07 JUL

Roundup: iPhone 4 LED Flashlight Apps

by Marianne Schultz
 

It was just a few days ago when we first heard that flashlight apps specifically for the iPhone 4’s camera light were in the works and several have appeared in the App Store. We took a quick look 8 (!) of these (plus another look at the first one we found a few days ago) that appeared in the App Store today help you decide which one is best for you. Of course, iPhone 4 owners only need apply since these apps will not work with any other iPhone models.

lightON is the dead simplest iPhone 4 flashlight apps so far. As soon as you open the app, the iPhone 4’s LED light turns on and stays on.

There are no virtual switches to turn it off – you’ll need to exit the app to do that.

[applink url=”http://appshopper.com/utilities/lighton”]

LED-Torch is a small step up from lightON in that it offers a way to turn off the iPhone 4’s LED light within the app. The only item in the app’s interface is the “Double tap to toggle on/off” instruction and it works as claimed.

The iPhone 4’s LED light turns on as soon as the app is opened.

[applink url=”http://appshopper.com/utilities/led-torch”]

LED iLight shows you a virtual flashlight barrel, complete with sliding switch. We must say that this virtual flashlight looks a bit rough around the edges, in case you care about this sort of thing. You have to toggle the switch to turn on the iPhone 4’s LED light since it does not turn on automatically when you open the app.

If you leave the light switch toggled in the on position when you leave the app, it will stay on when you go back to it.

[applink url=”http://appshopper.com/utilities/led-ilight”]

iFlash for iPhone 4 offers a strobe feature, along with a warning at start-up letting you know that the strobe can induce seizures in some, on top of the basic flashlight feature. The iPhone 4’s LED light does not turn on when you first open the app and you need to tap the virtual Flashlight button to switch it on, though it will remember the on position for the next time you open the app. The Start Strobe button does exactly what you expect it to and a slider offers some control over how fast the light strobes.

While this app probably offers the most functionality in a pure flashlight app so far with its strobe feature, the interface is unpolished and unattractive in our eyes.

[applink url=”http://appshopper.com/entertainment/iflash-for-iphone-4″]

LED Torch Flashlight takes a similar approach as LED iLight but with a picture of what looks to be an actual picture of a standard silver 4-cell Maglite with a virtual on/off switch overlaid on the barrel. The LED light must be turned on with the switch since it doesn’t go on automatically when you open the app. The first time we used the app to turn the light on, the Camera app’s iris animation displayed for a brief moment, though this didn’t happen when we closed and opened the app up again.

Like LED iLight, if you leave the light switch toggled to On when you leave the app, it will stay on when you re-open it.

With its fantastic price of $0, this app wins the category so far in our eyes. It may not be the prettiest or offer other features, but it does the job of turning your iPhone 4’s powerful LED camera light into a flashlight.

[applink url=”http://appshopper.com/utilities/led-torch-flashlight”]

LED Switch offers the cutest interface out of the bunch so far, showing a virtual wall switch that must be flicked up or down to turn the light on and off. When the light is off, the iPhone’s display is dimmed to provide an even more obvious visual display that it’s not in the on position.

[applink url=”http://appshopper.com/utilities/led-switch”]

Flashlight – For iPhone 4 turns the iPhone 4’s light on immediately upon opening the app the very first time. The on position is noted with a virtual green LED at the bottom of the screen. Tapping on a virtual button in the middle toggles it off and on accordingly, with a virtual red LED light at the bottom acting as the opposite indicator.

The interface here is another virtual flashlight barrel with a bit more polish in its design than LED Torch Flashlight and LED iLight.

[applink url=”http://appshopper.com/utilities/flashlight-for-iphone-4″]

When it comes to the virtual flashlight barrel interface theme, Flashlight 4 offers the nicest-looking one with a red virtual sliding switch to toggle the light on and off. The app turns the LED light on each time you open the app, even if it was toggled off the last time you used it.

[applink url=”http://appshopper.com/utilities/flashlight-4-2″]

We looked at CameraLight the other day and found that it didn’t work quite as we had hoped, but we did want to note that the bug that would not let the iPhone 4’s LED light remain on when the app was opened when we first tried it has been fixed.

The camera feature it offers still seems to be of little value but there is now a switch to turn the camera off and along with the Dim button to turn down the screen’s brightness, it should be a bit easier on the iPhone 4’s battery as well.

[applink url=”http://appshopper.com/utilities/cameralight-see-in-the-dark”]

We think this is just the beginning of flashlight apps for the iPhone 4 and this category is going to get crazier than it ever was back when developers only had the iPhone’s screen to use. Now we’re just waiting for an app that not only allows the use of the LED light and the iPhone 4’s screen as dual-flashlights but also lets you enter text that it can convey using Morse code with either light. Morse code has a real opportunity to make a comeback here. Just wait and see.

12 Comments

  1. Jason Ting

    Hi there,

    Just wondering if you could include my app in this roundup. Here’s a promo code: YPY6YTJL6EY9

    LED Light for iPhone 4 aims to be a no-frills, easy to use light. Like a real flashlight, you should only have to hit one button, so when you touch the app icon the light automatically turns on upon launch. I’ve opted to keep the UI as simple and natural with just two buttons: one for power and the other to activate the strobe feature. The strobe can be adjusted from an interval of one second to a fraction of a second using the slider.

    I’ve released both a 0.99 version and a free iAd supported version. I really wanted to check out iAd and see if the returns it offers developers is really worth it.

    Original blog post: http://www.jzlabs.com/2010/06/28/iphone-4-led-light/
    0.99 version: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=379594214&mt=8
    Free version: http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=379753015&mt=8

    Thanks for taking a look!

    Jason

  2. Fayde

    Check out another good FREE one, called LED Light for iPhone 4 Free.

    http://appshopper.com/utilities/led-light-for-iphone-4-free

    It goes on automatically each time you turn it on, can be toggled off, and has a strobe feature. The interface is not the most decorative thing, but it’s clean and definitely works as advertised.

    :)

  3. Fayde

    EDITED: It goes on automatically each time you launch the app…

  4. Paul

    Honk! We got left out!

    We released an app called iFlash4. It’s up there with the 13 trillion other apps! Hope you can add us on at some point.

    http://bit.ly/cnZQhW

    -Paul

  5. Palaemon

    LED Light for iPhone 4 Free works great!

  6. Jim Levens

    My favorite *free* flashlight app so far:

    Flash Torch

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flash-torch/id380201882?mt=8

  7. Phil

    Just discovered “Light-O-Matic” and very glad I did. It is by far the most full featured of the LED lights and looks good to boot. $.99 is a fair price for something like this.

  8. Andy

    Check out Astek’s Light Beam for iPhone 4, an elegant LED Flashlight app available now with beam, strobe, and SOS beacon on one simple page. It’s the app that could save your party AND your life!

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/light-beam-for-iphone-4/id380723472?mt=8

  9. Widbeam

    MEGALIGHT – Torch and beacon for iPhone 4 not only is a great torch app but also includes a great GUI including a slider to control the torch as a strobe or SOS morse code beacon including audio.

  10. Pointer Men's Basketball

    You you should change the webpage name AppShopper.com » Blog Archive » Roundup: iPhone 4 LED Flashlight Apps to more suited for your content you write. I enjoyed the blog post nevertheless.

  11. Duane Fields

    I know we’ve all seen flashlights for the iPhone before, I wanted to call your attention to Flashlight XS which does something none of the other one’s do which is start instantly. Taking advantage of iOS 5 improvements and tuning to the latest hardware we figured out how to avoid that startup lag before the LED light comes on.

    http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=379189489&mt=8

  12. Rich

    For anyone out there that makes apps… I have an idea that would beat all the other light apps around and I’ve been looking for this feature for a very long time now with no success.. A light app that will allow the light to stay out when you lock the screen on your iPhone! Please add this feature!
    If you know of one that exists please let me know!!
    RichRich1083@aol.com

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