The Swiss Army Knife is an Android app compatible with devices with version 1.6 or superior. It’s free, it’s easy to use and it’s extremely lightweight.
It contains a set of tiny tools: a flashlight, a unit converter, a timer, a stop watch, a compass, a bubble level, a calculator, a magnifying glass (Android 2.2+ required), a mirror (Android 2.3+ and front camera required) and a ruler.
Each tool does what it is supposed to do. There’s no space for special effects like 3d compass, talking level, psychedelic flashlight etc: the goal is to have a lightweight, fast and easy to use set of tools, one “tap” away from your home screen.
This app is half the size of a common “standalone tool” like a compass, a flashlight or a magnifying glass. This way you’ll save a lot of disk space. You’ll save network consumption too, not only for the first download but for every update too.
It doesn’t require network access, the permission to write on your flash memory or the permission to read your contacts.
Some comments about it from the Android Market:
“Very useful! I’ve used it much more than I thought I would“. Simon
“Why have several apps when 1 is perfect“. Wolfie
“Useful and fun app. Had the kids go on a treasure hunt with the compass“. Myrrisa
“Great collection of tools, doesn’t need any unnecessary permissions, highly recommend it“. Andrew
“Scared the living hell out of me when the timer went off but good app“. Colette
“best app! does what it says.and does it fassst.this is how apps should be made.thanks for adding calculator“. Kaps
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- Depending on the hardware capabilities of your device, some tools may not be present
- The permission to use the camera is required in order to turn on the camera flash LED. Some devices (for instance the Google Nexus S) don’t light the flash LED if the camera is not running. If you check the most popular flashlight apps, you’ll find out that they all require this permission. Swiss Army Knife doesn’t shoot any photos, doesn’t save multimedia info onto the flash card and doesn’t send anything via the internet: it doesn’t require network permissions at all.