There are a lot of apps that market themselves as Bluetooth toolkits these days, and Bluetooth & Wi-Fi App Box Free fits firmly in that category. At a bare minimum an app in this category needs to offer something more than the competition does, but this app doesn’t really do that. It works well; it just doesn’t offer anything new. Everything that’s available in this app can be found in others. This is a free app with in-app purchases and it’s compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
There are a lot of tools in this app and they can be very useful, but they still probably fall into the category of not necessary. One of the app's big selling features is that it will work where there is no Wi-Fi or access to a mobile network: you can chat with friends or family over Bluetooth instead. The question is how many places are there in North America these days where you don’t have access to data or Wi-Fi? This is exceedingly rare.
The other thing that really bothered me about this one was that everyone has to be using the same type of device. If your friends or family are using something other than an IOS device they will not be included in the conversation. I know in my house alone there are three different operating systems in use at any one time. This app simply wouldn’t work for us. The app will require 33.5 MB of free space on your iOS device.
How it Works
If you do have friends or family members with iOS devices the app actually works very well, and there are lots of tools to choose from. My personal favorite was the walkie talkie function, although I don’t think my wife shared my enthusiasm. The file sharing options also works well. I was able to transfer photos between my iPad and my wife’s phone almost instantly. It was definitely one of the fastest transfer rates I’ve ever experienced over Bluetooth. There are two other free tools in the app: messenger, and tic-tac-toe. I didn’t find much use for either one of these. Most of us already have unlimited text messaging plans on our phones which work pretty much everywhere, and tic-tac-toe just isn’t the most exciting game in the world.
What really bothered me about this app though was the amount of tools that were locked in the free version. Half of the tools are not available in the free version: they’re only available through an in-app purchase. This was pretty disappointing. If a couple of premium tools were locked that would have been understandable, but calling an app free and then blocking half the tools is a little disingenuous. The upgrade will cost you $3 which isn’t extremely costly, it just wasn’t what I was expecting.
This app does what it’s supposed to do well, it just doesn’t offer anything that isn’t available in other apps. If you’re looking for a good toolbox to be used between iOS devices Bluetooth & Wi-Fi App Box Free does an adequate job, but if you’re other family members don’t have IOS devices this app won’t be of much use to you.
Cherry is a hard-working writer and an aspiring web designer who can't go a day without using her favorite apps. She's always on the lookout for new apps and enjoys discovering ones that others have overlooked.