Anxious to ascertain your accelerometer’s accuracy? Wondering whether your wifi is wanting? Curious about your camera’s calibration? Then you need Z-DeviceTest, an app that allows amateur aficionados to analyse the areas of their Android’s arsenal that require attention. And learn alliteration, it seems…
Z-DeviceTest is a suite of individual tests that will either tell you that everything is working properly, or at the very least will give you the specs of the particular hardware you’re using.
You can test your accelerometers X, Y and Z axes, suss out whether your compass knows where North is and even check out whether your phone’s vibrating alert has given up the ghost for good, or is just on a temporary hiatus.
Keeping pace with Android developments means there will undoubtedly be a couple of options your device won’t be able to utilise – NFC being the most high profile but it’s good to know that Z-DeviceTest supports them should you suddenly become the owner of the latest whizbang Android device out there.
This isn’t an app that you’re going to be firing up on a regular basis unless the details of precisely what hardware and software configuration your phone is flexing escape you on a daily basis. It’s either a super-geeky my dad’s-bigger-than-your-dad-type affair or it’ll be used for genuine trouble-shooting/hardware identification. Its use outside of these spheres is strictly limited.
You’ll notice there’s an ad-free, paid-for version available on Android Market for 88p. Much as it pains us to say this given the developers obvious dedication to the app, don’t bother with the paid-for version. It has no extra functionality and the ads are hardly what you’d call intrusive.
Check out the video review for a (very quiet) run through of its functionality with the obligatory Spanish captions…
The Bottom Line
Neat utility that harbours some impressive diagnostic functionality under the plain hood of a free test app. Worth a (free) download
Version reviewed 1.6.10
Requires Android 2.0 or higher