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A flashlight app that could make you a hero

Posted by Kristi Palma  October 11, 2012 02:00 AM

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By: Kristi Palma
Boston.com staff
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Reviewing: HT-C Flashlight
By: Health & Fun Appz
Price: Free
Platforms: Android
Should you get it?: Yes! If you have to be awake when the sun is down, it will come in handy more than you think.

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One of my favorite apps on my Android is the flashlight app. It's one of those things you don't realize you need until you have it. Like a lint brush.

For starters, I wake up for work at 5 a.m. That means it's still dark and my hubby is softly, blissfully snoring. It means if I turn the bedroom light on, I may wake him up and face a confrontation that's less than blissful.

Enter the flashlight app. It turns on your camera's LED light so you can use it as a flashlight. With one quick click, I am peering into my jewelry box in the dark corner. I am digging for that green and silver necklace to match my skirt. And doing it discreetly (you're welcome, honey!).

It helps with my kids, too. I have been known to check for middle-of-the-night fevers armed with my flashlight app. It has three settings of brightness, so I choose the lowest setting so I don't wake them up. I've also used it to search for lost toys under the dark wasteland that is the underside of my couch (note to self: must clean more).

One of my favorite flashlight app stories, however, is when we left a late-night wedding celebration in a remote, wooded area only to realize our car was at the end of a long, pitch-black path. We stood motionless with about five other couples as we looked warily into the black night.

Then I remembered my phone in the clutch purse at my side. I pulled it out and fired up the flashlight app. An actual cheer went up from the group. And I led us down that dark, scary path to our vehicles.

So this simple app not only supplies instant light, but it also makes you a hero. Brilliant.

About Apptitude Test blogger Kathryn Cartini

Born to challenge the "status quo," with three older brothers Kathryn's first story was probably a tattle, a skill she managed to turn into a career in broadcasting. Now as a communications specialist and CEO of Peacock Media, Kathryn continues #SharingStories that grow businesses and inspire others to follow their hearts in work and life, herself included. More »

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