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Review: Flashlight from iHandy Inc. offers a number of free light tools for iOS

Use your iPhone as a flashlight, strobe light, candle, and more with this free iOS app.

Flashlight is a free app that allows you to use the flash setting on your phone as a flashlight. It's easy to use and offers a number of other options, as well, including strobe lights, glow sticks, candles, neon lights, and more. While some of these lighting options are more useful than others, they are all nice additions to an otherwise bland and fairly straightforward style of app.

When you open Flashlight you are instructed to swipe the screen at any time to access the actual flashlight. The home screen consists of a dozen or so alternative lights as mentioned previously -- to open any of them, tap that panel twice. There are actually two separate flashlight modes, as well: the swipe to use flashlight, which offers a slider to turn the brightness up or down and the standard app flashlight, which opens from one of the panels on the home screen. The flashlight uses the back mounted flash while most of the other options use the screen and the brightness settings. All the way around, the interface is easy to use with everything right there to choose from, and there are enough options to make this app more useful than just another free flashlight app.

Flashlight is a decent choice for a free app. It offers multiple styles of flashlight, a slider for brightness, and numerous ways to change how the lights look onscreen. There are also upgrades you can download at any time and while ad supported, the ads never get in the way of the main functions.

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