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Level-. Measuring Surface Level Couldn’t be Simpler

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The iOS Level app is a convenient tool that lets you measure the level of tilt in the horizontal and vertical planes or axes, without the need for dedicated equipment.

Design

The design rates at a 4/5 for simplicity, with its dark background and glowing green 1D level meters. The illuminated display is convenient, especially when you are working in an area with a lot of light which might give you viewing problems. The levels consist of a straight vertical and horizontal staff with illuminated bubbles inside.

Functionality

I’ll give the app a rating of 3/5 for its functionality. It is simple enough that anybody can use it by just viewing the tilt of the bubble on the screen. However, it isn’t sophisticated enough to show you the actual value of inclination from the vertical or horizontal axes. You can’t calculate angles, slopes or pitches, and thus you won’t be able to use this in a situation where you need an actual mathematical reading. You also won’t be able to get a simultaneous XY reading like in most sophisticated apps. A calibration option would also be helpful. There are no settings included in the app, and this adds to the simplicity of the design.

The Level app is free to get, and there are also no in-app purchases. The app is only compatible with iOS devices (iPhone, iPad or iPod touch) running iOS 4.2 or later. Unfortunately, there isn’t an Android version of it.

Ease of Use

The app rates at a 3/5 solely for its simplicity. There is no superfluity in the design, and there are no unnecessary controls. However, there should be much more in the UI such as the possibility to view the tilt on both axes or combined XY axes. There is no option for calibrating the app, which would have proved really useful for the app.

The app is accurate enough, probably because of the iPhone’s inbuilt accelerometer. You won’t get any unnecessary updates with this app.

Pros

  • Seamless design.
  • No clutter or unnecessary controls.
  • The app is quite accurate.
  • The app is tiny and doesn’t need much storage space.
  • No in-app purchases.

Cons

  • The app doesn’t show the actual values of tilt.
  • There is no option for calibrating the app.
  • You are only provided with 1D controls for X or Y axes, not both.
  • Only available for iOS.

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