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Sponsored App Review: Start

November 4, 2013 - Written By Tom Dawson

Description: Start is a brand new lockscreen from the folks at Celltick. With experience creating lockscreen experiences in the past, Start is easily one of the best lockscreen apps on Android. Why? This is what we’re going to find out in this review. Start is a new type of lockscreen that allows you to get access to news, social media and more from your homescreen. It doesn’t matter what device you’re running and in most cases, it’s much easier to use than lockscreens that ship with most Android devices. From unlocking to your favorite apps to checking the weather without unlocking, Start can do wonders for how you use your smartphone. Take a look at the quick list below to see what Start can offer you.

  • Enjoy excellent performance with no delays
  • Easily launch up to 24 apps of your choice or just let our smart algorithm set it automatically for you
  • On Screen quick access configuration with a long press
  • Stream your social media feeds with a single swipe
  • Launch the camera and any related app
  • Call/text/email your friends and family without unlocking your phone
  • Get your favorite content from hundreds of sources
  • Select your favorite theme or use your own personal picture as a background
  • Choose and configure your widgets e.g. date, time and battery meter
  • Switch between ring/vibrate/mute and unlock your phone with cool sliders

How it Works: To get started, you’ll need to download Start from the Play Store. Once you’ve done that, you’ll be given a look at the default theme and layout of the Start lockscreen.

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The first thing I did after that was to take a look at the settings and choose a new theme. I settled on this really cool Star Wars theme:

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From the tabs on the lockscreen, you can pull them out to get access to all sorts of things, like the news:

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And check up on the weather:

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Once you input your own social media info into the app, you’ll be able to check up on social updates from your lockscreen, too!

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All of these settings and more can be changed to just how you like them:

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Opinion: Ever since Android 4.2 came along and allowed us to use widgets on our lockscreens, things have gotten a little better but, they’re still plain and pretty nonfunctional. With Start, you can unlock to your favorite apps, check the news quickly or take a look at what the weather’s going to be doing throughout the day. For those that enjoy Twitter and Facebook, you can get quick access to those on the lockscreen using the tab system, which is both good-looking and incredibly intuitive to use. For me, being able to change the lockscreen theme with any image I like is a real nice touch but, there are some great-looking themes already available in the Play Store. Currently, I’m using a device with pretty bad battery life so, making the most out of it is important to me. Start doesn’t add any extra strain to the battery and you’ll be able to do more, without worrying about your battery.

Ratings 

  • Speed (4/5) – No matter whether you’re looking at the news or checking the weather, it loads information quickly, and it won’t slow your phone down.
  • Features (5/5) – Start allows you to do many smartphone tasks from the lockscreen, it looks good and you can personalize it to your liking.
  • Theme (4/5) – It’s up to you how your Start screen looks, there are so many themes available already but, you can use whatever your image you like.
  • Overall (4/5) – Start offers a new way to use your device’s lockscreen and for a lot of people, will allow them to do things they do everyday quicker and easier.

Pros

  • Using the innovative and intuitive tab system, you can access news, weather and social media all from the lockscreen.
  • There’s a whole heap of great-looking themes to choose from already on the Play Store.
  • Start can become your perfect lockscreen, it’s your social media accounts on there and you can customize which apps you can launch from the main screen.
  • News is a big part of what we do with smartphones and being able to access headlines from the lockscreen quickly becomes a bigger deal than you think it is.

Cons

  • Definitely not something for those looking for a minimal lockscreen.
  • Could be considered too cluttered for non tech-savvy users.

Conclusion: While Start might not be something that all users can get to grips with, those that expect more out of their Android devices will absolutely love this. There’s no reason not to try it and it could quickly become one of the most used apps on your phone. One of the biggest features for me is being able to access the news from my lockscreen, I’m always interested in current affairs and it’s one of the first things I turn to when using my phone out and about. Why not download the app and see what feature it is you use the most? With so many features crammed in, there’s something for everyone, including those social butterflies out there. Start not only works well but, looks good in the process. Start is definitely one of the better lockscreen alternatives out there, it isn’t just different for the sake of it rather, it brings something new to the table altogether.

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