Widgets are one of the better additions to iOS, and many developers are incorporating widgets into their apps. Usage Widget is an app by Roberto Ghizzi that puts helpful information at your fingertips no matter what you’re doing while using your iPhone or iPad.
If you’ve never set up widgets, the process is incredibly simple. All you have to do is swipe top to bottom on your device (from the status bar down) and tap on the “Today” section. Next, tap “Edit” and select which widgets you want to appear and in what order. Once you’ve installed Usage Widget, the app will appear in this list and you can enable it by making it active.
Apps like Usage Widget focus heavily on widget functionality and the app itself usually consists only of settings and customization options. In this case, users can customize options such as what data is shown, appearance, and much more.
One of the things that surprised me the most about Usage Widget is the amount of information that the app allows in the widget. This goes above your standard data such as memory and space usage and includes stuff such as IP address information, network speed and usage, data cap info, and so on.
Customizing the widget is incredibly easy and very straightforward, which is one of the great things about Usage Widget. Similar apps and widgets tend to be clunky and confusing, but this definitely isn’t the case with this particular app.
When it comes to usability and visibility, Usage Widget is easy to read and understand when looking at it in Notification Center. Personally I think the widget looks really sharp and clear, so that’s definitely a plus.
In terms of value, Usage Widget is a great deal considering it’s free to download. The app is also universal. There’s an option to upgrade to a pro version of the app, which is only $0.99 but unlocks features such as data cap tracking and battery monitoring.
Overall, Usage Widget is a great widget app that provides users with tons of relevant information for their device. Even if you choose to upgrade to the pro version for the extra features, the price is definitely worth it.
Usage Widget requires iOS 8.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.
A small administrative fee was paid by the developer for publication of this review, which did not influence the reviewer’s opinion