There’s certainly no dearth of apps floating around with the sole purpose of turning your phone’s LED bulb into a makeshift torch. HLP Flashlight for iOS, however, is a simple, elegant take on a necessary utilitiy. And there are even a few fun kicks thrown in, to boot.
What does it do?
The app only has one screen: a large, beautiful on/off switch nestled between a functional compass on top and an adjustment dial on bottom. By default, the app keeps your LED flash on a constant beam, but sliding the dial to the right sets the light pulsing at an increasingly quicker pace, ultimately ending on a pre-programmed SOS signal, should the need arise. And should the need arise, you’ll probably find the compass on top equally useful.
Why do we like it?
Whiles there are far too many torch apps that try to pack in an absurd amount of unnecessary features to make it seem worth the effort, there are, admittedly, just as many single-feature torch apps to counter the noise. What sets HLP Flashlight apart though is the gorgeous simplicity of its design. Since torch apps are entirely unable to run in the background, you’re typically forced to stare at some crass, slapped together UI for the duration of your lighting needs. But not here. HLP Flashlight is a beauty to behold and just as useful.
Download this app for: iOS (free) The best part: works with both iPhone and iPad The worst part: major battery drain