While there are a bunch of battery monitoring apps for Windows Phone in the Store, most of them are paid or come with ads. To put an end to your search for a well designed app, the Battery Pro+ powered by Nokia has been released. The app has actually been published by Wunderman Polska, the agency Nokia Poland seems to have used.
The app is free, and comes with live tiles in two sizes, giving you a quick way to monitor your Lumia’s battery. Once inside the app, you get information such as remaining time based on current usage, the hourly consumption, and the total battery capacity of your device. The network activity section shows you which network radios are in operation and also lets you tap on any of them to jump into settings, thereby also acting like a handy shortcut app.
The live tiles can be pinned to the homescreen. Like every other Windows Phone live tile they aren’t ‘live’ as such and are only updated every 30 minutes in order to conserve battery. The tile is also refreshed everytime you open the app.
The app is well designed and the shortcuts to WIFI, Bluetooth, and Network are a nice touch. However I’d like to see two more features added in a subsequent release. First is the ability to jump into battery settings by tapping on the battery indicator within the app – this is useful for toggling the battery saver mode. Second, the ability to put the battery percentage on the lockscreen.
In addition to Battery Pro+, Nokia Poland has also published a bunch of other free utilities that I’ll feature in a later post. Get Battery Pro+ here.