The downside of having so many system widgets in Android Market (and elsewhere) to choose from is that you usually have to make some compromises. There are those that look great but don't offer enough features, and there are others that look terrible but provide a lot of functionality. There are also those "all or nothing" widgets that contain a few things you really want on your home screen and a lot of things you don't.
If you use more than one set of widgets from different developers, you need to consider how their styles, colors, and backgrounds will mesh together, as well as how they'll all look against your wallpaper.
What a waste of time! Just get Jason Calhoun's excellent System Info Widget ($0.99) and be done with it. It features 15 widget items that can be mixed and matched according to your needs, 4 different sizes, 6 themes (3 are shown here), and user-defined font colors and update intervals. There are also options to change the temperature display type, select which items show whole numbers, and add a light or dark battery icon in the notification area of the status bar. Most of the widgets are linked to their respective sections on the EVO, so you can tap on them to quickly access various system settings.
A few days ago, Jason and I talked about where System Info Widget is headed. He says he already has new features planned (GPS, reload SD card, and a reboot option for rooted phones) and is always working on updates.
Note: To customize the widget and access the settings, tap on an empty area of the widget.
Here's the full rundown of the widget items, sizes, and themes.
- Battery percentage
- Temperature (Celsius, Fahrenheit, or both)
- Free RAM
- Free storage
- Free SD card space
- System uptime
- Android version
- Signal Strength
- Phone profile (normal, silent, vibrate)
- Airplane mode
- Toggle 4G
- Toggle 3G/2G
- 1 x 1
- 1 x 4
- 3 x 1
- 4 x 1
- Default – shown above, middle
- Icons Only (Default) – shown above, top
- Icons Only (Eclair) – shown above, bottom
- Icons Only (White)
System Info Widget is currently in the Market's top 20 paid apps list in the productivity section and after using the widget on my EVO for the past few days, I can certainly see why.