness and volume controls. But at least a quarter of all Windows freeware merely simplifies access to system utilities, so what works for Windows also does for Android, right? Not necessarily: Linux-based Android does some things differently, such as working its resources and freeing them up as needed, instead of keeping them in reserve. Super Optimize has other tools, though. We tried it in a Samsung Galaxy S3 running Android 4.1.1.

Super Optimize opens on the Optimization tab of its System Management feature. Various graphs depicted CPU use, SD capacity and usage, and total and available RAM and ROM. We pressed Optimize, and Super Optimize closed 64 apps, regaining more than 261MB of cache. But our RAM total shortly returned to pre-optimization levels, and CPU usage also maximized and quickly stabilized at its prior level. Running the Optimize feature again, even after restarting the phone, produced similar before-and-after results. However, the Optimize button might just come in handy if you're really maxing out your phone's resources yet can't decide what to close. The Process tab basically duplicates your Application Manager, but the Cache tab let us delete items, individually. Swiping open the app's main menu revealed the screen brightness, volume settings, and other slightly redundant (but not unwelcome) features, and some useful ones, such as the App 2 SD tool that can move some bulky apps (like Google Earth) to your SD card and a Battery Management tool that let us choose what to turn off (like vibration) or keep on (like Wi-Fi).

Like similar Android apps, Super Optimize's Android optimization was somewhat short-lived, but that doesn't mean the app is useless. Far from it. But simply making it easier to access some of your smartphone's cryptic settings will certainly be enough for many users!

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